With more than 250 campus groups across the country, Planned Parenthood Generation members are organizing on the ground every day for the issues that matter most to them. This month, thousands of young people head back to their college campuses, ready for the start of the school year and ready to take action.
For most of American history, America's colleges and universities have sat in isolated splendor as "cities upon a hill" separated by gates and green lawns from the towns in which they lived. In these circumstances, the college relied on its non-profit status as an educator and saw little value in extending its relationships very deep into the neighborhoods that surrounded it.
Collegiate decision makers can and must take responsibility for protecting their students. And to do this -- they can and must tackle excessive alcohol and other drug use. Until they do, all other interventions and policy changes will merely result in better reporting and fairer handling of truly tragic sexual and other violent assaults that could and should have been prevented in the first place.
HuffPost Live's "On Campus" series allows students to have a voice and share their passions, concerns, and stories. From student run protests, to sex columnists, to an interview with the first college football player to come out, "On Campus" covers it all. If you have an idea or want to be an on air guest, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let your voice be heard!
I had the privilege of touring college campuses last week with my teenage son. I didn't see it this way at first; in fact, I thought it was a dreadful way to spend spring break. I know I'm not suppose to think that, or God forbid, say it, since touring colleges with your kids is de rigueur these days.