Value and Significance of a Career Serving as a Leader of Higher Education Opportunity Programs
As a first-generation college graduate, Latina and educator, I recognize the transformative power education has on students’ lives, families and communities.
Scholar’s Corner: The Disneyland of Academia
We are not encouraged to bring the children to the Disneyland of academia. Only those who can afford it, may, those for whom the academic job is a hobby, will, those who can already hire nannies on their parents’ dollar to conduct their work, or bring a cleaning nanny from abroad, an aupair, or an indentured worker, as in the case of Pulitzer winning author Alex Tizón’s servant, who had been “a gift” to his father. Our children are impediments to “the pursuit of happiness” an ongoing happiness of exchanging ideas with others, and researching, and bragging about publications…. that is the nirvana academics look for.
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.