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Title:Diverse clubs and the impact on the UIUC campus
Author(s):Mueller, Kristin
RHET105M5 S08
Abstract:My paper revolves around minority-based and diverse clubs at the University of Illinois. Diversity is something that UIUC prides itself in - diversity meaning uniting students from different cultural backgrounds. Many articles from the campus newspaper, the Daily Illini, are reviewed regarding minority and diverse clubs. I observe an African dance workshop on campus as a part of my field site. I also focus on the club, Dance2XS, a hip-hop dance group on campus that prides themselves in their diversity. The president is interviewed and their biannual event Urbanite is observed. These diverse groups and clubs are explored and after all of the secondary and primary research, it is concluded that perhaps it comes down to the participation of the individual student in regards to a diverse campus.
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:Rhetoric 105, Principles of Composition, Race & the University, Instr. Kristin McCann: This course entailed continual negotiation of three primary focuses: academic writing, introduction to ethnographic research methodologies, and critical inquiry into issues of race and representation. I approached this course as a semester-long conversation with students, the texts with which we engaged, and the kairos of the physical and ideological spaces in which we were immersed. I encouraged students to draw upon their expertise as current UIUC undergraduates and to consider their stake in the university’s narratives. Students were, of course, not expected to produce a complete ‘ethnography’; rather, to consider what combination of ethnographic research methodologies might be most useful to their specific essays and research projects and what issues they deemed most exigent for their inquiries. Students also had the opportunity to present at the bi-annual EUI conference, alongside other EUI undergraduate and graduate students. The course syllabus is available at:
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-06-10

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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.
  • 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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