Welcome to the Student Government Knowledge Community (SGKC)! As the cost of college tuition continues to rise, our institutions operate under an unprecedented amount of scrutiny. What are students gaining from their college experiences? How are colleges and universities building the next generation of leaders? Student governments vary widely in the level of influence they have on students, institutions and the communities at large. As alumni of student governments from across the country and student affairs practitioners, the SGKC believes in the power of student government to affect positive change on and off campus. We will build stronger Student Governments through a focus on improving internal processes and developing best practices that can be widely shared. Join the conversation!
Starting in late April, 2019, the NASPA Research and Policy Institute blog has been merged into the NASPA blog! Check us out there: http://www.naspa.org/about/blog
Civic engagement on a college campus depends on the creation of an environment cognizant of the characteristics of its student population and respectful of the diverse opinions of all those in the campus community. In a national political and social environment where the act of engaging civically feels even more “risky”, how do we engage our diverse campus populations in a way that inspires and empowers them to use their voices and join in dialogue? At Texas Woman’s University, the answer has been to create civic engagement initiatives unique to our student population using research, best practices, and cross-campus collaborations.
As we find ourselves in difficult times for our democracy, I hope you will join us in Florida next month. We will gather together as people possessing different institutional roles, focusing on different aspects of civic learning and democratic engagement, but also as people who share a passion for co-creating our institutions and communities. Join the conversation and action as we redouble our efforts to build a future in which we all can thrive.
The CLDE planning team does an excellent job curating a program that brings together exceptional researchers, practitioners, students, thought-leaders, and organizations to foster stimulating debates and help us position our work around the Theory of Change. That framework and the intentional design from speaker selection to session format has definitely influenced how I work with others on my campus to design workshops and events for students, faculty, and community partners. Another aspect of the conference that I greatly appreciate is how the values of democratic participation are manifest in the meeting planning, venue, sessions, and activities. It is important to be congruent with our values, and I believe the organizers of the CLDE meeting do that very well.
During the 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting there are a variety of half-day and full-day pre-conference workshops geared toward creating campus cultures, pedagogies and practices that advance a thriving democracy. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore assessment, political engagement and academic freedom, dialogue and deliberation, and more!
On Thursday, October 25th, Black Girls Vote, Inc. returned to TU for a campus-wide event: “The Café Takeover.” Student volunteers joined Black Girls Vote, Inc. staff and a local radio station - 92Q Jams Baltimore – for a “party” in the University Union, where student attendees could register to vote, print an absentee ballot, mail an absentee ballot for free, or get directions on how to early vote on campus! Students were able to learn about their power exercised through their vote. This campus takeover celebration not only happened at Towson University, but also at Morgan State University and other schools statewide. Through this collaborative effort, and the support of Tumblr who helped to fund these events, we were able to engage, educate, empower and mobilize over a thousand students across Baltimore, over 200 students at Towson University. In addition, statewide, the turnout during day 1 of early voting increased by 106%, compared to the 2014 midterm elections!