Diversity is a sore spot on campus among students, faculty, and administrators. Complaints about a lack of ethnic and economic diversity are supported by the stats. It’s one of SLC’s most glaring weak spots, but there is no easy solution. The College is trying to increase its financial aid resources so it can accept more students from solidly middle-class backgrounds, but in the meantime, the imbalance will remain intact. Political diversity is another sensitive subject. Conservatives are such a minority that it’s difficult to find any non-liberal viewpoints during discussions. Recent renovations on campus have designated areas for non-partisan political meetings as well as for non-denominational spiritual practice.
When it comes to sexual diversity, SLC triumphs. Open dialogues about human sexuality are encouraged on campus and in the classroom. If this kind of attitude makes you uneasy, then SLC may not be for you. There is a significant gay, lesbian, and transgender population, and tolerance is a non-issue. Clubs such as the Queer Voice Coalition organize campus-wide events and workshops to foster a community that not only accepts individual preferences, but is also willing to explore and question cultural notions of sexual identity.