Voter Education and the Importance of Civil Dialogue
With the 2018 midterm elections freshly behind us, I imagine all civic educators in the nation are wondering the same thing. Did we do enough for our students? Did we appropriately prepare them to make critical decisions regarding their political leadership, so that they could complete their civic duties in good faith to not only their nation, but to themselves? In observing the refreshing up kick in youth voter turnout in the state of Texas, I am beyond overjoyed to see that students in the Lone Star State are answering the call of engagement and exercising their civic voices, but a part of me remains cautious. With this wealth of new voters arriving to the political scene for the first time in their lives, what can we do as educators to assure that they make wise and informed choices that benefit their individual civic values and unique needs? What can we do to confidently say post-election that we did the absolute best in preparing our students for authentic and personal advocacy of values that reflect independent thought?
Reflections on Civic Action and Service-Learning and the New Age College Student
The capacity and commitment both to participate constructively with diverse others and to work collectively to address common problems; the practice of working in a pluralistic society and world to improve the quality of people’s lives and the sustainability of the planet; the ability to analyze systems in order to plan and engage in public action; the moral and political courage to take risks to achieve a greater public good.
Post-Election Round-Up: What Happened and What Does it Mean for Student Affairs?
No matter your political affiliation, there was much to celebrate in Tuesday’s midterms, which resulted in increasing diversity of our nation’s elected officials, seven state gubernatorial races (so far) flipping from Republican to Democrat, an increased Republican majority in the Senate, and a Democratic takeover in the House. If your interest in policy work is more issue-based, you may be searching for the answers to what this all means now that results are in. How does a night of history-making play out on the ground, and how will these state and federal results impact local higher education communities? This post by NASPA assistant director of policy research and advocacy Diana Ali will dig into some of the outcomes, including early indications of record voter turnout on college campuses, to provide insight into these questions.
Helping our students understand they have the power, and the responsibility to impact our community.
Helping our students understand that it is their responsibility to pay attention to the community they are in, and that making a positive impact is at the heart of the intent of all of the programming that our office coordinates. We strive to help our students understand the impact of their time and energy so they understand the value of volunteering. That one minute interaction with that student last December helped fill me with hope that we are being successful in this endeavor.
Teaching Students to Vote? Challenging Assumptions Through Intentional Practice
As colleges and universities across the United States seek to improve the educational opportunities for students that foster a long-term campus climate for positive political learning, we see emergent innovations and promising practices. By developing informed voters by teaching voting basics, information literacy, history and the current state of voting rights, we believe that educators can build a system that benefits our democracy.
CLDE and Gen Z: Generational Considerations and Implications
How do we make Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) an integral part of the student experience? How do we help students see themselves as voters not just students who vote- normalization without minimization? We often expect students to enroll in our institutions with a civic mindset and have a decent understanding of what drives them towards civic engagement. However, just as we spend weeks and courses helping students develop study skills, time management, and how to navigate college, we cannot miss the opportunity to educate on social responsibility and CLDE.