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Title:Exploring Student Perceptions and Experiences at the UIUC Black Cultural Center
Author(s):Burris, Marques J.
Cultural Centers
African American
University of Illinois
Black Cultural Center
Abstract:This study examined the experiences and perceptions of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). In order to understand how students' experiences at the BCC compare to the perceptions of the BCC, it is necessary to highlight the black student voices at the UIUC. For the current study, junior and senior undergraduate participants were recruited by utilizing snowball sampling. I utlized a qualitative methodology in order to assess the student experiences and perceptions of the BCC at UIUC. The findings indicate that students are more likely to attend the BCC if they feel comfortable, feel like they are building community, and/or have a high level of involvement with the BCC.
Issue Date:2013-06
Course / Semester:EOL 574, Lorenzo Baber, Instructor, Spring 2013
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-06-25

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    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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