The Government Affairs Committee continues to keep members informed on legislation that may affect operations; explore the latest movement of legislation as it relates to, primarily, transgender women in sport.
Transgender participation in sports has again come up in the legislative agenda for multiple states, as well as a bill in the US House of Representatives; Chris Crum, co-chair of NIRSA’s Government Affairs Committee gives an update.
The policy agenda is based on principles NIRSA supports and pertains to policies promoting and advancing success for both students and the higher education practitioners who support them as well as their communities.
NIRSA’s Government Affairs Committee allows us as an association to figure out how to best continue fulfilling our mission, living up to our values, and providing the opportunities to recreate that we do.
The latest policy and legislative issues are shaping our campus communities and impacting how our members operate each day.
In today’s heightened political environment, policy changes are made quickly and with little communication from policy decision makers. It's critical to the success of higher education and NIRSA to be proactive regarding these policies.
"Staying informed on current local, state, and federal legislation is extremely important for all NIRSA members," explains Andrew Chadick, Senior Associate Director of Programming and Assessment for University of Texas at San Antonio Campus Recreation.
Even the smallest law can have major ramifications, and it’s my goal to help my colleagues understand what issues are out there. This way, they can be better prepared to anticipate issues.
As we grow into our second year of the newly-reimagined Government Affairs Committee, some may be wondering how government affairs connects to campus recreation. You may even ask yourself, “Who cares?” Well, you should.
The NIRSA Government Affairs Committee has been reconstituted from the former NIRSA Policy and Legislation Committee; the committee was evolved to better meet the needs of the Association.