Centering on Civility: Leveraging Centers for an Engaged Campus
As an institution, our collective goal is to reach every student with Community Engaged Learning opportunities. Community engaged learning is a high-impact learning practice that has been identified by our faculty as a shared priority. This shared goal led to the creation of new General Education learning outcomes and a new curriculum, which is currently in development. Our hope continues to be that through the collaborative work of these two centers, students, staff, faculty, and community members would receive the benefit of strategically leveraged resources, expanded course offerings, stronger community relationships, and better engagement data.
Which #NASPA18 Sessions Will You Be Attending? Here Are a Few to Consider!
It is almost time for the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference and, if you are attending, you may be wondering what sessions to attend. Chris Lewis, Dean of Student Affairs at Lansing Community College shares some of his choices as a person that has now been in a Senior Student Officer position for the last seven months, with new responsibilities to keep a keen eye on public policy. For someone that has not spent a lot of time incorporating public policy into day-to-day practices, this has been an adjustment, however, he knows that it impacts what he does and the educational experiences of the students that attend Lansing Community College.
Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Profiles
We’re asking some of the people you might encounter at the Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement meeting in Anaheim, California including the event planners and coordinators, presenters, faculty, staff, administrators, and students to answer a few questions about themselves and their experiences
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.