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Title:GLBT Discrimination at ISU
Author(s):ANTH285 07-13
Hate Crime
ANTH285 F07
Abstract:In this paper, I discuss the results of an ethnographic project about discrimination against GLBT students at Illinois State University. Using participant observation of PRIDE meetings, interviews with two PRIDE board members, and statistics from the ISU crime reports, I was able find out the prevalence and specifics of hate crimes against GLBT students on campus. Based on these preliminary findings, I argue that discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender individuals does occur at ISU, and I recommend that the administration of the university be aware of this issue, and make help (in the form of counseling) more available and accessible to students who have been victims of hate crimes due to their sexual orientation.
Issue Date:2008-03-04
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-03-04

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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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    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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