I thought this was interesting. . .I wonder if the small number of African Americans indicates that there is something unconscious in the dynamic that is not accounted for. Most bias these days is beyond conscious understanding. In fact, some argue that this has been the case for a long time especially since civil rights laws in the U.S. Tell me what you think. . .
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UCLA Diversity Reduces Racial Bias
The face of UCLA has changed dramatically since psychology and political science Professor David O. Sears started teaching at the campus in 1961.
Back then, his students were white, almost without exception. In his first decade of teaching, there were only two African American undergraduates in his classes and almost no Asians or Latinos.
His classes now look extremely different: The majority of his students are non-white. There are Asians, Latinos and African Americans, as well as other nationalities, such as Armenians.
Sears said one might expect such diversity to cause friction, but the transformation he’s seen has taken place without much hoopla. A new study he co-authored — and the subject of a book titled “The Diversity Challenge: Social Identity and Intergroup Relations on the College Campus” (Russell Sage, December 2008) — also confirms that, for the most part, members of the diverse student body are largely accepting of each other.