Student Political Engagement in the Co-Curriculum: Understanding the Role of Senior Student Affairs Officers

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By Demetri L. Morgan, Cecilia M. Orphan


Classmate Classroom Sharing International Friend ConceptThe apolitical nature of the civic engagement movement poses challenges to our democracy (Saltmarsh & Hartley, 2011). The co-curricular experience is well positioned to address this phenomenon but little research exists to inform practice. This qualitative study uncovers how the socialization of senior student affairs officers (SSAO) influences approaches to student civic/political development. Implications for practice and future research are presented based on the findings from the study.