Brian E. Cole


This comprehensive literature review investigates student activism to provide a generational backdrop to the varied types and methods of college student activism in the Millennial generation. After the explosive student uprisings of the 1960’s and 1970’s, it would be easy to deduce that in the absence of such high profile activities, student activism post-1980 is non-existent or insignificant. However, current literature suggests student activism is alive and well, although it often looks quite different. This makes student activism among Millennial students as important and worthy of study as any earlier generation. But to understand recent activism, one must be aware of the social context and players involved. What are the characteristics and activist tendencies of Millennial students in the context of higher education in the United States, and what can be expected from them? What is the role of higher education administrators in supporting the development of these students?