Category Archives: Education

Empowering children and environmentalism in Bogata, Colombia

Anny Bertoli, Italian, studying in New Zealand, is the translator Darling Lorena Molina Ramirez, Bogota, Colombia is a mentor to children, including involving them in soccer clubs, and is an environmental activist. She also discusses feminist issues.

Gen X voters

College students are a rapidly growing and increasingly coveted voting bloc.

Twice as many college students voted in the 2018 midterms as did in 2014, challenging the stereotype that young people are politically disengaged. According to the Knight Foundation, 71% of college students are expected to vote this November.

Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are courting them, in different ways. Trump and his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, are trying to win the support of students with new religious freedom and freedom of speech assurances. Meanwhile, Biden is promising to enact tuition-free college and forgive US$10,000 in student loans for all borrowers if elected.

There are over 14 million college students in the United States, which has about 235 million eligible voters.

Nearly all students were born after 1996, meaning they belong to Generation Z. This generation of expected voters is 45% nonwhite, according to the Pew Research Center. And over half of Gen Z college students are the first in their families to attend college. As with any large and diverse group, some students are more likely to vote than others.