2018 NASPA Hill Days & National Student Affairs Day of Action: #SAadvocates for Student Success
Student affairs professionals see first-hand both the triumphs and the struggles of students in ways that few other campus administrators can. Telling the stories of our students, stories that complement data showing what we know to be true across the country, is a powerful advocacy tool. Each student story is unique, but student affairs professionals work with students across campus, allowing perspective to identify trends and patterns in students’ experiences. As a national association representing the voices of student affairs professionals, NASPA is uniquely situated to elevate those stories and use them to inform policymakers at the state and federal level about the real impacts policy decisions have on the lives of students. Every day, student affairs professionals advocate for student success on campus; NASPA can help support and carry that advocacy to the next level, but we need your voice. Won’t you join #SAadvocates around the country in July to share your expertise and insight with policymakers?
Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education KC Guide for the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference
This program guide highlights everything related to the Technology KC during the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference.
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.