Mar 16, 2006, 1:49 PM
Post #971 of 6279
Re: [poetastin] The Waiting Game
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Anyway, I'm not trying to pick a fight, and I don't know exactly what you were told, but I just think that that kind of thinking is a bit dangerous. I mean, honestly, does every white writer at IU think that every minority in their workshop is simply a product of a quota system? I don't think so. (I'm not trying to put words in your mouth, poetastin. I know you didn't say this.)
Hey Lavash. I know it's a sensitive subject. I'm not sure what there is to 'buy': based on the information Indiana provides on their web site, race is an admissions factor. Sexual orientation is an admissions factor (but presumbly, only if you are white). I can't speak to the thoughts of current students, but I'd say everyone there is a product of a quota system, because that's the way Indiana sets up their program. I draw no conclusions about quality, other than quality is not the overriding admissions concern. That is why I will not be applying.
(And not that it matters, but I checked out the *current* fiction student photo page, and maybe four people are white [of those, one or two are gay or lesbian, according to the admin], the rest are a rainbow, not limited to black or asian. Again, commendable, but I think color is a lousy yardstick for diversity. Just visit my 'highly diverse', rich neo-con high school if you don't believe me!)Almost everything is an admissions factor, I think. And there's no evidence on Indiana's Web site that the program has a rigid quota system, or that quality is not the most important admissions concern.
"The M.F.A. Program has a strong commitment to, and history of, diversity. Applicants to the program frequently cite the diversity of its faculty and student body as an important factor in their decision to seek admission. Currently over a third of our first-, second-, and third-year M.F.A. students are African American, Latino/a, Asian American or Native American. We have also sought to make the program a congenial and supportive environment for gay and lesbian students, international students, first-generation college students, and students who are single parents. Our program makes every effort to recruit the strongest and most diverse annual entering class of students possible and offers students of color the Neal-Marshall Graduate Fellowships in Creative Writing in addition to all of our other fellowship lines. See Fellowships and Awards for further information.
To further assist students from a variety of backgrounds, particularly those from under-represented groups, Indiana University offers a wide network of support services and programs. The M.F.A. Program believes that diversity within our writing community better prepares students for their lives as writers, and that a genuine culture of inclusion benefits all members of our community."
Anyway, I count eight or nine Caucasians of the current fiction students. I guess we're going to have to agree to disagree. Any current Indiana students want to chime in?