“What’s that mean to the overworked scholar who may resent the idea of having one more thing to do?
It means engaging with students and the public in a way that may make a real difference in their lives.
In the past, people had teach-ins. Students, faculty, community people would all come together to engage, listen and learn. Sometimes from each other.”by Emil Guillermo, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, November 4, 2019
I think this argument also extends to those who work in student affairs. How do you see the political process intersecting with your students both in and outside of the classroom? What are ways to talk about the issues that resonate with your students?
“We are at that point today. Higher Ed can’t afford to play “above it all,” not while our political system and democracy itself is in crisis.
As we move into a public phase of the impeachment process, this is an opportunity for engagement.
Campuses should consider open forums, as casual as brown bag lunches, or slightly more formal weekly panel discussions from the perspective of various disciplines.
You’d be watching and paying attention anyway, right?”by Emil Guillermo, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, November 4, 2019
As a diversity educator for a number of years, I would just ask my students if they were watching any of the various political moments from the last two decades. Just flat-out ask ‘are you paying attention?’ I was very curious how they were engaged in processes that impacted the communities I was supporting.
And I was surprised that many were paying attention. When we assume an unengaged young adult population, we get one. Our students are much more savvy about the consequences of letting the status quo go unchecked. Involve them in ways that matter!