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
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
“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
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