Crumbling Foundations and Fraying Nets: Intersections of Public Policy & Mental Health on Campus
While mental health is arguably one of the most prominent issues student affairs professionals engage with on a day-to-day basis, ranging from student needs to maintain or manage existing mental illness or stress to providing outlets and avenues for promotion of mental wellness, it is almost invisible in state and federal policymaking. In this post by Teri Lyn Hinds, NASPA's Director of Policy Research and Advocacy discusses how state and federal policy conversations can add to the mental distress and strain for many students. Despite this, it is rare to see legislation specifically address the growing mental health demands (or the costs of those demands) facing campuses. Policies implemented or being considered nationally in the past year would reverse the gains made to strengthen our general public health and mental health safety nets afforded by the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion in many states. This erosion comes at a time when students are bombarded on all dimensions of health and wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, occupational, and financial.
Success in Action Series Part 3: Relax, Relate, Release
Creating and leading a change effort requires a lot of work, energy, and time. And, yes, while the work you are doing is rewarding and meaningful, we know that the experience can sometimes be draining and exhausting. Therefore, it is important that we practice a little self-care throughout our efforts. This Success in Action blog by NASPA Director of Strategic Initiatives Omari Burnside offers suggestions for how to make the most out of your winter break. However, these practices can be used at any time, not just at the end of the year. Because sometimes we just have to relax, relate, and release.
Engaging New Professionals and Graduate Students in Policy
As the Region II Public Policy Representative to the NASPA Public Policy Division, Krista Saleet gives a number of presentations at conferences and on campuses addressing policy and its impact on higher education. She is noticing a sharp increase in the number of new professionals and graduate students who attend these sessions and asking how they can be more knowledgeable and get involved in policy conversations. To that end, NASPA is working hard to engage all members in policy awareness, advocacy and activism. In this post, she shares resources and strategies for new professionals and graduate students to increase their involvement in policy affecting their work.
2018 NASPA Community Colleges Division Annual Conference Program Guide
Learn more about Division events, meetings, and educational workshops focused on community colleges taking place in Philadelphia, PA during the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference!
Engage! Options for Advocacy for Student Affairs Professionals
No matter your position, title, or area of expertise, as a student affairs professional there are a myriad of ways you can – and should – engage in public policy conversations for the benefit of you, your students, and your institution. While advocacy in public policy can seem like a tricky topic, in this post NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, will lay out some key terms and specific examples of how both individuals and institutions can engage in advocacy.
Apply for the 2018-2020 NPGS Leadership Team!
We are seeking new professionals and graduate students (both master's and doctoral) to apply for leadership opportunities on the 2018-2020 New Professionals and Graduate Student Knowledge Community (NPGS KC) Leadership Team! Specifically, we would like to help you #MakeYourMark in the NPGS KC in 2018-2020!