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!
Professional awards are more than an opportunity to recognize excellence in our field. Award nominations can be a powerful act of showing gratitude for the colleagues who influence our work and the programs we invest our so much of our energy. By writing a nomination, we give ourselves time to pause and show appreciation. Not only can we help shine a light on the people and programs in our lives, but we, too, benefit from taking the time to practice gratitude.
At a time when the value of higher education is being questions, this is an opportunity for our field to examine our role in the academe. What are we, as Student Leadership Professionals, doing to prepare students to deal with the challenges of climate change, humanitarian refugee and immigration crises, the gun violence epidemic, and rights and freedoms being challenged in our democracy? Student Leadership Development is uniquely positioned to expose students to not only pressing issues but also to equip students with the tools and skills needed to be informed and address the most pressing needs of our world.
After election day, we celebrated the progress we made in institutionalizing democratic engagement at UNLV while cataloguing the many ways in which we want to continue growing this area of work. We helped our community partners celebrate the incredible depth and breadth of the work they did in organizing young voters across the state of Nevada. Powerful evidence of this has recently emerged: In the 2018 midterms, 37% of young Nevadans ages 18-35 cast a ballot, a 22 point increase from the 2014 midterms. According to CIRCLE, young people made up 19% of the Nevada electorate in the midterms, more than doubling their impact from the 2014 midterms. We are excited for the small part we were able to play in this significant achievement.
SLPKC KC Online Publication Abstract Submission Please consider submitting an abstract for consideration for the Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community submission to the KC Online Publication!
I’ve spent the better part of two decades as a student affairs professional, presenting leadership workshops, teaching leadership courses, and advising student leaders so it was a surprise to me when I recently had the opportunity to think about leadership differently. I was asked to be the keynote speaker at my university’s annual research conference. The keynote speech was to address the benefits of participation in research for students. Immediately, I thought of many reasons why research was important—-- to add to the body of knowledge about a topic, or to discover and explore a phenomenon, or even to innovate or develop a new process or product, but I hadn’t ever put conducting research into the context of leadership development for students. As I researched the information for my address, I quickly realized that participating in research had the potential to be a transformative leadership experience for students. Through participation in research, students gain valuable leadership skills, develop self-awareness, and become problem-solvers.
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.