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Title:Interactions Between Self-segregation and University Housing Policy
Author(s):Li, Jingjing
student housing
student housing policies
Abstract:Self-segregation, as a pretty new term, being more and more popular and obvious among students especially who are in colleges, which based on nation or race. Usually, people hang out easily with the certain group of people who may have the same races, even ethnicities with them. We can observe these facts directly from each dorm, University Residence Halls. Couple of researches held by students on campus show that segregation does exist among students. I decided to do some researches based on these evidences and go further, aiming on the interaction between self-segregation and University Housing Policy. Totally five methods are being used: observation, annotated bibliography, interview, analyzing text and survey. Meanwhile, as a member of Culture and Minority Student Affair, I luckily went through a whole process of the resolution which has been passed recently, which strongly recommends the University could adopt a lottery system of housing to cut down the probability of self-segregation gradually year by year.
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:Rhetoric 101, College Writing I: Ethnography of Race and the University, Ligia Mihut: This course is the first semester of a two-semester course sequence designed primarily to help students improve as writers, readers, researchers and critical thinkers. To this end students were encouraged to think analytically, to read critically and participate actively in the ongoing academic discourse presented in texts, images and discussions. This section of Rhetoric 101 centered on a particular theme, Race and the University as a part of the Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI). As a Race and the University course, students investigated the way that race defines people, actions, and patterns of thought, and what people make of race and issues of race. Students did this by exploring texts and contexts in the first half, then observed and researched issues particular to our campus in the second half. As an Ethnography of the University (EUI) section, students conducted innovative research and explored issues of race by coming in direct contact with people, places and texts connected or related to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The course syllabus is available at:
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-04-29

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    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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