Opinion | I’m a university president. Here’s what Florida’s Gov. DeSantis doesn’t get about college students

Has DeSantis met the college students of the year 2023? If he has, he has somehow missed entirely their makeup and conviction. This generation of young people — Gen Z as they are commonly known, but whom I call the Solidarity Generation — requires no prodding by college professors to stand up for social justice or oppose systems of oppression.

Today’s college students are hyper-interconnected. Accused of addiction to smartphones and social media, the members of Gen Z actually are using those devices and apps to transcend traditional boundaries, including borders, socioeconomic status and generations, as they build community.

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