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1. Administrators will wait you out.
Institutional-level change isn’t easy. Why? Because the inherent power of an institution such as this is that it has and will last longer than you - the administration’s easiest and most effective play is to do nothing at all until those calling for action exhaust themselves or graduate.
2. Know that at the end of the day, it’s all politics.
There is an incredibly intricate and complex world at thi university that is hidden from the gaze of students Relationships between individual administrators, historica connections (or rifts) between departments, and other subtletie can be difficult to navigate. Being as informed as possible abou who to talk to and how to talk to them is important knowledge to cultivate.
3. Don’t trust them.
Administrators are not inherently bad people. In fact, you probably encounter many on campus that will hear you seem to understand you, and tell you they are committe working with you. Don’t, however, trust them blindly. T will never show you all the cards they’re holding or work you as an equal, and they will try to redirect your actions t their interests. Leaning on them too much will weaken y effectiveness and will also lead to burnout. 21
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4. Know that there is a spectrum for how to go about enacting change.
There is a rich diversity of mechanisms available to you for creating change around the issues you are passionate about. For some students, this means being visibly on the “frontlines” taking direct action, protesting, marching, etc. - forms perceived as “disruptive” or “radical” by administrators. For other students, this means sitting on committees with administrators, being asked to be representatives at meetings, etc. - actions is perceived as “safe” by administrators. There is no “better” way s. to go about enacting change, and all aspects of the from the inside <---> from the outside spectrum are important.
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5. Use the spectrum to your advantage
Students sitting on committees have less flexibility to act directly, as it decreases administrators’ trust in them. BUT, they are treasure troves of information regarding details about individual administrators as well as their relationships (good and bad) with each other that are undetectable from the outside. Using their “insider” knowledge to inform more visible and direct actions will allow you to be more effective and better heard. Utilize all aspects of the activism spectrum for successful and long-lasting change!
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