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Are there any cycles (time periods) of unified political activity among Latino students on campus, and if so, what factors play into them?

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Title: Are there any cycles (time periods) of unified political activity among Latino students on campus, and if so, what factors play into them?
Author(s): Garcia, Nora
Subject(s): Latino/a La Casa Cultural Latina Race Discrimination Student Activism
Abstract: This project aims to answer the following questions: how and under what circumstances is there a unified political activity by Latino students on the UIUC campus? Are there any cycles in terms of goals, student demographics, or issues of importance that invariably affect the nature of activism? What do past and current Latino student perceptions of UIUC political activism reveal about role of location and identity in shaping the views and practices of activism? On the basis of archival research, literature review, and seven interviews with students and an administrator, the study finds that notions of cyclical Latino student activism within UIUC must be conceptualized not only in terms of identifying key changes in demographics, perceptions and University actions, but also along a broader theoretical framework. Existing theories of student protest and activism, however, do not account for the unique experiences of Latino students, and tend to make the specifics of protest fit the provisions, rather than explaining them.
Issue Date: 2005-12-15
Genre: Essay
Type: Text
Publication Status: unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-09-02

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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.

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