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Creating an “Ethic of Care” to sustain student activism


Aaron Morrison is a Residential Education Coordinator for the Department of Residential Education at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE. He received his M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Taylor University and a B.S. from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is passionate about being a scholar/practitioner of higher education, specializing in leadership development, spiritual formation among college students, history of higher education, and church/university relationships.



In many narratives depicted in movies and literature, when the ‘hero’ fails and becomes dejected, they visit the “wise person” to collect themselves and resolve to “carry on.” These visits represent a pivotal point of leadership and moral development. Inevitably, student activists will encounter challenges in the pursuit of change. The purpose of this session is to provide attendees with the resources and information needed in developing a personal ethic of care to help activist students process failure.”

Extension of session experience: “Supporting the conference theme of student activism, this session focuses on utilizing the importance of narrative in making meaning of challenges and unlocking grit. Doing so aids student leadership development and moral development in becoming civically-engaged members of society.”

Important question explored: “How can administrators help sustain student activism when conflicts arise?”