The students who will soon be taking classes at the University of California-Berkeley are not the typical college freshmen who arrive in droves from the Jewish state.
Rather, they are from a much wider swath of the country: Asian Americans, Native Americans, the disabled, the LGBTQI community, and those who have been impacted by the economic and social crisis.
More than two decades after the country’s first Asian American student movement was founded, and with more than 2 million Asian Americans enrolled at the countrys top colleges, more than 70% of them are white, according to a 2016 report by the Pew Research Center.
Yet while the numbers reflect a larger movement, the diversity of the student body is far more diverse than the countryat large, says Sarah Han, an associate professor of sociology at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
While only 12% of California’s Asian American population is white, more Asian Americans are enrolled at Cal-Berks than at any other U.S. public university, Han said.
In the past, Asian Americans were seen as a group of marginalized students, Han says.
But that perception has changed over time.
“Asian Americans have experienced a much more normalized role in society, and have been able to experience their full diversity in society,” Han said, adding that her research on Asian Americans shows that Asian Americans have a higher educational achievement rate than white students.
The Berkeley community has long been home to a vibrant community of Asian Americans.
The campus boasts a diverse array of Asian American artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and musicians who have contributed to the arts.
“They have really made Berkeley into a center for Asian American studies, and they’ve been really helpful to our academic community, our students,” said UC-Berke’s student body president, Matthew Wong, who is also an artist and performer.
Despite the diversity at Berkeley, many students do not feel like they belong at the university.
Han, who teaches Asian American Studies, said the students’ experiences and experiences of exclusion have shaped the students themselves.
“There’s a kind of community of people who have had the same experiences at Berkeley for a very long time and feel like there’s a disconnect,” Han says, adding, “I think that’s one of the things that’s been really important for them to recognize is that there’s more to being an Asian American than just being a white American.”
The Asian American experience is not a one-dimensional one,” she added.
While many students who are enrolled in Cal-Bay students have expressed anxiety about attending classes and navigating the campus, the majority of Asian students who attend Cal-Berk feel the same way.
Han said she has heard from students that “their parents and siblings were in tears, and it was hard to get through the day without crying, and you know, there were people there who had been through this very hard situation.”
Han has heard similar stories from other students.”
And I know that the people that I’ve met that are really struggling are students who were very close to me and had really struggled.””
I’ve had students who have gone through really tough times and just really struggled.
And I know that the people that I’ve met that are really struggling are students who were very close to me and had really struggled.”
Despite the challenges, the students are determined to attend college and study.
“It’s a lot of people telling me, ‘I just want to go to Cal-BSC and study, but if I don’t have this, I’ll be miserable,'” Wong said.
“We’ve got to work together to get this thing started.”
The Berkeley Students’ Center for Asian Pacific American Studies at Cal Berkeley is one of several academic centers that is dedicated to Asian American students.
The center has been providing support services to students and families for more than 20 years, with the hope of making the institution more welcoming for Asian Americans and other marginalized groups.
“We are proud to be here,” said Mary Jane Gao, executive director of the Berkeley Students.
“The Berkeley students are the embodiment of the university and the UC campus, and to be able to say that, I’m incredibly proud.”
As we move forward, we are working to make Cal- Berkeley the center of excellence for Asian-American students,” she said.
Gau also said the university is looking to add more Asian American faculty members to its faculty.””
Our mission is to provide an environment where Asian American communities are included in the conversation about how to be successful in the university system,” she continued.
Gau also said the university is looking to add more Asian American faculty members to its faculty.
“With the number of faculty positions open, we have been very open to the possibility of adding more faculty to our faculty positions,” she told The Associated Press.
Han and Wong both say the future of Cal-