Here are the slides that Mary Peterson and Sheila Bassoppo-Moyo used at the presentation to 27 Community College Student Government Association student leaders on Friday, Nov. 2, in Raleigh. As you read the slides you will note that there are questions that were used to interact with the students. They were eager to give input and asked us questions even after the workshop was over. We learned that on one campus there was advocacy to lower the cost of textbooks and another had visited the NC General Assembly and talked to legislators regarding tuition increases. Sheila and I feel that our Advocacy ToolKit project is on target with the students.
The following is from this week’s Washington Update
an electronic public policy newsletter from the Association.
The Political Engagement of College Students
Today’s college students want to improve the world, are tired of partisan politics, and are wary of the political process in general. They are idealistic and believe they can make a difference, but they are more likely to do so by rallying around grassroots causes and locally organized volunteer efforts that provide more tangible, immediate results. So says Millenials Talk Politics: A Study of College Student Political Engagement, a new report from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). The group, which studies civic engagement among young people, points to schools’ community service requirements as one possible reason for the shift away from Generation X, who were generally considered to be more apathetic when it came to outside causes.