Yesterday, I turned in my “36 Faces” project for my photojournalism class LITERALLY twelve minutes before the deadline. I don’t think I’ve ever been so stressed in my life.
Admittedly, I took 32 of these 36 faces in a single day. I did not plan this — the weather decided my fate for me. (Thanks, Irma. Thanks climate change. Thanks government for refusing to acknowledge it.)
Despite all this, I managed to shoot and caption each of these photos by 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Today, after sharing a particular photo with my friends on Facebook, I decided to do a little research.
I don’t know if this is intentional, but there are approximately 36,000 students (including graduate students) at the University of Georgia; my 36 photos represent 1/1000 of our student population.
I wanted to compare my racial, ethnic, and gender demographics to UGA’s. So I did. This is what I found.
+ UGA’s Demographic (according to College Data):
- American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.1%
- Asian: 10.3%
- Black/African-American: 7.7%
- Hispanic/Latino: 5.8%
- Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino): 3.8%
- Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander: 0.1%
- White: 71.5%
- Unknown: 0.8%
- Women: 56.8%
- Men: 43.2%
+ My 36 Faces Demographic:
- Asian: 5.6%
- Black/African-American: 22.2%
- Hispanic/Latino: 5.6%
- White: 55.6%
- Unknown: 11.1%
- Women: 88.8%
- Male: 22.2%
+ Some disclaimers:
- Yes, I did assume people’s gender identity
- Yes, I did assume most people’s racial/ethnic identity; however, I chose to label certain people as “unknown” because I didn’t feel super comfortable assuming their racial/ethnic identity
Some of my demographics line up pretty well with UGA’s (those who identify as Hispanic/Latino, for example); however, many do not. I feel as if I went out of my way to make sure my photography project provided a diverse sample of students; however, I feel like I failed in some parts — I should have taken more photos of men, I could have gotten a larger sample of Asian students. In other parts, however, I feel as if I helped the minorities at UGA stand out a little bit more.