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Title:PSA: Benefits and Motivations
Author(s):Sauder, Kelsey
Social Networks
Asian American
Ethnic Specific
Abstract:This research describes factors leading to students’ involvement in the PSA, benefits they experience, and the role the organization plays within the University of Illinois. By interweaving data collected through an observation and interview with other University projects and scholarly research, several themes emerged. First, the factors that direct students’ involvement in the PSA are relationships, both prior to and beginning in college, and previous cultural group experience. Through their membership, they gain a family-like environment, cultural awareness, and personal development. Finally, the group promotes the University’s goal of diversity by voicing ethnic-specific concerns.
Issue Date:2012-01
Course / Semester:AAS 346; Fall 2011
Soo Ah Kwon, Instructor
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-10-30

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    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.

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