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Pioneers Vote: Engaging a Reluctant Audience
Civic engagement on a college campus depends on the creation of an environment cognizant of the characteristics of its student population and respectful of the diverse opinions of all those in the campus community. In a national political and social environment where the act of engaging civically feels even more “risky”, how do we engage our diverse campus populations in a way that inspires and empowers them to use their voices and join in dialogue? At Texas Woman’s University, the answer has been to create civic engagement initiatives unique to our student population using research, best practices, and cross-campus collaborations.
The Unique Nature of Our CLDE Meeting
As we find ourselves in difficult times for our democracy, I hope you will join us in Florida next month. We will gather together as people possessing different institutional roles, focusing on different aspects of civic learning and democratic engagement, but also as people who share a passion for co-creating our institutions and communities. Join the conversation and action as we redouble our efforts to build a future in which we all can thrive.
Working to Create a Thriving Democracy
The CLDE planning team does an excellent job curating a program that brings together exceptional researchers, practitioners, students, thought-leaders, and organizations to foster stimulating debates and help us position our work around the Theory of Change. That framework and the intentional design from speaker selection to session format has definitely influenced how I work with others on my campus to design workshops and events for students, faculty, and community partners. Another aspect of the conference that I greatly appreciate is how the values of democratic participation are manifest in the meeting planning, venue, sessions, and activities. It is important to be congruent with our values, and I believe the organizers of the CLDE meeting do that very well.
April 8th NASPA Policy Update
Hearings in Congress related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act continue this week along with a hearing by the House Ed & Labor Committee with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. In this week's update you'll find NASPA publications, state and federal legislative updates, regulatory advisories, and links to sign-on letter templates and resources so you can get involved today!
Top Reasons #SAPros Should be Tracking Broad Gun-Related Legislation
Whether or not firearms are allowed on college campuses, students, staff, and faculty across the country are increasingly likely to be asked to consider or plan for gun-related violence. Gun-related violence in the United States is not, despite some claims, at the highest it has ever been, but it has been increasing over the last decade. Data from the Pew Research Center shows that 42% of Americans live in a household with a gun and that, whether someone personally owns a gun or not, US residents have broad exposure to them. At the state level, where most decisions about guns on campus are made, the gun lobby is noted for its tenacity, returning year after year to remove restrictions on when and where individuals may carry concealed weapons. Whether due to this concerted effort by the pro-gun lobby to systematically weaken state gun laws or not, a 2018 analysis conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds there is a positive correlation between more permissive gun regulation and violent crime. Therefore, whether you support concealed carry on college campuses or not, changes in our broader gun laws will continue to impact students and student affairs professionals. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, describes key considerations for student affairs professionals and provides an overview of federal and state action related to guns that may impact college campuses.