Establishing A Culture Built on Storytelling
Every community, no matter how small or large, has a story. The one-sentence story that guides much of our work around civic learning and democratic engagement at the University of Houston is this: The University of Houston (UH) is the second most ethnically diverse major research institution in the United States.
Going Green at #NASPA17
As we all prepare for the upcoming NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio, the Sustainability Knowledge Community would like to share some environmentally-friendly action steps that can be taken before and during your conference experience.
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.
What is Public Deliberation? An Introduction
For those unfamiliar with public deliberation, the deliberative process brings people together to sort through three or four different research-based perspectives on a given social issue. The goal is not to come to consensus, but rather to understand each perspective and its underlying values, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each. This structured process ensures that we hear and understand multiple perspectives and that we recognize the need to balance our individual interests with those of the community. It is a process undergirded with the recognition that there are often competing positive values that require us to make tough choices between multiple legitimate options, and that even our preferred options come with trade-offs and consequences that need to be considered.
Engaging Non Traditional Aged Students in the Political Process
Our society’s view of college students is of someone who is eighteen to twenty-two years old but, while the majority of college students still fit within the “traditional” definition of a college student, the population of older students continues to increase. Not only does this mean we may encounter more students who are returning to school after working full time or who may have family commitments, but it means we likely will encounter more students who think they have fully developed worldviews and opinions.
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.