Threats to the One-person, One-vote Principle: Gerrymandering & the 2020 US Census
Though not articulated until the 1960s, the one-person, one-vote principle is considered foundational to our representative democracy, echoing in the minds of many the desire of the founding fathers to create a nation “of the people, by the people, for the people”. With the 2020 Census looming, and subsequent mandatory redistricting in all states with more than one congressional district, concerns around ensuring both a complete and accurate census and fair and balanced electoral districts are rising. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds explains the relationship between the decennial census and the redistricting process and highlight current threats to ensuring fair representation for everyone in the United States.
Grassroots Mobilization & Associational Influence: Observations from the Oklahoma Teacher Walk-Out
A tidal wave of protest and discontent has been sweeping across many states in recent months, swelling up in school districts and spilling out on state capitol grounds, flooding the halls of government. Frustrated with stagnant and insufficient salaries, and discouraged by flat or reduced school funding, teachers have been mobilizing and making their voices heard. State lawmakers have taken note. Teachers’ demands are being met with legislation to increase funding and/or salaries, and while wish lists might not be completely satisfied, great progress has been made in several states with respect to increasing the prospects of better-funded public K-12 education. Dr. Brent Marsh, the Small Colleges and Universities Division Representative to NASPA's Public Policy Division shares observations and lessons from the field from his perspective in a small, rural community during the Oklahoma Teacher Walk-Out.
Public Policy and Professional Competencies: Student Lobbyist Training
A growing activist mentality of student leaders will continue testing our campus support and response systems. And, as we reinforce the values of our institutions, respond to the recommendations of the 2012 A Crucible Moment report, and consider the CLDE emergent theory of change, we'll be asked to more fully demonstrate our development of student leaders already active in the civic space. In this post, Public Policy Division Region VI Representative, Marcus Rodriguez, explores civic engagement and activism in higher education and its increasing impact on students and student affairs.
A Gathering of Hopes and Stories: Organizing for a Thriving Democracy
The vision animating this series of essays on higher education’s role in supporting a thriving democracy is fundamentally about culture. What would a thriving civic culture look like, and be like? How would it feel to live and learn in that culture? How would people interact, support each other’s growth, work through and across differences, make collective decisions, and pursue life, liberty, and happiness together? How can colleges and universities support the development of that culture through both structured and unstructured learning experiences, and through campus practices that embody the thriving democracy to which we aspire?
When Hashtags Follow Gun Violence
The NASPA Enough is Enough Campaign Against Gun Violence was created 10 years ago after the late Dr. Zenobia Lawrence Hikes, then Vice President of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech, gave the closing address to the NASPA Annual Conference in Boston in 2008. Her speech called on student affairs practitioners to heed this warning and, with a fierce urgency, stem the tide of this growing societal violence. Once again, we must renew our commitment and support to our future students whom are acting with a fierce urgency and demanding changes in our laws. As students around the country prepare to join with the peers for March For Our Lives events, Dr. Scott Peska, reflects on the last 10 years and offers suggestions for moving beyond hashtags to support our current and future students.
NASPA Joins IACLEA for Campus Safety Congressional Briefing, March 7, 2018
While many NASPA members were wrapping up the 2018 NASPA Annual Meeting, Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA Director of Policy Research & Advocacy, joined Sue Riseling, Executive Director of the International Association of College Law Enforcement Officers (IACLEA), David Bousquet, President of the IACLEA Board of Directors, and Jeff Allison, Director of Government and External Relations at IACLEA, at a briefing for Congressional staff on issues of campus public safety as part of IACLEA’s Capitol Hill Day 2018. Unfortunately, Alison Kiss, Executive Director of the Clery Center was also scheduled to speak, but was unable to attend due to the weather. Ms. Hinds' prepared remarks are provided here.