LTE: Cultural Diversity Competency Must Extend To Computer Programs
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 01:09
This letter concerns the issue of cultural diversity on campus, as recently discussed in your pages and investigated in a campus survey. Try this exercise: put “Jeremy” into Agora portal directory search and note the variables one gets as well as the—ahem—interesting people across campus called Jeremy. Next try “Hiroshi”, and be surprised at the misdirection. Now try Nakazato and note that Hiroshi exists all the time! When even our computer program works on racially and culturally dysfunctional pre-sets, we have a long way to go. Next we’ll be calling Yao Ming, Ming Yao. So, campus wide cultural diversity competency also means having culturally savvy computer programs and administrative systems in place that don’t per-determine what is ‘foreign’ and what is not. One size does not fit all.
(Fr. Jeremy Clarke, S.J.)
Assistant Professor of History