The Importance of Movement Building for Undocumented Immigrants
Tuesday, August 15, 2017, marked the five-year anniversary since the Obama administration implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In response, advocates took up the charge of defending DACA through rallies and awareness campaigns which launched on social media platforms under the hashtag #defendDACA. Along with advocacy for more permanent protections for DACA recipients, this past Tuesday provided an opportunity to move the needle forward on ensuring the well-being of all undocumented individuals and mixed-status families, not just those meeting DACA eligibility requirements. In this post, NASPA Policy Analyst, Diana Ali discusses the importance of movement building for undocumented immigrants given mixed-messaging within the new administration and a potential upcoming legal challenge to the DACA program. This post is a precursor to next week's free August Policy Briefing Series--"Policy in Practice: Supporting Undocumented Students During Legislative Uncertainty" featuring guest speaker Henoc Preciado, Coordinator of the Titan Dreamers Resource Center of California State, Fullerton.
Policy Update for the Week of August 7, 2017
This pose provides relevant higher education policy updates and the state and federal levels between August 7, 2017 and August 14, 2017
Going from Great to Greater: What does it take to scale?
One of the things we keep hearing at NASPA is that despite the great work happening at institutions, there is always a need and a desire to do more. Questions like, “How can we increase the number of students served by the program?” “How can we encourage more staff and faculty to engage in the effort?” “How can we offer a greater variety and breadth of offerings to appeal to more students?” all relate to scale. In this post NASPA Research and Policy Institute's Director of Strategic Initiatives, Omari Burnside, provides guidance to student affairs professionals on achieving "scale" on campus.
Policy Update for the week of August 1, 2017
This post provides relevant higher education policy updates and the state and federal levels between August 1, 2017 and August 6, 2017.
Students in Financial Crisis: A Case for Emergency Aid
In this post, NASPA Director of Strategic Initiatives Amy Geist, describes the current campus climate that poses challenges for students in financial crisis, and the true value of accessible emergency aid programs. NASPA continues to move the needle forward on emergency aid initiatives through the 2016 release of the Landscape Analysis of Emergency Aid Programs, an ongoing partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and conference presentations and discussions facilitated throughout the year.