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from the Coalition for LGBT Awareness (CLGBTA), June 2017

Photo Credit: Alex C. Lange Click image for more information

June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots (led by Transwomen of Color, Marsha “Pay it no Mind” Johnson & Sylvia Rivera), which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize & celebrate the impact Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Asexual (LGBTQA+) people have in the world.

June, 12th 2017 also marks one year since the Pulse shooting in a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The domestic terrorist/hate crime event happened to also occur on Latinx night, and the majority of the victims were Latinx and persons of color. We will continue to honor and remember the 49 siblings that were taken from us and the 58 that were wounded on June 12th, which has been deemed Orlando United Day.

The Orlando LGBTQA+ community continues to invite us to join them through #HonorThemWithAction, the national campaign to commemorate the Pulse massacre. More information can be found by visiting:

ACPA's Coalition for LGBT Awareness hopes that you have participated in Pride month in your own way, and continue to do so in honoring the many queer & trans folx that have been taken from us, that have come before us, and that continue to fight today for justice and liberation by increasing your involvement on campus.  We may achieve this specifically through action and coalition building with LGBTQA+ & Ally student, staff, & faculty. We are interested in what is happening on YOUR campuses and in your communities to help create  more inclusive environments for students, staff, and faculty who identify with LGBTQA+ communities.  Are their resource needs met?  Does your campus have a LGBTQA+ center?  How is your campus centering racial justice within LGBTQA+ work? What programs, services, and support are being provided to Queer & Trans Students of Color?

Now is the time to become an active part of what your campus offers and work toward LGBTQA+ equity.

Here's some ways you can take action..

  • Take a few minutes and do a quick search on your campus website to determine what groups/resources are already available.

  • Reach out to campus LGBTQA+ leaders and groups to introduce yourself!

  • Volunteer your time to a program already in the works

  • Advocate for LGBTQA+ inclusive policies on your campus

  • Find out and support the ways your campus is centering Queer & Trans Students of Color.

  • Become involved or start initiatives for institutional inclusion for Transgender students: All Gender Restrooms, Gender Expansive Housing, Chosen Name & Pronouns process, etc.

  • Consider applying for a CLGBTA Practitioner Grant.  The CLGBTA Practitioner Grant provides funding and support for LGBTQI students, faculty and staff, through student organizations, offices or other initiatives on college campuses in their efforts to enhance LGBTQA awareness and develop educational opportunities. Practitioner Grant Description & Application - Application Deadline: 8:00pm EST on Friday, June 23, 2017.

  • Learn about ACPA’s Racial Justice Imperative and support students and colleagues of Color on your campus and internationally.

  • Host professional development for your staff discussing the importance of supporting students and colleagues of Color utilizing this Higher Ed Live Webcast on the Racial Justice Imperative

Artist: Micah Bazant, Used with Permission

From the desk of Cindi Love, ACPA Executive Director

I am excited to be at the Community and Technical College Fly-In hosted by Downs Government Affairs. The event is for community and technical college presidents and senior leaders to hear from the Department of Ed, Health and Human Services, Labor, Commerce, Homeland Security and more about the new White House priorities for funding as well as the expectations for collaboration and leveraging assets in much more effective ways.

This is definitely a call to a new business model for higher ed.

Thank you to Dr. Olivia Blackmon who mentioned ACPA in her presentation as a great partner for Community and Technical Colleges who create opportunities for the majority of first-generation and underrepresented students. We are really proud of the work of our Commission for Two Year Colleges in developing our platforms of support for these institutions and the 3x increase in Institutional memberships for Community and Technical Colleges over the last three years.

Workforce Diversity is a key theme for this Fly-In and assessment is central to its achievement. I am proud of ACPA's special edition of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) for campuses. The GDIB is used worldwide in all types of organizations committed to workforce diversity and Inclusion. In listening to the presentations at this Fly-In, it is clear that all government agencies that make grants will be requiring evidence of diversity and inclusion outcomes that go beyond compliance. Now is a great time to think about the ACPA Special Edition of the GDIB for your department, division and campus. All of us must be thinking about new and alternative funding sources and we don't want to be shut out for lack of assessment that is recognized by the federal government. The GDIB is in use with the Department of Defense and others.

Here are a few notes from today's Fly-In:

  • Sharing notes from the Community and Technical College Fly-In

  • Food, transportation, childcare and housing are 2/3's of the investment that community college students must make to stay in school.  1 in every 3.5 community college students experiences food insecurity. (Mia Hubbard from MAZON citing Wisconsin Hope Study)

  • Food pantries and the C/U Food Bank Alliance are growing and important, but we cannot solve the problem of food insecurity this way. Best practice is to connect students to government programs so they create their own path to sufficiency. Some campuses are attracting SNAP vendors to increase awareness and use. The role of public policy advocacy by higher education  is critical now--to expand programs like SNAP, streamline applications, clarify work requirements that qualify students for SNAP, allow student meal plan sharing (UCLA leading the way) and push to increase federal funding, not decrease.  SNAP expires in 2018.  Public information gathering sessions about food insecurity are taking place now.

  • Every state must operate a SNAP education and training program (SNAP E&T). Students who participate in these can get a waiver of the regulatory restriction on SNAP for college students.  Community colleges that partner with these centers (Washington State is a good model) can really make a difference in student success. SNAP to Skills projects links employers, campuses and SNAP programs. Technical assistance is available at

  • WIC is another important program for non-traditional students with families. 48 percent of US infants participated in WIC in 2015.  National school lunch program serves 30 million children every day, the majority free and reduced. 1 in 4 Americans participate. School breakfast program serves 14.5 million children.

  • Child and Adult Care Feeding Programs are also available at local facilities students can access.

  • The Summer Food Service Program is available and largely underused. All congregant feeding is a barrier.  People are refurbishing school buses as food trucks and activity programs.

  • Filling out the Pell is a barrier for some of these students. They are living with grandparents, siblings and friends and do not have access to their parents for the FAFSA.   SNAP E&T funds can be used as a bridge while students are working to be Pell eligible. 


Long time ACPA member and leader, Dr. John C. Hernandez, has been named Santiago Canyon College’s Fifth President. Dr. Hernandez has served as an ACPA governing board member, Diamond Honoree, and Aspiring SSAO Institute faculty member. Read the full press release below. Congratulations Dr. Hernandez!


(Santa Ana, CA) - At its regularly scheduled board meeting on June 12, Rancho Santiago Community College District’s (RSCCD) Board of Trustees approved the appointment of John C. Hernandez, Ph.D., as Santiago Canyon College’s (SCC) president. Hernandez has served as the college’s interim president since July 2016 when John Weispfenning resigned to become the chancellor of Coast Community College District. Hernandez will assume the role of president at Santiago Canyon College on July 1, 2017.

Title: Dr. John C. Hernandez, Ph.D.After a nationwide search, 37 candidates applied for the position and 12 semi-finalists were selected. The screening committee narrowed the field to three finalists. After public forums were held at the college on May 25, feedback was provided to RSCCD Chancellor Raúl Rodríguez, Ph.D., who interviewed the finalists on May 26 and made his recommendation to the RSCCD Board of Trustees, which unanimously approved the appointment.

“We had three highly qualified finalists for the position of president at Santiago Canyon College,” said Rodríguez. “All were talented and experienced higher education professionals. In the end, Dr. Hernandez was the top-rated candidate at every stage of the selection process. He earned the selection and I have no doubt that he will be an outstanding president for SCC. I am pleased to welcome him as the fifth president of Santiago Canyon College.”

“The Board of Trustees is pleased to have Dr. Hernandez assume the mantle of president at Santiago Canyon College,” said RSCCD Board of Trustees President John R. Hanna. “As a first-generation immigrant and a product of the California community college system, Dr. Hernandez knows firsthand the impact of our programs and services on students. As he has as interim president, he will continue to serve our students, faculty and staff well and in turn, enhance the quality of life in our community. We look forward to working with Dr. Hernandez in fully utilizing Santiago Canyon College for the benefit of our students and the community.”

John C. Hernandez, Ph.D., has been in the field of student affairs and higher education administration for 32 years, nineteen of those years in administration. As interim president of SCC, he has provided leadership in institutional planning, allocation of fiscal resources, human resources, facilities, and the delivery of educational programs and services to advance student learning and success. He also has led efforts to sustain a welcoming and supportive environment for all campus constituents. Last summer, SCC was recognized for a second year as a Great College to Work For® by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Since 2005, he served as vice president for student services at SCC where he has been an advocate for increasing opportunities for students and for partnering with others to provide a seamless delivery of support services. In that role, he established external partnerships with local school districts and four-year universities to create collaborative programs to increase student access and success.

Additionally, since 2009, he provided administrative leadership for the college's foundation. In that role, he created the necessary infrastructure to ensure a sustainable foundation with an improved capacity, including: enhancing board development, ensuring the creation of a five-year strategic plan, purchasing a sophisticated donor management system, securing foundation funding to create a dedicated development officer, and creating a budding alumni network.

Prior to his tenure at Santiago Canyon College, Hernandez served in the following administrative roles: associate vice president and dean of students at Cal Poly Pomona; associate dean for student development at Santa Ana College; and assistant dean for student affairs at California State University, Fullerton. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct instructor in the Student Development in Higher Education graduate program at Cal State University, Long Beach, and taught counseling and student development courses at various colleges.

Hernandez has been included in a number of academic publications, including the 2014 Supporting Student Affairs Professionals: New Directions for Community Colleges edited by C.C. Ozaki, A.M. Hornak, and C.J. Lunceford. In 2004, he co-authored the article, “Leaking Pipeline: Issues Impacting Latino/a College Student Retention” in the Journal of College Student Retention. In 2000, he wrote “Understanding the Retention of Latino College Students” published in the Journal of College Student Development.

He has also been a regular presenter at higher education conferences. In 2016, he was a keynote panel member at the Academic Academy October Institute. He has received many honors and accolades, including the ACPA College Student Educators International’s Standing Committee Advocate Award, the Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund’s (HEEF) Apple of Gold Award, and Cal State Long Beach College of Education’s inaugural Cynthia S. Johnson Award for Mentoring.

Hernandez earned an associate degree in arts at Fullerton College; a B.A. in sociology at California State University, Fullerton; an M.S. in counseling with an emphasis in student development in higher education at California State University, Long Beach; and a Ph.D. in college student personnel administration from the University of Maryland in College Park.

“I was originally drawn to this profession because of my desire and passion to make a difference. That still holds true today,” said Hernandez. “It is what sustains my sense of purpose and affirms my calling. Having served as the interim president has validated my desire to provide leadership in this role and at this place. I am honored to have been given this opportunity and look forward to leading this incredible college in continuing to make a difference in the lives of our students, our community, and in our region.”

About Santiago Canyon College Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves more than 17,000 credit and non-credit students each semester. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult—and senior—in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District. Visit to learn more.

About Rancho Santiago Community College District Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which serves the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, and Tustin. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.

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May 24, 2017 09:30 ET | Source: ACPA—College Student Educators International  (VIEW THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE HERE!)

Washington D.C., May 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Student Affairs in Higher Education Consortium (SAHEC) announces the launch of an international campaign, Where Respect Happens, for professionals, students and community members on or connected to college and university campuses.

The campaign communicates that Student Affairs Professionals are committed to student learning and development, and recognition that self-respect and respect for others are at the core of that process.  Where Respect Happens reminds us all of the critical importance of respect in civil society.

Dr. Cindi Love, Executive Director of ACPA—College Student Educators, the developer of the concept for the campaign, said, “We cannot think of a more important time for a message of respect to go viral in the world.

SAHEC member associations are dedicated to modeling and co-creating campus environments Where Respect Happens, one person at a time. Research clearly indicates that students and professionals who feel respected are more engaged. They are more likely to share their ideas, contribute their thoughts, and work collaboratively, persist, graduate, and obtain gainful employment.

The recent Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) statement encourages campus leaders to engage in new ways regarding civility, inclusion, and diversity.  We believe Where Respect Happens is a great tool at the right time for these leaders.”

SAHEC member associations partnering in the campaign are:

ACPA—College Student Educators International

ACUHO-I Association of College and University Housing Officers – International

ACUI--Association of College Unions International

ASCA-Association for Student Conduct Administration

NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

NIRSA Leaders in Collegiate Recreation

NODA – Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education


Students, professionals, and community members can download free t-shirt iron-ons, stickers and postcards at the Where Respect Happens website SAHEC encourages uploads of videos (see below) that tell stories of Where Respect Happens in the lives of students and professionals on campuses.

For more information about Where Respect Happens, contact


ACPA—College Student Educators International

One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20036




A photo accompanying this announcement is available at


A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

Cindi Love ACPA—College Student Educators International 202-835-2272

The following text is of a letter sent on behalf of many Higher Education associations and organizations to John F. Kelly, Secretary, U.S.. Department of Homeland Security.  The letter addresses concerns regarding the DACA (Deferred Action for childhood Arrivals) program.  ACPA is a signer in support of this message seeking justice for our students.

May 12, 2017

The Honorable John F. Kelly Secretary U.S.. Department of Homeland Security Nebraska Ave. Center, NW Washington, DC 20528

Dear Secretary Kelly:

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to request that you clarify throughout the U.S.. Department of Homeland Security the still existing protections offered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  There has been to date no executive action to rescind this program and, indeed, President Trump has spoken sympathetically about "DREAMers" and their situation and you have yourself spoken publicly about "DREAMers" not being targeted for deportation.

However, widely published incidents of DACA holders being deported or detained and threatened with deportation (see, for example, the LA Times and USA Today) have contributed to understandable anxiety among DACA recipients, many of them students in our colleges and universities.

Many of us were among the forty national associations and organizations participating in an April 26 Summit organized by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.  The Summit addressed both the legislative need for a BRIDGE Act, or better a DREAM Act, which would put DACA protections into law, and the more immediate need to provide access to legal, financial, and counseling resources to students impacted by the uncertainties about DACA.  While we would like to be able to offer our students the reassurance to "rest easy" as the President has suggested, we also do not want to offer them false hope.

The incidents referenced above seem to indicate that while DACA recipients, or DREAMers, are not an official priority, there is still a large element of local discretion in enforcement that belies the official position.  Consequently, we urge you to make clear throughout the Homeland Security enforcement arms, and to cooperating local and state law enforcement, that the United States means what it says when it offers thoroughly vetted individuals the promise of "deferred action."

We want to be able to encourage students to seek or renew DACA status but we cannot do so in good conscience without the conviction it will make a positive difference for them.

We concur with statements that you have made in the media that the final resolution of this issue is a matter for Congress to address in enacting a fair and reasonable immigration law, including a just disposition of young people brought to the United States as children.  However, until that time, assuring consistent implementation of existing DACA provisions is the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  We have every confidence in your ability to make this happen.


Antonio Flores President & CEO Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Additional organizations signing on to this letter:

AASA, the School Superintendents Association ACPA - College Student Educators International American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) American Association of University Professors (AAUP) American Federation of Teachers (AFT) American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Asian American Advancing Justice - AAJC Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) Association of Research Libraries (ARL) ASPIRA Association Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) EDUCAUSE Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) National Immigration Law Center (NILC) University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)

Dear Friends,

As a fourth generation Texan, I never imagined a day like today--when my home state would cruelly legislate the rounding up of my neighbors, friends and family members like cattle. Yet, that day has arrived. On 9 May 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued a 'travel alert' informing anyone planning to travel to Texas in the near future to anticipate the possible violation of their constitutional rights when stopped by law enforcement.

The alert comes amid the passing of a Texas law known as SB4. The law gives a green light to police officers in the state to investigate a person’s immigration status during a routine traffic stop, leading to widespread racial profiling, baseless scrutiny, and illegal arrests of citizens and non-citizens alike presumed to be “foreign” based on how they look or sound. The travel alert applies to all travelers to Texas, including U.S. travelers from other states and U.S. citizens. In addition, this alert applies to all encounters with federal, state, county law enforcement including local police and sheriffs."

For the past two years, ACPA has been at the frontline of the fight against these draconian laws in Texas, most recently SB6.

Now we must cross over that line into the belly of the beast. There are times when non-violent resistance of bigotry involves boycotting. There are times when it means protesting in the streets. This time it means we enter the belly of the beast because the healing of this deep wound can only come from inside. We have to be in Texas en masse and bring our voices into the center of the fear and hate.

ACPA is going to Houston in July 2017 for our annual leadership meeting and in March 2018 for Convention. Two years ago, our Governing Board recognized that Texas would be the bell weather state on passage of the most discriminating legislation since pre-Civil Rights Act of 1964. We could have moved elsewhere, but we made the decision to go to Texas, work at the grassroots level, provide testimony to the legislature, provide education by sending senators copies of Z. Nicolazzo's "Trans* in College."

Some of our members will not be able to travel with us on this next particular journey. It won't feel or be safe for them. Some of our members will choose to not invest their money in Texas. Some of our members will be prohibited from traveling to Texas as representatives of their state institutions.

We can't guarantee safety for those of us who gather in Houston as allies and advocates although we have developed a very strong network of support with the Houston Mayor's office, CVB, Houston First, Equality Texas, Trans Equality Texas and ACLU We are confident that they can guide us on logistics and reasonable risk.

We are going because it is no longer time to sit out. It is time to sit in.

Together, we will think about the next way we can go together inside the diseased gut of Texas leadership to bring healing and change.  Everyday our Texas based colleagues share the next wave of fear and stigma washing over their campuses. They need our support and our presence with them.

In line with ACPA’s values, mission, and vision, we protest the passage of SB4 and any like-oppressive legislation. As such, we call on our members to help pressure state legislators to repeal this legislation.  

When we wrote to you about this decision to go to Houston, our then Director of Equity and Inclusion Dian Squire said, "This decision is a moral decision, not a financial one. It is at the urging recommendation of local community organizations and ACPA members in Texas that ACPA remains in Houston for #ACPA18 and utilize its many platforms, including its largest, Convention, to push for equity and justice in the state. "

Moral decisions are more complicated than economic ones. We will not all agree on this decision. We understand that reality. We hope, however, that you will contribute your voice and encouragement to colleagues who choose to travel with us this time.

Our Convention Steering Team is planning how Convention can be used as a leverage point to create sustainable change in Texas and provide an atmosphere where our everyone can be safe and learn.

Barring unforeseeable circumstances ACPA will continue to show up and work for justice in Texas.


  • Fill up the in-boxes, voice mails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin accounts of Texas legislators. I hope you will include information about immigration from the ACLU site in your communications with your neighbors and legislative representatives.  

  • Educate yourself and your colleagues, neighbors, and friends about the immigrant experience.

  • Join Where Respect Happens Campaign

  • Engage with myself, the ACPA leadership, and central staff office about your questions, comments, and concerns regarding #ACPA18 in Houston, or if you have suggestions for additional action or ways we can support you.


  1. As previously stated, we have met with local groups in Texas over the past couple years to “stay ahead” of these types of actions.  

  2. We will continue to support local organizations on the ground in Texas who are fighting this battle every day.

  3. Depending on legislator reaction to these efforts and the efforts of others, we have considered additional actions that will support local colleges and universities and continue to bring to light the deleterious effects of this bill.


The bill being considered:

  1. Amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation.
  2. Authorizes the Department of Justice (DOJ) to bring a civil action if it receives a complaint from an individual who claims discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.
  3. Prohibits programs receiving federal funds from denying benefits or discriminating against LGBT people
  4. Prohibits employers from discriminating against LGBT people in terms of hiring and firing employees
  5. Amends the Fair Housing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act and jury selection standards to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people
  6. Prohibits individuals from being denied access to gender-based facilities, such as bathrooms or locker rooms, that is in accordance with their gender identity

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Dr. Shaffer pictured at middle with family during his birthday celebration.  Courtesy of Indiana University.

Dear Colleagues,

It is with deep sorrow that we share with you news of the death of Robert H. Shaffer, Ph.D. Dr. Shaffer advanced the Student Affairs profession in immeasurable ways.  A pioneer for student equality, Dr. Shaffer innovated a new structure of student affairs based on functional service to students instead of based on gender.  His efforts and leadership provided the foundation from which our current system of student support arises.  It is with thanks to Dr. Shaffer that we specify student affairs in areas like residence life, orientation, counseling, and student health. He served as the founding president of APGA (American Personnel and Guidance Association) in 1952 when it was founded by ACPA and 4 other national groups. Dr. Shaffer championed the international student experience and sought to improve the student experience for future success.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the life and work of Dr. Robert H. Shaffer.  Together, let us remember and celebrate his contribution to our profession and extend our sympathy to his family as they grieve his passing.

With appreciation for all your work,

Stephen John Quaye, ACPA President Donna Lee, ACPA Past-President Jamie Washington, ACPA President-Elect Cindi Love, ACPA Executive Director

OBITUARY Robert Howard Shaffer, Ph.D. (1915-2017)   Robert Howard Shaffer, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Professor Emeritus in the Schools of Education and Business at Indiana University, passed away peacefully on April 21, at the age of 101.   Born September 13, 1915 in Delphi, Indiana, to John W. and Bessie Hall Shaffer, he graduated in 1936 from DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, where he received his A. B. in history.  He was a member of DePauw’s Athletic Hall of Fame as a quarterback on the 1933 football team, which was undefeated, untied, and un-scored-upon.  He earned his M.A. degree in guidance from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and his Ph.D. degree in higher education from New York University in 1945.  He was awarded LLD degrees from DePauw in 1976 and from Indiana University in 1985.    An Eagle Scout, he worked as a professional staff member of the Boy Scouts of America for five years in New York City, after which he began his 40-year career in higher education at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, interrupted only by his service in the U.S. Army from 1943-1945.  His administrative positions at I.U. included dean of students and chairman of the departments of student personnel and higher education.  His professional activities included leadership positions in several national organizations in the field of student affairs, from which he received numerous honors and awards.  The IU Class of 1967 created the Robert H. Shaffer Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences.    Shaffer, an energetic, warm, caring person, who embraced life and saw the best in everyone, loved to help others grow.  In a 1986 article in the Journal of Counseling and Development, Professors George D. Kuh and Michael D. Coomes noted,  “Everybody who knows Bob admires and respects him. For over five decades – as a counselor, dean of students, faculty member, professional association leader, international consultant – Bob has pursued a simple but important goal: To encourage the personal and professional development of those with whom he has contact. Throughout the world there are thousands of former students, staff members, and professional associates – all of whom he considers friends – who have been touched by Bob’s enthusiasm and commitment to human development.” And in response to their question about how he would want to be remembered, Shaffer said simply, “I would like to be remembered as an individual who helped others be better than they would have been if they hadn’t met me.”    Shaffer continued to serve throughout his life.  One of his recent projects was the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum of New Smyrna Beach, where he served on the board until recently.  One of his favorite pieces of advice was, “Do good whenever an opportunity is presented.”   Survivors include his loving wife of 27 years, Dr. Joye Coy Shaffer; his son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Lynn Shaffer, of Cape Elizabeth, ME; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Vegeler, of Fort Wayne, IN; stepsons John Coy of East Amherst, NY, and William Coy of Nashville, TN; stepdaughters Connie Coy Weeks of Orlando, FL and Teri Coy McLean of Gainesville, FL; their spouses; two grandchildren, Derek Shaffer and Ryan Shaffer; four great grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; and two step great grandchildren.  His first wife, Marjorie Fitch Shaffer, to whom he was married for 47 years, and a son, Bruce W. Shaffer, who died in the Viet Nam war, preceded him in death.

from Texas Competes, with permission to reprint:

We've gotten some legal analysis on the proposed committee substitute for HB 2899, as currently drafted, and in terms of Texas' reputation on LGBT discrimination, it doesn't look good. It certainly goes further than the new law in North Carolina. Key notes:
  1. It would nullify existing non-discrimination protections from discrimination in bathrooms, showers, and changing facilities in several Texas cities (Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin) and in all public school districts. It also might complicate the enforceability of existing local anti-discrimination ordinances beyond the context of bathrooms and changing facilities since courts may hold that those ordinances are non-severable (i.e. they either stand or fall as a whole, rather than in parts). These protections are valued as methods to attract economic development and talent, and by school districts that have policies in place as a way to have clarity on how to protect all children.
  2. It forbids any Texas cities, counties, and school districts from protecting people in the future from discrimination in bathrooms, showers, and other changing facilities.
  3. It is one-sided in its prohibition. Under the proposal, only the protection of "a class of persons from discrimination" is forbidden. But cities and schools may choose to permit or even mandate discrimination against "a class of persons" (e.g. transgender people) in bathrooms, showers, and other changing facilities. With all of its flaws, at least the North Carolina compromise does not permit local governments or schools to specifically target any "class of persons." Texas HB 2899 would permit that targeting.
  4. It applies to all categories of discrimination protection not mentioned in state or federal law, including existing or future protection from discrimination on the basis of veteran status, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. 
  5. It literally codifies discrimination in Texas law by forbidding enforcement of  policies and ordinances that "protect a class of persons from discrimination." The result is an unprecedented form of exclusion from legal protection. 
  6. If you're interested in testifying on Wednesday, Equality Texas has a how-to guide here.