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Title:Oral History - Clarence Shelley
Author(s):Doil, Joshua T.
Subject(s):Clarence Shelley
oral history: UIUC
Project 500
Abstract:Dean Shelley, in 1968, thanks to an initiative began by Illinois students, was recruited by the University to head Project 500, a diversity initiative that was began thanks to the political protests and machinations of UIUC students and community. Project 500 brought about five hundred African American students into the university that would have previously been unable to due to financial or discriminatory reasons. Shelley was, in essence, their guidance counselor, admissions officer, financial aid officer, and academic advisor, all at once. After moving on from Project 500, Shelley was active in other capacities in the university for minority students, and continues to serve the UIUC campus in this capacity. For more information on Project 500 see: book referenced in the audio: Williamson, Joy Ann. Black Power on Campus: The University of Illinois, 1965-75: An Intellectual and Cultural History. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 2003.
Issue Date:2013-01
Course / Semester:History 396; Fall 2012
Mireya Loza, Instructor
Genre:Sound Recording (oral)
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-03-12

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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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