A college campus can serve as a reflection of the larger issues occurring within society. In working to address topics such as racism, sexism, classism, or homophobia, student activism plays a critical role in an individual’s experience in higher education. The need for a safer campus, the desire to change university policies and various other factors contribute to the motivation for students to join campus organizing groups, but such activism is a practice that has significantly contributed to the college student experience. What may not be as apparent, however, are the strategies that are used by students to organize on college campuses, especially when those strategies might be identified as feminist techniques. In addition to the techniques students use to organize, the spaces they create for addressing racial and social justice issues are worth examining. Coalitional spaces offer an opportunity for diverse students to gather to discuss their lived experience in hope of creating social change on campus. This thesis expands upon previous feminist research on student activism and organizing on college campuses and examines the types of strategies students use to engage in racial and social justice activism. In this study, I explore the strategies and organizing techniques used by students to mobilize around racial and social justice issues at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Recommendations for future research and implications on student activism are also discussed.
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Lambert, R. J. (2016). Strategies of Student Activism: A Qualitative Study Examining Racial and Social Justice Organizing on a Midwest College Campus [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/611/
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