#NASPA17 marked the passing of three resolutions reflecting critical moments in our field

Cover image: Dr. Tom Bowling, Vice President for Student Affairs, Frostburg University, reads aloud the resolution honoring the life of Alice R. Manicur on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

At the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference, the NASPA Board of Directors passed three important resolutions reflective of critical moments in our field. Resolutions considered and ratified at the annual NASPA Business Meeting held each year at the Annual Conference are a way to capture sentiments and decisions of supreme importance to the Association as a part of our documented history.

The first, a Resolution Pertaining to the United States Legislative and Regulatory Actions, expressed “opposition to the executive order that bans immigrants from six predominantly Muslim nations.” The resolution also expressed NASPA’s support for the reinstatement of protections for transgender students, and the continuance of DACA and ongoing protections through the BRIDGE ACT. 

The second, a Resolution Condemning Discriminatory Transgender Legislation, spoke to NASPA’s dedication to combating prejudice and discrimination. The resolution stated that NASPA publicly expresses “opposition to the Texas Privacy Act Legislation SB6”. This legislation, while not yet law, increases danger for transgender individuals, and runs counter to our guiding principle of inclusion. The resolution also encouraged the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to apply the protections of the Equal Rights Amendments in the case of Gloucester County School Board v. GG as further assurance of transgender students' rights.

The final resolution honored the life of Alice R. Manicur, a pioneer and leader for women in the field of student affairs, who passed away on January 2, 2017. Manicur was a NASPA legend, serving as the first female president of the Association in a male-dominated profession in 1976-77. Manicur was recognized for her leadership and service through the renaming of the Alice Manicur Symposium for Women, receiving the NASPA Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean and the John L. Blackburn Distinguished Pillar of the Profession Award, and by her induction into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. She will be fondly remembered for her kind and generous nature and will be greatly missed by loving family members, many friends, and admirers; the staff, faculty, and student body of Frostburg State University; and her NASPA family and friends.

We are proud of these additions to NASPA’s living history.