Poster
From "Slacktivism" to Activism: Promoting Inclusivity through Student Leadership Initiatives 28 Mar 2019 10:30 11:00

Poster
From "Slacktivism" to Activism: Promoting Inclusivity through Student Leadership Initiatives 28 Mar 2019 10:30 11:00

28-March-2019 / Thursday / 10:30 - 11:00

LOCATION : P41

ABSTRACT:
Though the advent of social media has given today’s students an unprecedented ability to stay informed about issues related to diversity and inclusion, it has also promoted a means of “slacktivism,” or the act of shallowly engaging with issues on social media, but not in any significant or meaningful way. In Higher Education, we see this manifest when students are willing to sign pledges, wear pins, etc., but are reluctant to critically engage in difficult conversations related to diversity and inclusion or make a difference through their own activism. Acknowledging this trend of students to simply “like” rather than act, we find it no longer adequate to involve students as passive participants in workshops and talks. Rather, higher ed diversity educators should foster more active student engagement in inclusivity related programming. Borrowing the model of learner engagement adapted from “Creating Engaged Learning Environments for Today’s Students” (Burns, Groccia, Hamid, and Staley, 2004), this presentation focuses on the student leadership initiatives found in Asia that empower students to lead discussions on diversity and inclusion, create their own events, and meaningfully engage with their community. This presentation outlines new models that aim to shift from slacktivism to activism by encouraging proactive engagement.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
At the end of our presentation participants will:

  1. Develop an understanding of slacktivism and the debate around slacktivism as being conducive or counter effective to advancing social causes.
  2. Gain insights into diversity programs that effectively promotes inclusivity through student leadership initiatives, such as NYU Shanghai’s LEAD Program and New Student Orientation.
  3. Understand the learner engagement model and why the model is effective at promoting activism and engagement in diversity and inclusion programs.
  4. Be inspired and challenged to craft new programs that confront slacktivism using the model of learner engagement adapted from “Creating Engaged Learning Environments for Today’s Students” (Burns, Groccia, Hamid, and Staley, 2004).

AUTHORS:

Ms Renzhong Tan 
Specialist of Diversity Initiatives,
NYU Shanghai,
China

With a Masters degree in Politics from New York University, Renzhong Tan has worked at NYU Shanghai for more than 3 years. From Hunan, China, Renzhong now works as the Specialist of Diversity Initiatives enhancing NYU Shanghai's diversity programming and developing leadership opportunities for students.