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Dr. Kruger responds to Dear Colleague letter rescinding transgender student protections
The Dear Colleague Letter from the Departments of Education and Justice aims to roll back important protections for our trans students, colleagues and friends. The rescinding of the May 2016 Dear Colleague Letter moves our campuses in the wrong direction with respect to the goals of inclusivity and civility, potentially placing trans students in greater danger by forcing them to use facilities that do not match their gender identity.
NASPA Announces 2017 Election Results and Incoming Board Members
We are pleased to share the election results for 2017, as well as introduce you to new NASPA Board Member Leadership. NASPA is made possible through its volunteer leadership, and thank you to all who voted, as well as to those who give back to the association through service.
This is it: Student Affairs for “such a time as this”
Versatile, disciplined, resourceful, and emotionally strong are some characteristics of successful Student Affairs professionals. These are transferable skills valued in many professions, but you chose to work in a college environment. Now is the time to navigate caution signs without losing either patience or direction and thrive, helping your institution prioritize students’ intellectual learning and emotional development by ensuring a supportive environment. Ensuring a supportive environment in times such as this will require different approaches, new tools, and a clear understanding of what you need to do your job.
Relational practice: The currency of student affairs
The role of student affairs practitioners in the lives of students can be profound and the essence of this work is relational practice, engaging in growth-fostering interactions and relationships. While student affairs practitioners are educators and teach everything from conflict resolution to resume writing, the essence of student affairs work is far more than practical content and that its real power resides in meaningful interactions and longer-term developmental relationships.
Notes & Coffee: February 13-19
Catch up on this week’s trending student affairs and higher ed news, including: bracing for Black bloc protests on campus; uncertainty remains for refugees enrolled in U.S. colleges; DeVos says community colleges key to workforce development; 80 cents on the dollar for female higher ed administrators; the right to not be recorded; and disinvitation season begins for controversial commencement speakers.