2016 Institute Presentations

George Kuh, University of Illinois

2016 Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values Keynote Speakers

V. Chunoo and Josh Davis chat with Dr. George Kuh about his life and his work with college students in preparation for the 2016 Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values (Feb 4-6, 2016) in Tallahassee, Florida. They discuss the role of activism, advocacy, morality, and character development in higher education throughout their conversation.

The Ombuds Office: Fostering Resilience and Influencing Campus Change

American institutions of higher education first began offering ombuds services in the late 1960s when in loco parentis began to fade as an administrative construct and students became more vocal about perceived injustices on campus and in society. Today, the campus ombudsman (ombuds, ombudsperson) helps students (and in many cases, faculty and staff members) informally resolve issues or concerns that they have about the institution and then reports trends in issues and concerns to decision makers within the institution.

Hungry for Change: Supporting Students’ Awareness of Social Justice Issues in the World Cafe

Society seems frustrated with the perceived “apathy” of today’s college millennial students.  Bombarded with media coverage of every major event around the world, today’s young adults have access to more information than ever before.  But what are they really aware of what is happening around them taking in, and what are they learning to do with that information?

Teaching Them to Find the Line: Teaching Hactivism in the Modern University

In my Freedom and Security in a Digitally-Divided Society course, students learn about the amoral aspect of hacking.  The students are assigned a project where they plan a hack, but do not actually carry it out.  Then we discuss the proposed hack and its ethical and moral dimensions.  In the past few offerings of the course, students have begun to propose hactivist projects, which push the boundaries of traditional hacking. 

Empathy Toward Action: Exploring Empathy Development as the Foundation for Advocacy and Activism

Human beings are social creatures. Current and historical psychological research on human wellbeing recognizes that people are inextricably linked to their social environments and experience important benefit from such connection (Feeney & Collins 2015; Keyes 2007; Deci & Ryan 2000). The critical concept of empathy—taking on others’ internal, emotional state—enables the prosocial behaviors of community that build unity and peace. Empathy therefore is not a passive construct, but an active one.

Peering into the Future: Instilling Ethical Leadership through the Development of Peer-Educators

In higher education it is our privilege to be entrusted with the opportunity to charge our students with a sense of community, virtue, and independence, in addition to providing them with a quality education. In this session, we explore the way which peer-education programs attract and develop a diverse population of student leaders committed to personal ethic and civic duty. We do this through spotlighting Florida State University’s RENEW (Realizing Everyone’s Need for Emotional Wellness) peer-education program.