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Minority Serving Institutions: Free Speech and Student Protest in the Era of Trump

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Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) have a long history of being places of activism and protest around important civil rights issues. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were the birthplace of countless protests and movements that made significant change throughout the South and beyond. ...

Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) have a long history of being places of activism and protest around important civil rights issues. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were the birthplace of countless protests and movements that made significant change throughout the South and beyond. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) came about because of Native American self-determination in the 1960s and early 1970s and a fervent desire for institutions rooted in Native culture, history, and traditions. Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) have long been the location of strong Chicano studies programs and movements for diversifying the faculty, even before these institutions were officially HSIs. And since becoming Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions, (AANAPISIs) were federally designated in 2008, these institutions have supported low-income Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in their quest for greater opportunities and a voice in higher education and beyond. Today, while many MSIs serve as safe spaces for students as well as places of potential movement and protest, others have complicated relationships with student protest.

The focus of this Research Topic is on free speech and student protest within the MSI context. We welcome scholarly papers, using a variety of traditional and non-traditional methodological approaches, that probe issues of free speech and protest at the various types of MSIs, with a particular interest on students. We are also interested in how student affairs professionals at MSIs respond to protest, engender it or support it. We seek papers that consider the role of presidents at MSIs and how they react to student protest. Papers that explore faculty roles in protest and issues of free speech in the classroom at MSIs are also of interest. Likewise, papers that focus on the Black Lives Matter movement within the MSI context would be welcome as well as papers that explore how time and space is negotiated for free speech and protest.


Keywords: Higher Education, Free Speech, Protest, Politics


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