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Self Segregation at the University of Illinois

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Title: Self Segregation at the University of Illinois
Author(s): Anonymous
Subject(s): diversity housing dorms segregation
Abstract: Our project examines how students segregate themselves, mainly corresponding to their group of friends. We drew correlations between this and where they live and whether or not these places are diverse. We surveyed a wide range of students about these issues and asked them for their opinions on what the University has done to help promote diversity. We have noticed that many groups around campus are dominated by one race, and through our research tried to determine if housing has anything to do with these perceptions.
Issue Date: 2011-08
Series/Report: RHET105 Section B4C3 (Race and Ethnicity at UIUC)Professor Thomas HerakovichIn this Rhetoric 105 class students were expected to: 1. develop skills as readers and writers by reading and writing sophisticated prose, including ethnographic papers/books/articles and research papers/journals/books/articles; 2. experience writing as a process of revision and collaboration, where longer, more complex pieces grow out of earlier work—ideas, collaboration, field notes, summaries, abstracts, data tables, charts, and graphs; 3. reflect and analyze conventional and personal reading and writing processes as readers and writers while reading, writing about, and discussing the texts of the course: published work, peers’ work, as well as personal work; 4. become more practiced at using writing as a means of investigation, writing as an early strategy for discovering and for answering questions, thus challenging the commonplace belief that all writing is designed to prove something once and for all; 5. identify and connect the intellectual and philosophical insights that arise when reading and writing personal and ethnographic essays, to the contexts of our day to day lives; 6. accomplish 1-5 above within a course context dedicated to investigating Race and Ethnicity here at UIUC and elsewhere through theorizing and practicing the art of writing and critiquing personal, ethnographic, academic papers, and various forms of data presentation.
Genre: Essay
Type: Text
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-08-16

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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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