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Title:Central Black Student Union: Is It Still Needed in 2006?
Author(s):EPS 500_06-01
Subject(s):African American
Student Organizations
Central Black Student Union (CBSU)
Abstract:This project aims to answer the following questions: 1) What is the historical background of the Central Black Student Union (CBSU)? 2) Does CBSU still perform the same functions and hold fast to the same traditions and beliefs that they once fostered in the 70s, 80s and 90s? 3) If so, are these actions, traditions and beliefs still relevant in UIUC’s current racial climate? 4) Is CBSU’s main purpose to be a politically charged organization or does it have the primary role of meeting the socio-cultural needs of African American students? The author conducted eight interviews and attended several CBSU meetings at the Illini Orange. Results indicat that CBSU is not as militant as in the past. Students do not participate in CBSU activities as they once did, but still find it important in fostering a sense of African American community on campus.
Issue Date:2006-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-22

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