Student Activism on Behalf of Campus Workers

ACADEME BLOG

Students at elite institutions sometimes recognize economic inequality ahead of the universities’ administrations, especially when the universities themselves are exploiting their own workers.

Here are the opening paragraphs from a news report from WRAL.com about such a situation at Duke University:

“Students who have been occupying a building on the Duke University campus since April 1 voluntarily ended their sit-in Friday afternoon.

“Nine students had been camping outside Duke University President Richard Brodhead’s office in the Allen Building, which is the school’s main administrative building. The building has remained closed since the sit-in began, with limited access for faculty and staff.

“The protesters, who call themselves Duke Students and Workers in Solidarity, demanded the firing of three administrators, including one accused of uttering a racial slur against a black parking attendant two years ago, as well as a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers.

“’Though we have disagreed about…

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