2017 CLDE National Meeting

2017 CLDE National Meeting

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, to Saturday, June 10, 2017 | Baltimore Marriott Waterfront | Baltimore, Maryland

The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us from June 7-10, 2017 in Baltimore, Md. for our annual conference which brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students, and community partners. Together we will 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.

About the Conference

The 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE17) is a conference designed around an emergent theory of change adapted from elements of the 2012 Crucible Moment report.  Like this report, the CLDE17 conference invites participants to consider what does a civic-minded campus look like? To this end, several threads within the civic engagement movement will be considered including: how to build campus cultures and contexts that foster: civic ethos, civic literacy and skill building, civic inquiry, civic action, and civic agency.

These threads and others will be revisited in plenary and concurrent sessions that ask participants to deepen their thinking with an eye toward institutional change and action aimed at systematically enhancing civic learning and democratic engagement in higher education. Participants will be engaged throughout the meeting in helping to refine and define our emergent theory of change as we consider together how to move our work forward.

Participants will have opportunities to network and develop their civic-minded thinking and practices through engaging plenary sessions, informative general interest sessions, interactive workshops, research and program-based poster sessions, roundtable discussions as well as in working groups and in informal expert led forums.

The meeting begins for all attendees in the early morning of Thursday, June 8th and ends on Saturday, June 10th at approximately 3 p.m. Pre-conference workshops and meetings are planned for Wednesday, June 7th beginning at 9 a.m. Please plan on arriving in Baltimore no later than Wednesday, June 7th (Tuesday, June 6th for pre-conference participants). You can plan to depart Baltimore on Saturday in the late afternoon; know that the conference hotel rate will be available June 6th and extended through Sunday, June 11, for those who would like to stay longer to explore the city of Baltimore and/or nearby Washington, D.C.

Accommodations

Hotel:  Baltimore Marriott Waterfront 

700 Aliceanna St. | Baltimore, MD 21202 | Phone: (410) 385-3000 | Toll-free: 1-888-236-2427

Room Rate:

The special conference rate is $179 for a standard room plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 15.5%). To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Tuesday May 16, 2017.

Call for Proposals

This year’s conference is seeking to enhance our emergent theory of change adapted from threads of the 2012 Crucible Moment report. The Deadline has passed for submission. Thank you. 

Fees

Registration Fee includes all program sessions and materials; reception on Thursday; and breakfasts on Friday and Saturday.

Note: Early Bird registration fees are good through Monday, May 1st at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Please register early to help us best plan this conference! Please note that the registration fees have not increased since the 2016 meeting.

Individual Fee: Early Bird $525 / Regular $595 

Register as an individual if only one person from your ADP/TDC/NASPA campus is attending.

Team Member Registration Fee: Early Bird $465 / Regular $545
If more than one person from your ADP/TDC/NASPA campus is attending the meeting, you may use the Team Member Registration Fee.

Student Registration Fee: $350
Registration rate for undergraduate and full-time graduate students at AASCU/ADP/TDC/NASPA colleges and universities.

Non-Member Registration Fee: Early Bird $625 / Regular $725
Register as a non-member if you or your organization is not AASCU/ADP/TDC/NASPA institutional members.

Guest Registration Fee: $95
Only registered attendees can register a guest.  A guest is considered someone who will NOT be participating in the program, but will be attending the opening reception on Thursday and breakfast on Friday. If you are bringing an individual from your campus you will want to select the Team Registration.

Pre-conference Institute Fees: 

Full-Day Institute: $120/individual | Half-Day Institute: $65/individual

Student Pre-conference Workshop (half-day afternoon, students only): No additional fee

Contact Us

For logistical (e.g., hotel accommodations, audio-visual needs) questions about the 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting, please contact:

For ADP programmatic questions, please contact:  Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project | domagalj@aascu.org  |  (202) 478-7833

For TDC programmatic questions, please contact:   Verdis Robinson, National Director, The Democracy Commitment | robinsonv@aascu.org  |  (202) 478-4656

For NASPA programmatic questions, please contact:  Stephanie Reynolds | Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA | sreynolds@naspa.org  |  (202) 719-1193

For Exhibitor/Sponsorship questions, please contact: Adrienne Vincent | AASCU Program Manager | vincenta@aascu.org  |  (202) 478-4645, or Szymon Kesek, NASPA Advertising and Exhibits Coordinator | skesek@naspa.org  |  (202) 903-0657

Schedule

Exhibitor Hours

Wednesday, June 1

  • Noon – 3:00pm | Exhibitor Set-up
  • 3:00pm – 6:00pm | Exhibits Open

Thursday, June 2

8:00am – 6:00pm | Exhibits Open (registration will open at 7 am)

Friday, June 3

8:00am – 5pm | Exhibits Open (registration will open at 7:30am)

Saturday, June 4

  • 8:00am – Noon | Exhibits Open (registration will open at 7:30am)
  • Noon – 3:00pm | Exhibitor Tear-down

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.Registration

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  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)

9 a.m. – Noon

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.

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.

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.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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. Transdisciplinary assessment means that faculty and staff from different disciplines or units on campus work jointly to develop new or innovative measurement practices from which informed decisions can be made to improve practices surrounding students’ civic learning and democratic engagement during college. 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.)

After a long and contentious presidential election season, the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the U.S. stunned faculty, administrators, and students. University presidents issued post-election statements calling for a wide range of responses ranging from tolerance and understanding to vigilance and the protection of democratic principles. Many academics chastised themselves for not making conservative perspectives on campus more visible prior to the election. Others felt they had not done enough to demand truth and statements about public controversies based on facts. National elections represent a teachable moment in college student learning. Over the past two years, the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University has been studying campus climates – the norms, structures, behaviors, and attitudes – for political learning and engagement in democracy. From that research, we’ve identified several attributes of campus climates that may be conducive to political learning for all students, not just a few. Using resources developed by IDHE, workshop participants will have an opportunity to examine what worked and what did not work on their campuses during the 2016 election season. Participants will also examine their political climates beyond election seasons, with particular attention to areas for growth. Participants will leave with new tools, language, and perspectives for educating the next generation of politically engaged students in the context of the current national and regional political landscape in the U.S.

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.

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.

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Registration

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.NASPA Lead Initiative Institutions Breakfast and Workshop 
For NASPA Lead Initiative campuses

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.ADP Breakfast and Organizing Meeting 
All ADP campus participants encouraged to attend; includes ADP awards presentations and planning for the 2017-2018 academic year
All meeting participants from AASCU/ADP campuses are encouraged to attend. This session will include ADP awards presentations and planning for the 2017-2018 academic year in addition to updates about current initiatives and ways in which to engage with the national office.

Organizer: Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project, AASCU

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. TDC Breakfast and Organizing Meeting 
All TDC participants encouraged to attend

All meeting participants from The Democracy Commitment (TDC) community colleges are encouraged to attend. This session will include TDC awards presentations and planning for the 2017-2018 academic year in addition to updates about current initiatives and ways in which to engage with the national office.

Organizer: Verdis Robinson, National Director, The Democracy Commitment, AASCU

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch on Own

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Senior Leadership Reception 

For ADP/TDC/NASPA Presidents, Chancellors and Vice Presidents for

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Senior Leadership Reception 

For ADP/TDC/NASPA Presidents, Chancellors and Vice Presidents for Academic and Student Affairs as well as CLDE Planning Committee Members

On behalf of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and NASPA, we invite all Presidents, Chancellors, & Vice Presidents for Academic and Student Affairs to gather before the launch of the 2017 CLDE Meeting. This reception is hosted by ADP, TDC, and NASPA staff as a space for our executive members to share in dialogue with our plenary speaker over appetizers to kick off the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting.

 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  CLDE Orientation

Open to all; especially for first-time meeting attendees. Intended Audience: All attendees, particularly those new to ADP, TDC, NASPA and/or the CLDE Meeting

The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education.  The 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE17) is a conference designed around an emergent theory of change adapted from elements of the 2012 Crucible Moment report.  Like this report, the CLDE17 conference invites participants to consider what does a civic-minded campus look like? To this end, several threads within the civic engagement movement will be considered including: how to build campus cultures and contexts that foster civic ethos, civic literacy and skill building, civic inquiry, civic action, and civic identity and agency. To learn more about how to navigate the 2017 CLDE meeting, attend this session hosted by the 2017 CLDE Meeting Planning Committee.

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

OPENING PLENARY | CivEd Talks and Our CLDE Theory of Change

CivEd Talks are dynamic, short, and quick-paced presentations by members of the civic learning and democratic engagement community intended to inspire and challenge our collective imagination and thinking. Stories shared in this format should reflect the individual’s genuine experience with and relevant knowledge of their selected topic. Each of the three CivEd Talks presented will actively engage participants in stretching our thinking and motivating us to action as we return to our campuses and communities following the meeting. Join us for an opening plenary session that asks you to envisioning the work of our CLDE movement in higher education and consider how you can help us move the needle on democratic engagement on campus, in your communities, and in our civil society. Together we’ll explore our emergent theory of change which asks that we consider how together we can build campus cultures and contexts that foster: civic ethos, civic literacy and skill building, civic inquiry, civic action, and civic agency.

Speakers include: Martín Carcasson, Founder and Director, Center for Public Deliberation, Colorado State University; Jane Coaston, political reporter, MTV News; and Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) 

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Candid Conversations with Plenary Speaker(s)

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception and Poster Sessions/Campus & Friends Showcase

Academic and Student Affairs as well as CLDE Planning Committee Members

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Registration 

7 a.m. – 9 a.m.  Breakfast Working Groups by Topic

9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

PLENARY SESSION | Dialogue and Deliberation Forum: Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?

After falling steadily for decades, the rate of violent crime in the US rose in 2015 and 2016. Interactions between citizens and police too often end in violence. People are increasingly worried about safety in their communities. Many Americans are concerned something is going on with violence in communities, law enforcement, and race that is undermining the national ideals of safety and justice for all. Citizens and police need goodwill and cooperation in order to ensure safety and justice. Any possible option will require that we give up something we hold dear.  Each year the nonpartisan National Issues Forums Institute promotes public deliberations over some of the toughest issues that our communities and the nation face. Using briefing materials prepared by the Kettering Foundation, this plenary will provide opportunities for people to consider the options and difficult choices that our communities and the nation must make if we are going to make progress together, and how to carry out this form of democratic practice in classrooms, campuses, and communities. This plenary session will provide attendees with hands-on, interactive experience in deliberative democracy that can be applied across higher education. 

Trained moderators are desired to assist in small group discussions; email adp@aascu.org if you’re willing to serve as a table moderator.

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)

11:15 a.m. – Noon

Concurrent Sessions

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Mini-Institutes

2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 

3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions  

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
 
Evening Activities TBA

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.  Breakfast Sessions

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

PLENARY 

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Mini-Institutes

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

12:30 p.m.

Meeting Officially Adjourns

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

ADP Steering Committee Meeting

ADP steering committee members only

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

TDC National Leadership Team Meeting

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Voter Friendly Campus Meeting
All campus participants who received the Voter Friendly Campus (VFC) designation are encouraged to attend; includes those interested in applying for 2019-2020

This session will include an overview of the VFC process and next steps for campuses that received the designation. Participants can anticipate active participation in the planning for the 2017-2018 academic year and fall 2018 semester.  

Organizers: Michael Burns, National Director and Debi Lombardi, National Field Director, Campus Vote Project; and Stephanie Reynolds, Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA. 

REGISTER NOW FOR THE BEST RATES

To register, flow the link to the right or you may also email Felicia Durham or call (202) 478-4673 to register for this meeting.  Membership status in ADP and TDC are based upon institutional memberships.

Registration for NASPA members is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional NASPA  member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. If your institution is NOT a NASPA member, then you will may join at the associate affiliate. For more information regarding membership status, call the NASPA Office at 202-265-7500.

Not sure if your campus is a member of ADP or TDC? Not sure if you are a member of NASPA? Click on the below links and find out! 

APD Members (Visit www.aascu.org/programs/adp/participantsbystate/)

TDC Members (Visit thedemocracycommitment.org/tdc-membership/member-institutions/)

NASPA Members (Visit www.naspa.org/about/membership/institutions

Cancellation Fee: $150
If you must cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund if the cancellation is before 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 25th.  There will be a $150 cancellation fee after that date. Special circumstances will be handled on an individual basis. Guest meals should be cancelled by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, May 27th for a full refund; no refund is available after that date.