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Announcing the Special Issue of Diversity & Democracy on TDC/AAC&U’s Citizenship Under Siege Project

According to their website, “Diversity & Democracy supports higher education faculty and leaders as they design and implement programs that advance civic learning and democratic engagement, global learning, and engagement with diversity to prepare students for socially responsible action in today’s interdependent but unequal world.”  I am thrilled to announce that a special issue grounded in TDC’s Citizenship Under Siege Project in partnership with  The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is now posted online and available in print.

In an era of fractious differences about this topic when finding common ground seems elusive, TDC and AAC&U joined with seven community colleges to orchestrate a series of public forums each with accompanying programs and educational resources to bridge the rifts.   Organized under the common theme, Citizenship Under Siege, and supported by a grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities, the events were framed through the powerful historic, ethical, and narrative lenses of the humanities.  This tapestry of forums underscored how the humanities are still “the heart of the matter, the keeper of the republic—a source of national memory and civic vigor, cultural understanding and communication, individual fulfillment, and the ideals we hold in common” (American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2013, 9).

Featuring the efforts of project participants and educators engaged in similar work, this special issue of Diversity & Democracy illustrates the potential of the humanities to illuminate issues of identity and belonging.  We are indebted to the editor of Diversity & Democracy, Kathryn Campbell, for her commitment to producing an issue on this volatile topic.

With poignant and insightful lead articles by NEH’s Chair William “Bro” Adams, who also delivered an address at TDC’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration at The New York Times this past December, and the project’s director, Caryn McTighe Musil, who made the partnership and project possible, this issue is dominated by the creative and committed leaders at all seven community colleges in the project.  We are grateful to each of these authors who labored to produce the following enlightening articles:

From the Editor: Exploring Key Questions of Citizenship through the Humanities | By Kathryn Peltier Campbell, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Diversity and the Future of American Democracy | By William D. Adams, National Endowment for the Humanities

Clashes Over Citizenship: Lady Liberty, Under Construction or On the Run? | By Caryn McTighe Musil, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Bridges of Empathy: Crossing Cultural Divides through Personal Narrative and Performance | By Dona Cady and Matthew Olson—both of Middlesex Community College; and David Price, Santa Fe College

Affirming Interdependency: Interfaith Encounters through the Humanities | By Debra L. Schultz, Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York

Addressing Wicked Problems through Deliberative Dialogue | By John J. Theis, Lone Star College System, and Fagan Forhan, Mount Wachusett Community College 

Creating a Generation of Humanitarian Art Activists (Artivists) | By John Frazier, Miami Dade College

Gentle People | By Christian Carmelino and Sabrina Mendoza, Miami Dade College

Reconsidering Citizenship in the American Republic | By Michael Parrella and Jill Schennum—both of County College of Morris

After reading this issue of Diversity & Democracy, I am sure that you could agree that the project would not have produced a more timely or perceptive set of articles on a more pressing national issue with America’s community colleges leading the way.

For the full issue online, click HERE.  For information on ordering print copies, click HERE.


This issue of Diversity & Democracy was funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training Workshop in Washington, DC

AASCU’s American Democracy Project, and The Democracy Commitment in partnership with the National Issues Forum Institute are proud to announce a special professional development opportunity for area students, faculty, and staff interested in a moderator training for deliberative dialogues. We will be hosting a Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training Workshop on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), 1307 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005.


  • Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, American Democracy Project National Manager, AASCU
  • Verdis LeVar Robinson, National Director, The Democracy Commitment


  • John R. Dedrick, Vice President and Program Director, Kettering Foundation
  • Kara Lindaman, Professor of Political Science/Public Administration, Winona State University (Minn.)
  • William Muse, President Emeritus, National Issues Forum Institute
  • John J. Theis, Director of the Center For Civic Engagement, Lone Star College (TX)

Democratic dialogue and deliberation build civic capacities and consciences to tackle the highly salient and most complex wicked problems facing communities today.  It rejects the expert model of technical expertise and specialization towards a truly democratic framework of accessibility and empowerment. The practice of dialogue and deliberation cultivates student abilities necessary to explore enduring and multidisciplinary questions and solve persistent public problems. Thus, the capacities necessary for productive and meaningful dialogue and deliberation—critical thinking, emphatic listening, creative problem solving, ethical leadership, collaboration, issue framing—are not only essential for sustaining a vibrant democracy, they are the best preparation for our students/citizens/graduates to be successful in the 21st century. This training will guarantee your eligibility to be a moderator at our 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting’s Dialogue and Deliberation Plenary Session: “ Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?” on Friday, June 9, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Please join us for this free training by registering HERE.  The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  Lunch will be provided.  Click Here for the tentative agenda.

For questions and more information, please contact Verdis L. Robinson at or (202) 476-4656.

Civic Competency and Engagement: Building an Impactful Assessment Process

While many institutions are seeking to develop civic competency and engagement (CCE) in their students, there are seemingly infinite permutations of learning outcomes, institutional actions, and assessment methodologies. Terms like civic engagement, civic responsibility, service learning, and community engagement (among a host of others) are used to mean varying things across institutions. Colleges and universities also employ a wide variety of programs, including civic learning courses, service learning programs, and community engagement efforts.

How do we ensure alignment among these outcomes and these activities?

What types of data can and should we gather to examine the effectiveness of our efforts? Perhaps most importantly, how do make sure that we use those data in order to demonstrate our effectiveness and guide continuous improvement?

This webinar will present best practices in defining and assessing civic learning and democratic engagement, as well as how assessment models can relate to the development of an institutional assessment plan.

Join us for this free, live, one-hour webinar featuring Ross Markle, Senior Research and Assessment Director at ETS and H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Welcoming Remarks:

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, American Democracy Project National Manager, AASCU
Verdis L. Robinson, National Director, The Democracy Commitment


Ross Markle, Senior Research and Assessment Director at ETS

H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.


The webinar will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern.

If you are interested in participating on the webinar, you may register online by March 21st. The webinar link and dial-in instructions will be provided via email after you submit your online registration. Please note that the webinar will be recorded and available afterwards on our websites.

For registration assistance, please contact Jen Domagal-Goldman, or 202-478-7833.

Please share this webinar information with others on your campus that may benefit from participation.

Best wishes,

Jen & Verdis

Announcing the #CLDE17 Student Pre-Conference Workshop

This message is brought to you by our CLDE17 Student Interns. -Verdis Robinson, TDC National Director

It is incredibly important to engage in conversation with fellow peers, and by attending the #CLDE17 student symposium on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, at the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference in Baltimore, students will gain experience in a space unique to the conference and to their academic career; a space and event by students and for students. Those who decide to take part in the intellectual talks will leave the symposium with tangible concepts and ideas on how to better their community, as well as broadening their perspectives. We hope that this symposium will bring in students with diverse political and personal opinions to discuss the important issues facing this generation.

Student leaders play a vital role in shaping the landscape of higher education based on the issues, concerns, and insights that come forth throughout the year.  As such, this space is provided for students to harness their skills and passions about the issues that matter most to them.  This student symposium will introduce students to #CLDESTUDS17 and provide a space for students to speak and be heard by their peers. This session will include multiple table discussions. We will be discussing the following topics that are currently receiving a lot of attention: racial tensions, political apathy, and community activism. These topics will be discussed in small groups, and then brought to the large group to have further discussion. In the end, all students will be able to receive a handout of the ideas that were proposed during the symposium. It will also engage attendees in conversation on mobilizing and empowering individuals on campus and in the community, creating diverse partnerships, gaining the support of your faculty and administrators, and building support networks in order to enhance the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement initiatives that already exist at your institution or to create new opportunities.

It is our hope that attendees will gain a new perspective, and learn how to engage in civic discussions with others who may hold opposing viewpoints. Students will learn in-depth information about local government and how they can influence their local leaders through actions such as lobbying and speaking during a public meeting. It is vital for students to attend this symposium because they will learn how best to take the skills they learn throughout the conference and apply it to their experiences in their communities and universities. As Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill said, “All politics is local,” so with this symposium we will aid students in facilitating change in their local spaces.

We, interns, are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to engage our peers but also learn with them. We know that they will bring a lot of knowledge to the table, and cannot wait for in-depth discussions. As we sit and plan the symposium, we cannot contain our excitement to meet every fellow student who has the same enthusiasm to participate in such important conversations. You are welcomed to the table!

CLDE17 Student Interns:
Amber Austin, Tarrant County College (Texas)
Tyler Ferrari, Chapman University (Calif.)
Christin Melecio, Winona State University (Minn.)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST
Student Pre-Conference Workshop
For undergraduate students only
Organized by the 2017 CLDE Student InternsAmber Austin, student, Tarrant County College (Texas); Tyler Ferrari, student, Chapman University (Calif.); and Christina Melecio, student, Winona State University (Minn.)

This workshop will introduce students to #CLDEStuds17 that will provide a space to discuss issues that focus on being an active participant in the local and national communities, and will give students the tools to be effective activists in their communities. These open discussions will be held in large and small groups to effectively dissect the topics being discussed. To thoroughly accomplish our goals at the conference we hope that our peers come with open minds, and thoughtful ideas to contribute to discussions not only at this conference but at home with their peers. There will be additional information closer to the conference for those who register. We hope to engage our attendees with new, and exciting, information that can further reach students across the nation, and actively enhance the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement initiatives.


Share your CLDE campus curricular and co-curricular programming!

Are you an ADP/TDC/NASPA Lead partner organization?

Do you want to promote the civic engagement work of your campus or organization?

Consider hosting a table at the Campus & Friends Showcase at the 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting (#CLDE17) in Baltimore, Md.

Thursday, June 8th 2017
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (during the opening reception)

Join us for the ever-popular Campus & Friends Showcase—a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate your work and help others learn how to infused civic learning and engagement on their own campuses. There is no cost to participate. Simply complete this registration form, available here, no later than Monday, May 1. Spots are limited; therefore, we encourage you to sign up soon.

The Campus and Friends Showcase will take place on Thursday, June 8th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. during the opening reception. The Showcase is designed as an exhibit area with tables available for presenters. People love to see what other campuses are doing with their ADP, TDC and NASPA Lead programming and the Showcase also serves as an important networking opportunity for participants to connect with national leaders and organizations in the civic engagement movement.

It is important to note that the Campus & Friends Showcase is different than the poster sessions, which were solicited during the Call for Proposals. The poster session is designed to be research-oriented, and the Showcase is set up as an exhibit to provide opportunities for information, networking, and collaboration.

More information about the purpose and structure of the Showcase, registration, materials you should provide, and set-up details can be found on the Campus and Friends Flyer 2017. If you have any questions, please email Parth Thakkar, civic engagement intern, at or call him at 202.478.4671.

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for the 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting, June 7-10, 2017. To register for the meeting visit our website.

Making Sense of the Campus Democratic Engagement Initiatives- Free Webinar by the ALL IN Challenge

ALL IN Challenge Webinar Series:


Tuesday, February 28  |  2 PM EST  |  60 minutes
Register Now


You may have asked yourself if your campus is eligible to join the American Democracy Project or The Democracy Commitment. Or perhaps you’ve wondered whether you can apply for the Voter Friendly Campus Designation or join the ALL IN Challenge. These are good questions.

The higher education democratic engagement ecosystem is filled with exceptional programs. But so many programs can be overwhelming for campuses to navigate and fully understand. If you’ve been scratching your head, we hope you’ll join us for a presentation designed to end the confusion.

Participants will hear from representatives from AASCU, Campus Compact, Civic Nation, Fair Elections Legal Network, NASPA, The Democracy Commitment and Young Invincibles about their programs to increase student voting and advance civic learning on college campuses. Panelists will discuss the goals of each program, and how they differ from and build upon each other’s work. Campuses will get a clear understanding of which programs are the right fit for their campus and how to get involved with each.

Clarissa Unger, Young Invincibles & the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, AASCU’s American Democracy Project
Catherine Fish, Civic Nation’s ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
Maggie Grove, Campus Compact
Debi Lombardi, Fair Election Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project
Stephanie Reynolds, NASPA’s Lead Initiative
Verdis LeVar Robinson, The Democracy Commitment

For questions or additional information please contact

2017 Student Summit on Social Mobility

Join us for our second  ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative Student Summit on Social Mobility!

When: Saturday March 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM -to- Sunday March 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM ET

Where:  Keene State College, Main St. Keene, NH 03435


This event, coordinated by students, staff, and faculty from Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College, will provide opportunities for students across the Northeast region to participate in a Student Policy Summit, hear expert perspectives on social outcomes of economic inequality from multiple disciplines, and network with their peers.

Over two days, summit participants will learn and deliberate about social mobility – how children, adolescents, and young adults can get on track to access economic independence and whether interventions during childhood can influence outcomes in adulthood. Participants will ask “what if” questions about factors that promote or impede success at different life stages and will also examine the economic value of graduating high school and pursuing higher education.

Institutions may register up to 20 students each. All undergraduate students must be registered with an advisor from their institution. Requests for additional students may be made by contacting the event coordinators at 978-630-9435. A registration fee of $80/participant will be due before the event. Bills will be mailed after registration. More information here.

Register Now!


College of the Canyons Awarded a BTtoP Campus Dialogue Grant

Congratulations to College of Canyons, a member institution of The Democracy Commitment who has received one of the 31 Campus Dialogue Grants for Realizing Higher Education’s Greater Purposes from Bringing Theory to Practice!

According to the BTtoP website, the designs of the proposed dialogues and the rosters of intended dialogue participants reflect each institution’s unique campus culture and attentiveness to current issues.  Ultimately these projects will facilitate the greater purposes of higher education: learning and discovery, well-being, civic engagement, and preparation for living meaningfully in the world.

Under the 2017-2018 RFP, campus dialogue grants of up to $5,000 for a single institution were offered to provide support for one-year projects based around thematically integrated gatherings or dialogues involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. The 31 awarded grants, chosen from a meritorious group of over 230 proposals, will provide support for one-year projects (calendar year 2017) based around a set of thematically integrated gatherings or “dialogues” involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. Including required matching funds, the dedicated amount for these projects totals over $450,000. BTtoP’s support for these projects was made possible through the Endeavor Foundation of New York City.  BTtoP’s hope is that these dialogues will lead to a change in the narrative around higher education from one that views a college education primarily as a pathway to a better job to one that views higher education as a pathway to a better life.

For their formal grant reporting requirement, College of the Canyons will be invited and expected to participate as an author on a campus dialogue grant WordPress site: Through the WordPress site, BTtoP hopes to encourage a forum for building a transparent and collaborative community of practice, as well as foster relationships among grantees.

Congratulations, College of the Canyons!!  TDC will continue to seek out grant opportunities and support the efforts of all of our community colleges, now more than ever.

To learn more, visit


#CLDE17: Pre-Conference Workshops Announced and Registration Now Open! Register Today!

We’re pleased to announce the introduction of pre-conference workshops to be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 as part of our annual Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (#CLDE17) Meeting. Institute topics were identified by the CLDE Planning Committee and based on feedback received after the 2016 CLDE Meeting.

Workshops are listed below and you can register now for the #CLDE17 meeting and the workshop(s) of your choice!

Full-day Pre-conference Workshops

Charting a Course on the Pathway to Civic Engagement: An Inventory and Action Plan for Engaged Campuses
Organizer: Marshall Welch, Independent Scholar and author of Engaging Higher Education: Purpose, Platforms, and Programs for Community Engagement (2016)

This full day pre-conference institute is designed for teams from colleges and universities interested in strategic planning of their civic learning and democratic engagement efforts. This institute will provide not only the results of a comprehensive inventory of current practice and infrastructure to advance community engagement, but the “gift of time” for administrators to meet and work with their directors of campus centers for engagement to begin strategic planning for continued development of community engagement. This institute is designed for TWO individuals from each institution: the director of the campus center for community engagement and their immediate supervising administrator.

Civic Engagement Assessment Pre-Conference Workshops with Networking Lunch – sponsored by ETS
Organizers: H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Ross Markle, Senior Research & Assessment Director, Global Higher Education Division, ETS

Attend both half-day assessment pre-conference workshops for a reduced price and participate in our assessment networking lunch from Noon – 1 p.m.

  • Planning for Institution-Wide Data Collection on Civic and Community Engagement (see below)
  • Measuring Civic Outcomes During College (see below)
Half-day Morning Pre-conference Workshops

Planning for Institution-Wide Data Collection on Civic and Community Engagement
Organizers: H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Ross Markle, Senior Research & Assessment Director, Global Higher Education Division, ETS

Most campuses are eager to answer the question “How are the students, faculty, and staff on campus working to address civic issues and public problems?” We will explore this question in this workshop by reviewing a range of strategies to assess community-engaged activities (i.e., curricular, co-curricular, or project-based activities that are done in partnership with the community). In addition to these many strategies, institutions also often approach assessment with a variety of lenses including assessment and evaluation of community outcomes, student outcomes, partnership assessment and faculty/staff engagement among others. In practice, campuses confront an array of challenges to align these approaches into a comprehensive data collection framework and infrastructure. This session will give participants tools, strategies, and information to design, initiate and/or enhance systematic mechanisms for monitoring and auditing community-engaged activities across your institution.

Integrating Civic Responsibility into the Curriculum
Organizers: Gail Robinson, Education Consultant; Duane Oakes, Faculty Director, Center for Community & Civic Engagement, Mesa Community College (Ariz.); Emily Morrison, Assistant Professor, Sociology, and Director, Human Services and Social Justice Program, George Washington University (DC.); and Cathy Doyle, Director, Sarbanes Center for Public and Community Service, Anne Arundel Community College (Md.)

Community engagement and academic learning are central to higher education’s mission. Explore ways to help faculty, staff, and administrators prepare students for effective involvement in a diverse democratic society, and examine the role and obligation of higher education to produce good citizens. This interactive workshop features hands-on activities that include looking at service learning from charity and social justice perspectives; identifying appropriate reflection activities; analyzing course syllabi for elements of civic responsibility and civic engagement; reviewing syllabi from the perspectives of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners; and integrating purposeful civic learning strategies into college courses.

Dialogue and Democratic Deliberation: Moderator Training
Organizers: Kara Lindaman, Professor of Political Science, Winona State University (Minn.); John Dedrick, Vice-President, Kettering Foundation; William Muse, President Emeritus, National Issues Forum Institute; and John J. Theis, Executive Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Lone Star College (Texas)

In preparation for the Friday plenary session, Democratic Deliberation on Safety and Justice, we invite conference participants to this pre-conference institute for an introduction to democratic deliberation and moderator skills. During this session, participants examine democratic dialogue and deliberation while learning the skills and roles of active and engaged moderation.

Half-day Afternoon Pre-conference Workshops

Measuring Civic Outcomes During College
Organizers: H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Ross Markle, Senior Research & Assessment Director, Global Higher Education Division, ETS

As institutions implement high impact practices across their campuses, learning outcomes, curricular and co-curricular activities, and assessment tools can often become disjointed. This workshop will guide attendees through a concentrated, cooperative process of unpacking and measuring civic outcomes such as civic identity, working with others to solve wicked problems, civic mindedness, and being an agent for social change. Ultimately, participants will articulate the alignment (and in some cases, mismatch) between outcomes, interventions, and assessment methods. Attendees should come with a specific program or course in mind and consider bringing a colleague with whom you can brainstorm transdisciplinary assessment practices. Attendees will be introduced to the plethora of measurement tools that purport to assess students’ civic learning and development, such as: AAC&U VALUE Rubrics, Civic Minded Graduate Rubric 2.0, campus-wide survey instruments (ETS Civic Competency and Engagement, NSSE, CIRP Surveys, PRSI, etc.), and a host of other pre to post and retrospective pre to post scales such as social dominance orientation, belief in a just world, or the Interpersonal Reactivity Index. After this facilitated discussion, participants will have a chance to apply certain tools to student artifacts such as essays, digital stories, and eportfolios. Applying the tools to artifacts will allow for participants to evaluate and synthesize their plans for assessing student civic learning and development as it relates to participating in high impact practices during college.

Educating for the Democracy We Want, Not the One We Have
Organizers: Nancy Thomas, Director, and Ishara Casellas Connors, Associate Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE), Jonathan M. Tisch College for Civic Life at Tufts University (Mass.)

The presidential election of 2016 has been described as vitriolic, divisive, and alienating. And at the same time, colleges and universities have long been tasked with the responsibility for cultivating a citizenry that is informed, vigilant, and capable of managing the most pressing matters of public affairs. Does the 2016 election reflect some any kind of “failure” in political learning, systems, and citizen participation? If so, what is higher education’s responsibility to address those failures? The best time to take stock of deficits in democratic learning and engagement is not in the heat of an election, but in between elections. Over the past two years, the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University has been studying the campus climates – the norms, structures, programs, and attributes – of colleges and universities that are highly political and electorally engaged. From that research, clarity on the kinds of things campuses can do to educate for democracy is emerging. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to study and envision institutional norms, programs, structures, and processes that foster the conditions for democratic learning. It will include a candid look at the state of free speech and inclusive learning conditions on campuses with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight from the 2016 election. Participants will come away with new skills, as well as concrete action strategies to take back to their campuses in implement immediately. The workshop will provide a long view to change campus climate – not just envision more one-time programs or events.

Measures That Matter: Regarding Engaged Scholarship In Tenure and Promotion
Organizer: KerryAnn O’Meara, Professor of Higher Education, Director of UMD ADVANCE, University of Maryland, College Park

Many higher education institutions have faculty involved in community engaged scholarship but lack strategies for assessing the quality of this work for promotion and tenure or contract renewal. Engaged scholars do not know how to make the case that their work is scholarship and personnel committees do not know how to evaluate non-traditional, engaged scholarship. A knowledge gap exists related to criteria that might be held up against engaged scholarship projects to assess quality and impact. The purpose of this pre-conference workshop is to share specific reforms that can be put in place to define, assess, document, and reward community engaged scholarship. The presenter will share promotion and tenure language that has already been put in place at other institutions and then suggest four criteria that could be used to assess engaged scholarship portfolios.

Student Pre-Conference Workshop

For undergraduate students only
Organized by the 2017 CLDE Student Interns: Amber Austin, student, Tarrant County College (Texas); Tyler Ferrari, student, Chapman University (Calif.); and Christina Melecio, student, Winona State University (Minn.)

This workshop will introduce students to #CLDEStuds17 that will provide a space to discuss issues that focus on being an active participant in the local and national communities, and will give students the tools to be effective activists in their communities. These open discussions will be held in large and small groups to effectively dissect the topics being discussed. To thoroughly accomplish our goals at the conference we hope that our peers come with open minds, and thoughtful ideas to contribute to discussions not only at this conference, but at home with their peers. There will be additional information closer to the conference for those who register. We hope to engage our attendees with new, and exciting, information that can further reach students across the nation, and actively enhance the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement initiatives.

Click Here to Register!

Proposals Due January 30th for CLDE17 Conference in Baltimore in June

Submit your proposal here by January 30, 2017.

The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA Lead Initiative are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. During this year’s Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (#CLDE17) Meeting in Baltimore, Md. from June 7-10, 2017, our goal is to bring together our collective networks of faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students, and community partners to advance our work to ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities–both public and private–prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need.

This year’s conference is seeking to enhance our emergent theory of change adapted from threads of the 2012 Crucible Moment report. Thus, we are seeking conference proposals that consider how best to cultivate the following elements within their civic engagement work:

  • Civic Ethos governing campus life: The infusion of democratic values into the customs and habits of everyday practices, structures, and interactions; the defining character of the institution and those in it that emphasizes open-mindedness, civility, the worth of each person, ethical behaviors, and concern for the well-being of others; a spirit of public-mindedness that influences the goals of the institution and its engagement with local and global communities.
  • Civic Literacy & Skill Building as a goal for every student: The cultivation of foundational knowledge about fundamental principles and debates about democracy expressed over time, both within the United States and in other countries; familiarity with several key historical struggles, campaigns, and social movements undertaken to achieve the full promise of democracy; the ability to think critically about complex issues and to seek and evaluate information about issues that have public consequences.
  • Civic Inquiry integrated within the majors and general education: The practice of inquiring about the civic dimensions and public consequences of a subject of study; the exploration of the impact of choices on different constituencies and entities, including the planet; the deliberate consideration of differing points of views; the ability to describe and analyze civic intellectual debates within one’s major or areas of study.
  • Civic Action as lifelong practice: 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.
  • Civic Agency involves the capacities of citizens to work collaboratively across differences like partisan ideology, faith traditions, income, geography, race, and ethnicity to address common challenges, solve problems and create common ground; requires a set of individual skills, knowledge, and predispositions; also involves questions of institutional design, particularly how to constitute groups and institutions for sustainable collective action.

Members of the CLDE community are invited to join in dialogue prior to the conference on social media using #FacesofCLDE and #CLDE17. Our hope is that colleagues will come together to share why they are a proponent of Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement work in higher education and, in turn, spread the great work that happens at each of your campuses and organizations.

Submit your Program Proposal by Jan. 30, 2017 here: 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting and learn more about the #CLDE17 Meeting at the official meeting website.

Interested in being a program proposal reviewer? Complete this form and then follow the instructions on the confirmation page to complete the reviewer sign-up process.