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:In which university spaces are students more likely to interact across racial/ethnic lines?
Author(s):Hibbler, Sharrell
Subject(s):Social Spaces
Abstract:This project aims to answer the following questions: In which university spaces are students more likely to interact across racial/ethnic lines? Does the quality of interaction vary within these university spaces? What conditions or characteristics of spaces encourage interaction? Which racial/ethnic groups are more likely to interact with each other? On the basis of six interviews and observations in different university buildings, the study finds that both common interests and certain university spaces encourage interaction between peoples of different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The student suggests that we must not see things as black and white, assimilation or racial/ethnic tension. Rather, we must acknowledge that students can have strong ethnic solidarity bonds, yet still embrace the idea of a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic community of scholars. Finding that “middle ground” means combining what we know about physical space and common interest in order to find the common good.
Issue Date:2005-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished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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