Snooker wrote:Austin in general is place filled with a bunch of white people. There's a good sized asian community to the north, and a lot of hispanics living in the east. As for the law school, UT Austin has the highest number of URMs anywhere in the top 20.
The greater University is fairly lacking in diversity. This probably owes to the lack of a very good diversity policy; case law has barred the school from selective admissions, so they use a top 10% policy that reduces the asian enrollment while failing to attract large numbers of blacks and hispanics.
Lol, I totally misinterpreted your remark, Opera. I also thought you were referring to interesting/far out people and stuff, like the guy who was giving free hugs on the Congress St. Bridge last night at Batfest.
Austin is actually quite a diverse city in terms of total population, but the demographics are very geographically uneven. Slightly less than half of the population is white, while hispanics make up 30+% of the population, african-american are ~9-10%, asians are ~6%, and a smattering of other ethnicity's make up the remainder. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin,_tx#Demographics
The reason that, at first glance, Austin might appear to have "a bunch of white people" is because of an unfortunate lack of geographic diversity, the shameful legacy of the Jim Crow laws and forced segregation that took place in the 1920s. Around ~1928 the city of Austin's first comprehensive municipal plan moved all minorities east of East Avenue, what is now I-35. Polluting industries and other undesirable municipal necessities were also zoned for these areas, giving rise to a persistent pattern of environmental injustice. (UT Law's environmental clinic has been involved in advocacy for these communities). Luckily, modern-day Austin being a fairly liberal place as it were, we don't have nearly the level of racism/racial tension that a lot of other cities have, and a lot of local advocacy groups are working hard to make progress on this. To give an example, one large, blanket environmental group has made a priority out of advocating against the environment racism that east Austin suffers from, and in doing so has gotten a lot of previously uninvolved white Austinites advocating alongside minorities from the affected areas.
As for UT itself, the student body is overrepresented by whites and asians and underrepresented by african-americans and hispanics, but, as we've seen with all the affirmative action shoutfests, I don't think anyone has come up with a good way to solve this.