Sep 022004
 
Authors: Jennifer Johnson

Although many students may feel that CSU is an open-minded and

well-accepting campus, some feel stereotyping and judging still

remain an issue.

“Every person has stereotypes which may come across in our

actions and words, even if we don’t notice,” said Dawn Spencer a

senior human development and family studies major. “People can

easily make judgments about who I am based on what I wear, or my

gender.”

Spencer doesn’t feel that stereotypes are a big problem at CSU,

but knows that students of different ethnicities or physical

appearances may see it more prevalently.

“I think that our campus is naive when it comes to other

cultures and I don’t think that we are very diverse,” she said.

“(For instance), international students may have a hard time

adjusting because students of other ethnic backgrounds don’t know

how to reach out to them.”

For those who may feel like an “outsider,” Spencer said to not

assume others always stereotype them just because of a few bad

experiences.

“Students who judge others just need to open their minds and get

to know who the person is on the inside,” she said.

Brad Cheatwood, a junior management major, has never experienced

problems with stereotyping on campus, but has heard otherwise.

“I’ve heard students say that we are not a diverse campus,”

Cheatwood said. “I’ve noticed that there is a lot of ‘grouping’

that occurs around campus.”

Aside from what Cheatwood has heard, he believes that CSU

attempts to help build better relationships between students.

CSU offers several organizations and advocacy offices to help

students become more involved on campus and with their peers. These

organizations are designed to help students feel more comfortable,

as well as promote better student communication and

understanding.

Stereotyping is a case of negativity and immaturity, Cheatwood

said. He believes those who judge others still have a lot of

growing up and learning to do.

Megan Royer, a senior microbiology major, said the attitudes of

students toward each other at CSU are very different from her

experiences in California.

“Students at CSU have a laid-back attitude. You can go to class

in your pajamas and not care,” she said. “I saw (stereotyping)

occurring a lot when I lived in the dorms. I think that there are

more assumptions made from and about freshman and sophomores rather

than the upper-classmen.”

For students who may feel left out, or judged by others, Royer

said not to let it get to them.

“Students who are not willing to look past each other’s

differences could be missing out on a great relationship,” Royer

said. “If others aren’t willing to get to know the real you, blow

them off. Don’t let someone make you feel bad for who you really

are.”

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