Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Student Activism at Its Best

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Student Activism at Its Best

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TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT OF DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION, hundreds, if not thousands, of students descended upon the U.S. Supreme Court on April 1, 2003, the day the Justices were to hear the University of Michigan's cases on the use of race in college admissions.

And earlier this year, University of California students demonstrated in support of Sudan divestment on the campus of UCLA.

Just two recent examples, but like many political movements throughout this country's history--civil rights, the Vietnam War--college students have often helped take a movement to another level. In some cases, the movement actually starts on the college campus.

Both feature articles in this edition illustrate that point.

"Celebrating 40 Years of Activism" takes a comprehensive look at the founding of Black Student Unions, the first being founded on the campus of San Francisco State College in 1966. Throughout their history, these organizations have fundamentally changed life on college campuses as we know it--socially, culturally, politically and academically.

Editorial intern Ibram Rogers, who is pursuing graduate studies in African-American studies at Temple University, takes a look at the original mission and purpose of BSUs and even catches up with some of the early founders, such as Dr. James Garrett (on the cover), who weigh in on both the history and future of these organizations.

The crisis in Sudan is all over the news these days. And although it seemed like it took some time for the general public to grasp the magnitude of the situation, demonstrations like the one in Washington, D. …

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