Threats to the One-person, One-vote Principle: Gerrymandering & the 2020 US Census
Though not articulated until the 1960s, the one-person, one-vote principle is considered foundational to our representative democracy, echoing in the minds of many the desire of the founding fathers to create a nation “of the people, by the people, for the people”. With the 2020 Census looming, and subsequent mandatory redistricting in all states with more than one congressional district, concerns around ensuring both a complete and accurate census and fair and balanced electoral districts are rising. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds explains the relationship between the decennial census and the redistricting process and highlight current threats to ensuring fair representation for everyone in the United States.
Free Legal Services for Students
Since a large percentage of BMCC students also has limited financial means, the need for pro-bono or low-cost services continues to be urgent. Legal services in particular, are quite costly and out of reach for the majority of the student body. Among the initiatives which BMCC has undertaken to assist its students, free legal services, with a focus on immigration, were found to be a high priority.
Equitable Educational Opportunities for System Impacted Latinx Students
In some states, correctional facilities are looking towards their counterparts at community colleges to develop an educational pathway with either educational programs inside prisons and/or a ‘next phase’ program that transitions a student after release to community college.
My NASPA 2018 Experience
The most important event for me throughout my two days was definitely the Community Colleges Reception. I missed the CCI, so I knew that I had to make the most of this reception to make up what I had missed. As soon as I walked into the room, my NASPA supervisor, Jake Frasier, wasted no time in introducing me to his colleagues.
Achieving a College Education (ACE)
The Achieving a College Education (ACE) Program was established at South Mountain Community College to motivate underrepresented students to graduate high school and continue on to complete a college degree. ACE was designed to smooth the transition between high school, community college, and university.
Alamo Area Colleges Access & Completion Consortium
This unique model of collaboration and collective impact strategies builds momentum to address educational and economic needs of our service area. The consortium hosts an annual Fall Summit for service providers to share best practices and models which support student success efforts.