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Examing the Third Space in the Context of University Housing

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Title: Examing the Third Space in the Context of University Housing
Author(s): Files, Ashanti
Subject(s): multiculturalism Community Relations ethnicity Residential Housing
Abstract: Due to the intermixture of social distinctions such as race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, and all of the intersections of each, within residence housing, students are placed in a fantastic position to explore and discuss the challenges and constructs of identity without leaving their halls. This paper explores the concept of Third Spaces and demonstrates how it is applicable to the university housing structure through social justice programming. By examining the attitudes held by Resident Advisors, Multicultural Advocates, and residents, I will reveal why social justice programming is important, how it is implemented, and unveil the ways to decrease resistance. I will discuss why it is imperative for Residential Life to equip students with the multicultural competence (through social justice programming) necessary to negotiate an increasingly globalized world, as well as connect how facilitating Third Spaces can allow them to truly make everyone feel “at home at Illinois”.
Issue Date: 2009-10-07
Genre: Essay
Type: Text
Language: English
Publication Status: unpublished
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-10-07

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