Our Research at UW-Stout
Description of the Research In this critical, action research, a diverse group of researchers are working with cohorts of students from underserved ethnic backgrounds to uncover the barriers they experience to equity and inclusion in higher education. Using an innovation methodology, the students are able to access their understanding of the complex ways in which hegemony works on their campus to standardize, categorize, individualize and police their experience to recreate white, (upper) middle class, heterosexual privilege. The students also suggest solutions to overcome the barriers they experience.
Methodology: Collages made by Students
Semi-structured interviews with small groups of students who self-identify with African American, Asian, Latino, Native, and White ethnic groups were contacted and asked to volunteer for the project. Students given a list of key words and concepts related to hegemony, such as “power,” “surveillance,” and “standardization,” and asked to respond to/illustrate the prompts in the form of a collage. Students asked to reflect orally on the the meaning of their representations on the collage. Researchers ask students follow-up questions to tease out, as individuals and their groups, the hegemonic significance of their collages.
Asian American Cohort
African American Cohort
Latino American Cohort
White American Cohort