Now that you’ve considered two classic statements of student activism from the 1960s, take a look at RC professor Helen Fox’s attempt to understand ideas about leadership, service and social justice among today’s college students, aka “The Millennials.” These excerpts from Their Highest Vocation: Social Justice and the Millennial Generation used by permission of Helen Fox and Peter Lang Publishing.
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From the Back Cover:
“According to polls, today’s ‘Millennial’ college students are the most politically progressive generation in U.S. history. They are deeply concerned about social and economic inequality, they support egalitarian relationships among nations and peoples, and they believe government should do whatever it takes to protect the environment. They have a strong desire to ‘change the world’ for the better, and are volunteering in record numbers to do so. Yet Millennials have been educated to be rule-followers, good test-takers, and high academic achievers who feel uncomfortable expressing opinions that go against the norm . . .They do not take to the streets, and rarely imagine any radical re-thinking of economic or political systems. . . .Millennial college students have energy, skills, and heart, but lack historical context, opportunities for critical thinking about complex social problems, and intimate connections to the people they so passionately want to serve. . .Their Highest Vocation: Social Justice and the Millennial Generation features the voices of Millennial college leaders, progressive instructors, academic advisors, and program heads who tell us what today’s college students need and how the university might adapt to meet their challenge.”
As part of the RC Summer Reads, we’ll be reading the “Introduction,” Chapter 7 (“Millennial Leadership”), and Chapter 10 (“The Soul of a Great University”). Look for the voices of RC students — past and present — along with members of the RC faculty!