Born on February 19th 1972, Kevin BowerSox-Johnson is the President of the Urbana Champaign LGBT community center (referred to as the UP center for short). His experiences as an openly gay graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign provide an invaluable tale of sexual identity and self-actualization. As someone who came out later in life, Mr. Johnson provides a rare perspective in the LGBT community. Kevin Johnson joined his partner Brandon in a civil union on April 20th, 2002. As queer-identified people continue to come out earlier in life, it is important to remember the struggles of those who, as adults, came onto the LGBT scene and became activists.
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.
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.