The 1960s are often romanticized as the glory days of student activism, but recent campus protests have redefined student activism in the 21st century. Student pressure this year prompted the University of Maryland and 90 other universities to cancel contracts with Russell Athletic for violating labor standards at a factory in Honduras. We’ll look at student activism at one campus–UMD, and exlore the issues motivating students to organize today, from tuition hikes to human rights.


  • Sara Lipka Staff reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education covering student affairs, legal issues and campus life.
  • Bob Hayes Third year mechanical engineering student and an organizer with Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Maryland.
  • Mary Yanik Regional organizer and chapter president of the student organization Feminism Without Borders at the University of Maryland. Sophomore chemical engineering and government and politics major.

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