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The Never-Ending Story: An Analysis of Student Activism at Oregon State University

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dc.contributor.advisor Asmatey, Yalda
dc.creator Petty, Lyndi-Rae, E.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-06T20:01:03Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-06T20:01:03Z
dc.date.copyright 2017-08-31
dc.date.issued 2017-09-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61809
dc.description.abstract Racism on college campuses continues to create a toxic environment for students of color to learn and thrive in. In order for institutions of higher education work to address the complexities of the issues that students of color face, it is important to understand the context in which those issues exist. This study examines the history of student activism at Oregon State University (OSU) relating to campus racism and race relations and the administrative response to student demands. Using a qualitative research approach, I was able to use resources from the Special Collections & Archives Research Center at OSU to identify significant historical student activist events at OSU that were concentrated on race relations, institutional racism, and discrimination. The Black Student Union Walk-Out in 1969, the All OSU Boycott in 1996, and the Students of Color Speak-Out of 2015 were identified as the events to be investigated. Using the theoretical frameworks of Color Blind Racial Ideology, Critical Race Methodology, and Critical Discourse Analysis I was able to give meaning to the archival research. Four themes were developed from the research including campus climate, unchanging demands from students of color, student-administration relationship, and administrative response and approaches. The hope is that this study can be used to further understand race relations at OSU and inform future processes related to diversity and inclusion for the betterment of OSU as a whole. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights Attribution 3.0 United States *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ *
dc.subject campus climate en_US
dc.subject race relations en_US
dc.subject students of color en_US
dc.subject student activism en_US
dc.subject higher education en_US
dc.subject inclusion en_US
dc.subject diversity en_US
dc.subject OSU en_US
dc.subject institutional racism en_US
dc.subject Black Student Union Walk-Out 1969 en_US
dc.subject All OSU Boycott 1996 en_US
dc.subject Students of Color Speak-Out 2015 en_US
dc.title The Never-Ending Story: An Analysis of Student Activism at Oregon State University en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.name Honors Bachelor of Science (HBS) en_US
dc.degree.level Bachelor's en_US
dc.degree.discipline Science en_US


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