The UK is experiencing something of a civil engagement renaissance. With Extinction Rebellion, Black Lives Matter and more movements inspiring mass protests across UK cities, it feels like the general public is more mobilised than ever before. And, at the very heart of the dissent, we can hear student voices making demands for justice and equality.
Student activism has a difficult and frequently adversarial relationship with institutional authority. However, the benefits of a rich campus culture of student activism are clear. Students that involve themselves in civil activism are more politically engaged later in life. Moreover, a strong student voice keeps your institution in touch with the needs and values of youth. Universities that work with – rather than against – student and staff activists are more progressive and politically active.
The way you deal with activism is yet another example of your institutional values playing out in the real world. These great tips can enhance your relationship with activists and, by working together, you may be able to achieve something truly amazing.