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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is your institution prepared for Election Day? EAB’s advice on urgent to dos for institutional leaders
Administrators may be crossing their fingers and hoping their institution won’t be affected by the election. Many campuses took a similar approach in 2016 and were subsequently caught off-guard by the fury and fervor that followed President Trump’s win like racist graffiti and flyers, spikes in counseling center visits, and students feeling silenced. The 2020 election promises to be even more contentious and divisive.
While flashpoints can happen anytime, they are more likely to occur during a contentious election cycle. Use EAB’s best practices to prevent and address potential 2020 election incidents on your campus.
Amid racial justice protests, COVID-19, and a volatile political climate, it’s clear 2020 was a pivotal year for campus activism. This resource center will help student affairs leaders build trust and strengthen relationships with student activists.