What weighs us down?
Despite talking about multiculturalism and diversity, I think the university doesn’t understand this disconnect between two cultures for many students or second generation immigrants. When you’re younger, you want to identify with a specific identity, but you don’t know that it’s okay to not know if you are one or the other of your two or several identities.
When you come to university, they try to categorize so much of you - you have one major and then you get more and more specific - when actually a more multidisciplinary approach might be what students need.
With programs like Studies in Islam, it may be the case that the university wants to have these programs, but if there’s not enough interest in the humanities then their existence is questioned. These are the programs that aim to offer different world views and perspectives, but if the university is more interested in building more and more Engineering buildings, and in the job prospects of their degree, students aren’t given the room to consider an interdisciplinary education.