Path to Prominence policies ignite student activism

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Lehigh’s Path to Prominence expansion plan is ushering in new and rapid changes across campus. However, in the eyes of many students, not all of these changes are welcome.

This semester, Lehigh student groups have mobilized across campus to protest and combat changes brought on by Path to Prominence.

For undergraduate students, changes to housing policy barring upperclassmen from living on campus inspired a wave of campaigns and rallies targeted against the policy and other struggles that underrepresented students face at Lehigh.

Meanwhile, graduate students have been advocating against a new parking policy that will sharply raise the cost of parking on Asa Packer Campus in order to incentivize students, faculty and staff to make greater use of the university’s transit system.

Undergraduate students, through the work of multiple student groups and activists, were successful in petitioning the university to reverse the housing policy, but many students remain unsatisfied with how the university has communicated with students, and remain skeptical of future changes on campus.

Graduate Student Senate is still working to meet with administrators over the parking policy. Iiona Scully, the president of Graduate Student Senate, said Senate hopes to reach a better understanding with the university by the end of the month.

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