TDC Opportunities for Members

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.

Meet the 2017 CLDE Interns!

We are thrilled to introduce you to our three student interns for the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting (#CLDE17). Amber, Christina, and Tyler introduce themselves below and together represent a vested interest in civic engagement among students in our network to engage meaningfully on our campuses, in our classrooms, and in our broader communities and our democracy. In the coming weeks they will work with the meeting planning committee on the program, arranging a student symposium and specifically on creating networking, learning, and organizing opportunities for the students that attend the conference in Baltimore from June 7-10th. Please join us in welcoming Amber, Christina, and Tyler!

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My name is Amber Austin, and I am a sophomore marketing major at Tarrant County College (Texas) where I am pursuing a career in event planning. I am a current member of The Democracy Commitment, Phi Theta Kappa, DECA, the psychology club, and the president and founder of the club Imagine. The club Imagine was created to help students on our campus build networking and leadership skills.


My name is Christina Melecio, and I am a sophomore attending Winona State University (Minn.). I am triple majoring in political science, public administration, and Spanish. I am exploring more options to better help my community and continue to grow into a better person. I am currently a student senator at Winona State University, the treasurer of College Democrats, and the president of our Political Science Association club.


My name is Tyler Ferrari, and I am a sophomore political science major and economics minor studying at Chapman University (Calif.). I am pursuing a career in public policy where I hope to specialize in debt reduction and foreign affairs. I am also a Civic Engagement Assistant, which is a position dedicated to getting the student body involved in the local and global community through political engagement and community service. I am currently the president and founding member of the Chapman University Young Americans for Liberty, a group aimed at promoting economic and personal liberty and training activists to fight for these causes.


We are all incredibly excited, and humbled, to represent students on the 2017 CLDE Planning Committee. We hope to use our positions to help students stay engaged in the political process in the post 2016 election environment, so that effective and positive change can be made in our local college communities and across the nation. With the 2016 election ending, students begin to feel apathetic, as they no longer see tangible ways to be involved in politics. We hope to engage students, and show them ways that they can continue to be active and involved with their community, as well as engage them in their civic duties. After this event, we hope to use the skills we learned planning and executing this event and use them back on our campuses and communities to build civic relationships with schools not in this network.

 

Call for Proposals Now Open: CLDE17 Meeting

Submit your proposal 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.

Submit your Program Proposal by Jan. 30, 2017 by visiting here: 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting and learn more about the #CLDE17 Meeting at the official meeting website.  Registration will open in December 2016.

Engage Tomorrow’s Election with TDC and ADP

As we are less than 24 hours away  from election day, we have some opportunities to engage the election nationally for you to pass on to your campuses for students, faculty, staff, and community.

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Millennial Monday: Voting Questions?  What You Need to know Before #ElectionDay

The Students Learn Students Vote coalition (SLSV) is sponsoring a Twitter Chat using #MillennialMon on Monday, November 7, 3-4 pm ET hosted by Young Invincibles @YoungInvincible.  TDC is a partner in this event and the program promises to answer all last minute questions concerning voting the this year’s election.

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TDC Tweeter Chat using #iVoted16

Please join TDC in a week-long Tweeter Chat using #iVoted16 and share your experience engaging in this election.  The most compelling tweets will be highlighted nationally in our next newsletter.

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Election Night Returns Party Tweet-Up using #iElection16

As part of the ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 intiative powered by icitizen, James Madison University is hosting an Election Night Returns Party and Tweet-Up on 11/8 from 7 pm-12 am.  Verdis Robinson, TDC Interim National Manager, will be on the scene to interview attendees, record reactions to returns, and help celebrate our democracy in action.  Join us on tweeter by using #iElection16 and visit the TDC facebook page for live feeds every half an hour until a new president is elected.

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Join TDC interim National Manager on Snapchat:  tdcnational

Verdis Robinson will be snapchating while at JMU’s Election Night Return Party capturing reactions, experiences, stories, and comments.  Join his snapchats every half an hour opposite the facebook live feeds until a new president is elected.

The 2016 White House Healthy Campus Challenge

On September 27, 2016, the White House  launched the Healthy Campus Challenge. This Challenge aims to engage college and university campuses, and in particular community college campuses, across the country in health insurance enrollment efforts. They will work with administrators, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local community leaders and elected officials to reach the uninsured both on campus and in the surrounding community, sharing best practices with them that have worked during prior open enrollment periods.

TDC encourages participation in the 2016 White House Healthy Campus Challenge which builds on the successful 2015 White House Healthy Communities Challenge, in which Milwaukee – the challenge winner – saw about 38,000 people newly select a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the open enrollment period.

To participate, campuses should submit an application HERE by November 1, 2016, TODAY, committing to fulfill a specific set of Open Enrollment outreach actions. Throughout open enrollment, the White House (@WhiteHouse), the Department of Health and Human Services (@HHSgov), and the Department of Education (@USEdGov) will amplify and highlight the efforts of participating campuses across the country to reach the uninsured, especially young people on their campuses. Additionally, each participating campus will be connected with a White House point of contact (POC) to provide technical assistance as they engage in actions to reach people on their campus and in their broader community.

On or after December 15th – the deadline for Marketplace coverage starting January 1st – participating campuses will confirm that they have taken all Challenge actions with their White House POC. Once campuses verify that they have completed all actions, they will be deemed a White House Healthy Campus. They will be recognized with a certificate signed by the President and will be entered into a lottery for a chance to be recognized during Healthy Campus Day at the White House in January.  For more information, please visit the website. 

 

Professional Development Opportunity: Deliberative Dialogues “Train the Trainer” Workshop

ADP/TDC’s Economic Inequality Initiative is proud to announce a special professional development opportunity for members interested in training in Deliberative Dialogues and becoming moderator trainers.  We will be hosting a Deliberative Dialogue “Train the Trainer” Workshop at Keene State College in New Hampshire on October 28, 2016. Dr. Kara Lindaman of Winona State University, Minnesota, and Dr. John Theis of Lone Star College, Texas, will conduct the training from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on the Keene State Campus.  The workshop will provide moderator training for deliberative dialogues and attendees will learn how to train moderators as well.

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Interested parties should contact Kimberly Schmidl-Gagne, kgagne@keene.edu, at Keene State College for more information and opportunities for assistance.

Student Intern Opportunity For CLDE17

Our 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE17) Meeting is a conference that will take place in Baltimore, Md. from June 7-10, 2017. The conference is a convening of higher education students, faculty, administrators, and civic engagement partners designed to build a movement of civic learning and democratic engagement across our colleges and universities. In order to encourage student participation in the CLDE17 meeting, the American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment, and the NASPA Lead Initiative are proud to offer the opportunity for three students to have a voice on the planning committee. These intern positions will enable students to do the following:

  • Organize a student symposium on Wednesday, June 7, 2017;
  • Actively promote student engagement in the CLDE17 meeting through blog posts and social media;
  • Coordinate student gatherings and programming at CLDE17;
  • Volunteer (e.g., at the registration desk) onsite at CLDE17;
  • Serve on the planning committee, participating in monthly conference calls, and work leading up to CLDE17; and
  • Additional opportunities will be made available.

We will select three students, one from each initiative as interns, and if chosen, each of the student interns will receive a complimentary registration to the CLDE17 meeting as well as transferable work experience.

Intern Expectations

The duration of this commitment will be remote from November 2016 to July 2017. Interns should expect to participate in monthly planning committee meetings as well as an increasing number of hours of planning as the conference approaches (e.g., program selection in February). All interns must be onsite from noon on Tuesday, June 6th through 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 10th.

Application Process

The process for selection requires the student to be nominated by a faculty or staff sponsor from an ADP, TDC, and/or NASPA campus. Applicants should complete the application form and secure endorsement from a sponsor,and forward the paperwork to Verdis Robinson, Interim National Manager of The Democracy Commitment for final selection by Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at robinsonv@aascu.org. The application can be found here. All applicants will be notified about their application by Friday, November 11, 2016. We look forward to receiving your application and hope to see you in Baltimore in June 2017!

For questions or concerns please contact:

Verdis Robinson
Interim National Manager, The Democracy Commitment
robinsonv@aascu.org | (202) 478-4656

Jen Domagal-Goldman
National Manager, American Democracy Project
domagalj@aascu.org | (202) 478-7833

Stephanie Reynolds
Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA
Sreynolds@naspa.org | (2012) 719-1193

TDC Announces Calls for Participation to Member Institutions

Partnerships formed between TDC and national organizations give our members access to a myriad of opportunities to develop, participate, and communicate the results of their collaborative civic work and democratic learning efforts.  TDC is pleased to announce the following calls for participation to member institutions.  For more information, click on the links or contact: Verdis Robinson, interim National Manager of The Democracy Commitment.


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TDC icitizen Pilot Program

icitizen is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with The Democracy Commitment for our Pilot Program during the 2016-2017 academic year. We are committed to revolutionizing the way students and their campuses interact—not only will icitizen make civic engagement simpler and more powerful for students, but participating campuses will have unprecedented access to their students’ interests and priorities in order to make better, more data-driven decisions.

Participants will be granted full access to icitizen’s client features and the opportunity to provide feedback directly impacting the platform’s continued development. Below is a summary of the features that will be implemented through the program and how they can be used to expand and enhance new or existing programs of democratic engagement.   Click Here for More Info.

 


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TDC Walk 2 Vote Challenge

Join the Movement!!!

The Democracy Commitment is proud to partner with Walk2Vote to present TDC member institutions with a unique opportunity to civically engage community college students with their communities and neighborhoods.

Walk 2 Vote is a student created civic engagement initiative that has grown from a local campus program to a national model for student civic organizing. Student leaders from the University of Houston Downtown began the Walk2Vote initiative in 2012 and have continued it annually. Their model is a guide that walks students through the process of planning their own civic engagement program on their campus.

With TDC Walk 2 Vote Challenge, students become the social capitol of their communities by engaging not only campus communities, but their neighbors and neighborhoods in voter registration and education culminating in leading their communities to the polls on election day.  Click Here For More Info.

 

Join Us!! “Clashes Over Citizenship”- Free Webinar Series

Clashes Over Citizenship Webinar Series

Clashes Over Citizenship:

Promoting, Listening, Learning, and Engagement

A Webinar Series of the Citizenship Under Siege Project

The US Constitution’s preamble speaks of “We the People”—but who is considered part of that sacred circle, and how has this group varied over time? When national identity is hotly contested, what does it mean to experience citizenship as partial, denied, or fully acknowledged? How can the humanities illuminate differing narratives and open up space for understanding, connections, and shared visions of the future?

The Association of American Colleges and Universities and The Democracy Commitment invite faculty, staff, students, and campus community partners to join in one or all of three FREE webinars. These events are designed to expand campus expertise on how to hold constructive conversations about contentious issues and how to institute practices in and out of the classroom that foster engagement across differences.  Register TODAY and join us!

A Three-Part Series

3:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern Time


From Fractious Differences to Engaged Dialogues 

October 13, 2016

How can texts and techniques from the humanities disrupt unexamined positions, put human faces to abstract ideas, and help open up spaces where dialogue and consensus might emerge on historic and contemporary questions about citizenship and who deserves it? What models exist for training dialogue facilitators who can help encourage listening and perspective taking across seemingly intractable positions? (Register online)

  • Verdis Robinson, Interim National Manager, The Democracy Commitment
  • Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives, Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • John Soltes, Communication Department, County College of Morris
  • Jason Zelesky, Dean of Students, Mount Wachusett Community College

Income Inequality and the Cost of Citizenship 

October 27, 2016

When economic disparities—often intertwined with ethnic, racial, and religious differences—impose real limitations on public participation, how can the humanities provide insights into the historic and persistent reality of differential access to full citizenship rights? Learn how several campuses have engaged their students and communities in examining this issue. (Register online)

  • Steve Davis, History Department, Lone Star College, Kingwood
  • Jill A. Schennum, Chair, Anthropology, Social Sciences, and Economics, County College of Morris
  • Seth Howard, Assistant Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Lone Star College
  • Erika Herrera, Political Science Department, Lone Star College, North Harris
  • Fagan Forhan, Assistant Dean of K-12 Partnerships and Civic Engagement, Mount Wachusett Community College

I Want My Country Back: Immigration, Race, and Citizenship

November 3, 2016

In the midst of sometimes-dramatic demographic and cultural shifts, how have the humanities served to illuminate felt experiences, historical contexts, and ethical issues as the rich mosaic of people in the United States fluctuates? What approaches, courses, and public events lead to shared ends rather than perpetual conflict or feelings of displacement? (Register online)

  • David Kalivas, World History and Director of the Commonwealth Honors Program, Middlesex Community College
  • Helen-Margaret Nasser, Associate Director of the Honors Program, Kingsborough Community College
  • Dona Cady, Dean, Global Education, and Matthew Olson, Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences, Middlesex Community College
  • David Price, History Department, and Vilma E. Fuentes, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Santa Fe College

Follow the link for Citizenship Under Siege for more information about the project.

For more information, please contact:

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and hosted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities & The Democracy Commitment.

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations endowment for the expressed in these webinars do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

#iDebate16 Debate Watch Tweet-Up TONIGHT!!!

Engage the Election 2016 Debate Tweet-Ups

Consider having your students tweet ideas, questions, analysis, and observations about the first 2016 Presidential Debates as part of a political science, communications, or other academic course or as part of a watch event planned on campus. Or join the conversation on your own! Whether you’re hosting a campus Debate Watch Event or will be tuning into the debates on your own, we hope you’ll join us on Twitter using the #iDebate16 hashtag for a robust conversation and analysis of the debates, the candidates and the issues confronting our democracy.

If you’re hosting debate watch events and/or plan to participate in these tweet-ups, please register your participation in this Google Form.

icitizen is a civic technology company that will be conducting polling throughout the Presidential debates, as well as the election itself. We want all voice to be heard! Go to www.icitizen.com, and/or download the icitizen app on your smartphone or tablet. You’ll be able to vote in polls and see how your answers stack up against other students nationwide.

Illinois State University’s Social Media Analytics Command Center (SMACC) will track and provide analysis of our #iDebate16 tweet-ups.

As ADP and TDC are non-partisan and interested in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens, we hope many of you will join us and encourage your students to do so as well—we want to encourage more students to engage in the electoral process and are not looking for a partisan battle, but for a supportive, interesting, and analytical conversation that encourages civic and political engagement.

Join Us!

  • What:  ADP/TDC 2016 Presidential Debate Watch Tweet-Ups
  • When: Monday, 9/26 Presidential Debate 1 from Hofstra University in NYC from 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Eastern (our programming from 8:30 to 11
  • How: On Twitter using the hashtag #iDebate16; it only takes a few minutes for most students to learn to use Twitter, and they can create an account at https://twitter.com
  • Follow: @ADPaascu, @TDCnational, @icitizen and @ISUSOC_SMACC

Be sure to check out our all-new 2016-debate-watch-tweet-up-guide!

Debate Watch Event Resources:

As part of our ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 initiative powered by icitizen, we will be hosting a series of Presidential Debate Watch Tweet-ups. More info.