Diversity isn't limited by any specific guidelines or regulations; it can be found anywhere in almost any form. When people move they not only adapt to, but also transform the community around them.
The First-Year Seminar, "Happy Feet," discussed the concepts of diversity related to the mobilities of various groups and the interconnectedness of society. Some of the students in the class participated in a pre-orientation ethnographic study in Cuernavaca, Mexico. This trip allowed the students to form their own unique opinions on the class materials through first hand experiences such as interacting with locals, visiting an orphanage, touring historical sites, and simply getting lost in the culture.
Diversity in the Gettysburg community can be found in many forms aside from the usual thought-of definition of the word. Due to years of people coming and going to and from Gettysburg, the complexion of the college is ever-changing, as seen through the modernization of society all throughout the Gettysburg community. As the class explored the Gettysburg College campus and the surrounding areas, they framed their experiences of diversity using sociological concepts to discuss these issues on a personal level, changing preconceived notions of what it means to be a member of this college community.
Compiled by Professor Phua’s Fall 2012 First-Year Seminar: Happy Feet
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