Voice of America: Students Light Fires of Change

College students have been a powerful force for change throughout history. 

In the 1970s, students led protests against the war in Vietnam that influenced U.S. policy to draw down its fighting. In 1989, students in China sparked larger protests that forced political and economic reform there. And in 2015, students protested racism at the University of Missouri, which led to the resignation of the university president. 

Today's students are active, according to a survey that has measure the attitudes of college freshmen for 50 years. The survey found "an increased commitment to student activism and augmented interest in community and political engagement" in 2015, according to the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI).

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