A Look into Race Relations on the University of Illinois Campus
Students talk outside on Green Street. Photo courtesy of the University of Illinois.
With over 44,000 Undergraduate students, everyone finds a community where they fit in on the University of Illinois campus. But from segregation in the Greek system, to students speaking out of their experiences with microaggressions in the community, race sadly still plays a factor. Our team of Kara Garvey, Camille Avilez, Fangyi Liu, and Jimmie Jackson took a look at race relations at the University of Illinois.
A quote in the Illinois wheelchair track practice facility.
From the wheelchair athletics at the University of Illinois, to a local prosthetics and orthotics business in Urbana, our team of Jessa Corso, Abraham Koshy, Lauren Mroz and Lucas Wright takes a look at the usually overlooked area of disability in the Champaign county area. Continue reading →
With bike lanes on almost every street around campus, it’s evident that biking is a very important mode of transportation for students and faculty on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. With so many bike laws, violations, and organizations around campus, the four of us, Alexis Casati, Emma Pool, Megan Vasiliadis, and Sam Welch decided to take a look at some of the bigger issues surrounding bicycles and other ways they can be used other than for transportation. We explore frustrations with biking on campus, exercising with cycling, and the different types of bikes that can be found at any bike locking station around campus. Check out the website we created for All Things Bikes that contains all of our multimedia elements including a final video project in a special segment here.
International Students Reflect on Integration Tools
UIUC quad on a quiet day.
There are over 30,000 undergraduate students that attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Suddenly a small world seems a little bigger. It becomes even larger when noted that, of these students, over 4,000 travel from over 110 foreign countries to unify themselves with a campus full of multiple majors and opportunities. The university prides itself on having the largest international student population of any public institution in the country. Continue reading →
In terms of diversity, the University of Illinois isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
While Illinois claims to be the “the most diverse public university in the Big Ten” on its admissions website, according to statistics found on Forbes.com, the university’s student population, while quite diverse, isn’t as varied as a prospective student would be led to believe. Continue reading →
The Greek community at the University of Illinois struggles with inclusion
On a campus that emphasizes diversity, the Greek community at Illinois struggles to remain inclusive.
Produced By: Miranda Holloway, Sarah Nolan, Jordan Wilson & Sean Neumann
On Sunday, March 8, a video from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma went viral in which a bus full of brothers chanted, “There will never be a n—— SAE/There will never be a n—– SAE/You can hang ‘em from a tree, but it will never start with me/There will never be a n—– SAE.”
The chapter was suspended, the two students pictured in the video expelled from the university, and a nationwide debate was sparked once again: do fraternities and sororities breed a culture of racism, or was this an isolated occurrence?
Technology has become second- nature to my generation. We are consumed by digital devices with internet capability and social media websites. Our infatuation with these ‘free’ applications is altering the way we live our lives. We no longer eat, dress, speak, exercise, interact, share information, form relationships, attend meetings, or even learn the same. We are crippled by the thought of not having our mobile devices surgically attached to our bodies. In fact the feeling of panic that one experiences when reaching for their phone and being unable to find it is unreasonable. We’ve all felt our heart drop because of the thought of losing a disposable item that keeps us connected to the rest of the world. Sounds familiar right?
Prisoners can often be given the stigma of indispensable by our society’s standards today. While the United States is #1 in number of incarcerations, where do we stand on actually reforming these individuals? On making them valuable members of society and changing them for the better?
The mission of the The Education Justice Project, also know as EJP, is build a model for in-prison education system that exemplifies the beneficial impacts of higher learning education.
When an individual’s given access to educational programming they really begin to see how valuable they are as a human being and begin to see how valuable their intellectual contributions are so that kind of when you’re granted access into that notion, they will typically want to continue to see themselves grow in that way. EJP allows these students the opportunity to TRANSFORM not only themselves but most everyone who is involved with the program.
EJP instead of focusing on that past prides itself on focusing on the potential and not enough of that kind of focus within our criminal justice system- a lot of times because we don’t find they’re deserving of having that kind of system.