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Anthropology Class Presents LBCC Research to New President

The Cultural Anthropology Honors class recently presented Superintendent-President Reagan F. Romali with a special “Welcome to LBCC” research project.


The class spent a semester researching various aspects of Long Beach City College, using anthropological methods to find answers. Students read articles, distributed surveys and interviewed LBCC students, faculty and staff, researching attendance at performing arts productions, benefits of joining a club, campus safety and much more.


“This is something anthropologists do all over the world, but we were doing it here on campus,” said Michael Robertson, Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department, who developed the project.


The students not only learned about research methods, Robertson said, but they also learned about LBCC’s various services and educated other students in the process.


“I learned that if I give my students almost unlimited freedom, then their creativity is off the charts,” Robertson said. “They were so original and so self-motivated. They were very dedicated to this project.”


Each student wrote a report on his or her findings. At the end of the semester, the reports were turned into separate chapters and compiled in a 300-page “book” presented Dr. Romali during their June 5 class. The students hoped to pass on all that they had learned throughout the semester to the school’s new president, who was touched by the caliber of work done and the questions and concerns raised.


“I’m incredibly impressed with our Honors Anthropology class's work and interested in exploring the findings to learn how LBCC can best serve students,” said Romali, who compared the project to her own doctorate work.


Other Social Science teachers are now looking to possibly expand Robertson’s project to other classes such as Honors Archaeology and Physical Anthropology.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at (562) 938-4353 or (562) 938-4846. For media inquiries, please call (562) 938-4004.
Anthropology Class Presents LBCC Research to New President