Special Report December 11, 2016 The 2016 Influence List The people who made a mark — for better or worse. Inequality Fighter By Lee Gardner Rosa Ines Rivera gave voice to struggling campus service workers. Survivor By Robin Wilson “Emily Doe” spoke up for those who have survived sexual assault. Affirmative-Action Convert By Eric Hoover Justice Anthony M. Kennedy changed his opinion of race-conscious admissions and helped secure them in higher ed. Reconcilers By Lawrence Biemiller Karran Harper Royal and Richard J. Cellini pushed a college to reckon with its slaveholding past. Curricular Activist By Katherine Mangan Marcia Chatelain used social media to turn a syllabus into a tool for social justice. Safe-Space Antagonist By Beth McMurtrie John (Jay) Ellison took a campus debate national by challenging safe spaces. Post-Truth President By Evan R. Goldstein Donald Trump won the country’s highest office by eschewing facts and openly doubting scholarly expertise. Union Organizer By Vimal Patel Julie Kushner guided graduate students behind the scenes as they challenged private colleges. Stubborn Governor By Eric Kelderman Gov. Bruce V. Rauner put public colleges in Illinois on shaky financial ground by holding up the state’s budget. Competency Champion By Dan Berrett Charla S. Long leads a movement to ensure quality in competency-based education.