Creating Civic Action with Students Facing Food Insecurity
According to the CLDE Theory of Change, Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) efforts should be cultivating change on campuses. Through the framework, we transform through civic action by working in a pluralistic society and world, to improve the quality of people’s lives and take risks to achieve a greater public good. Our food pantry is a great example of changing its vision to meet the future of CLDE work on college campuses.
Catching Up on HEA: An Update for #SAPros & #SAadvocates
It’s been a busy week on the Hill with several hearing related to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), initial due for reauthorization in 2013, in both the House and the Senate. Policymakers from both parties generally agree with NASPA’s overarching priorities related to HEA, though they differ in where they place the emphasis for why and how best to accomplish them. These differences become apparent in the details, which matter in any legislation, but with legislation as broad and far-reaching as HEA, there are a lot of details. Both Senator Alexander (R-TN), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, have recently addressed the issues they expect to include in comprehensive HEA reauthorization bills to be introduced in spring 2019.
#NASPActs19 Policy Pop-ups at #NASPA19
Originally created during the 2016 NASPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, NASPActs today is designed to provide ongoing outlets for social action and civic engagement opportunities, at the NASPA Annual Conference and year-round. At the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference, the #NASPActs19 Committee of the Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division is sponsoring a series of five policy pop-up sessions that coincide with the 2019 National Student Affairs Day of Action (NSADA). Each session is scheduled for 20 minutes and designed to provide #NASPA19 attendees with a brief introduction to one of five different equity and inclusion areas along with suggestions for direct action they can take on the issue immediately. For our participants in NSADA who are unable to join us in person in Los Angeles, we are providing the information and resources that will be distributed during the Policy Pop-up sessions here.
Student Government and Enacting a Thriving Democracy
In reflecting on my own experience working with the Student Government Association, I am reminded of an interaction between this body and a non-affiliated student in attendance at a recent meeting. The visiting student commented that the SGA could do more to promote their meetings to assure that students felt included and heard within the on-campus democratic process. One of the SGA members responded, accurately, that the meetings were marketed across campus using a number of methods, including social media and email, and that students should not expect personal invitations to attend. As the advisor to the group, I did not interrupt, but it did give me pause- what is the responsibility of the Student Government when it comes to convincing students to participate in the process? What obligation do they have in persuading other students to participate as active members of the campus community? Where does their duty end and individual commitment to democratic engagement begin? What is our role as higher educators to help define that line, and support students to making those connections?
Student Affairs: Integral Partners on Campus and in Congress: Remarks from IACLEA’s Hill Day
This morning, NASPA director of policy research and advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, joined joined Sue Riseling, Executive Director of the International Association of College Law Enforcement Officers (IACLEA), David Bousquet, Immediate Past President of the IACLEA Board of Directors, Abigail Boyer, Interim Executive Director of the Clery Center, and Altmann Pannell, Director of Government and External Relations at IACLEA, at a briefing for Congressional staff on issues of campus public safety as part of IACLEA’s 10th annual Capitol Hill Day. Ms. Hinds spoke on briefly on a variety of topics including federal and state budgets and financial support for higher education, the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and several issues related to campus safety. Her prepared remarks are available below.
Womxn of Color Make Hxstory in the 2018 Midterm Election
In 2018 ASI student leaders kicked off National Voter Registration Day in September as excitement was building on campus for the November midterm election. Cal State LA is one of the most diverse universities in California and was recently recognized as number one in upward mobility in a study published in the NY Times. Students are very much connected to many of the issues facing our nation such gun violence at schools, affordable health care, #metoo, and immigration. After the elections, students were most excited to see the diverse representation of women of color elected to US Congress as well as locally and statewide.