I am thankful for having had the amazing opportunity to work with my co-collaborator, research and writing partner, and friend, Dr. Meghan Grace on what has become an amazing journey into understanding the hearts and minds of today’s young people.
“Our Generation Z journey began during the summer of 2013 as we witnessed yet another incoming first-year class attend our university’s summer orientation program. But, 2013 was different – well the students were different. While recruiting for our student leadership programs, as we did each year, we noticed that this cohort of students seemed more engaged in talking with us about involvement, even without their parents encouraging them to do so. And, they asked questions about how their participation in our programs could help them engage in social change work, quite different from the resume building and making friends questions we had during previous summers. Knowing that the students seemed different, we needed to figure out what might be going on. What we came across was remarkable – with a little online investigation, we learned that the post-Millennial generation, Generation Z, was entering into young adulthood, with the oldest coming to college that very year. In order to learn more about this generation completely unfamiliar to us, we spent that school year reading every market research report we could get our hands on about this emerging generation of young adults. After a year of attempting to translate these reports to a higher education context, we decided to conduct our own study, which launched in the fall semester in 2014. The data we got back was fascinating, especially responses to the open-ended questions. We then decided to write our first book, Generation Z Goes to College.”
~Excerpt from Preface, Generation Z: A Century in the Making
Several years, several studies, and several publications later, we are still dedicating ourselves to bettering understanding Generation Z. For more information about our collective work, go to www.thegenzhub.com.
Dr. Seemiller’s Promo Video on Generation Z