Today’s college students are the start of what has been termed Generation Z, a generational category of people born roughly between 1997 and 2012.
According to Generation Z Goes to College by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace, a third of the world’s population will be Generation Z by 2020.
Gen Z never knew a world without the internet and watched as access to the web moved from computers to phones while they were in school.
They are used to connectedness, to being able to reach someone in an instant at any time of day.
Interestingly, this connectedness results in a preference for face-to-face communication and a strong aversion to email, according to Seemiller and Grace.
How does AXΩ support our collegians? We deliver our programming and communication via multiple mediums,
including social media, and we continue to equip our volunteers to provide support in the ways that work for students.
The majority of Gen Z has no memory of 9/11, but live in a world of caution and fear,
brought on by their Generation X parents’ experiences with 9/11 and the 2008 recession.
Active shooter drills are the norm at their schools, as they grew up in a world of shootings in schools and other gathering places.
Mental health is becoming a priority, and Seemiller and Grace report that 60% of Gen Z is not optimistic about the future.
How does AXΩ support our collegians? We have developed a risk management philosophy focused on the safety and well-being of our collegiate members,
and we will continue our focus on mental health programming,
like Behind Happy Faces and our partnership with The Jed Foundation. Social change is a focus of Gen Z,
specifically on addressing the root cause of the issues that are important to them.
In fact, Seemiller and Grace found that 66% want their careers to have a positive impact on the world,
and almost 40% plan to develop something that will change the world.
The top causes that move them to action are racism, sexism and poverty.
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