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The persistence of racial discomfort on campus: Ethnographic perspectives from under-represented student researchers

Priscilla Fortier

This article describes the findings of an undergraduate Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI) course in which students examined the university's efforts to improve the racial climate of the campus. These institutional efforts are intended to create a more comfortable environment for under-represented minority students who often comprise a significantly smaller group on campus than in their home neighbourhoods and high schools. Many minority group students experience isolation and discomfort connected to a lack of 'ownership' of campus spaces and traditions, which tend to be monopolised by white students. In my EUI class, which was sponsored by the Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) at the University of Illinois (U of I), under-represented minority students focused their ethnographic projects specifically on campus-sponsored programmes intended to facilitate interaction across racial and ethnic groups. Of particular interest to students were programmes related to residence halls and campus social spaces. The findings presented here indicate that campus-sponsored programmes to increase race awareness that depend upon students' voluntary participation may be less effective in bringing students together than required classroom-based programmes and informal interaction through shared extra-curricular passions.

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Professionalizing Persons and Foretelling Futures

Capacity Building in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Kristin LaHatte

Haitian-made rocking chairs, which tilted precipitously backwards beyond my comfort level, watching the sun descend over the hazy city. A university-educated agronomist, Raoul had spent the past twenty-plus years working for several of the major

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“Boys in Power”

Consent and Gendered Power Dynamics in Sex

Katrín Ólafsdottir and Jón Ingvar Kjaran

lived experiences of the same circumstances. During the interview process, the first author felt the small size of the groups, as well as the close friendship of the participants, was crucial in regard to the comfort level of the participants and the

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Girls’ Voices and Civic Engagement in Student Journalism

Piotr S. Bobkowski and Genelle I. Belmas

, and Adam Maksl . 2009 . “ Expanding and Validating Applications of the Willingness to Self-Censor Scale: Self-Censorship and Media Advisers’ Comfort Level with Controversial Topics .” Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 86 , no. 2 : 368

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Black Girls and Dolls Navigating Race, Class, and Gender in Toronto

Janet Seow

to use their images, and pseudonyms were adopted to protect confidentiality. I believed that interviewing the girls at home would increase their comfort level enough to allow them to open up about doll play and discuss their doll's special features

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Book Reviews

Jonathan Bach, Heather L. Dichter, Kirkland Alexander Fulk, Alexander Wochnik, Wilko Graf von Hardenberg, and Carol Hager

will not discuss all the essays in the volume (which include, among others, analyses of Richard Strauss’s “Alpensinfonie,” Ludwig Tieck’s Der Runenberg , and Christoph Ransmayr’s Der fliegende Berg which are well beyond my comfort level). To stay in

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A tale of two courses: challenging Millennials to experience culture through film

Katie Kirakosian, Virginia McLaurin, and Cary Speck

overall ratings of the course. While this rise could, in part, be attributed to the first author’s rising comfort level teaching a large lecture, this does not solely explain the consistent and significant rating increases. By the end of the course, many

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The racial fix

White currency in the gentrification of black and Latino Chicago

Jesse Mumm

Chicago are in support of racism. But these markets had to be created and invented, and while hearing the life stories of white newcomers I saw how the structuring elements of race intersected with their estimations of risk, benefit, and comfort level in