Next Steps

These college protests have enacted a lot of change.  Both Mizzou’s president and chancellor stepped down after the controversy swirling around the school and the list of demands put out by Concern Student 1950, Ithaca College’s president stepped down, Amherst College dropped their racist mascot, Lord Jeff, and a few other successes.  While there has been positive change to create a more welcoming atmosphere for all students, there’s still a lot to be done.  The worry or concern about these movements is how do they maintain their cause?  After they are awarded one victory is that it?  Has their mission been accomplished?  The conversation can’t necessarily just stop after a victory because there needs to be productive plan of action in order to sustain the new rules or systems in place.  Looking through some of the websites for the different college organizers, some pages have not been updated since November.  Yes, actual administrative change takes time, but what can the organizers and groups do in the mean time?  I don’t have an answer, but I do know that these issues still persist on many college campuses.  The only thing that I can think of to do is to keep the conversation going and keep the dialogue open.

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