Student Affairs Sisters: My Experience at the Women’s Leadership Institute
The program highlights included sessions on developing executive presence, strategies for effective negotiation, and how to navigate organizational politics. However, the institute also promoted relationship building and self-care as two of its top priorities - two things that are usually missing at large, national conferences.
Women In Student Affairs Knowledge Community Program Guide 2018 NASPA Annual Conference
The Women In Student Affairs Knowledge Community presents its 2018 NASPA Annual Conference program and event guide.
The Prosper Act and TRIO students
The “Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity” Act (PROSPER Act), the HEA reauthorization bill proposed by the House Education and Workforce Committee would negatively impact TRIO students and other low-income students. Learn more about the impacts of the PROSPER Act for TRIO programs and low-income students in this post by Kimberly Grieve & John Howe at the University of South Dakota.
The Photo Project: Reframing Food
Growing up, my family’s relationship with food usually centered on affordability, time to prepare, and whether we could eat it multiple ways. It was not always nutritious, or included a vegetable – but we always had food. Most of the time we shopped at Save-A-Lot, which was walking distance from our house and generally the best bargain you could find. We would load up the cart with frozen pizzas, potatoes, sandwich materials, and some forms of snack foods.
Early Trends in 2018 State Legislation
Most state legislatures started their 2018 legislative session in January and while it’s still fairly early in the session to have a solid sense of trends across the country, this post by NASPA Director of Policy Research & Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds provides an initial look at a few of the top issues NASPA’s Policy and Advocacy Team tracks: campus free speech, rights for trans individuals, and state-level immigration-related policies regarding sanctuary campuses or tuition and financial aid for undocumented immigrants. Some legislation introduced in 2017 is still under consideration in many states with biennial state legislative sessions, though this post will focus mostly on new legislation introduced in 2018 or that has been recently updated or acted on.
2018 NASPA Hill Days & National Student Affairs Day of Action: #SAadvocates for Student Success
Student affairs professionals see first-hand both the triumphs and the struggles of students in ways that few other campus administrators can. Telling the stories of our students, stories that complement data showing what we know to be true across the country, is a powerful advocacy tool. Each student story is unique, but student affairs professionals work with students across campus, allowing perspective to identify trends and patterns in students’ experiences. As a national association representing the voices of student affairs professionals, NASPA is uniquely situated to elevate those stories and use them to inform policymakers at the state and federal level about the real impacts policy decisions have on the lives of students. Every day, student affairs professionals advocate for student success on campus; NASPA can help support and carry that advocacy to the next level, but we need your voice. Won’t you join #SAadvocates around the country in July to share your expertise and insight with policymakers?