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?
Colleges Should Engage Students Beyond Presidential Elections
Across the country colleges and universities were busy this semester registering and engaging student voters for the Presidential election. Despite such efforts, youth turnout, even in Presidential elections, is low. An estimated 50% of young people aged 18-29 voted in the 2016 general election. Turn your attention to midterm elections, and the picture is even bleaker. In the 2014 midterm elections, only about 20% voted, the lowest youth turnout rate ever recorded in a federal election. Colleges and universities have an important role to play in preparing students to be active, engaged citizens and encouraging voting in every election is a fundamental step.
OH NO! Now what?
This semester, the office of Civic Engagement and the J. Glenn Beall Institute for Public affairs at Frostburg State University completed its two-year civic engagement collaboration by hosting a diverse array of programs designed to engage students in the democratic process leading up to the Presidential election. A series of Town Hall Meetings were held that focused on domestic issues, foreign policy, and the presidential candidates to engage students in discussion of topics that resonated with their interests and personal values.
Call for Proposals Now Open: 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE17)
The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA Lead Initiative are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. During this year’s Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (#CLDE17) Meeting in Baltimore, Md. from June 7-10, 2017, our goal is to bring together our collective networks of faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students, and community partners to advance our work to ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities--both public and private--prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need.
Student Affairs is Not a Sprint, It’s a Marathon
At about mile 5, it hit me that my journey in student affairs very much reflected my half-marathon experiences. As we celebrate Careers in Student Affairs Month this October, I’d like to share a few a-ha moments throughout the race last weekend that led me to reflect on the lessons I learned as a new professional thus far.
Providing a Path for Students to Utilize Their Right
According to Campus Vote Project, “in 2008, nearly 1.7 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 were not registered to vote and only 17% of 18 to 24-year-olds cast a ballot in the 2014 elections” (2016). These alarming statistics highlight the need for young adults to have adequate resources and avenues to register to vote on time. Providing adequate resources and creating avenues fosters a sense of inclusion and importance for why young adults should partake in the democratic process.