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Join Ariel in her conversation with Judy Li, Assistant Dean of Students at New York University (NYU) Shanghai on her experiences working with international students, comparisons of student affairs practices from different countries and cultures, and Judy's approach to advising.
Student affairs professionals know that students are not absent from discussions about complicated and complex problems. While they might not readily join every conversation about every heated topic, they are certainly not indifferent to them all. Prominent recognition of students discussing, and perhaps disagreeing on, difficult subjects with other students can demonstrate a sense of community that is strengthened by, rather than shaken by, conflict and difference. It only further primes students for future public engagement in a world where conflict is inevitable and the outcomes of conflict are at least in part shaped by the resilience of those involved in and affected by it.
By his own admission, Richard Sullins has a fun job. He is the Dean of Government Relations and Strategic Partnerships at Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina. You would be forgiven if you struggled to think of many other professionals at the community college level in a similar role—outside of the college Presidents. Many of us policy watchers often ask ourselves if the information we pass along to colleagues is reaching the right people, if we are communicating about federal and state policy appropriately, and if we are providing enough value or having any impact. I was fortunate to spend an hour with Richard recently to learn more about his unique role, and hear how he works to keep campus stakeholders informed.