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.
Greatness by Association by Seth Gordon
Seth Gordon explores the meaning of veteran, the veterans he serves at Wright State University, as well as the Veterans Voices project.
Keynote speakers for SMCS18
We have three great keynote speakers lined up for the Symposium on Military-Connected Students in February! The topics of their talks are highlighted here.
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!