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I quit without any job interviews pending. I quit without any offers lined up. I quit without any plan A, B, or C. It was not meant to be a bold maneuver but merely served as a last ditch effort to reclaim what was left of my self-confidence.
While definitions vary, the term “non-traditional student” functions as coded language for students who are over the age of 24, have children, enroll part-time or in non-degree programs, or work full-time. Like many “traditional” college students, the prospect of pursuing more fulfilling careers and greater lifetime wages is a primary goal of many “non-traditional” students (Kim & Baker, 2015). However, many “non-traditional” students encounter obstacles to accomplishing this goal. While not unique to “non-traditional” students, these obstacles include paying for college, making time in otherwise full schedules, and finding adequate campus resources. Student affairs professionals, particularly those of us at four-year institutions, need to be knowledgeable of these obstacles and prepared to support “non-traditional” students.
"After all these years of being able to identify as biracial, I didn’t take the time to actually read the fine print of the question. So I just stared at this poor lady that was probably excited that it was 30 minutes to closing time on a Friday. I didn’t know how to answer a simple question. I finally just said, “Are you serious?” Not in my usually sassy East Coast way that sometimes alarms folks in the Midwest, but in an utterly defeated, “Have we really not come this far yet?” way."
The Region IV-WE conference is now in the history books. Four years of planning by teams from across the Midwest led to an engaging and exhilarating gathering of over 740 registrants. We were informed by engaging sessions, inspired by our key note speakers and entertained by hilarious one-liners. In the words of Steve Martin, “Some people just have a way with words, and other people … oh … not have way.”
Throughout the past couple of years, the Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community (IPKC) has been working on a new protocol practice to be implemented in all NASPA initiatives. This protocol was developed by IPKC following a string of incidents during the 2015 NASPA National Conference in New Orleans where Native communities were misrepresented and mistreated.
January 2017 will mark NASPA’s fourth annual AVP Institute. I am honored to serve as this year’s faculty director and look forward to joining exceptional leaders in beautiful Tampa, Florida. The Institute mission is to develop excellence in the “number twos” in divisions of Student Affairs. Throughout the next several weeks, NASPA will post blogs from Institute faculty and past participants to highlight reflections and offer insights into the upcoming program.
Over the last semester, and really the last year, in working so closely with our students around civic learning and democratic engagement I have developed a new appreciation for dialogue as not only a way to exchange ideas, but also a way to help heal communities. Whether a conversation started by registering a student to vote for the first time or having a conversation with an undocumented student on why they aren’t eligible to vote learning and understanding happens in many different forms. It’s for these reasons I am so grateful the commitment our campus has made to keep dialogue on the forefront of our university values.
"Being a transracial adoptee I learned quickly that most people try to, ‘fake it until they make it’ with diversity. I think we are better than this. I think we can be more intentional than this. If this election has taught us anything it is that we all have a lot of work to do. It reminded me that I cannot change people, but that I can offer a perspective and challenge folks to think outside their comfortable point of view." Read our November blog post by Julia Golden-Battle.