“You are the ones who are going to have to clean up this mess”
This is one of the problems in higher education. Too many students believe this is the point of attending college.
The Sun Journal reports:
New students at Bates College told to become activists
Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, told members of the incoming class at Bates College on Tuesday that they need to “become the missionaries of truth” who can help get the country “off the road to fascism.”
“You are the ones who are going to have to clean up this mess,” Huerta said during the college’s convocation ceremony on the historic quad, the kickoff to the academic year.
Her speech clearly resonated with students belonging to the most diverse class in the college’s history, with 28% of its 501 students categorized as “students of color” and 54% women.
Clayton Spencer, the college’s president who called Huerta a living legend, said the students are embarking on “an endless stream of beginnings” as they plunge into their college years.
She urged them to claim their education and to “say yes” to opportunities that will help them define themselves for life. Bates, she said, is a place to find “meaning and purpose.”
Huerta, 89, said one of the things students should say yes to is to “become an activist.”
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