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Studies indicate having college roommate of a different race reduces prejudice

NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Posts: 24,853Registered User Senior Member
edited July 2009 in College Life
"Several recent studies, at Ohio State and elsewhere, have found that having a roommate of a different race can reduce prejudice, diversify friendships and even boost black students’ academic performance. But, the research found, such relationships are more stressful and more likely to break up than same-race pairings.

As universities have grown more diverse, and interracial roommate assignments are more common, social scientists have looked to them as natural field experiments that can provide insights on race relations....

Russell H. Fazio, an Ohio State psychology professor who has studied interracial roommates there and at Indiana University, discovered an intriguing academic effect. In a study analyzing data on thousands of Ohio State freshmen who lived in dorms, he found that black freshmen who came to college with high standardized test scores earned better grades if they had a white roommate — even if the roommate’s test scores were low. The roommate’s race had no effect on the grades of white students or low-scoring black students. Perhaps, the study speculated, having a white roommate helps academically prepared black students adjust to a predominantly white university...."

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/us/08roommate.html?_r=1&hpw
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Replies to: Studies indicate having college roommate of a different race reduces prejudice

  • sueinphillysueinphilly Posts: 4,207Registered User Senior Member
    My son's high school was like the United Nations. I can truly say my son is 'color blind' when it comes to peoples skin color and/or nationality.

    OTOH, my HS was nick named "ivory snow", I think there were 2 black kids out of nearly 2K kids. I think that 30+ years later, that has changed significantly (average SAT scores have consistently gone down at this school as well over the past 30 years)
  • thinker88thinker88 Posts: 210Registered User Junior Member
    Does prejudice even really still exist in our generation (current college bound students)? I know that no person can be completely free of prejudice, but it seems to me like it's not really a big deal among anyone that I know.
  • dshinkadshinka Posts: 440Registered User Member
    Does prejudice even really still exist in our generation
    I know that no person can be completely free of prejudice

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    I think you just answered yourself :D
  • aforautumnaforautumn Posts: 1,381Registered User Senior Member
    yeah i'm def at least a little prejudice. no shame.
  • funployeefunployee Posts: 795Registered User Member
    Everone is at least a little bit prejudice. It's in our nature.
  • dshinkadshinka Posts: 440Registered User Member
    My son's high school was like the United Nations. I can truly say my son is 'color blind' when it comes to peoples skin color and/or nationality.

    OTOH, my HS was nick named "ivory snow", I think there were 2 black kids out of nearly 2K kids. I think that 30+ years later, that has changed significantly (average SAT scores have consistently gone down at this school as well over the past 30 years)

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    So basically you think that as more black people went to your school the average SAT scores went down? Well at least your son isn't prejudice.
  • aforautumnaforautumn Posts: 1,381Registered User Senior Member
    didn't realize correlations could be prejudice
  • SaveTheManateesSaveTheManatees Posts: 358Registered User Member
    I think the most important thing to note here is that "prejudice" is not an adjective, so nobody can be prejudice. Being prejudiced, though, is another thing.
  • ImReachingForItImReachingForIt Posts: 369Registered User Member
    I guess I can say i used to be pretty racist towards blacks (privately, I never expressed it publicly). But i'm going to have a black roommate this fall and we have gotten well aquainted (my first African American friend) through the Internet. I'm starting to accept everyone despite skin color and it feels damn good. I'm really glad that i've been given this opportunity to change the way i see other people and I can't wait till I meet my roommate in person this fall.
  • PlattsburghLoserPlattsburghLoser Posts: 5,487Registered User Senior Member
    Finally, they'll get to say "I'm not racist, my friend is *x-race*!"

    I keep hoping to befriend a midget so that I can protest all claims that I dislike the height challenged...alas, midgets are hard to come by.
  • MamaDramaMamaDrama Posts: 245Registered User Junior Member
    I keep hoping to befriend a midget so that I can protest all claims that I dislike the height challenged...alas, midgets are hard to come by.

    Fishing is not usually a spectator sport, but I can't look away......
  • yelenayelena Posts: 162- Junior Member
    Hahah, this study should receive a Nobel Prize , not.

    What's so new about it?
  • LogicWarriorLogicWarrior Posts: 3,671- Senior Member
    he found that black freshmen who came to college with high standardized test scores earned better grades if they had a white roommate — even if the roommate’s test scores were low.

    Isn't this from Remember the Titans?
  • funployeefunployee Posts: 795Registered User Member
  • LogicWarriorLogicWarrior Posts: 3,671- Senior Member
    I would believe this. My roommate was a fag and now I don't even care about guys wearing hot pink shirts and leather pants.

    This might also be from Remember the Titans.
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