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First-Generation Student Success through Leadership
My current role as the Program Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion allows me the opportunity to provide support for first-generation college students. Our institution defines the first-generation identity as “the first in your family to attend college, or the first in your family to attend a college in the United States”. Our Center for Diversity and Inclusion oversees support for students of color, DACA/undocumented, LGBTQIA+, and first-generation student populations. As the first-generation student experience recently came into our Center’s purview, we are building a foundation for the support for this population. As I look at research around the first-generation student experience in higher education, I am consistently finding my passion for student leadership wanting to come into the conversation.
The Significance of Sharing Social Class Stories
April 8th NASPA Policy Update
Hearings in Congress related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act continue this week along with a hearing by the House Ed & Labor Committee with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. In this week's update you'll find NASPA publications, state and federal legislative updates, regulatory advisories, and links to sign-on letter templates and resources so you can get involved today!
State Investment in Higher Ed: Free College and Promise Programs in 2019
State budgets represent the foundation of how our government invests in creating an informed and educated citizenry and workforce. Tuition prices in many states are often set by the state legislature and decisions about institutional funding allocations can work either to exacerbate or alleviate state-level educational opportunity gaps. As our national economy continues to recover, albeit slowly, from the 2008 recession, state budgets are shifting toward a greater investment in education. According to recent analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts, at least 15 states now cover college tuition for at least some students. The “free college” conversation continues, with 81 pieces of legislation across 29 states currently included on the Education Commission of the States’ State Policy Watchlist. The policies vary and almost none are truly open to all students for all institutions, but states are actively taking up the charge to address college costs and, in some cases, increase access for low-income and historically underrepresented groups. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, reviews some key terms and considerations of the policies for student affairs professionals as well as provides a brief overview of equity considerations in free college proposals. Student affairs professionals in states considering free college programs can reach out to their legislators to advocate for proposals that will better serve all students by offering concrete suggestions for improving the policies or even by providing examples of how the proposals would impact students they work with.
Creating Civic Action with Students Facing Food Insecurity
According to the CLDE Theory of Change, Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) efforts should be cultivating change on campuses. Through the framework, we transform through civic action by working in a pluralistic society and world, to improve the quality of people’s lives and take risks to achieve a greater public good. Our food pantry is a great example of changing its vision to meet the future of CLDE work on college campuses.