SA Weekly: November 5

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Harvard Discrimination Trial Ends, but Lawsuit Is Far From Over “For supporters of affirmative action, diversity on college campuses is on the line. Leaders in the higher education world say taking away race-conscious admissions would result in homogeneous classes. But others, like the plaintiff, say that is an overreaction. They argue that considering someone's race opens the door to racial bias.”

Student Affairs Is a Diverse Profession “New report finds officials are generally more diverse than other professions in higher education.”

Activist Generation Searches for Colleges “For increasing numbers of high school students, colleges' political character matters. Activism is most likely to be an essay topic at competitive-admissions colleges.

Less Accessible, Less Affordable “Two new reports find public universities less affordable for low-income students and less accessible for members of minority groups.”

A Look Into Small-time Athletics “A new report finds that institutions in the Council of Independent Colleges -- which generally compete in Division III -- have greatly increased the number of sports they offer.”

How a False Statistic on Sexual Harassment Spreads “University seeks to contain (self-inflicted) damage from news article and report mistakenly asserting that more than half of students have been harassed by professors.”

Research & Policy

November 5 NASPA Policy Update by Diana Ali, NASPA Policy Analyst

Policy in Practice: Proactive Steps to Foster Inclusion, Diversity, and Free Speech by Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy 

Around NASPA

Introducing the 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education

Engaging Before, During, and After the Midterm Elections by Brett Bruner, Region IV-W

Rethinking Thanksgiving: Critically Examining an American Tradition by Tiffany Smith, Women in Student Affairs

CLDE and Gen Z: Generational Considerations and Implications by Brooke Wilson, LEAD Initiative

Giving to the NASPA Foundation by David Adams, Region IV-W

Whose Fraternity and Sorority Advisor Are You, Anyway? By Jamel Catoe and Monique N. Golden, Fraternity and Sorority Knowledge Community