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:Asians and Cultural Awareness at U of I
Subject(s):Cultural Awareness
Abstract:For our research project, we chose to study the effects of the U of I environment and other sub-factors on the Asian population. We have gained an understanding of how feelings of cultural awareness change and how students prefer to identify themselves after coming to U of I. We used anonymous surveys as one method of gathering data. The surveys helped us gain a general understanding of how diversity on campus and ethnic backgrounds played a role in the Asian student population’s view of how culturally aware he or she have become at UIUC. In addition to the statistical approach that surveys provided us, we included short answer questions in which we were able to get personal insight about a student’s experience with culture. Another form of research we will be doing is data collection by reading student research done on similar topics in the IDEALS database which both supported and defied our results.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:RHET105 Section B4C3 (Race and Ethnicity at UIUC)
Professor Thomas Herakovich
In 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.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-17

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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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