After the Mizzou Protests, Students Ask Themselves: Now What?

I also want to ask – “Now what?” – in regards to the Missouri student protests. The grievances of the students are valid, and as a former student activist and undergraduate student body president, I’m sympathetic. However, I worry about how these protest tactics would translate when enacted in a work environment. Prejudice exists in the workplace, but the protest tactics used by these students would get them fired, rather than instituting a positive change in thinking. We should be focusing on teaching college students about influencing change through compromise, and equipping them to better create psychologically safe spaces in the business environments they’ll be entering. If college is supposed to prepare students to enter the workforce, then this is one area where universities are leaving them woefully underprepared. Read more on the Missouri Protests' impact on students at NPR