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Engage and Activate

Navigating College and Beyond (First Edition)
C. Kyle Rudick, Nicholas A. Zoffel, and Katherine Grace Hendrix
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Engage and Activate: Navigating College and Beyond introduces readers to the cultural and social tools they will need to be successful in higher education while identifying opportunities within academic life to connect with others, effect change, and create communities that are more just, humane, and sustainable.

The authors address important issues for beginning students such as cross-cultural appreciation and understanding, self-care, navigating institutional rules, study habits, relationships and consent, mental and physical health, finances, and the environment, all with a focus that situates the contexts in social justice. Throughout, engaging exercises, class activities, and personal accounts encourage the development of transformative thought.

Designed to help readers navigate higher education to become successful students and responsible, democratically-minded citizens, Engage and Activate is an ideal book for first-year and college success courses or programs, as well as people who will participate in U.S.-based higher education spaces.

C. Kyle Rudick (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University) is an associate professor of communication and graduate program director at the University of Northern Iowa. His research explores how power, privilege, and oppression are constructed and marshaled through everyday communicative practices.
Katherine Grace Hendrix (Ph.D., University of Washington) is a professor of communication studies at The University of Memphis. Her research examines the challenges faced by professors and graduate teaching assistants of color, including those with English as a second language, and the types of research that are generally published within the communication discipline versus what is generally left out.
Nicholas A. Zoffel (Ph.D., Bowling Green University) is the executive director for the Global Forum for Civic Affairs, an NGO that facilitates partnerships in education and civic affairs. His research focuses on collaborative innovation, the social influence of identity, and performances of power in routine interpersonal and organizational relationships.
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“I believe this text to be almost preternaturally appropriate for my needs given that we are currently searching for replacement FYS texts and I teach my class from a social justice perspective. I believe it would be very appropriate for what I’m trying to do; it’s a great match for my goals and would be of some intrigue to my colleagues. … This text will be a great asset to help my students think about social issues from a systemic perspective rather than matters of pure choice.”
Matt Foy, Assistant Professor of Communication, Upper Iowa University

“Social justice is a critical focus in many programs today. Social responsibility is articulated in the vision and value statements of many colleges and universities. This is a timely and significant point of distinction for this text. … This text covers discusses many of the issues that first-year students may encounter as they begin their college careers. It provides students with the background and foundation to better understand the academic system and how to work within that system. A real benefit of this textbook is its unique emphasis on what social justice is and its guiding principles for how first-year students can become engaged in activism. Thank you!!!”
Armeda C. Reitzel, Professor and Department Chair of Communication, Humboldt State University

“A textbook focused on social justice would be great for a vulnerable population like ours. The population is mostly low-income, first generation/first time in college student. A textbook addressing their concerns is needed. … This book’s goal is ambitious, but certainly needed. ... I really like the focus beyond developing a skillset and providing challenging, thought-provoking material related to the student experience. This is different and I really like it. … [The draft material] absolutely captures the spirit of the books goals. I love the application provided in each chapter. I would definitely want to read this book fully.“
Kristopher Copeland, Executive Dean of Liberal Arts, North Lake College

“[T]he present volume would be very useful—in helping readers decode the structures of power in an institution (and in the practices that institution values), the authors can engage readers in something complex and interesting that has value beyond that particular course, that particular time management strategy, etc. … I think the authors are not only creating a survival guide, but making the case that students’ survival is inextricably connected to their ability to feel a sense of efficacy and effect change.”
Deanna L. Fassett, Professor and Department Chair of Communication Studies, San Jose State University

“I believe that this textbook is a really great way to start discussions about what really matters to students that are in their first-year. Honestly, I could see this textbook as a way to generate ideas for speech topics throughout the semester.”
Christopher J. Claus, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Stanislaus State University

“I believe this would be a great textbook for first year students. …They could use a book that helps them focus on broader social concerns that affect more people. … The most impressive aspect is that the authors strive for students to better understand how their individual problems and goals can affect a broader community. Helping students understand how their ambition can influence the world and how they can be involved with social justice concerns is an admirable goal of this book.”
Nancy Bressler, Assistant Professor of Communication and Composition, Wheeling Jesuit University