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  • What Our Favorite Prison Drama Taught Us About Restorative Justice


    Those who have binge-watched the last season of "Orange is the New Black" may have noticed restorative justice threaded throughout the season. The use of restorative justice practices in the campus setting has been gaining national attention in a range of situations. I spoke with Rick Shafer, of the Restorative Justice in the Dean of Students Office at Michigan State University, about what the show got right, and what it got wrong about restorative justice.

    Posted on September 20, 2019 at 03:08 PM By Jill Dunlap, Director for Research and Practice
  • Examining State Religious Freedom Policies and Impacts in 2019


    The concept of religious freedom is undoubtedly cornerstone to United States’ values, and as such, has a long history of policymaking, including recent litigation surrounding the potential threat that the implementation of laws like Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act poses on equal protection rights. Mapping out the threads of connection between federal and state religious freedom policies and assessing their potential impact on marginalized communities can help inform future practice for student affairs professionals today.

    Posted on September 19, 2019 at 04:11 PM By Diana Ali, Associate Director of Policy Research and Advocacy
  • Standards, Standards, Standards


    As student affairs professionals are keenly aware, some of college students’ most transformational learning experiences occur outside the classroom. Influential works aided in emphasizing the importance of student affairs programming to the enrichment of the student experience. However, how do we know if our programs are of the quality that enriches the lives of our students? And, how do we know if we have the skills necessary to create, evaluate, and modify those high quality programs?

    Posted on September 17, 2019 at 12:12 PM By Sara Jane Finney and Sonia Jeanne Horst
  • SA Weekly: September 16


    SA Weekly – your destination for higher ed news, NASPA research and policy, constituent blogs, and more.

    Posted on September 16, 2019 at 03:32 PM By Maya Ward-Fineman, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
  • Being a Part of the Manicur Legacy


    In August I had the opportunity to meet with five participants from the 2018 Alice Manicur Symposium. We invited the 2018 cohort to share feedback about what they valued and how the symposium should continue to evolve. It was clear in the conversation that these Manicur participants feel connected to one another and to the faculty they met, that they felt nurtured and in turn committed to investing in others.

    Posted on September 16, 2019 at 12:49 PM By Monica Nixon, Assistant Vice President for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
  • Hazing Prevention Legislation in 2019


    Hazing culture can be unique to each incident, which means campus leaders are in the best position to take steps to have an impact on their campus. It’s important for legislation and policy designed to prevent hazing to recognize the need for campus leaders to be able to respond with flexibility, while also creating frameworks for sharing promising practices and transparency in tracking and responding to incidents.

    Posted on September 12, 2019 at 03:51 PM By Teri Lyn Hinds, Director of Policy Research and Advocacy
  • The College Diabetes Network & How They Are Making Campuses Safer


    The College Diabetes Network and NASPA have been working together to raise awareness of available resources for student affairs professionals. These resources will better prepare SA Pros to serve their students with Type 1 Diabetes.

    Posted on September 10, 2019 at 09:38 AM By Stacey Cunnington, Communications and Operations Coordinator, College Diabetes Network
  • At Home and Abroad: Institutions Address International Program Safety


    Evidence-Based Information Leads to Smarter Travel Decisions

    Posted on September 6, 2019 at 11:11 AM By Elizabeth Brenner with Ros Thackurdeen, cofounders of Protect Students Abroad
  • Introducing the LOOP Framework—a strategy for division-wide assessments of student learning and inst


    We intend for the LOOP Framework to affirm a strong sense of positive restlessness on your campus, supporting the critical work of delivering educational experiences that make meaningful, lifelong contributions to the learning and success of students.

    Posted on September 5, 2019 at 01:43 PM By Andrew Morse