The reach of campus communities now extends well beyond campus gates, and higher education now works within a global framework. NASPA’ globalism efforts encourage members, both here and abroad, to expand thinking around students and practitioners as global citizens. This focus area aggregates what Knowledge Communities, NASPA events, and writing and research opportunities that will strengthen your knowledge base in this area. NASPA provides ample opportunities for involvement and support which enables growth and understanding in the student affairs and services profession.
Engagement and Employability examines the central role student affairs plays in helping students gain and articulate career skills through cocurricular experiences. It focuses on the…Buy
Internationalization of higher education is one of the most important trends for the next decade and beyond, and the implications for student affairs and services are enormous. Supporting…Buy
The growing numbers of international students in the United States enriches our culture, enhances student life, and promotes international academic exchange. Student affairs professionals can take steps to build…Buy
Students from underrepresented groups—including students of color; students with disabilities; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students; and first-generation students—bring their wisdom, experience, and varied cultural perspectives to college and…Buy
This updated set of Professional Competency Areas is intended to define the broad professional knowledge, skills, and, in some cases, attitudes expected of student affairs professionals regardless of their…Buy
The traditional boundaries of the work of student affairs in higher education are changing rapidly with new global trends and developments of the 21st century. The growing involvement of…Buy
Diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion are values espoused by most colleges and universities; yet many educators, including those in student affairs, expect students to "magically" interact with peers from different…Buy
By the year 2050, the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population in the United States is expected to more than double, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Recent…Buy
NASPA's continues to expand internationally through various initiatives.
Immigration matters are increasingly urgent on college campuses across the country. Taken together, first and second-generation immigrant students, undocumented students, and international students constitute approximately thirty percent of the undergraduate population nationally. These populations are the future demographics of higher education, and crucial to our institutional viability and financial sustainability. It is critical that we listen to the student voices on our campuses and remain student-centered in our support. We need tool kits to develop more comprehensive support networks, play a more proactive role in immigration matters on multiple levels, and better leverage the power of personal stories and data.
Catch up on this week’s trending student affairs and higher ed news, including: Alternative system for registered apprenticeships; Not looking for patterns; Advocacy groups pan DeVos rollback of for-profit college regulations; Equity in education: key questions to consider; Transparency with staying power.
NASPA reaffirms our support for undocumented students, and colleagues in light of last night’s decision by the Department of Homeland Security to rescind the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). While the DAPA program was never enacted due to legal challenges from several states that ended with a deadlocked decision from the Supreme Court last summer, the removal of the policy by DHS with no indication of other methods to grant protections to parents of U.S. Citizens is disheartening.
Clarissa Valencia was born and raised in northeast Los Angeles, and resides in Alhambra, CA. She discovered her love for student affairs and spirituality while majoring in the Study of Religion at UCLA. From there, she attended Cal Poly SLO, where she researched the Muslim student experience, and completed a Masters in Counseling and Guidance for Higher Education. She also interned at USC’s Office of Religious Life where she focused her efforts on implementing workshops for discovering meaning and purpose in careers. She began her professional career at Southwestern Law School followed by Mount Saint Mary’s University’s in Los Angeles. She is currently focusing on bridging the gap between the inner lives of college students who identify as “spiritual but not religious” and their outer lives at universities. Her goal is to help all Light workers, metaphysical believers, Star Seeds, crystal experts, energy healers, law of attraction creators, and unchurched spiritual followers in college strengthen their spiritual voice.