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Title:Multicultural Community vs White Community
Author(s):Reynolds, Felicia
Residential Housing
Abstract:This project focuses on the racial divide within the dorms of PAR/FAR and the Six Pack. It focuses on the lack of diversity of the two. FAR/PAR is the home of minorities, they have built their mini community surrounding themselves that look like them and who share the same struggles. The white individuals of the Six Pack have indirectly built a small community for themselves. These individuals have separated themselves in order to avoid feelings of uncomforted, anxiety, or misunderstanding. They separate themselves to avoid feeling unwanted, or isolated. If it’s a minority, someone of color they don’t want to be reminded of their lower status in society, they don’t want to be constantly reminded that they are different. Those in majority standing, those who are white surround themselves with those similar to them because they want to reduce the feeling of uncomforted as much as possible. They want to be able to say whatever comes to their minds; they don’t want to walk on eggshells. This project consisted of interviews questioning the reasons why these individuals chose their place of residence, who and what influenced this choice and how they feel about living there. Surveys were given out to get an honest opinion from the individuals living in these two particular areas. Most of the minorities living at PAR/FAR report feeling content while the ones living at the Six Pack feel some form of isolation. It turns out that there is some connection between the place of residence where each individual grow up and the education they receive, this causes these individuals to separate and surround themselves with the individuals they are used to seeing.
Issue Date:2008
Publication Status:unpublished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.

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