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Student Protests

Why Brown University's $100 Million Plan to Improve Race Relations Falls Short

Joel Simundich | Posted 11.26.2015 | College
Joel Simundich

As a coalition of concerned graduate students of color and those in solidarity at Brown University, we come together to articulate our vision for a more equitable, responsible, and inclusive university.

Colleges to Replace History With Soothing Images of Sunsets and Waterfalls

Spencer Green | Posted 11.23.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"It's important that campuses be havens of maximum comfort for students to explore their own deeply important, personal, and self-actualizing ideas, free from the unpleasant psychic residue and general ickiness of people and events of the past," said Harlan P. Wentwich, President of Sniveling Worm University.

'I'm a Working Class Mujer': Listening to Marginalized Student Voices

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 11.22.2015 | College
A. B. Wilkinson

From California to Missouri to New York, structural oppression exists in every educational institution across the United States. It cannot be placed on a handful of people making prejudiced comments or simply pinned on outwardly racist, sexist, classist or homophobic actions. Systematic oppression is reflected in both the explicit actions of some and the implicit actions of many.

Not a Fad: The Radical Transformation of Higher Ed

Charlotte Robertson | Posted 11.12.2015 | College
Charlotte Robertson

Some call the problems we are facing on our campuses exaggerated and our efforts naïve. We are not overreacting and we are not irrational. We are demanding what students deserved generations earlier.

Hungry for Human Rights

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 11.09.2015 | College
Dr. Cindi Love

On November 9, 2015, Jonathan L. Butler, 25, a University of Missouri student in Columbia, MO was seven days into a hunger strike. His goal was to bring attention to deeply entrenched racism on campus and the lack of accountability for the problem by the president of the university.

South Africa Boils Over

Christopher Clark | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Christopher Clark

To be part of the change, to be part of history being undone and refashioned. To feel something I'd never felt in England. It has been building for some time now, though I'll admit I might have lost sight of it at times. But there is no denying its presence now. Sooner or later, everything must fall.

When Kids Walk Out of School, Who's Listening?

Junius Williams | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
Junius Williams

The state of New Jersey is in charge and the ball is in Governor Christie's court, to act on student demands that Cami Anderson be replaced; and that school district disruption cease.

Adriana Usero

Puerto Rico's Massive Anti-Austerity Protests Ignored By U.S. Mainland Media | Adriana Usero | Posted 05.18.2015 | Latino Voices

Students in Puerto Rico launched mass protests this week against the governor's attempt to slash some $166 million from the University of Puerto Rico...

Howard University Students Decry Hate With #BlackLoveMatters

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices

Howard University students have a history of standing up for what they believe in. Students of the historical black university in Washington, D.C....

Harvard's Black Students Pen Powerful Response To Grand Jury Decisions

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 12.05.2014 | Black Voices

Students have demonstrated nationwide frustrations with two recent grand jury decisions against the indictment of police officers responsible for the ...

An Open Letter to Chancellor Syverud

Donna Marsh O'Connor | Posted 01.18.2015 | College
Donna Marsh O'Connor

As I asked that student in 1986, I ask you now, Chancellor Syverud: Why are you here? I am really trying to understand. And I know, because I read in their deep, critical descriptions of what it is like to be heard on this campus, that the students who are THE General Body want to know this as well.

Sophia Jones

As Syria's War Rages Next Door, Students Violently Clash At Turkey's Oldest University | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Forty years ago, Istanbul University was a battleground for clashes between leftist and far-right student activists, leading up to the Tur...

Misled Democracy Could Jeopardize Hong Kong's Future

Zhang Weiwei | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Zhang Weiwei

The natural evolution of Western democratic societies could be summed up this way: The first step is to develop the economy and the educational system. The second step is the establishment of a general culture for the citizens and the rule of law. The last step is democratization. If the above order is out of place, a society has to pay a severely heavy price.

You Must Learn: What Is Diversity?

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 12.03.2014 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

We must listen to all students, regardless of what they look like, their ethnicity, or their sociocultural backgrounds. They remind us of why we are lifelong learners. Meaningful dissent can be the foundation for meaningful change. If we want problem solvers in our society, then we must let all students consider (openly) when things are and are not working.

Sophia Jones

Turkish Riot Police Detain ISIS Sympathizers After Protesters Clash On Campus | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.02.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Turkish riot police wearing helmets and carrying plastic shields entered Istanbul University Wednesday morning to respond to another clash...

Students of Jefferson County Colorado Give the Nation a History Lesson

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Right-wing critics adhere to a rigid ideological script that has no room for student protest. Yet, along with the students, there are parents, teachers, and even the educators in charge of the AP curriculum who are saying history should never be sanitized.

'Don't Know Much about History': Is Denver the Start of a New Student Movement?

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.25.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

The protest to preserve the history curriculum is important for many reasons. If the so-called education reformers are not careful, they may bring on that catastrophe by toppling the only remaining institution dedicated to reinforcing civic values -- public education.

Don't Major In Intolerance

Bloomberg View | Posted 05.30.2014 | College

Universities lie at the heart of the American experiment in democracy. They are places where people of all backgrounds and beliefs can come to study a...

In Defense of Student Commencement Protests

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Leonard Steinhorn

These students are being told to swallow their concerns, sit on their hands, and silence their protests all in the name of free speech. Perhaps if they had money, their voice would be welcome.

What Our Condoleezza Rice Commencement Protests Were Really All About

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh | Posted 07.15.2014 | College
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

These protests are not about the individual speakers themselves. And they're most certainly not just about commencement speeches. This is our generation of young people sending a clear and strong message that racism, bigotry, civil and human rights violations receive no honor from us.

A Graduation Message to Students: Don't Use Free Speech to Suppress Free Speech

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Should the university or college take a poll to make certain that everybody on the campus agrees with the speaker's views?

Why I'm Skipping My Harvard Reunion (A Call to Action)

Evan Mandery | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Evan Mandery

If you're born poor and don't go to college you're likely to remain poor, but if you finish college you're as likely to become rich as to remain poor. At its core, inequality is about education. If there's hope, it must lie with the schools.

Venezuelan Students Look To Slums For Support

AP | FRANK BAJAK | Posted 05.19.2014 | Latino Voices

PETARE, Venezuela (AP) — The two students venture into one of Latin America's biggest slums for the first time, feeling scared and somewhat awkward....

What's Happening in Venezuela

Stacy Bare | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Stacy Bare

In the spring of 2009, as part of a design studio looking at sustainable tourism in the beach and cocoa producing town of Choroní, I had the opportunity to visit Venezuela and was privileged to meet a number of people who I've stayed in close touch with since.

Why Nearly 400 Students Were Willingly Arrested

The Huffington Post | Allison Bresnick | Posted 03.12.2014 | College

Tulane University senior Nick Stracco was one of nearly 400 students to be arrested last week outside of the White House, and he was happy to do so. ...