Thursday, January 31, 2008

An Affinity for What?

A forum yesterday put on by the SAD Diversity and Community Affairs Committee and the Intercommunity Council tried to address questions about the gender inequality of Dartmouth's social scene.
Some speakers in the forum favored expanding affinity housing and making it more available to other students. Sindhura Kodali ‘08 pointed out that Dartmouth does not have a social space designated for its Asian students, the school’s largest minority population.

In addition, many attendees at the forum wanted the affinity houses to be more welcoming to non-minority students.

“I do spend all my time at [Latino American, Latino and Caribbean Studies house]. I do have to say its not always opening,” one student said. “Cutter Shabazz is wonderful because you can just swipe your card and go in. That’s not true for any other affinity house, you need a code to go in, and they are really hard to find.”

This suggestion might inadvertently solve the problem of finding houses for the scattered sororities: there are affinity houses aplenty in the vicinity of Webster Ave.

2 comments:

John Bruce said...

I thought the idea of "social spaces designed for _______" (fill in the ethnic group) went out in the 1960s. . .

Anonymous said...

At Dartmouth, it didn't really come in until the 1970s.

Whatever these students say they want, the affinity houses that the college actually provides are probably not it. They are open to everyone with an affinity for an academic or cultural topic, regardless of background.