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|Title:||Racial Climate and Spatial Segregation: The Experience of Minority Students|
|Abstract:||The following proposal is written to receive approval to carry out a project that would investigate how socialization changes among minority students when they come to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I will concentrate on documenting and analyzing whether “racial” differences affect student socialization. I hope to illustrate how coming to U of I changes the racial groups with which students interact in meaningful ways. One key question would be posed: have you socialized with students of different “race?” The goal of this research is to see what the university administration is doing to create a less negative “racial” climate as well as to investigate students’ everyday responses to that racially charged environment. I will do the this by carrying out three types of methodologies: structured/unstructured interviews, focus groups, and participant-observation.|
|Course / Semester:||ANTH 411: Methods for Sociocultural Anthropology, Prof. Nancy Abelmann. This course introduced students to a variety of ethnographic methods. Students tried their hand at some of these methods through a focused project. I had students think about their semester-long work as "pilot research"; although they did write up a short paper on their findings (their "discuss" section of the database), the culminating assignment was a research proposal in which they envision building on their preliminary findings in a longer/larger project. In the beginning of the semester, students did some warm-up exercises not directly related to their projects (an observation, an analysis of a university document, and an interview) -- some students elected to remove these from their databases while others left them in because of their connection to the final project. Students' "question" and "plan" sections of the database include multiple entries as I encouraged them to continue to refine these over the course of the semester in dialogue with their own emerging findings. I also asked students to search both the U of I Student Life and Cultures Archives and well as this EUI IDEALS collection to find archives relevant to their pilot/proposed research. All students were asked to "reflect" on the research experience and to make "recommendations" to the University on the basis of their research findings. The course syllabus is available at: www.eui.uiuc.edu/docs/syllabi/ANTH411F07.doc|
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2008-02-13|
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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.
University Units and Institutional Transformation
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Student Communities and Culture
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Globalization and the University
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