The university hosted guest speaker Dr. Angus Johnston.
"Student activism is really any organizing that students do either on their own behalf or on behalf of other causes they are interested in," said Dr. Johnston.
Dr. Johnston hopes students will use their voice to incite changes, even if on a small scale.
On the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, Dr. Johnston and professors hope their students will use history as motivation to be active citizens.
"They matter and their voices matter in politics and there are things they can do to see the changes that they want to have happen in society occur," said Dr. Edwin Taylor, Missouri Western State University.
Dr. Taylor points out that the Constitution has changed over the years and often young people have led the way.
"Students have been a driving force in many of the changes that have happened in society - to the Civil Rights movement, women's liberation and many others. It's important to remind students that they're important to politics," added Dr. Taylor.
Dr. Johnston is a historian at the City University of New York. His work can be viewed on his blog, studentactivism.net
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