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Pioneers Vote: Engaging a Reluctant Audience
Civic engagement on a college campus depends on the creation of an environment cognizant of the characteristics of its student population and respectful of the diverse opinions of all those in the campus community. In a national political and social environment where the act of engaging civically feels even more “risky”, how do we engage our diverse campus populations in a way that inspires and empowers them to use their voices and join in dialogue? At Texas Woman’s University, the answer has been to create civic engagement initiatives unique to our student population using research, best practices, and cross-campus collaborations.
The Unique Nature of Our CLDE Meeting
As we find ourselves in difficult times for our democracy, I hope you will join us in Florida next month. We will gather together as people possessing different institutional roles, focusing on different aspects of civic learning and democratic engagement, but also as people who share a passion for co-creating our institutions and communities. Join the conversation and action as we redouble our efforts to build a future in which we all can thrive.
Community Service Work-Study Sparks Civic Action
With the emphasis placed on internships as a high impact practice and practical work experience that future employers look for on resumes, community service work-study participation can serve as a way for students to access relevant nonprofit experience, needed funding, and embed these students within new peer, campus, and community networks. Whether community service work-study is a program that your institution is maximizing or under-utilizing, now is the time to see the potential in this resource and map out how you can best leverage it for deeper civic action in 2019-2020.
A Different Kind of Involvement by Generation Z Students
At Frostburg State University our department utilized the book Generation Z Goes to College by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace to launch our professional development conversation about today’s students and how we as student affairs professionals engage them on campus and about the community. This reading provided interesting insights into the impact of technology and other world issues have impacted how Generation Z have grown and developed, as well as their expectations into the 21st century.
Mental Wellness on College Campuses and Gen Z
Gen Z are among the most diverse group and the most well educated, with most of them enrolling in college (Parker & Fry, 2018). Not only are Gen Z diverse, but they are technologically savvy and think collaboratively. Unfortunately, this generation is a generation of arrested development. This generation is marked by more insecurity, obsession with safety, and fear of their economic futures. The combination of fear, insecurity and safety concerns, this generation is growing up more sheltered and more mentally unwell (Laudert, 2018). With so many of these young people entering higher education, we must be prepared for them.