Public Policy Division Guide to #NASPA18

naspa divisions groups public policy division

January 26, 2018

Looking to get your wonk on at #NASPA18? Check out the featured public policy programs recommended by the NASPA Public Policy Division!

Featured Public Policy Programs

PPD Featured Session: Can the First Amendment be "Weaponized"?: Balancing Free Speech and Student Safety Post-#Charlottesville

8:30-9:45 a.m. in Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom 1

The ideals of open dialogue and free inquiry protected by the First Amendment are treasured, but increasingly contested, on college campuses. Some students are raising concerns about language or speakers they find offensive or hateful, while others argue that extreme groups are using the First Amendment as a pretense to intimidate and invite violence onto our grounds. State legislatures have considered and passed legislation to restrict the response options for campus administrators. Join NASPA PPD for a moderated panel of experts and student affairs administrators as they address how student affairs professionals can protect our communities from violence, support student activism, and preserve the ideals of the First Amendment.

FERPA Update and Q&A's

1:15-2:05 p.m. in Convention Center 121 B

LeRoy Rooker, senior fellow at AACRAO, will present an update and engage with participants in a question and answer period on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Both the Department of Education (ED) and members of Congress have considered changes to the regulation and underlying legislation governing FERPA in recent years. Mr. Rooker will provide information on the current guidance and any developments resulting from ED's regulatory reform efforts as well as relevant conversations emerging from discussions related to the reauthorization of the Higher Educational Act.

Public Policy Division Town Hall

2:30-3:40 p.m. in Convention Center 114

Sponsored by NASPA’s Public Policy Division, join leaders in student affairs for a robust discussion of NASPA’s public policy agenda. Presenters will facilitate discussion among session participants about NASPA’s current focus areas and public policy topics for the future. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide input about the direction of the Public Policy Division, including suggestions for how the division can prepare for challenging higher education and student affairs issues in the year ahead.


Creating and Implementing State-Wide Policies Designed to Enhance a Safe, Inclusive, and Affirming Environment for Members of the LGBTQIA+ Community

8:00-8:50 a.m. in Convention Center 120A

Fostering Learning and Developing Leaders for the Future: Responding to the Goldwater Institute Campus Free Speech Legislative Proposal

10:10-11:00 a.m. in Convention Center 121B

Higher Education Policy Update: Federal and State Priorities for Student Affairs

11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. in Convention Center 121B

Getting Engaged in Public Policy: A Starter Kit for Higher Education Professionals

1:25-2:15 p.m. in Convention Center 121B

Presenters from the Public Policy Division will give a brief overview of federal public policy issues, and will focus on giving attendees tools to engage in public policy.  Attendees will learn how the campus benefits from SAPros engaging in public policy, ways to communicate with elected officials on issues of importance to higher education; resources available from NASPA; how to engage as a private citizen and a professional; and how serving in elected office while in student affairs can happen.

What We're Doing is Not Working: Booting Up Political Engagement 2.0 Using the Model of College Student Political Identity Development

2:30-3:20 p.m. in Marriott Salon H


Beyond the Mandates: Proactive and Reactive Title IX Resources and Trainings

9:00-9:50 a.m. in Convention Center 120B



Stop by the NASPActs interactive table to learn about the rally for students’ rights (see below) and make signs to take to the rally. Fact sheets about the ways minoritized student populations have been negatively impacted by current state and federal policy decisions will be available along with opportunities to engage with other attendees and members from around the country via social media.

2018 National Student Affairs Day of Action

Stop by to learn more about the 2018 National Student Affairs Day of Action, July 17, 2018! Information on engaging with state and federal policymakers, candidates, and local governing boards is available, along with pointers for starting a letter writing campaign on your campus. #SAadvocates for student success; what will you do? Pledge it on a postcard and we’ll send it to you as a reminder in mid-June!


NASPActs Rally for Students’ Rights

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Join the NASPA Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Division to bring awareness to the various ways that minoritized student populations are being negatively impacted by the current administration’s policies. Following a march from the convention center to the Thomas Payne Plaza in downtown Philadelphia, students who have been targeted or negatively impacted by current policy changes will share their challenges and the ways that Student Affairs professionals can continue to support them.

We look forward to connecting with you at #NASPA18. Follow @NASPAtweets on Twitter and visit the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference site for more information.  

Opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of NASPA. If you agree or disagree with the content of this post, we encourage you to dialogue in the comment section below. NASPA reserves the right to remove any blog that is inaccurate or offensive.

To comment, you can login to your preferred social network. Comments are lightly moderated and we do provide the option for users to flag a comment as inappropriate.

Get in Touch with NASPA