NASPA has many organizations and groups that tailor your NASPA experience to your location, professional level, and institution type.
Regions & Areas provide a local home for NASPA members, offering professional development, networking and events.
KC's provide access to information and resources in a particular subject area, connecting members and facilitating the sharing of knowledge.
Divisions and Groups provide programs, services and resources around a particular area of focus, professional level or institution type, helping set the direction for NASPA's efforts in these spaces.
On Monday, December 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm EST, the Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education Knowledge Community is hosting Mapping the Online #DigitalFaith. This experience is free to SRHE KC members! This presentation seeks to help educators better support students’ spiritual development by mapping out the evolving boundaries of the online interfaith landscape, locating online brave spaces for religious exploration, and identifying ways to facilitate interfaith engagement within these digital spaces.
The heart of any rally is the cause or issue, and often the cause has had a personal and emotional effect on students. While some demonstration participants intend to raise awareness, educate and advocate for change, others may simply be angry, hurt, or feel they are in an “us vs. them” situation. Students may feel victimized or marginalized by responses to the protest or issue, especially if the responses come from campus staff, faculty or other students. Providing campus/off-campus resources for having difficult conversations and continued advocacy is important for students’ civic engagement, and also providing resources for students’ mental and physical health may provide critically needed support for these students in crisis.
At Grand Valley State University (GVSU) our mission is to educate students to shape their lives, their professions and their societies. As part of our campus offerings, we seek to enhance civic engagement opportunities through co-curricular experiences with a critical frame that supports addressing complex issues. This philosophy supports AAC&U’s Shared Futures Initiative, which believes students live in an interdependent and unjust world and that higher education can prepare them to thrive in the world, while imaginatively and dutifully remedying inequalities and problems (Core Competencies in Civic Engagement, 2013).
When thinking about how to “do” social justice work, I constantly think about how we must incorporate reflection into our approaches in order to create effective and meaningful change. Living in North Carolina as a queer Black woman and working within LGBTQIA services, I have found that knowing myself and building my network of supportive, family-like professionals has allowed me to deepen and lean into my work. Being authentic in my identities, reflecting on my past experiences, and being thankful for the influential people in my life has helped me successfully navigate my first professional experience while holding multiple marginalized identities.
The Community Colleges Division is thrilled to present two awards annually, the Community Colleges Professional Award and the Community Colleges Research and Scholarship Award, to individuals who are leaders in the profession, advocates for student learning and development, and have shown true commitment to NASPA.
The 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE18), being held June 6-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, in Anaheim, California, offers an opportunity for student affairs professionals, faculty, community partners, and students, to participate in discourse around the fundamentals of democracy and gain inspiration from our featured speakers to take back to your campus community. #CLDE18 will rejuvenate your passion for activating your students to be the change they want to see in the world.
Want an opportunity to present at the 2018 Asian Pacific American in Higher Education: Unfinished Business – Rise Up! Conference? This is your chance! The different types of programs that we are looking for are, but not limited too, individual papers, panels, and posters.
The SAPAA KC benefits from a diverse, talented and committed team of leaders. We are seeking interest for a couple of vacancies for 2-year terms from March 2018-March 2020.