Roseville has long been home to immigrants, but the faces of that population change constantly. Today, non-whites make up more than half the student body in Roseville schools, the majority being children of immigrants from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Addressing the question, “Who are our neighbors?” at two Corpus Christi Social Justice forums in February, Roseville School administrator Jacob Von De Linde described a mosaic of languages, religions and customs among today’s student body quite different from 20 or even 10 years ago. Such diversity is to be welcomed and viewed as a strength, he said, citing anthropologist Wade Davis: “The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”
For a closer look at the data, here is a link to the slides used by Von De Linde for both presentations: