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.
Students as Ambassadors of Civic Dialogue
Student affairs professionals know that students are not absent from discussions about complicated and complex problems. While they might not readily join every conversation about every heated topic, they are certainly not indifferent to them all. Prominent recognition of students discussing, and perhaps disagreeing on, difficult subjects with other students can demonstrate a sense of community that is strengthened by, rather than shaken by, conflict and difference. It only further primes students for future public engagement in a world where conflict is inevitable and the outcomes of conflict are at least in part shaped by the resilience of those involved in and affected by it.
Resource Guides for Responding to the Department of Education’s Proposed Title IX Rule
In late November, the Department of Education published a proposed rule on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance and opened a 60-day public comment period. While the Federal Register is not fully operational during the shutdown, public comments on the Title IX Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) are still due by January 28, and regulations.gov is functional and accepting comments. NASPA staff have developed several resources intended to help higher education leaders learn about and respond to the proposed rule. Prior to the winter break, we held several information sessions (recordings are available in the NASPA Online Learning Community) and published a 4-part blog series providing a preliminary analysis of the proposed rule. Today we released a series of Resource Guides that expand on many of the topics we highlighted in December with links to research and data that individuals and institutions can use to bolster their comments as needed.
Why Public Policy Matters in Student Affairs
Melissa Whatley Grant is a full time doctoral student studying higher education. She serves as the Women in Student Affairs (WISA) knowledge community as their Public Policy Co-Chair; read her blog post: My topic did end up being Why Public Policy Matters in Student Affairs.
Connecting The Dots: Campus Programming and Partnerships
Being civic minded and democratically engaged is not something that happens instantaneously. The ideologies and concepts of democratic values are learned throughout a lifetime. These lessons can come through standing in line with your parents at the polls, watching presidential debates, discussing politics over dinner with a group of friends, or volunteering to serve meals at the homeless shelter over the Holidays. However, it is often hard for students to connect the dots and understand how these experiences intersect. It can also be difficult for students to understand the power, influence, and impact they have in their communities.
2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting Student Intern Opportunity
In order to encourage student participation in the 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE19) Meeting, AASCU’s the American Democracy Project and the NASPA LEAD Initiative are proud to offer the opportunity for three students to have a voice on the planning committee.