Eye on ’18: All Politics are Local
While it seems early to many to be thinking already about the 2018 midterm election cycle, Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Cooper v. Harris to overturn the redistricting in two North Carolina districts stands as a reminder of the importance of the gubernatorial races in 2018 and their impact on the political landscape for the next decade or more. This blog by NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will briefly explore the history of redistricting in the US, touch on current conversations around racial and partisan gerrymandering, and set the stage for the importance of the 2018 gubernatorial elections and the 2020 Census in determining the course of our political future through 2032.
Public Policy Agenda Update
In this post Shawn DeVeau, Knowledge Community (KC) Liaison to the Public Policy Division, provides an update on current revisions underway to NASPA's Public Policy Agenda.
NASPActs Policy Basics: Your Role in Our Representative Democracy
Engaging with our representative democracy is essential to maintaining the health and function of our nation’s government. Whether you’re just getting started on your journey to becoming an engaged participant or looking for a resource to share with those who are starting theirs, this post from NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will lay out some specific suggestions for learning and engaging in local, state, and national policy conversations. Student affairs professionals are sometimes hesitant to engage in active advocacy because of uncertainty about where their role as campus employee ends and their rights as a citizen begins. While we can’t offer legal advice or guidance, we have provided some tips and suggestions for engaging politically as an institutional employee.
NASPActs Policy Basics: Our Representative Democracy
Since the 2016 election season, political activism and awareness seems to be on the rise. Our representative democracy functions best when citizens participate, so increased collective interest in how our government works and how to participate in it are definitely good, even when they bring into sharp focus the depth of political divisions in our nation. No matter where your opinions and positions fall on any social or political spectrum, understanding the basics of how our government works, including the role that political parties play, will help you be more effective in adding your voice to our national discourse. If you’re relatively new to the policy world or just need a quick refresher, this post from Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA Director of Policy Research & Advocacy, provides a brief overview of our representative democracy and your role in it.
Introducing Public Policy to Student Affairs Professionals, Part III of III
In this post, Public Policy Division Region VI Representative, Stacy Heldman-Holguin, brings the student affairs perspective to the current public policy conversation. In this three-part series, you’ll learn more about what comprises public policy, why student affairs professionals should pay attention to policy issues and conversations, and how to get informed and become involved in policy conversations relevant to your field. This is the final installment of the series, please check out part I & II for more!
Federal Budget Update for Student Affairs Professionals: April 20, 2017
This post by NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will give a brief history of the Fiscal 2017 budget process so far, what we expect will happen in the next couple of weeks, and some hints at what that tells us (or doesn’t tell us!) about the Fiscal 2018 budget process.