2018 State Legislation Governing Guns on Campus
Just over a week ago, families and friends of 17 high school students, faculty, and staff in Parkland, Florida were forced to mourn under the spotlight of our national conversation around guns and gun control. In what has become tragically routine, the coverage of the shooting included discussions of race, mental health, access to and availability of so-called assault rifles, and many calls for legislative action at both the federal and state levels. The activism of the student survivors has kept the conversation in the headlines longer than has become usual for mass shootings, prompting many – advocates both for gun control and for protection of 2nd Amendment rights – to declare a tipping point that will finally prompt legislative and regulatory action. Whether those predictions will actually occur, however, remains to be seen. For example, on Tuesday, the Florida House of Representatives rejected a ban on semiautomatic guns and guns with large capacity magazines, which could indicate that the national debate about guns will be revisited soon. In this post, Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA's Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, reviews 10 pieces of proposed legislation related to firearms on campus in the 10 states that have been acted on state legislatures in 2018.
Starting Small: Developing a Civic Ethos at a Community College
Nationally, community college’s primary focus is to serve their district through improved local economies and workforce development initiatives. Working regionally, colleges create and offer degree programs to serve the local employment demand or for students to transfer to a four-year institution. So how does civic engagement efforts fit into a mission focused on workforce needs? Many times, civic engagement work is not an emphasis, so the question becomes, how do community colleges develop a civic ethos to introduce and educate students on community/social justice issues?
Engaging Civic Ethos through Creed Week
In 1998 during a particularly tumultuous time on a campus struggling with an infusion of diversity that forced students and employees alike to question their assumptions about inclusivity, Kennesaw State University developed a Student Human Relations Task Force to guide and inform the transition of campus culture. To that end, The Owl Creed (so named for the institutional mascot) was born as an aspirational statement to define the character of the institution and establish a civic ethos for all future generations of students, their families, faculty, staff, and the greater local and global communities within which the members of the institution serve.
RESEARCH & POLICY INSTITUTE GUIDE TO #NASPA18
Join members of NASPA’s Research and Policy Institute (RPI) at #NASPA18 to learn more about our work to connect research, policy, and effective student affairs practice in support of student success and the strategic priorities of the Association. Be sure to stop by the NASPA Booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the work RPI staff are engaged in! The RPI blog is a great way to stay caught up with us year-round.
At the Nexus of Inquiry and Action
What does it mean to be an “engaged university”? Does it mean to engage in civic inquiry or civic action? Does it mean to invest in traditional forms of community engagement (e.g. direct service initiatives housed in the Center for Social Concern) or does it mean to support faculty and students in disciplines traditionally associated with civic-minded work (e.g. sociology, anthropology, etc.)? Or is the problem not where we invest, but instead the question itself?
A Canned Response
Although space management and logistics, financial systems, human resources, inventory and use practices were a lot of moving parts - they eventually came together. As this process continued on, we were able to think a little deeper: are they additional ways we can facilitate learning, action, and agency around food insecurity?