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The program highlights included sessions on developing executive presence, strategies for effective negotiation, and how to navigate organizational politics. However, the institute also promoted relationship building and self-care as two of its top priorities - two things that are usually missing at large, national conferences.
College students can face a combination of logistical, financial, and psychological stressors that can potentially drive them off-track and lead them to make decisions that may not be in their best long-term interests. Students struggling to adjust to college and feeling like they “just don’t fit in” may stand to benefit most from being nudged into co-curricular engagement activities across campus or student support services, such as career counseling or advising. In this post, NASPA Research and Policy Associate Alexa Wesley discusses how, through intentional delivery and framing of information, student affairs professionals can promote the uptake and effectiveness of programs that will help students manage their competing priorities, build meaningful social connections, and improve overall health and wellbeing. This blog is the first in a series of posts that will discuss various applications of behavioral science in the context of higher education and student affairs.
The Women In Student Affairs Knowledge Community presents its 2018 NASPA Annual Conference program and event guide.
This guide highlights sessions, programs, and events of interest to student affairs professionals at small colleges and universities during the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference.
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?
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.