About the Project

The Site

Whip Hair Designs is a barbershop located in the North End neighborhood of Champaign, Illinois.

Project Overview

Through this collaborative project, we incorporated into the barbershop setting a community technology center and accompanying educational programs.

The Students

Mbhekiseni Madela

Bheki is doctoral student in the Department of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Stephanie Birch

Stephanie is masters student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and the Department of African Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art History and a Masters of Arts in Public History. She is  an executive officer of the UIUC Black Graduate Student Association and an active member of Citizens with Conviction of Urbana. Additioanlly, Stephanie was involved in a research project in 2010 focusing on the history of African-Americans in Champaign-Urbana.
The Community Partners

Seon Williams | Owner of the Whip, community leader

OD | Former shop manager

Marchond | Current shop manager

Chris | Barber, Seon’s son

Dana | Barber

Midnight | Barber

Rona | Shop regular

Cheese | Shop regular

Pops | Shop regular

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