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.
Private Institutions in the Public Eye
As student affairs professionals, the national conversation on campus sexual violence affected, at a minimum, how we ensure equitable application of institutional resources, institutional investigations, and disciplinary processes related to sexual assault incidents. Something that has been lost in the important conversations on due process rights and equity in responding to complaints is the quiet, but possibly transformational, impact this debate has had on private institutions, and the legal framework in which they operate. In this post, NASPA Public Policy Division Region I Representative, Seann Kalagher provides insight on "Private Institutions in the Public Eye."
Engage! Options for Advocacy for Student Affairs Professionals
No matter your position, title, or area of expertise, as a student affairs professional there are a myriad of ways you can – and should – engage in public policy conversations for the benefit of you, your students, and your institution. While advocacy in public policy can seem like a tricky topic, in this post NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, will lay out some key terms and specific examples of how both individuals and institutions can engage in advocacy.
Town-Gown Partnerships: Solving Community Issues Together
Town-gown issues are nothing new--host communities to institutions of higher education have been developing partnerships and solving issues related to student behavior, traffic impacts, housing, and other topics since the beginning of American higher education. Rather than focus on areas where there is seemingly inevitable strife, paying attention to collaboration and partnerships can build strong relationships between campus and the surrounding community. In this post, Jeanna Mastrodicasa, Associate Vice President of the University of Florida, will discuss recent developments in town-gown partnerships include joint models around areas of food and financial insecurity and community policing.
Acknowledging Veteran Student Leadership: the Colmery Forever GI Bill
As classes start at institutions around the country, excitement and anticipation undoubtedly abound. United States veterans and military-connected students may find extra reasons to look forward to their futures following the summer passage of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the "Forever GI Bill". In this post, NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy,Teri Lyn Hinds, previews some of the key features of the Colmery GI Bill and advocate for the contributions veteran students make to campuses around the country.
The Public Lens of Policy: A Note from Division Chair Dr. Lawrence P. Ward
NASPA’s Board of Directors recently adopted an updated public policy agenda grounded in a commitment to ensuring opportunity for all institutional members’ students and a belief that higher education remains a great benefit to both individuals and society. In this post, Public Policy Division Chair Dr. Lawrence P. Ward, discusses the importance of connecting student affairs professionals to issues of public policy and the work of the division to achieve this goal.