Taking PRIDE in LGBTQ+ Support
Nearing the end of the first year of my PhD program, one notion that I have noticed discussed more and more in classes and research is representation. Representation is an important part of feeling welcomed and included on a campus, especially for students, faculty, and staff who identify as LGBTQ+.
Five things early-career professionals can do as they transition to an SCU
NASPActs Policy Basics: Political Parties & the Federal Legislative Process
Some will remember Schoolhouse Rock! from Saturday morning cartoons (and those that don’t can take a quick visit to ABC for a peek at the 1970s public service announcements ) where we learned how a bill becomes a law. Though Bill’s progress omits the role of political parties, the federal legislative process hasn’t really changed that much in the last 40 years: legislation gets introduced in one or both chambers, is referred to the appropriate committee, is (sometimes) passed out of committee for vote by the full chamber, and, if passed by both chambers of Congress, is sent to the President for signature (or veto). In this post, NASPA Director of Policy Research & Advocacy reviews the process for moving bills through Congress a bit more thoroughly by discussing how political parties influence the process.
My Own Path
Clarissa Valencia was born and raised in northeast Los Angeles, and resides in Alhambra, CA. She discovered her love for student affairs and spirituality while majoring in the Study of Religion at UCLA. From there, she attended Cal Poly SLO, where she researched the Muslim student experience, and completed a Masters in Counseling and Guidance for Higher Education. She also interned at USC’s Office of Religious Life where she focused her efforts on implementing workshops for discovering meaning and purpose in careers. She began her professional career at Southwestern Law School followed by Mount Saint Mary’s University’s in Los Angeles. She is currently focusing on bridging the gap between the inner lives of college students who identify as “spiritual but not religious” and their outer lives at universities. Her goal is to help all Light workers, metaphysical believers, Star Seeds, crystal experts, energy healers, law of attraction creators, and unchurched spiritual followers in college strengthen their spiritual voice.
Social Justice Strategies: Calling In
Social Justice work permeates the work we all do in higher education, sometimes in bizarrely competitive ways. We all do our best to stay “woke” with current issues and vocab as it pertains to all forms of hate and bias to the extent that we actually start competing with one another. This contest to see who can be the most “Social Justice-y” promotes a call out culture.
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.