As a result of segregated school environments, largely due to differences in socioeconomics, college may be the first place where some students learn to work with people from different races and ethnicities (Park, 2014). Interracial friendships not only help to develop the racial climate of a campus, but also help students develop positive learning, increase critical thinking, and enhance college experiences (Tanaka, 2003). Students do not benefit if homophily forms; homophily is the “tendency of like to attract like” (McPherson et al., 2001; Park, 2014). Homophily can occur if students lack precollege experience of interacting with students of other ethnicities and races or if the college’s racial climate does not encourage students to interact with others from different racial groups. In this presentation, I will present data on whether homogeneity on the Geneseo campus is influenced by racial climate and/or homophily in students’ precollege experiences.
"Geneseo’s Diversity Efforts and Its Missing Link,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2017, Article 9.
Available at: https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/proceedings-of-great-day/vol2017/iss1/9