SMALL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES GUIDE FOR THE 2018 NASPA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
This guide highlights sessions, programs, and events of interest to student affairs professionals at small colleges and universities during the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference.
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?
Crumbling Foundations and Fraying Nets: Intersections of Public Policy & Mental Health on Campus
While mental health is arguably one of the most prominent issues student affairs professionals engage with on a day-to-day basis, ranging from student needs to maintain or manage existing mental illness or stress to providing outlets and avenues for promotion of mental wellness, it is almost invisible in state and federal policymaking. In this post by Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA's Director of Policy Research and Advocacy discusses how state and federal policy conversations can add to the mental distress and strain for many students. Despite this, it is rare to see legislation specifically address the growing mental health demands (or the costs of those demands) facing campuses. Policies implemented or being considered nationally in the past year would reverse the gains made to strengthen our general public health and mental health safety nets afforded by the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion in many states. This erosion comes at a time when students are bombarded on all dimensions of health and wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, occupational, and financial.
Including Students with Learning Disabilities
Welcome to the DKC Presentation about how to include students with disabilities into all aspects of college/university life. The objectives of this presentation are to:
Define what a learning disability is
Identify areas of learning that can be affected by a learning disability
Identify inclusive, non-ableist strategies for including students with learning disabilities
Engage! Options for Advocacy for Student Affairs Professionals
No matter your position, title, or area of expertise, as a student affairs professional there are a myriad of ways you can – and should – engage in public policy conversations for the benefit of you, your students, and your institution. While advocacy in public policy can seem like a tricky topic, in this post NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, will lay out some key terms and specific examples of how both individuals and institutions can engage in advocacy.
Apply for the 2018-2020 NPGS Leadership Team!
We are seeking new professionals and graduate students (both master's and doctoral) to apply for leadership opportunities on the 2018-2020 New Professionals and Graduate Student Knowledge Community (NPGS KC) Leadership Team! Specifically, we would like to help you #MakeYourMark in the NPGS KC in 2018-2020!