Student Government and Enacting a Thriving Democracy
In reflecting on my own experience working with the Student Government Association, I am reminded of an interaction between this body and a non-affiliated student in attendance at a recent meeting. The visiting student commented that the SGA could do more to promote their meetings to assure that students felt included and heard within the on-campus democratic process. One of the SGA members responded, accurately, that the meetings were marketed across campus using a number of methods, including social media and email, and that students should not expect personal invitations to attend. As the advisor to the group, I did not interrupt, but it did give me pause- what is the responsibility of the Student Government when it comes to convincing students to participate in the process? What obligation do they have in persuading other students to participate as active members of the campus community? Where does their duty end and individual commitment to democratic engagement begin? What is our role as higher educators to help define that line, and support students to making those connections?
Womxn of Color Make Hxstory in the 2018 Midterm Election
In 2018 ASI student leaders kicked off National Voter Registration Day in September as excitement was building on campus for the November midterm election. Cal State LA is one of the most diverse universities in California and was recently recognized as number one in upward mobility in a study published in the NY Times. Students are very much connected to many of the issues facing our nation such gun violence at schools, affordable health care, #metoo, and immigration. After the elections, students were most excited to see the diverse representation of women of color elected to US Congress as well as locally and statewide.
Helping Your Own: Emergency Aid Programs
As colleges look to coordinate civic engagement activities to improve their local community, many times they need to address the issues on campus. Seminole State College of Florida implemented their emergency aid program in 2015 in partnership with Heart of Florida United Way with support from the Lumina Foundation to determine if emergency aid programs were effective in helping students stay in college.
Research & Policy Institute Guide to #NASPA19
Join members of NASPA’s Research and Policy Institute (RPI) at #NASPA19 to learn more about our work to connect research, policy, and effective student affairs practice in support of student success and the strategic priorities of the Association. Even if you aren’t able to join us in person in Los Angeles, you can still check out the RPI sessions that will be included as part of NASPA’s Virtual Ticket.
Vision without (civic) action is merely a dream…
Moving forward the Weppner Center at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is dedicated to making even more intentional efforts to offer programming and experiential opportunities that are in alignment with the greater vision of creating socially-minded student leaders engaged in civic action on-campus and beyond FAU. Yes, fostering a grand vision is a vital first step, but that is all it is. The next step should include a didactic action plan that is measurable and informed. Each student has the capacity to be a change agent equipped with a vision grounded in positivity and boldness.
Reflections From a Past Participant in the SLPKC Graduate Mentoring Program
If you’d ask any senior student affairs professional in our field today about one of the most important building blocks of a new professional that they did not get early in their careers; one of the most popular answers would most likely be mentoring. Mentoring is not something that you organically benefit from or learn about in your higher education graduate program but rather a connection that comes from a natural relationship or a fostered opportunity. For me, it is an opportunity much like why I chose to make higher education and student affairs my career path- to be able to make an impact on my community and those around me.