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.
Keys of Success in Landing a Job in Student Affairs
This blog showcases advice from three black women who formed a bond while attending graduate school and through perseverance found their niche in student affairs.
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.
Thank You For Being a Mentor
Dr. Jennifer Miles, Ed.D., explores the importance of mentorship in student affairs
Not Another Blog Post – Being a Young Women in Student Affairs
Disclaimer: I come to this as a queer, cisgender, young white woman. My experiences are the consequence of my own social positionality and are not representative of all experiences within the vast category of ‘woman’. I cannot and will not speak for all women. Every experience of sexism is also informed by race, class, sexual orientation, ability, and other social identities. I am not the person to tell these stories, but #Blackwomenatwork was a movement on twitter at the end of March. Read them.
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.