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Causes for Persisting Discrimination on the U of I Campus

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Title: Causes for Persisting Discrimination on the U of I Campus
Author(s): Hemann, Andrew
Subject(s): Native American Administration/Services Discrimination Chief Illiniwek
Abstract: This project aims to answer the following questions: Why does discrimination continue to exist at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)? What actions do the University and the student body take in response to acts of intolerance? How effective are such responses? The author conducted eleven interviews, attended a forum, and distributed surveys. The results indicate that a common cause of discrimination is ignorance and lack of accurate exposure to “other” cultures. Administrational responses are either nonexistent or are unsuccessful in fighting the persistent ignorance. The administration seems to assert a “clean up” or “deal with” mentality. In addition, events organized by cultural student organizations frequently sensualize or exoticize ethnicities, which reinforces stereotypes. The project includes a proposal for continued research.
Issue Date: 2006-12-15
Genre: Essay
Type: Text
Publication Status: unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-08-22

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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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