What Is Activism?

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, activism (noun) is: the use of direct and noticeable action to achieve a result, usually a political or social one.

 

How can something so huge, something with the power to move mountains and silence fascists, to turn governments to rubble and build cities, only have 17 words?

 

Activism is in danger of becoming both too narrow and too amorphous. Through my research, interviews, long chats on walks across campus, or over coffee in the student center, I’ve found that activism has simultaneously become both mythically heroic and an anarchistic villain.

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Becoming Who We Need To Be

This site is a resource. It is a portal into the lives of students and professionals who are all grappling with the concept of activism. In my research, not a single student I’ve spoken to has claimed the title of ‘activist’ outright, despite their leading marches, launching campaigns, writing policy papers, or any of the dozens of other actions they’ve taken to fight for the causes they believe in.

 

By exploring the historical roots of campus activism and its impact, challenging biases, cataloging best practices, and engaging in dialogue, this website is an opportunity for young activists to redefine, and claim, activism for themselves.

 

I hope this site arms you with the skills, insights, questions, and reflections to continue to be brave in the face of injustice.