A Culture of Collaboration at Middlesex Community College
Building capacity to successfully bolster efforts to engage students in the democratic process can be a significant challenge. Identifying allies already on your campus can be a key first step. This year, the Office of Civic & Service-Learning (OCSL) at Middlesex Community College (MCC) partnered with our MASSPIRG chapter for our Voter Registration and Get Out The Vote initiatives. Our partnership focused on leveraging our shared resources to engage our students in the 2018 Midterm elections by providing opportunities for students to learn about our democratic system, register to vote, and identify ways they can work to create change.
2019 NASPA Community Colleges Division Annual Conference Guide
Join the Community Colleges Division at the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference. Take a look here to learn about featured sessions, meetings, and award winners.
Post-Election Round-Up: What Happened and What Does it Mean for Student Affairs?
No matter your political affiliation, there was much to celebrate in Tuesday’s midterms, which resulted in increasing diversity of our nation’s elected officials, seven state gubernatorial races (so far) flipping from Republican to Democrat, an increased Republican majority in the Senate, and a Democratic takeover in the House. If your interest in policy work is more issue-based, you may be searching for the answers to what this all means now that results are in. How does a night of history-making play out on the ground, and how will these state and federal results impact local higher education communities? This post by NASPA assistant director of policy research and advocacy Diana Ali will dig into some of the outcomes, including early indications of record voter turnout on college campuses, to provide insight into these questions.
Accelerating Latino College Completion at Hispanic Serving Institutions Project
Excelencia in Education and leaders from nine higher education institutions in Arizona, Florida, and Texas worked over two years to develop and discuss plans for accelerating Latino college completion at their institutions. Hear about Maricopa Community College's experience.
Policy in Practice: Proactive Steps to Foster Inclusion, Diversity, and Free Speech
Institutions seeking ways to address the increasing divisiveness plaguing our nation’s political discourse are challenged with balancing strong respect for equity and inclusion with protecting free speech. Contrary to inclusion and diversity and freedom of expression being at odds, however, campus leaders can take proactive steps to establish both meaningful protections for those who have experienced past trauma and create spaces for open and honest discourse on fraught topics. For some institutions, re-examining institutional speech and expression policies to identify how they can be made less reliant on free speech zones while still allowing for appropriate planning for campus safety, may bring together campus leaders, students, and the community around a concrete task. Establishing a practice of deliberative dialogue across topics of passionately held different opinions allows for greater exploration and creates capacity for empathy and discussion. Providing resources for higher education professionals for use of safe spaces in pedagogically appropriate ways can help students with histories of trauma, from veterans to survivors of abuse, engage more fully with their educations. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds provides starting points and considerations for these approaches.
Creating Partnerships Within the Latinx Community to Impact College Success
Learn more about CREAR Futuros, “To Create Futures” in Spanish, a college mentoring initiative focused specifically on supporting college persistence for Latinx students.