Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement for What? Envisioning a Thriving Democracy
In recent decades, higher education’s civic learning and democratic engagement (CLDE) efforts have encouraged students to view themselves as having a significant stake in government, politics, and the welfare of people beyond their immediate social circles. As we described in a previous post, this focus has reflected a subtle retrospectivity, harkening to a partly mythic past of deeper affiliations within communities and with public institutions. Yet there have always been visionary elements in this work as well, directed at fulfilling, at long last, democratic possibilities to which Abraham Lincoln (1863), John Dewey (1937), Langston Hughes (1936/1994), and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963) famously alluded: government of the people, by the people, and for the people; democracy enacted through empowering relationships in every social institution; America as “that great strong land of love,” with opportunity for all; and freedom ringing from every mountainside, respectively.
Engage! Part Three: Options for Student Affairs Professionals to Advocate for Trans Individuals
In the first installment of the Engage! series, Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA's Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, broadly outlined four levels in which student affairs professionals might advocate on campus: institutionally, as faculty and staff, supporting students and civic engagement, and personally. In the second installment, NASPA Policy Analyst Diana Ali took a deeper dive into these forms of advocacy concerning undocumented individuals. In this installment of the Engage! series, Teri will address the four types of advocacy student affairs professionals might pursue to promote rights for trans individuals on their campus and in their community. NASPA’s Policy and Advocacy team regularly tracks challenges to trans individuals’ rights and protection under both the Student Safety and Wellness and Inclusive Opportunities tenets of the NASPA Public Policy Agenda.
Free Webinar: CLDE18 Call for Proposals & Emergent Theory of Change
In this session, participants will engage in conversation about the emerging theory of change [PDF] for the annual CLDE conference and CLDE work. How are these components – civic ethos, civic literacy and skill building, civic inquiry, civic action, and civic agency – actualized on our campuses and outside of the campus community. This session is intended to further explain the emerging theory of change, how one might incorporate the theory into your work and how the CLDE18 planning committee envisions what a thriving democracy is.
Is Your Institution Ready To Be a Leader In Addressing Sexual Violence?
In these challenging times of shifting federal guidance and limited resources and capacity, how can your institution become a leader in addressing sexual violence?
Creating Space for Democracy
This academic year, much like the beginning of our last academic year opened with our nation facing difficult challenges. We prepared to welcome students back to campus in the wake of Charlottesville and the Presidential administration’s announcement of the Military Transgender Ban. We knew that many of our students were impacted, we knew that our community was impacted. We wanted our students to arrive on campus knowing that we were prepared to enter into deep and challenging dialogue with them; dialogue that is driven by historical context, knowledge, and authentic care.
Open Call Forum
This week the Adult Learners and Students with Children Knowledge Community discusses Student Activities in our Quarterly Open Call.