Student Association’s Diversity Affairs Committee is working with different offices on campus to update race and ethnicity questions asked during the college admissions process.
Currently, Syracuse University’s Common Application offers five options to describe an applicant’s race: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander and White. There is no “other” or “prefer not to say” option.
When this data is encoded in the SU’s admissions system, if students identify as bi- or multi-racial in this question, their specific ethnicities are not explicitly represented in data submitted to the school, said Diversity Affairs co-chair Lujane Juburi. This information is sent to offices on campus to consider students for financial aid and support from resources offices on campus.
“The problem with the process is that when we look through applications and admit students, we don’t actually know the demographics of our student body and we don’t have an understanding of who we are actually serving so we can’t connect those students to all the right resources,” Juburi said.
While changes to the Common Application would take much longer to implement, the Diversity Affairs Committee hopes to improve questions on the post application survey for students admitted for …read more
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