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Diversity in the Classroom: How Yellow Tail Tech is Leading the Way

Diversity in the Classroom: How Yellow Tail Tech is Leading the Way

Imagine a classroom where every seat is a gateway to a different culture, background, or life experience. That’s not a utopian dream; it’s a day in the life at Yellow Tail Tech. 

In this blog post, we’re diving deep into the rich blend of cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints of our student body. Here at Yellow Tail Tech, diversity is not a mere checkbox; it’s the essence of a fulfilling, comprehensive educational journey.

The Importance of a Diverse Student Base

Drawing on insights from Bradley University and Drexel University School of Education, we’ll explore the tangible impacts of diversity on both the academic experience and broader societal outcomes.

What the Numbers Say

In an era of global interconnectedness, diversity has become a necessity. A comprehensive study by Bradley University highlights the glaring educational disparities among various ethnic groups, emphasizing the need for educational institutions to reflect our multifaceted society.

Yellow Tail Tech is leading by example. We’re a triple minority business: Latina-owned, black-owned, and woman-led. Our student body reflects this commitment to diversity: 63% are male, 28% are female, and 11% identify as other genders. Diversity is a cornerstone of our success, ensuring our students are well-prepared for the real world.

Statistical Gaps in Higher Education

Bradley University’s study cites the U.S. Census Bureau’s statement that there has been some progress in educational attainment across different ethnic groups in the past decade. However, the numbers also reveal significant gaps. For instance, while over 40% of white students earned at least a bachelor’s degree in 2019, only 18.8% of Hispanic/Latinx students achieved the same milestone.

The study also highlights how the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics further corroborates the Census Bureau’s findings. Their data shows that college enrollment was highest among Asian and white students and considerably lower among Black and Latinx students. 

Why The Gaps Exist

Bradley University’s study shows that school segregation and educational inequity are closely interlinked. Over 50% of schoolchildren in the U.S. are in racially concentrated districts, which exacerbates the diversity gaps in higher education. Structural inequalities, disparities in access to resources, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic have intensified these issues.

For example, wealthier parents can afford to send their children to high-performing private schools, while financially disadvantaged parents often have limited options. This dynamic leads to a cycle where students from low-income backgrounds end up in underfunded schools, further widening the educational gap. 

The Ripple Effect of Educational Disparities

The COVID-19 pandemic has added another layer of complexity to these challenges. McKinsey & Company reports that the pandemic’s learning loss will disproportionately affect low-income, Black, and Latinx students, with long-term repercussions that could last a lifetime. These include limited access to high-quality technology for remote learning, distracting home environments, and a need for parental academic supervision.

The Benefits of a Diverse Educational Environment

Despite these challenges, there’s a compelling case for the benefits of diversity in the classroom. Drexel University notes that a diverse educational setting enriches the learning experience, fosters innovation, and prepares students for a globalized world. It also allows minorities to pursue high-level positions requiring advanced degrees, creating a more equitable society.

The Yellow Tail Tech Advantage: Diversity in the Classroom and Beyond

At Yellow Tail Tech, we are committed to bridging these gaps. Our diverse faculty and inclusive curricula are designed to provide a well-rounded education that prepares our students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Diversity is not just about representation; it’s about creating an environment where every student feels seen, heard, and valued.

By fostering a diverse and inclusive educational setting, Yellow Tail Tech is preparing students for academic success, making sure they are armed with the skills, perspectives, and experiences they need to be leaders in an increasingly diverse and complex world.

The Classroom Experience

In Yellow Tail Tech, diversity in the classroom elevates the learning experience for everyone involved. Beza Mogese noted, “Students who are collaborative, communicative, etc. tend to get ahead in the program.” Faculty members take this to heart, weaving it into their teaching methods. By incorporating real-world collaborations into programs like “Lnx for Jobs,” they ensure that the classroom mirrors the diversity of the professional world, preparing students for what lies ahead.

Jose Francisque shares a similar sentiment: “It helped me see different points of view, from language barriers to how they go about different things.” For Jose, what sets Yellow Tail Tech apart is “the patience of the teacher and the embracing of staff and fellow classmates.”

The Extracurricular Experience

The diversity in the classroom at Yellow Tail Tech is broader than academics. It enriches student life, from clubs to extracurricular activities. Sarah Gennuso said, “Working closely with fellow classmates proved that people can hold the same values, no matter where you’re from.” This sense of community extends to various campus organizations, whether you’re into coding or photography.

Corie Mahon appreciates the diversity at Yellow Tail Tech, remarking, “It was interesting to meet people from all kinds of backgrounds and different walks of life.” His meticulous approach to the RHCSA exam objectives has made a distinctive contribution to classroom discussions.

The Yellow Tail Tech Difference

Imagine stepping onto a campus where everyone is welcomed with open arms, regardless of their background. That’s the reality at Yellow Tail Tech. Corie Mahon, a current student, observed, “Yellow Tail Tech accepts anyone who is serious about the program and wants to change their life.” This sense of belonging is not just a feel-good slogan; it’s integrated into our educational programs like “Cloud for Jobs 2.0,” ensuring that each student has a clear pathway to success.

Our commitment to diversity goes beyond just numbers. We’re a triple minority business: Latina-owned, black-owned, and woman-led. Beza Mogese, another student, appreciates the diverse staff at Yellow Tail Tech, stating, “Seeing how the staff members express themselves helped me be more authentic.” This commitment to diversity is not just a box we tick for compliance; it’s all about fostering a dynamic, enriching learning environment that prepares our students for the real world.

Inclusion Extends Beyond the Campus

The inclusive atmosphere at Yellow Tail Tech continues even after class is over. It permeates clubs, events, and other extracurricular activities, enriching not just your academic life but your social life. 

Sarah Gennuso, who hails from Hawaii, said, “Yellow Tail Tech set their program up for ANYONE [sic] who is interested and who is willing to do the work.” This sense of community is felt everywhere on campus, from coding clubs to hobbyist groups like photography and arts and crafts.

Your Next Chapter Starts Here

Ready to experience this enriching environment for yourself? Be part of a classroom where every seat is a gateway to a different culture, background, or life experience. That’s what your day will be like here at Yellow Tail Tech. 

Book a 10-minute intro call with an Enrollment Advisor to learn more and become part of our vibrant community.

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Silvana Zapanta

Sil brings a wealth of experience to her writing and editing projects. After nearly a decade guiding college students in research and communication, she shifted her focus to freelance writing and editing. Her passion for education continues through volunteer work, where she empowers others by teaching research and writing skills.

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