SA Pro Abroad: Tackling Social Justice in Education One Semester at a Time
Every day there are decisions that present themselves to us. What should I eat? How do I know if I should take that promotion at work? Do I go out with friends or stay home and eat Ben & Jerry's? A million little moments that can change the course of our lives, perhaps without us realizing it. One of those moments happened to me this summer, which led to me moving more than 3,000 miles away to live in London. And it all started with a conversation...
Realizing a Dream: The Democracy Wall at Kennesaw State University
As one might expect, especially on the heels of a contentious national election, there were many questions and concerns. Most importantly, how do we honor the free expression that is paramount when creating this space yet balance that with the desired safe space we strive to create for all members of our community?
Reminder Proposals Due January 30th for CLDE 2017 Conference in Baltimore in June
The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA Lead Initiative are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. During this year’s Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (#CLDE17) Meeting in Baltimore, Md. from June 7-10, 2017, our goal is to bring together our collective networks of faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students, and community partners to advance our work to ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities–both public and private–prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need. Consider submitting a proposal for this year's conference by January 30.
Unpacking Your “Top 5”: StrengthsQuest* and Social Identities
I love StrengthsQuest, and I have seen the benefits of StrengthsQuest education firsthand. As a result of several conversations with fellow student affairs professionals, I have some reservations about personality assessments. Despite the value of personality inventories and corresponding educational efforts, like StrengthsFinder, there is a need for further research on the relationship between the results of personality inventories and social and cultural identities. (Terminology note: I use StrengthsFinder to refer to the assessment and StrengthsQuest to refer to any corresponding educational efforts.)
Democracy Requires That We Be Brave Enough
While in Washington, DC, recently for a national convening examining student democratic engagement during the election, a Ginsberg Center staff member attended a Supreme Court hearing. As Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor in particular raised questions, the ways in which our identities are shaped and politicized came into focus. The fate of a man’s life was being considered by Justices whose personal and constitutional views were undoubtedly shaped by their own lived experiences. And yet, they asked thoughtful questions, considered context and listened to understand, with a willingness to negotiate where they stood on the issue.
What is Public Deliberation? An Introduction
For those unfamiliar with public deliberation, the deliberative process brings people together to sort through three or four different research-based perspectives on a given social issue. The goal is not to come to consensus, but rather to understand each perspective and its underlying values, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each. This structured process ensures that we hear and understand multiple perspectives and that we recognize the need to balance our individual interests with those of the community. It is a process undergirded with the recognition that there are often competing positive values that require us to make tough choices between multiple legitimate options, and that even our preferred options come with trade-offs and consequences that need to be considered.