November 5th NASPA Policy Update
This post provides relevant higher education policy updates for student affairs professionals between 10/29/2018 and 11/5/2018.
Policy in Practice: Proactive Steps to Foster Inclusion, Diversity, and Free Speech
Institutions seeking ways to address the increasing divisiveness plaguing our nation’s political discourse are challenged with balancing strong respect for equity and inclusion with protecting free speech. Contrary to inclusion and diversity and freedom of expression being at odds, however, campus leaders can take proactive steps to establish both meaningful protections for those who have experienced past trauma and create spaces for open and honest discourse on fraught topics. For some institutions, re-examining institutional speech and expression policies to identify how they can be made less reliant on free speech zones while still allowing for appropriate planning for campus safety, may bring together campus leaders, students, and the community around a concrete task. Establishing a practice of deliberative dialogue across topics of passionately held different opinions allows for greater exploration and creates capacity for empathy and discussion. Providing resources for higher education professionals for use of safe spaces in pedagogically appropriate ways can help students with histories of trauma, from veterans to survivors of abuse, engage more fully with their educations. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds provides starting points and considerations for these approaches.
October 29th NASPA Policy Update
This post provides relevant higher education policy updates for student affairs professionals between 10/22/2018 and 10/29/2018.
Influencing Policy into 2032: Preparing Campuses and Students to Respond to the 2020 Census
In an era of ubiquitous data and data collection, the notion of completing an official count of every person in the United States every ten years may seem outdated. The Census, however, is a vital component in the foundation of our national government. Understanding the importance of the Census and the role it plays in ensuring the health of our representative democracy is essential as we head into the final year of preparation for the 2020 Census. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, provides a brief history of the Census and how it relates to the United States House of Representatives and the distribution of federal funds before addressing how student affairs professionals can help ensure all members of the campus communities are counted in 2020.
Reflections on #RealCollege
Nearly 550 participants gathered at #RealCollege: A National Convening on Food and Housing Insecurity in September 2018 hosted by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. #RealCollege provided an opportunity for practitioners, researchers, students, policymakers, and activists to discuss policies and programs to foster change across higher education in support of students with basic needs insecurity. These passionate, engaged, and collaborative people came together to discuss some of the many challenges students face and to take an honest look at the reality of college today, sharing insight into what has been successful and what is being discussed at a variety of institutions. In this post, NASPA director of strategic initiatives Amy Geist reflects on her experience at #RealCollege.