Diversity, Advocacy and Career Prep: Back in Sight, Top of Mind?

Student observations about campus communities, advocacy activity and career-prep catch-up.

January 11, 2022
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Diversity initiatives, advocacy opportunities and career preparation activities were three particularly vulnerable areas of college life during campus COVID closures because of the “out of sight, out of mind” factor.

Without that in-person community, progress toward diversity, equity and inclusion goals may not have been obvious—and committees’ work may have been sidelined in favor of health and safety priorities. The lack of in-person opportunities to spread awareness of and advocate for causes meaningful to them, combined with more pressing daily life challenges, resulted in paused advocacy activity for many students. And then, of course, with COVID shutting down or restricting outsider access to workplaces, students had fewer (or less useful) experiential learning chances.

What did all this mean as students returned to more open campuses for the fall 2021 semester?

See more results and insights from the Student Voice survey on the fall 2021 semester.

The latest Student Voice survey, conducted Nov. 15 to 23 by Inside Higher Ed and College Pulse with support from Kaplan, examined what students were noticing and what actions they were taking as their campuses opened up for more in-person learning and events.

Scroll through the infographic to learn more.

Student Voice explores higher education from the perspective of students, providing unique insights on their attitudes and opinions. Kaplan provides funding and insights to support Inside Higher Ed’s coverage of student polling data from College Pulse. Inside Higher Ed maintains editorial independence and full discretion over its coverage.

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