Neutrality in a Time of Question
In 2002, late historian Howard Zinn authored the book You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train that summarizes Zinn’s life and struggle as both an educator and advocate for social justice.
History is a journey and as a person who exists in the movement of this journey you can either go along with the ride as events unfold themselves, sitting on the passenger seat gazing out the window or you choose to act as the journey unfolds. The 2016 election of Donald Trump left many #SApros in a time of question as values such as inclusion, diversity, and equality appeared to be defeated by the results of the election. NASPA sent out an email to the Student Affairs field along with webinars being organized to discuss the climate and support of students who are in the trenches of our institutions.
NCC Online: Mental Health & Diminishing Resources
This installment of NCC Online focuses on the current state of mental health services at community colleges and explores strategies for supporting students with student affairs and health education practitioners. As open access institutions, community colleges must be able to serve a wide range of students and provide support for their success, both academically and personally. Join us as we discuss strategies to do so, even amid budget cuts and uncertain funding.
One of the students that I mentor graduated this past May and entered a graduate program this fall. We had a brief conversation about transitioning from an undergraduate student to a graduate student and embarking on the journey to become a student affairs professional. During our conversation, she mentioned her uncertainty, or fear I should say, of feeling like everyone would think she was a fake and not having any knowledge of what she would be doing.
Does Dialogue Make a Difference?
Over the last semester, and really the last year, in working so closely with our students around civic learning and democratic engagement I have developed a new appreciation for dialogue as not only a way to exchange ideas, but also a way to help heal communities. Whether a conversation started by registering a student to vote for the first time or having a conversation with an undocumented student on why they aren’t eligible to vote learning and understanding happens in many different forms. It’s for these reasons I am so grateful the commitment our campus has made to keep dialogue on the forefront of our university values.
The Perfect Fit – How did I get here?
Six months ago, I started a new adventure into full-time business ownership. The first two, I spent thoughtfully contemplating who I am, who I am not and what I want for this next stage in my career. For as confident as I was about the decision to leave my full-time position in higher education and career development, I was afraid of the change that needed to be made. So how did I get here?
Technology at NASPA IV-WE
Your friendly technology committee wanted to share some tips and tricks for navigating all things technology while at the conference. Below you will see some thoughts we put together; however, we encourage you to reach out to any of us should you have a questions that was not addressed below. See you all soon!