Note: This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

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Title:Survival of the Fittest: How Does Self-identification Determine the Latino Student Experience at the University of Illinois?
Author(s):Garcia, Edelmira P.
La Casa Cultural Latina
Abstract:This project aims to answer the following questions: 1) What causes fragmentation along Latino ethnic lines? 2) How does external classification or imposed identity affect self-identification among Latino/a students? 3) How does ethnic affiliation influence political agendas? The student conducted eight interviews and collected data through participant observation. The student recommends that the university invest more resources to better inform students about ethnic histories and imperial relations, and to set up a mentoring program for Latino/a students.
Issue Date:2006-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-22

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  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    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.
  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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