Presentation Title

A Comparative Analysis of UC Riverside's Responses to Student Activism

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 302-107

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

Universities are important institutions that maintain the social, political, and economic health of society through the production of intellectuals and the transmutation of knowledge. These intellectuals have been socialized by the conditions within the university and by the knowledge of their discipline. An important factor that shapes the conditions within the University is the presence of student activism. Issues and problems in academia lead to the rise of student activism that challenges the policies and actions of the University system and the US government. Certain activist movements on campuses have been able to reject or redirect the actions of their University’s Administration, leading to change on campuses. How is student activism able to reshape and redirect the power of the University? What important factors determine the response from the University’s administration and how can the response be evaluated in regards to the activist’s goals? To answer these questions, a comparative analysis will be done on UC Riverside’s student protest with “UC Berkley’s People’s Park Protest” in the 1960s and UC Riverside’s student protest against “UC Regent meeting and UCR’s Protest Guidelines” in 2011. Data will be collected through archival research in “Robert J. Chandler’s collection of Student Activism from 1960-70s”, interviews, articles, University documents, and declarations. The analysis will incorporate an interdisciplinary methodology drawing from multiple disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. This study aims to expand the scholarship of understanding how the university responds to its student activism and the important factors of generating change in US Universities.

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A Comparative Analysis of UC Riverside's Responses to Student Activism

HUB 302-107

Universities are important institutions that maintain the social, political, and economic health of society through the production of intellectuals and the transmutation of knowledge. These intellectuals have been socialized by the conditions within the university and by the knowledge of their discipline. An important factor that shapes the conditions within the University is the presence of student activism. Issues and problems in academia lead to the rise of student activism that challenges the policies and actions of the University system and the US government. Certain activist movements on campuses have been able to reject or redirect the actions of their University’s Administration, leading to change on campuses. How is student activism able to reshape and redirect the power of the University? What important factors determine the response from the University’s administration and how can the response be evaluated in regards to the activist’s goals? To answer these questions, a comparative analysis will be done on UC Riverside’s student protest with “UC Berkley’s People’s Park Protest” in the 1960s and UC Riverside’s student protest against “UC Regent meeting and UCR’s Protest Guidelines” in 2011. Data will be collected through archival research in “Robert J. Chandler’s collection of Student Activism from 1960-70s”, interviews, articles, University documents, and declarations. The analysis will incorporate an interdisciplinary methodology drawing from multiple disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. This study aims to expand the scholarship of understanding how the university responds to its student activism and the important factors of generating change in US Universities.