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:Interracial Rommates: 'Hard'ling Issues of Race vs. Personality
Author(s):Allersworth, Michael; Johnson, Brittany; Lai, Yuhui; Ochoa, Cristal
Abstract:This paper explores interracial roommate relations by looking at how it influences students' overall college experiences. It focuses on how these students are affected emotionally, the levels of contact they assume with their roommate, and how their academic performance is affected. The main questions that we asked are: 1) Have you been affected academically by having a roommate of a different race? 2) Did you experience any emotional affects? 3) What is the amount of time that you and your roommate spend in the room together? 4) Does your interracial roommate's emotion or mood affect you? 5) How much does the race of your roommate affect your study habits? We have come to believe that interracial roommate relations have no significant effect on students' overall college experience. As our research has shown, the college experience is more affected by the roommates' individual personalities rather than any type of racial discomforts the students may possess.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:RHET105 Section D3B3 (Principles of Composition: Race and the University)
Professor Linda Larsen
Rhetoric 105 helps you develop your reading, writing, and research skills and lays a foundation for the reading, writing, and researching you will do at the University. The skills taught in this course can also help you learn to make informed judgments in a world of competing ideas and learn to communicate ideas persuasively. This course gives you practice in: • Critically reading and analyzing texts • Rhetorical analysis • Forming arguments • Gathering and evaluating research • Synthesizing multiple sources • Conducting qualitative research • Composing: inventing, drafting, revising This section of Rhet. 105 centers on the theme of “Race and the University.”
Conference Poster
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-08

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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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