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Diversity reigns at Sacramento State, according to national survey

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Here's a time-lapse version of Friday’s Sacramento State College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies ceremony during Spring Commencement 2017 at Golden 1 Center.
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Here's a time-lapse version of Friday’s Sacramento State College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies ceremony during Spring Commencement 2017 at Golden 1 Center.

A university that ranks high in diversity is right here in the Sacramento area, according to a national report.

California State University, Sacramento, was No. 4 in campus ethnic diversity on a recent survey of regional universities in the west by U.S. News & World Report.

The college scored a 0.73 out of 1 on the report’s diversity index, tying it with Houston Baptist University. Another CSU campus, East Bay, led the list with 0.76, just ahead of two Hawaiian campuses at 0.75 – Chaminade University of Honolulu and Hawaii Pacific University.

“In order to be a true leader in the 21st century, one must be familiar and comfortable working with people who are different from themselves,” Rita Cameron-Wedding, a professor of ethnic studies and women’s studies, said in a release from Sacramento State. “Attending a university as diverse as Sacramento State means that our students have the opportunity to become more competitive academically and professionally because for many of them, they are exposed to individuals from diverse communities for the first time in their lives. Such exposure extends much farther than traditional learning, it is an educational experience that can produce the 21st century leaders that we need to change the prevailing social climate in America.”

U.S. News & World Report explains the methodology on its website.

“To identify colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own, U.S. News factors in the total proportion of minority students – leaving out international students – and the overall mix of groups,” according to Robert Morse, chief data strategist for the site. “This index measures the probability that any two people chosen at random from a given school are of different races or ethnic groups.”

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