Brandon F

Academic Area:
Sociology MA/PhD; College of Arts and Sciences

Hometown:
Menlo Park, CA

Undergraduate Institution:
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Research Interests:
Deviance & Social Control, Law & Society, Social Psych, Incarceration, Stratification, Prisoner Reentry

The Best Thing About Being a Graduate Student at IUB:
Social support and wide variety of facilities to support graduate learning.

Insider tip about living in Bloomington:
Get a bicycle, everything is close!

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Dinner, Diversity, and Community Building at IU, Bloomington

As an Emissary, responsible for recruiting diversity to the Indiana University, Bloomington graduate school, I have become much more familiar with the spaces designed specifically to expose grad students to others from the campus community who may differ in culture or background.

Just last night, I was fortunate enough to have dinner at La Casa. This Latino Cultural Center has been vibrant in the local campus community since its inception in 1973. With the rising numbers of the Latino population rapidly increasing both in terms of representation at IU and across the U.S. La Casa serves as a constant reminder of the need for others to have at least a basic grasp of Latino culture in all its complexity.

Over a free (and amazing) meal, we discussed developments for La Casa as well as the tentative future plans for a Latino Learning/Living Center. Rather than simply discussing the theoretical implications behind our ideas, we as a group were involved in a critical discussion where perspectives were asked of undergrads, graduates, and faculty. More importantly from my perspective, not everyone was Latino.

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