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Title:The Blackhouse: Is Home Really Where the Heart Is?
Author(s):EPS500 07-4
Subject(s):African American
Cultural Houses
EPS500 F07
Abstract:The purpose of this study is to determine if the African American Cultural Center is meeting their mission statement, examine the relationship between students/community and the center and imply what these results says about African American activism on and off campus. Activism is one of the factors that have enlarged the status of African Americans all around the world. In addition, activism on campuses shines through due to cultural centers for minority students. However, due to the increase of individualistic wants and capitalism, many are asking the question, “What has happened to activism?” These answers linger everywhere and inside the African American Cultural Center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The center has an influential role on this campus and has contributed greatly to the status of Black students, but the center is often overlooked by many. Examining the mission statement and the relationship between the students and the center may help answer some questions and concerns. It may also determine some key factors that need to be dealt with in order to increase the amount of activism on and off campuses.
Issue Date:2008-02-22
Course / Semester:EPS 500pf1: Race and Ethnography: A Study of the University, Prof. Priscilla Fortier. As a member of this course students join a campus-wide learning community in which the University of Illinois is being explored ethnographically. Students begin the course by thinking about what the university is, as well as about race and ethnicity as phenomena within the university's narratives. One area of concentration will be "ethnography," and students learn and practice the basic skills of observation, interviewing, and writing as an ethnographer. They complete several relatively short assignments that are intended to help them develop these skills, as well as one larger ethnographic project on the University. The latter allows students to explore an aspect of the university that has to do with as issue of race or ethnicity. The course syllabus is available at:
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-02-22

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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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