A Patchwork Quilt Called ”Oakland.”

Hello and good morning dear children and young adults and actual adults who may be reading this.  So, today’s subject?  Ethnicity at Oakland University!

First off, let’s take a look at this map.

That’s a lot of pins, isn’t it?  Now, you’re probably wondering what it is we’re displaying here to begin with.  Well, me and my two infinitely more-skilled partners for this asked some Oakland University students their ethnicity in a rudimentary attempt to gain an idea as to where the people of Oakland can trace their roots back to.

Now, there are some caveats mind you.  This is a very small sample size, not intended to represent or display the entire University student body, but rather give an idea of what a smaller grouping of them are based on random polling.  Furthermore, this map accounts for those with multiple ethnicities–meaning that somebody who has both a Polish and German background would be represented twice on the map.  We chose this because, while it may reduce the actual number of people represented, it nonetheless still does indeed accurately show where people from the University hail from.

So based on our sample size, we can see that primarily those we polled cite their origins as lying in Europe.  Poland and Germany made up the majority of those asked, though Ireland and Italy saw their fair share of polled students as well.  Scotland and Wales both saw at least one person who can trace their ethnicity to them, and both Jordan and Korea were represented as well.

The western world, of course, was not left out.  Native Americans, Mexicans, and Canadians all saw one individual hailing from their lands, and even Cuba saw some representation.

Now, I know what you’re asking–or at least I just claimed to know.  ”John,” you (hypothetically) ask, ”what’s the point in even doing this with such a small amount of people polled?  You’re not properly representing the entirety of Oakland University. This data means nothing.”

Just as with last time, my friend, your hypothetical questions are on-point and very good questions to ask indeed!  I would like to point out that again, this is not intended to represent the entire student body nor is it designed to make any statements such as ‘Oakland is made up of primarily Polish students.’  Rather, the purpose of this is to show that even with a random handful of students being grabbed, one can see diversity among the ethnicities of the students.  Oakland itself is made up a great patchwork of people.  Even small, random selections reveal a rich tapestry of people who can trace their origins to all manner of places.  It’s fascinating to see such diversity in a campus, and the fact that so many students of so many different origins and races are all there together, studying and working side-by-side in their pursuits of their future.  It sends a pretty strong message, even inadvertently, about coexistence and the ability of our fellow men (and women of course) to all come together with one shared dream, and of how Oakland itself is very progressive in its availability to people hailing from all sorts of places around this planet that we call home.