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Archive for April, 2014

youth community inquiry

Youth Community Inquiry: New Media for Community and Personal Growth offers a detailed look at how people use media to help their communities thrive.

I was pleased to contribute to this anthology via a chapter on early work at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center Library, co-written with Jeanie Austin and Joe Coyle. Here’s an excerpt:

Youth in juvenile detention face many challenges. Access to information relevant to their experience through library services offers an opportunity to forge connections and move past hurdles. Linking resources with youth’s questions and concerns provides examples of new possibilities and facilitates a reduction of alienation. Involving collaborators and mentors-especially peers-in developing services enables a strong model of collaboration.

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“Change is necessary and overdue”: A Letter Regarding the Chief

a place of refuge is not enough

I'll get there. It'll be worth the trip.

What follows is a letter written by a friend to the UIUC administration regarding Chief Illiniwek. With her permission, I have shared this letter here to help amplify her voice.

To: Chancellor Wise, the Board of Trustees, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and all Native American, Indigenous, First Nations and Aboriginal People

April 3, 2014

My name is Xochitl Sandoval, I am an indigenous student here at UIUC. I write this to you as a condensed statement and explanation of my experience as a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I hope it finds you in a good way and is met with a receptive spirit. What I write to you is very personal and very sacred because it is about my life, and the legacy of disrespect and racism towards…

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