Legacies: Whose University?
This collection discusses the lasting impact of Project 500 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including its institutions and curriculum. In the 1970s, African American students at the University of Illinois were the first minority group to fight for an active presence on campus. Project 500 allowed the UIUC campus to become more diverse and open to non-white students. This collection discusses some of the more contemporary aspects of African American presence at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Some of these legacies include the Department of African American Studies and the African American Cultural Center. Elements such as these have paved the way for things like the Native American House and development in minority studies. Today, the spirit of the SEOP continues at UIUC through organizations like the Office of Minority Student Affairs, or OMSA. Organizations like this allow non-white students to receive any extra support that they might need at the U. of I.
We can see now that Project 500 had some wonderful lasting effects. But is there more? What else can be done at UIUC in order to make the campus even more diverse?