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Where have all the advisers gone?

Campus ethnicities should speak up

Jessica Kelly | Staff Writer
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The United States is based on different cultures uniting under one flag to achieve common goals. Whether certain cultures are represented properly is an issue constantly debated with little to no resolution.

Sacramento is fortunate to be one of the most diverse cities in the country. According to an article in Time magazine, titled, “Welcome to America’s Most Diverse City,” Sacramento was the most integrated city in the USA in 2002.

The diversity of Sacramento is evident when one looks across the City College campus. There is no dominant ethnic majority on campus. No one group dominates more than 31 percent of the school’s population, according to the 2008-09 City College Fact Book.

Victoria Henderson, the coordinator for the Cultural Awareness Center, believes that City College should be somewhere all students can feel valued.

“You want to ensure that people come to campus and feel safe and respected,” Henderson says.

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La Toya B. Daniels, president of the City College Associated Student Government, believes that students need to alert the school when they wish to have representation for their ethnicity.

“Students need to speak up when they would like to be represented. Closed mouths don’t get fed,” Daniels said.

The best way for an ethnic group to represent themselves on campus is to organize a club. There are a multitude of cultural clubs, including the African Culture’s Society, Chinese Culture Club and the Indigenous People Club.

Each club has a teacher/adviser who assists in representing the students. Considering that the advisers have the only available contact information for the clubs, they are their clubs’ representation. Out of the 12 club advisers The Express attempted to contact – so their students would be represented in this article – not one of them returned calls or emails.

Due to the fact that no advisers chose to represent their club or students in this article, that leads me to believe that they all either had dire family emergencies lasting the entire week, they unanimously contracted the deadly Avian Flu, or none of them care enough about the club or the students involved to take 15 minutes out of their day to answer a few questions.
If I had to guess, I would say their reasons are closest to the latter.

Students deserve representation at City College. For them to achieve this, it involves cooperation from the school, teachers as well as the individuals. If one of these three does not do their part to stand for the ethnicities and cultures, the students are the ones to suffer.

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