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Dr. Corey Seemiller

Dr. Corey Seemiller is an award-winning professor in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Her books include The Student Leadership Competencies GuidebookGeneration Z Goes to CollegeGeneration Z LeadsGeneration Z: A Century in Making, and Generation Z Learns. Her highly popular TED Talk at TEDxDayton showcased how Generation Z is making a difference in the world. Her work has been featured on NPR and in The New York Times as well as in several other news publications, academic journals, and TV, radio, and podcast interviews worldwide. Learn more about Dr. Corey Seemiller here.

Dr. Meghan Grace

Dr. Meghan Grace is a researcher, author, consultant, and speaker. She is a consultant at Plaid, LLC., where she specializes in research and assessment, curriculum and program development, and organizational development and strategy. Dr. Grace is also the host of the podcast #GenZ and the co-author of the books Generation Z Goes to College and Generation Z: A Century in the Making. Learn more about Dr. Meghan Grace here.

Gen Z CenturyOur Story

“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.

Since then, we have written two more books, Generation Z Leads and this book, along with several scholarly articles. Our more recent publications have incorporated findings from our latest research, the Generation Z Stories Study, which included an analysis of responses to seven open-ended questions from Generation Z college students from 50 colleges and universities. We have also read, read, and read even more – including findings from numerous other studies, market research reports, books and scholarly articles from other generational authors, and even online pop culture articles. To have a solid grasp of Generation Z, we needed to expand beyond our own research and perspectives to get a more holistic view of this generation.

This journey into better understanding Generation Z has been a fascinating one. What started as a simple interest in a new cohort of college students has turned into a quest for more knowledge to answer the question, “Who is Generation Z?” This book is our effort to include what we know thus far about this generation.”

~Excerpt from Preface, Generation Z: A Century in the Making