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Millennials, shaped by ‘a nation in distress,’ pose a unique challenge to presidential candidates

Photo of the student panelists at the Open Classroom.

Northeastern students, including CSSH students Nathan Worob and Chelsea Canedy, served on a panel that offered insight on the issues facing Millennials in the midst of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

As this year’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates vie for votes in a tight race for the White House, one group of voters—millennials—could hold the key to vic­tory, argues Boston Globe jour­nalist Evan Horowitz. To cap­ture that voting block though, Demo­crat Hillary Clinton, Repub­lican Donald J. Trump, and third-party can­di­dates like Lib­er­tarian Gary Johnson and Green Party can­di­date Jill Stein, will need to offer solu­tions to the spe­cific issues facing this younger generation.

Millennials—a gen­er­a­tion gen­er­ally defined as having been born between 1981 and 2001—comprise a group of people “who did every­thing that was asked of them and haven’t seen a good eco­nomic out­come yet,” Horowitz told the audi­ence at the fourth install­ment of the Myra Kraft Open Class­room series Wednesday. The semes­ter­long series, held in West Vil­lage F, focuses this semester on exam­ining the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion from many dif­ferent angles.

 

Stu­dent pan­elists Nathan Worob, SSH’19, a member of the North­eastern Col­lege Democ­rats; Mau­reen McIn­erney, AMD’17, a member of the North­eastern Col­lege Repub­li­cans; and Chelsea Canedy, SSH’18, a member of Stu­dents Against Insti­tu­tional Dis­crim­i­na­tion—all mil­len­nials themselves—offered con­text to the issues Horowitz raised. They fielded ques­tions from Vicino as well as the audience.

Read the full story at news@Northeastern.

 

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