Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Languages and Intercultural Studies


College of Humanities and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Craig Boylstein


Racism and stereotypes are still very apparent in Ecuadorian society, yet time and time again, I have found people who claim racism does not exist in Ecuador. Fascinated by how such an obvious (for an outsider) part of Ecuadorian society could be systematically denied by so many people who were part of that society, I decided to explore the issue of racism further and sought to find out, through the use of in-depth qualitative interviews and ethnographic research, how students at La Universidad Estatal de Cuenca narratively construct racial identity and racism.