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.

Files in this item



application/pdfAhern_Research_Process.pdf (276kB)
Research ProcessPDF


application/pdfAhern_Final_Paper.pdf (129kB)
Final paperPDF


Title:The University of Illinois's LGBT Community - A Look at Organizations
Author(s):Ahern, Dana
Abstract:I have conducted interviews with individuals who have been active in official LGBT campus RSO’s such as “Pride” as well as unofficial LGBT organizations that are based on campus such as small reading groups, etc. I also interviewed individuals who identify as LGBT, but who are not active in campus organizations. I asked about the experiences with both types of groups in terms of general feelings of inclusion, as well as the perceived goals of these groups and how well these groups seemed to accomplish these goals. Before I began my interviews, I explored past research regarding campus RSO’s, as well as further exploration of scholarly literature critiquing LGBT movements.
Issue Date:2012-05
Course / Semester:GWS 467/HIST 396 Locating Queer Culture Spring 2012
Instructor, Siobhan Somerville
Our goal for this course was to create original research projects about queer culture, with a special focus on our local context, the University of Illinois, in relation to the surrounding Urbana-Champaign area. Our guiding questions included: What are the various ways of defining “queer”? What counts as “culture”? Where do we find queer culture? How is queer culture produced, sustained, or transformed? How do institutions (such as universities) help to produce or erase queer culture? What roles do race, class, and/or gender play in the production and/or visibility of queer culture? Our course texts included selected examples of queer cultural production, including film, novels, television, magazines, and music. Assignments were designed around two research projects: (1) an archival research project on some aspect of local queer history and (2) an ethnographic research project on some aspect of contemporary local queer culture.
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-06-06

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

Item Statistics