Reframing Student Activism as a Vehicle for Student Leadership Development

Last updated January 4, 2019

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Last Updated

January 4, 2019

Reframing Student Activism as a Vehicle for Student Leadership Development

Last updated January 4, 2019

Start using student activism as a vehicle for leadership development.


Student activism has always been an important vehicle for marginalized students to not only practice civic engagement but to also raise awareness of perceived social injustices related to their collegiate experience.

Despite all the opportunities student activism presents, most institutions still carry a negative attitude or feel ill-prepared to engage with such initiatives. Instead of proactively guiding and mentoring students through the process, they often fall into the trap of waiting until students create a rumble.

From the students’ perspective, there is often a lack of clarity on campus policies and resources that can provide guidance on how to raise concerns without completely disrupting the day-to-day campus routine. There lies an opportunity for campus leaders to teach students about intent vs. impact and about how civic engagement can help develop their leadership skills and potential.

Join us and our seasoned speaker online to reframe activism from a threat or problem to an opportunity for student growth and leadership development.

Who should attend?

This online training will benefit campus leaders from all areas of student and academic affairs who:

  • Want to seek ways to have a unified, clear, and equitable campus approach to student activism
  • Desire to reframe conversations about activism, including shifting their own beliefs, assumptions, and attitudes
  • Wish to be at the forefront of student activism and learn about strategies to help students realize their leadership potential through activism


In this webcast, we will help you reframe student activism from a problem to be managed to an opportunity for growth and development on both the student and faculty sides. We will provide tangible suggestions on what your campus needs to do before the next incident to ensure that activism is channeled positively, including:

  • Proactive strategic response to student activism
    • Shifting attitudes, assumptions, and beliefs
    • Aligning civic engagement with institutional mission
    • Policy review and its interpretation for students
    • Anticipating students’ need for action
  • Connecting civic engagement with student leadership development
    • Helping students do research to support their facts and make their cases
    • Engaging students in taking calculated risks
    • Inspiring students to find their voice and involve others
    • Establishing timelines with students
  • Critical lessons for advisors
    • Knowing your boundaries
    • Deliberating with student activists
    • Maintaining documentation and tracking progress