Amy McElroy, Former Attorney, Writer, Editor, parent of a junior high and high school student
I think the expert above who described the goal of an inclusive campus nailed the answer to this question. It's not merely about being "different"--and certainly not "exotic"--it's about making sure that all groups people are represented on college campuses for two reasons. First, all people should have a chance to earn an opportunity to go to college. If their economic or life circumstances put them at a disadvantage, yet they showed effort to overcome those odds, colleges should consider this in awarding scholarships that make college possible for these students. Second everyone on campus benefits from having a diverse campus and learning from people from all kinds of backgrounds and people who are unlike them. That's a huge part of college.