Category Archives: US Millennials

Geek Culture

“I”m part of a higher ed professional network, called geekEd. For the past 7 or so years, our group has participated as panel presenters for San Diego Comic-Con International.  Our group has several folks who are subject matter experts (and self-identified geeks/nerds who fully embrace geek culture i.e. gaming, comic books, movies/films/TV, cosplay, etc.).

In past years we have presented on geek culture (and the tropes/metaphors) and how it speaks to students in dealing with bullying, feeling ostracized, identity development, and resilience. This year we will be presenting at San Diego Comic-Con again for four different panels (nerd identity as a part of intersecting identities, mental health, games/gaming, and geek culture in secondary education).  If any of you are in San Diego on Sunday, July 23 from 11am to 3pm, this event is free and registration is open right now! (In other words, you do NOT need an ever-elusive Comic-Con badge to attend our sessions.)  Any of us would be happy to speak with you about promoting such kinds of events for students (i.e. Geek Weeks, etc.).

There is a lot of work being done on geek culture not only as part of our American mythology and culture, but as allegory to social issues (even dissertations are being written on the topic). It’s a great way to connect with students from a contemporary culture perspective but it also relates to the emotions of feeling like “the other”.

 

Yes, students love it, but I’ve also found that faculty and staff love it, too! At UC Berkeley, we have a formal organization called Berkeley HEROES (Higher Ed Reading Org for Employees & Sidekicks) where we not only read a graphic novel each month (this past month we watched the movie Wonder Woman and read a recent WW graphic novel), but we also provide community service events to our campus’ student family housing.  Our group has been around for three years now and is 70+ members strong!

If any of you are interested in more information, please send me a personal message and I can get you connected with other folks across the country who are doing this work.

Cheers,

Rod

Rodolfo “Rod” T. Santos
Residence Affairs Supervisor – Office of the Registrar
Campus Film Location Manager
Berkeley HEROES Co-Founder
University of California, Berkeley

financial suggestions for Millennials and others

Money Management

See my suggestions for handling money and work on the Global Youth SpeakOut website.[1] Websites like CashCourse and foolproveme.com provide free financial information and tools for money management.[2] Marketplace radio show provides useful financial suggestions in a 2017 series titled “Graduating Into the Economy.” [3]The print online version includes how to land a great job, how to build your credit, and how to save money. Get in the habit of saving at least a little money each month because compound interest adds up significantly over time. Check out what you’ll earn from saving accounts, bonds, IRAs, etc.[4]

 

[1] http://wp.me/p47Q76-wU

[2] http://www.cashcourse.org/

[3] https://www.marketplace.org/topics/graduating-economy

[4] http://www.thecalculatorsite.com/finance/calculators/savings-calculators.php

 

Campus Rape Too Common

About one in four college women suffer sexual assault or rape, although they may not consider date rape worthy of being reported to campus authorities. This was discussed in I Never Called It Rape (1987) by Robin Warshaw. Sexual harassment is even greater for women graduate students. The Association of American Universities survey of 27 colleges found that 23% of women had experienced unwanted sexual contact accompanied by physical force or the threat of it during their years in university (5% of men reported this), including 31% of the women of the Harvard class of 2015.[i] In an extensive study of American Hookup: the New Culture of Sex on Campus (2017), Lisa Wade found that male athletes have high status on campus and “In the culture of sex that dominates college campuses today, status is what sex is all about.” Scoring with a high status person gives status points. On the other hand, if sexual assault occurs, it’s difficult to confront a high-status athlete or fraternity member, so 80% of such assaults aren’t reported.

[i] Michele Richinick, “1 in 4 Women Experienced Sexual Assault While in College,” Newsweek, September 22, 2015.

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/32542-1-in-4-women-experienced-sexual-assault-while-in-college-survey-finds

Decreases in US College Diversity

Overall increases in tuition and state universities accepting more out-of-state and foreign students who pay higher tuition has led to decline in low-income students in top public colleges.[i] The problem is caused by state spending on higher education that decreased by 18% since 2008, according to the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities. The College Access Index keeps track of student income; it found that the average percentage of first year students who received Pell grants, indicating they come from the bottom half of family income, fell from 24% in 2012 to 22% in 2016. Some colleges also cope by accepting more students, leading to crowding.

[i] David Leonhardt, “The Assault on Colleges—and the American Dream,” New York Times, May 25, 2017.

Democracy Uprisings Led by Global Youth, a new book by Gayle Kimball

Democracy Uprisings Led by Global Youth

Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.

Fall 2017 publication

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Who are Global Youth Activists?

Chapter 2: Recent Youth Revolutions Began in the Middle East

Chapter 3: Egypt’s 18-Day Revolution

Chapter 4: Turkey’s Gezi Park

Chapter 5: The Wave of European Uprisings

Chapter 6: Russia’s White Ribbon Movement

Chapter 7: China Human Rights Vs. The Party

Chapter 8: Prefigurative Movements in Latin America

Chapter 9: Youth Uprisings In North America

Other Books by the Author

50/50 Marriage (Beacon Press)

50/50 Parenting (Lexington Books)

Ed. Women’s Culture (Scarecrow Press)

Ed. Women’s Culture Revisited. (Scarecrow Press, 2005)

The Religious Ideas of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Edwin Mellen Press.

Essential Energy Tools book and 3 videos. (Equality Press)

21st Century Families: Blueprints for Family-Friendly Workplaces,

Schools and Governments. (Equality Press)

The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide (Equality Press)

Ed. Everything You Need to Know to Succeed After College (Equality

Press)

How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce (Equality Press)

Ed., Quick Healthy Recipes: Literacy Fundraiser (Equality Press)

Your Mindful Guide to Academic Success (Equality Press)

Ageism in Youth Studies: A Maligned Generation (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

 Global Youth Values Transforming Our Future (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

Tactics and Goals for Changemaking

Brave: The Global Girls’ Revolution