Note: This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

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Title:Native Americans at U of I
Author(s):Prince, Hannah
Subject(s):Native American
Native American house
RHET104C S08
Abstract:My research project was all about Native Americans at the University of Illinois. My main goal for this project was to make people aware of the lack of Native Americans on campus as well as people’s lack of knowledge of what they offer our campus. To find out my information I did two interviews, a survey, went to the archives, and did an annotated bibliography. The two interviews helped me the most as I discovered about the classes offered at the University as well as what the Native American’s do at their house on campus. Then I went to the archives to do a comparison of how Native Americans used to be on our campus. After having barely nay success I was able to locate an event, Sheequon, which showed racism towards the Native Americans on campus in the 1960’s. From there I talked about how bad racism was on how there have been improvements since then like having the Native American House. From this project I have discovered that there have been many improvements for Native Americans but it is still not enough. There is not equality on our campus and I learned from the survey’s that there is not enough emphasis put towards the culture houses we have on Nevada Street. I have also learned and focused a little attention on the Chief and how different people approached their reasoning’s behind bringing the Chief back or not. Overall this project has brought up many issues that no one had really addressed as people mostly focus on the most common races to argue about.
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:Rhet 104, Ethnography of Race and the University, Instr. Samantha Looker: In this course, students take the writing skills that they built during Rhet 103 and apply them to research, with the ultimate goal of completing an in-depth research project. As part of the EUI-Rhetoric Race and the University Project, this class revolves around how race is represented and lived on university campuses, and specifically on our own campus here at UIUC. Students ground themselves in readings on how race is defined and talked about, and then move on to research related issues on our campus. Students will choose a research question related to race to answer in your final research project. As part of the EUI (Ethnography of the University Initiative), this class gives students the opportunity to create original scholarly research based on your firsthand experience with people, texts, and places on campus. In addition to traditional academic sources, students final research project will include several interviews, observations, surveys, and/or analyses of University texts.
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-06-10

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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.
  • 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.
  • University Units and Institutional Transformation
    Projects in this collection explore institutional growth and change as seen in the histories and practices of university units and programs.

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