Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Orkideh Mohajeri, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline S. Hodes, Ed.D.

Committee Member

John Elmore, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Dana Morrison, Ph.D.


The purpose of this research is to show the need for cultivating advocacy and activism skills in Black students in higher education. Campus activism is not a new topic and seems very precedent in the current climate of this country. Black students come to college and navigate spaces that have institutional policies that discriminate against them. There is a lack of understanding, support, and preparation to be activist/advocate for the unique needs and experiences of the students. Universities need to take responsibility for supporting this aspect of their development proactively. This text seeks to review the historical and current context that effect this issue of advocacy and explains the need for these tools to taught. This proposed series will teach students and staff how to rock the boat without tipping over.