Spotlight #10 - COMM 331 Students: Circle of Perspectives: Are we really Bennies and Johnnies? A Dialogue about Finding Community

Khadara Ahmed, Ismail Al, Skyler Ault, Madeline Behlke, Selina Boateng, Jewell Budde, Jacob Dickmeyer, Breanna Gates, Kirk Harrington, Joseph Heimel, John Lux, Ryan Miller, Sophia Sura, Jia Zeng

Circle of Perspectives: Are we really Bennies and Johnnies? A Dialogue about Finding Community
Advisor: Emily Paup

Our class chose to focus on this research because we felt as though there was a collective need on campus to assist students in understand that being a Bennie/Johnnie doesn't mean one thing and one thing only.  Our hope is that Bennies and Johnnies that don't necessarily agree with the "norms" will feel inclined to attend this event and share their stories on where they found their sense of community if they have. If they haven't, we want to hear those stories too.

We believe this type of scholarship provides insight into all of these learning goals. If we had to choose one,  we would say "embrace difference". As students on this campus, we understand that we are all different, but this research seeks to provide a comfortable space to share our experience while potentially challenging the status quo. 

For our class, the importance of our research was to identify a need we perceived on campus for a majority of students. Following the MLK sit in, we felt that there is an assumption that Bennies and Johnnies are a community that we are all a part of. This research is intended to discover the ways in which people identify with this. We are welcoming all insight and perspectives, regardless if it fits in with the preconceived notion of what it means to be a Bennie/Johnni