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While diversity may be hard to see at Denison sometimes, it is definitely something that is celebrated. In the past few years, Denison has attempted to foster a more diverse environment, and while they have succeeded, it is still a process that is taking place. Denison celebrates the differences, not only in race but also in political and religious beliefs, intellectuality, sexual orientation, economic status, and anything that makes a student unique. While there is somewhat a lack of minorities, most of the minority students blend in well, and racial problems are not common. Denison students have an amazing amount of respect for each other, despite social, racial, and cultural differences. There are several clubs and organizations for minorities, and homosexual students are not pressured to conform or to stay in the closet because of their lifestyles. Still, at the same time, student responses to diversity issues seem, at best, mixed and half-hearted. Some students are really active and engaged in creating a sense of diversity, but others feel it is not a serious problem that students of different races do not socialize with one another.
Denison really wants its students to be more aware and passionate about diversity, and each student is required to take at least one course in minority or women's studies in their general education coursework. Denison offers a plethora of majors and classes that focus on the diversity of groups, like East Asian studies, black studies, queer studies, and women's studies.