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Research Report

Navigating the New Wave of Student Activism Study

Strategies to engage and respond to student activists

June 22, 2017

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While student activism has long been part of higher education’s narrative, colleges and universities across the United States and Canada were caught by surprise by the swift upsurge of student activism on campus in late 2015. The current wave of student activism is expected to intensify in coming years, as student populations and expectations change.

Mismanaging response can cause consequences to the institution and individual administrators. Institutions face possible reputational consequences, declining donations and support from alumni and friends, and decreased interest from prospective students and their families.

Student affairs administrators can facilitate dialogues on tough issues with the greater student body by rethinking current engagement efforts. This study has 22 practices to support your institution through the lifecycle of activism on campus—from educating potential student activists to constructing an agile response blueprint. Read the major takeaways from the full study or download the briefing for institutional leaders to read the highlights.

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