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Most institutions experiencing protests or demonstrations focus narrowly on responding to activists and supporting administrators on the front lines. However, campus activism affects more than just the immediate participants. It affects the greater student body, the broader campus community, and even external stakeholders. Each of these constituencies has specific questions and concerns, requiring institutional attention when responding to activism on campus.
Discuss these prompts to assess your institution’s preparedness for a future outburst of activism on campus.
This briefing includes background information about the new wave of student activism as well as discussion questions, key to-dos, and case examples to help institutional leaders better prepare for and navigate bursts of activism on campus.
Hallmarks of an Antiracist Institution: The Behaviors and Actions that Promote Racial Justice in Education
The ongoing national conversation about the deadly impact of racism has created an urgency around the need for dramatic change at all levels of society.
Colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to foster a climate for civil discourse. Follow EAB's framework to find common ground for productive discussion among students and the broader campus community.
President Fayneese Miller of Hamline University discusses nurturing a campus that sees racial justice not as an overnight project, but an enduring commitment for the university and the community at-large.
2020 created a perfect storm to expedite the evolution of digital student activism. Students are innovating to find virtual replacements for some of the essential functions of in-person activism: building support for a cause, demonstrating urgency, and amplifying unrepresented voices.
Heads of school are being asked to respond to incivility in the classroom and events off campus. EAB recommends that schools prepare for flashpoints as part of their risk mitigation practices, create structures to consistently respond and prepare for risk, and that they use flashpoints as learning opportunities. Review these three key areas to get started.
This resource is comprised of exercises to prepare heads of school and their leadership team for how to respond to incivility in the classroom.
Controversial speakers and events are common flashpoints on campus. Manage the institutional response to these events with this tool, which provides a formal mechanism to promote coordinated, early planning.