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Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Danielle McGeough

Keywords

Multiculturalism; Workshops (Adult education);

Abstract

The number of students with diverse backgrounds has increased across universities and colleges nationwide. In fact, some institutions have hired Chief Diversity Officers. According to Jeffery L. Wilson, close to 150 institutions were a part of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) in 2009 (433). As campuses experience an influx of new demographics, there is an increasing need to discuss diversity issues. The rapidity of this movement has created great conflict on college campuses, such as the hate crime incident that occurred at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in October 2014. Surrounding the application Yik Yak, UNI community members posted racial, homophobic, and degrading comments pertaining to various community groups on campus. This incident sparked conversation about UNI’s campus climate and the effect of the diversity initiatives on campus. Informed by research on racial diversity on college campuses, this thesis creates a series of workshops to engage students on the topic of racial diversity and to create community amongst minority college students.

Date of Award

2015

Department

Department of Communication Studies

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original

2015

Object Description

1 PDF file (50 pages)

Language

EN

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