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What Does it Mean to be a Diverse University?

As part of Houston Public Media’s yearlong DiverseCity initiative we’re collaborating with University of Houston students to explore what it means to attend one of the most diverse campuses in the nation.


It’s pretty common to see Houston hailed as the most diverse metropolitan area in the nation. Therefore, it won’t come as a surprise to some that the University of Houston is also fairly diverse. A couple of years ago, Forbes ranked the university as the second most diverse in the nation, using data from the U.S. Department of Education. However, the website Best College Reviews ranks UH as the sixth most diverse university in the country. Their data comes from the National Center for Education. If you split the difference, it’s safe to say that the University of Houston is in the top ten when it comes to its student body’s diversity.

So we’re exploring what students think of the ethnic makeup of their peers and how they interact with each other. Over the coming months UH broadcast communications student John Cooper, and Corbin Ayres, a media production student, are filming interviews asking what it really means to be one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, from a student’s perspective.

In this first episode, final year student and host, Cooper, interviews a diverse group of students. He asks them about their backgrounds, any common misconceptions they may have to dispel about themselves, and what they think of the university’s diversity.