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The Democracy Commitment is the leading national organization focused on the civic education of community college students.   To such an end, TDC  is an excellent source of information on community college curricular change, how community colleges are educating and engaging students in our democracy, and ensuring that community college voices are heard and do matter in our society.  TDC National Office aims to expand public and student civic knowledge and understanding. Welcome to the National Newsroom

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The quarterly newsletter from TDC’s National Office is published at least once every semester and contains updates on TDC’s latest work, announcements, opportunites, and news from member institutions.  See below for the most recent issues and archives of previous issues.

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Our national blog contains important news, updates, announcements, and opportunities from TDC National’s Office on a weekly basis.  Sign up for the mailing list to receive notifications when they posted and check it out frequently to stay up to date.  Contact the national director for opportunities to contribute.

TDC Announces Another New Partnership for Engage the Election 2014

The Democracy Commitment (TDC) and Rock the Vote are pleased to announce a new partnership for Engage the Election 2014 (#e214)—a continuance of TDC’s first signature initiative, Engage the Election: 2012, that focuses on the midterm election.

Rock the Vote Logo

Rock the Vote is the nation’s largest organization building the political power of young people in politics and has run the largest voter registration drives for young people on record during the past six Presidential elections. By engaging Millennials in a way that is meaningful to them—at the intersection of pop culture, new technology, and politics— Rock the Vote ensures they are registered to vote, are educated about their rights, and have the information they need to cast an informed ballot in every election.

This year, Rock the Vote is focused on empowering young people to demonstrate their political power in the 2014 midterm election. In the United States today there are currently more than 45 million eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 29, with another 12,000 people turning 18 every day. While this age group has the potential to become the most significant voting bloc in the nation, its participation in our democracy remains lackluster. The power of young people as consumers and creators is well documented; now they must harness that power as voters and changemakers.

Through this partnership, Rock the Vote will provide a free, user-friendly online voter registration tool that partners can customize and use to register their supporters, communities and others to register online. The tool:

  • Was recently recommended by the Presidential Commission on Election Administration as the premier third-party tool for registering voters, so anyone who adopts the tool can know that they are using the gold standard in online voter registration technology.
  • Is easy to use and walks registrants through the voter registration process step by step. If any information is missing or filled out incorrectly, the registrant will be prompted to provide additional information.  These safeguards ensure that applications are complete and correct.
  • Enables residents of all 50 states and the District of Columbia to register. Rock the Vote regularly updates the tool so that it complies with all state-specific voting laws.
  • Is available in 13 languages. Once applicants arrive at the form, they can select their preferred language from the drop down menu.
  • Allows new registrants to receive follow-up communications from AASCU member institutions and from Rock the Vote reminding and encouraging them to vote.

Rock the Vote also offers Democracy Class–a fun 45-minute lesson program that uses video, a discussion and a mock election exercise to equip young people with the skills they need to navigate the elections process and participate as active citizens.

If you are interested in taking advantage of Rock the Vote’s free election resources to help your school increase student voting rates, contact Dominic Lowell, Rock the Vote’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, at (202) 719-9910 or Please copy me, TDC National Coordinator Stephanie South at, on your email.

Campusphere: Students @ GCC Present Community-Based Research Findings

Provided by Guttman Community College
On Monday, JuDSC_3959-300x200ne 9, a dozen students from House 3, Cohort 2 presented the community-based research they conducted for the Voter Engagement Committee of the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House in Long Island City to Monique Owens, Riis’ Community Advocate, Immigration Services, and Gary Phillip Anthony, Executive Assistant.

With guidance from Instructor Derek Tesser, QR students from each House 3 cohort have been gathering data needed by the Voter Engagement Committees of the Phipps Neighborhood Center in the Bronx and the Riis Settlement House in Queens during the spring semester to complement their study of immigration in Assistant Professor Andrea Morrell’s Critical Issues class. Librarians Cydney Johnson and Vee Herrington assisted students to access the many databases from which they extracted, analyzed and presented their data on neighborhood indicators such as demographics, health, and educational attainment. Members of the Voter Engagement Committees requested this data for their Community Votes Project to assist in their voter identification, registration and mobilization efforts, and to support both human services agencies in seeking funding for programs that support the immigrant communities they serve.

Students in House 3, Cohorts 1 and 3, conducted site visits to the Phipps Neighborhood Center and students in Cohort 2 to the Riis Settlement House at the onset of the project. The students met with the community partners, learned about the intergenerational work that takes place at each site, and saw how the functions of each organization have changed since they historically began serving the needs of the immigrant communities in their boroughs. Students who had not yet registered to vote were also able to sign up during the site visits and met members of the Voter Engagement Committees as well as the directors of various programs that work with seniors and court-involved youth. Cohorts 1, 3, and the remainder of Cohort 2 delivered their findings to the Committee members in the Bronx on Friday, June 6, for their C ity Seminar QR final presentations.

Several students spoke with the directors of the agencies regarding summer employment opportunities; one student has already been offered and approved for her Human Services internship at the Riis Settlement House working with the Community Advocate. Guttman students once again demonstrated the value of “learning by doing” in their work with the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House and the Phipps Neighborhood Center.

TDC and ADP Honor Students and Leaders with Awards for Civic Engagement at 2014 National Meeting

The Democracy Commitment and its sister organization AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) honored a team of students and three outstanding leaders in civic engagement earlier this month during their joint national meeting in Louisville, Ky.

2014 TDC & ADP Award Recipients
2014 TDC & ADP Award Recipients

The Democracy Commitment awarded it’s inaugural award, The Democracy Commitment Student Action Award to recognize a team of students. Three ADP awards were also presented: The John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement; The William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement; and the inaugural Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement. The Democracy Commitment also awarded it’s inaugural award — an award for a team of students.

At the 2013 national meeting, The Democracy Commitment announced that, starting in 2014, the leadership team would select for special recognition a student-initiated or -directed project or program that exemplified the democratic skills and capacities it desires of community college students. In the spring of 2014, campus coordinators were asked to nominate a team of more than two students from their institution who had initiated a student project or program aimed at addressing a significant political and/or social was/is that involved the use of democratic organizing skills and where faculty and staff served mainly in an advisory or supporting role. The prize would be a perpetual traveling trophy to be hosted at the winning institution for the year it was awarded and $1000 to be split between the team of winning students.

TDC’s inaugural award, The Democracy Commitment Student Action Award, is given to recognize a student-initiated or -directed project or program that exemplifies the democratic skills and capacities of community college students. The first annual The Democracy Commitment Student Action Award was presented to three students from De Anza College (Calif.). Karla Navarro,Cecelia Ng, and Ashley Schneider were nominated by Cynthia Kaufman for their initiation of and work on the 350 De Anza Divestment Project. These students decided that they wanted Foothill De Anza Community College district to divest from fossil fuels. They conducted research, consulted with faculty mentors, and got unanimous resolutions from the student bodies at both campuses in the district. They then took that to the foundation board and worked with the members to pass a unanimous resolution for full divestment. There are active divestment campaigns on a few hundred campuses nationally, but many of them have stalled out. De Anza was only the eight campus to divest, and was the second state institution and the first community college. The movement really needed a victory at that point, and has since picked up steam, with Stanford’s divestment at the end of spring semester.

This year’s recipient of the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic EngagementBethany Fleck, is an assistant professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver (Colo). In addition to teaching courses in human development and psychology, Fleck pioneered two service-learning courses within the psychology department and is at the forefront of the movement to institutionalize service-learning at MSU Denver. The award was created in honor of John Saltmarsh, co-director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston, as a tribute to his dedication to nurturing the next generation of civic leaders.

Harold Hellenbrand, this year’s recipient of the William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement, has exemplified the values of this award through his work as provost and vice president of academic affairs at California State University, Northridge. Hellenbrand’s background reflects strengths in planning, K-12 linkages, retention efforts, and a strong commitment to diversity; he has nearly 30 years of experience within the California State University system. The award is named after William M. Plater, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis’ (IUPUI) chief academic officer from 1987 through 2006. During his term at IUPUI, Plater oversaw the development of civic engagement as an integral part of the campus mission and as a defining characteristic of its graduates.

The Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement was created this year to honor exemplary faculty leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students and advancing the work of AASCU’s American Democracy Project. The inaugural recipient of this award,Gregg Kaufman, is an instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia College, where he also coordinates the campus’ American Democracy Project; he also serves on the national ADP implementation committee. The award’s namesake provided extraordinary national leadership in the design, creation and ongoing development of the American Democracy Project.

“We’re so pleased to honor these outstanding individuals who represent the incredible work of civic learning and engagement taking place on our campuses every day,” says George Mehaffy, AASCU’s vice president for academic leadership and change. “The work of the people we recognized in Louisville, and the countless campus faculty members and administrators who also work to prepare the next generation of informed, engaged citizens, will strengthen our country and contribute to a brighter future for us all.”

Introducing the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

Note: Mark Schulte was a plenary speaker at this month’s 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville, Ky. You can learn more about his organization, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and their work in the blog post below.

By Mark Schulte, Education Director, Pulitzer center on Crisis Reporting

In my plenary I use journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to hop to some of our global economy’s rougher spots, sharing stories of people on the front lines of commodities extraction and manufacture.

These include:

  • Larry Price’s still and video images on gold miners in Burkina Faso, published in the Philadelphia Inquirer and PBS NewsHour. I also refer to his work on compression mining in the Philippines, also published in the Inquirer and broadcast on NewsHour.
  • Jason Motlagh’s photographs and article exposing abuses in the Thai shrimp industry, published in the Washington Post.
  • Sean Gallagher’s video project on the toxic price of leather.

I tell these stories not to shame us into a life apart from the bargains we can find online or at discount stores, but to encourage us to reflect on the information we consume and the broader responsibilities that go with citizenship today.

We can’t pretend that our daily existence here in the US can be separated from that of the rest of the world. These commodities are just a few examples of the day-to-day reminders of globalization that surround us.

And as much as we might know about the finished goods we shop for online and in discount stores — especially their prices — most of us know little about the whole story, the one that really tells us who and what pays these hidden costs. We are bombarded by information, yet there is little to help us cultivate a healthy news diet, and much to distract, divide, and misinform.

Why not take charge of our news habits, by slowing down and thinking carefully about the distractions that arise and the patterns that evolve in an ever-quickening digital economy? One journalist has embarked on a walk around the world to show us the value in a more deliberate and reflective pace.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Salopek has finished the first of a seven-year trek, retracing the footsteps of our ancestors out of Africa, eastward through the Middle East and Asia, and down the western flank North and South America to finish in Tierra del Fuego. At three miles an hour, he seeks to find the ground truth of the big stories of our time, from mass migrations to food security to climate change.

Follow along on the Out of Eden Walk website and read his blog posts on National Geographic’s site. This remarkable journey invites us not just to learn more about the untold stories of our world through Paul Salopek’s eyes and pen, but to reflect on the value in questioning the pace and direction of our own news consumption, our own place in a changing democracy.

Introducing The Harry Potter Alliance

Note: Lauren Bird was a plenary speaker at last week’s 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. You can learn more about her organization, The Harry Potter Alliance, and their work online and in communities around the country and across the globe to advance social justice and community engagement in the blog post below.

By Lauren Bird, Spokesperson & Digital Content Strategist, The Harry Potter Alliance

HPAThe Harry Potter Alliance is a nonprofit that turns fans into heroes. We channel the enthusiasm of fans toward positive causes by using parallels from popular stories to make activism and social justice accessible. By using the power of story and digital media, we’re able to meet young people where they’re at and provide an easier barrier of entry than traditional activism.

Over the course of eight years, our members have done some incredible things:

  • Funded the protection of civilians in Darfur and Burma
  • Collected and donated over one hundred thousand books and helped start libraries around the world
  • Registered over 5,000 first-time voters
  • Phone banked for marriage equality and
  • Worked to change the discourse around immigration reform and economic inequality

We have 250 chapters in 23 nations across five continents (that Antarctica demographic is a tough one to crack), plus an online audience in the hundreds of thousands.

We’re fortunate to have been founded by and have a membership largely made up of nerds and artists, both of whom tend to be at the forefront of new media. We approach online activism both as a means to an end, but also as an end itself. While we attend many in-person events where we meet and recruit new members, we are an online organization. We don’t have a headquarters or a main office. Most of our members discover us online. For a lot of them, this online discovery translates to on-the-ground action, but there are many who can’t or aren’t interested in taking IRL (in real life) action for one reason or another – and we don’t write them off. In fact, the bulk of our actions for individuals are online actions. Whether it’s spreading the word, sending an email to a legislator, or creating art about the issue, our members participate in a thriving online activist space that doesn’t belittle their contributions simply because they take place online.

To give just one example, right now we’re using The Hunger Games to work on economic inequality, and we aren’t doing it alone. Several organizations fighting for workers’ rights have adopted some of the imagery and messaging from our Odds In Our Favor campaign, using it at rallies and marches around the U.S. But the three-finger salute from the books as a symbol for economic equality and our branding of unjust legislation as “Hunger Games Policy” would not have been adopted by those organizations if it hadn’t been for our core membership popularizing that messaging on social media last fall when the second film, Catching Fire, was released in cinemas

By using fans’ genuine interest in stories and mobilizing them centrally online, we’re able to enact real-world social change. Join us and learn more at

[#ADPTDC14 Updates] Welcome to Louisville!

Welcome to Louisville, 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting Attendees!

We are so looking forward to seeing you today as we kick off the this year’s ADP/TDC National Meeting. We just wanted to take a moment this morning to welcome you to the city and make sure that you are all aware of the reasons we are #LovinLouisville (in case you missed them on the blog over the last few weeks).

  1. #Online: Democracy Gone Digital Plenary Session
  2. Untold Stories of the Connected World: Journalism as an Instrument for Citizenship
  3. Pre-Cons Aplenty
  4. Themed Session Strands
  5. Our Sponsors and Partners
  6. Stuff for Students Only
  7. Civic Pathways, Sessions, and Strand
  8. eCitizenship and #DigDem
  9. Game On!
  10. Crossing the Finish Line


Also, please remember, #ADPTDC14 is pretty much paperless, so be sure to download the mobile app if you have not already. Instructions, along with your username and password (which you need to sign into the app), were emailed to you earlier in the week. This year, we also have an app help desk onsite, so if you need assistance, you can find it located near the registration desk.

Registration opens today at 7 a.m.

Looking forward to seeing you!



[Why We Are #LovinLouisville] Crossing the Finish Line

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator

Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.

Reason #10? The closing reception…

…Because if there is anything we know how to do besides put on one energy-filled, content-packed conference agenda, it’s celebrate our efforts and spend some quality time with our ADP/TDC peeps after all the hard work is done.

This year, our closing reception is even more special to us as we are hosting it at Patrick O’Shea’s on Main Street—for those of you who don’t know, Patrick O’Shea’s does phenomenal work in the Louisville community and donated some of its staff to our first annual Day of Service.

Things you need to know about the closing reception:

  • There will be awesome food, including Kentucky-themed goodness (e.g., hot browns) in the Whiskey Cellar.
  • Also in the Whiskey Cellar, a bluegrass band; yes, we got a band, and you can preview them by clicking here.
  • If bluegrass isn’t your thing, no worries—we have a DJ and a dance floor; if it’s anything like last year, I would expect some Cupid’s Shuffle.
  • On the third level of the venue (did we mention we have the whole place to ourselves?), we have a Mexican-themed menu and a patio waiting for you.
  • It’s gonna be awesome.

So put on your favorite elastics waistband jeans and dancing shoes.  You’re in for a ENGAGING (civically that is) night!

[Why We Are #LovinLouisville] Game On!

By Caitlin Reilly, Program Associate, The American Democracy Project

Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.

Reason #9? Gamification!

This year we’re taking our mobile app (more on this later) to the next level with gamification.  We’ve created an interactive mobile game that lets you accumulate points for your participation in key meeting activities. Keep reading for details!

Instagram PicPoints for Participation
The best part of the new gamification functions is that you get points just by participating in the meeting. Whenever you go to a plenary, a presentation, talk to a sponsor, or stop by for some awesome pieces of name-badge flare, you can scan a QR code for points.

Don’t have a camera on your phone? No problem. You can enter a pin number into the mobile app!

You can also get points by sending in-app messages, tweeting using the meeting hashtags (keep reading), taking a quiz or filling out a session evaluation each day. You can keep track of how many points everyone has earned everyday on the leader board, which you can also find in the mobile app.

Social Media
Given this meeting’s focus on civic pathways and eCitizenship, it only makes sense that we want to prominently feature social media.  As we mentioned, you’ll get points for tweeting about the meeting as a part of the mobile app game.  We will also track your tweets with the Social Media Listening Center, brought to us by Clemson University’s communication studies department.  Just be sure to use the following meeting hashtags in your tweets:

  • ADP/TDC National Meeting, General:
    • #ADPTDC14
    • #LovinLouisville

So…Call me, tweet me, if you want to reach me.

See you in Louisville!


[Why We Are #LovinLouisville] eCitizenship and #DigDem

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU

Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.

Reason #8? The eCitizenship Strand!

Throughout the conference, you’ll notice an emphasis on eCitizenship and how social media and other technologies can help bolster on-the-ground, in-person community organizing, activism and engagement. We’ll be using #ADPTDC14 to discuss meeting themes on Twitter (make sure to follow @ADPaascu and @TDCnational) and are thrilled that Clemson University’s Social Media Listening Center (SMLC) will be providing live analysis of the social media surrounding this national gathering of two-year and four-year folks committed to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement.

You can learn more about eCitizenship via the themed (eC) sessions below and read more about Clemson’s SMLC on the ADP National Blog here . We covered the eCitizenship-themed plenary #Online: Democracy Gone Digital earlier in our #LovinLouisville series (if you missed it, you can read about it here). You can also learn more about the eCitizenship Initiative, one of ADP’s civic engagement in action national initiatives in collaboration with Wayne State University’s (Mich.) Center for the Study of Citizenship on the ADP website here.

(eC) eCitizenship-themed Sessions to Note:

Friday, June 6

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast Sessions and Meetings

Salon I
(eC) Breakfast Session: Smart, Digital Organizing for Coordinated & Powerful Civic Engagement (open to all)           

To leverage the power of new digital tools and take civic engagement and community organizing efforts online, a new approach to organizing is essential. Learn how to leverage key principles of digital organizing to build and scale effective campus and civic community engagement efforts.
Presenter:  Hilary Doe, Director of Business Development, NationBuilder

 Salon II
Breakfast Session:  Connecting your Campus Community through Service—How to Leverage Social Media to Achieve Your Civic Engagement Goals (open to all)
Chances are, thousands of students and alumni are performing volunteer work on your campus, but those hours are going unreported. GiveGab, the Social Network for Volunteers, enables schools and their community partners to collaborate online to recruit and manage volunteers. Learn how GiveGab focuses on community to expand and promote your civic efforts.
Presenters:  Jed Shireman, Development Executive, Higher Ed; and Tonyehn Verkitus, Executive Director of Community Citizenship, GiveGab

 Salon IX
(eC) (Pol) Breakfast Session:  Introducing TurboVote (open to all)
This session introduces participants to TurboVote, an online voter engagement platform, and outlines an exciting new partnership between AASCU, NASPA and TurboVote. TurboVote staff reviews the technical nuts and bolts of the system and answer questions about how it works and best practices for implementation.
Presenters:  Sam Novey, Director of Partnerships and Adrienne Lever, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, TurboVote
Vilma Fuentes, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Cody Patton, Student Government Director of External Affairs, Santa Fe College (Fla.)
Samantha Figueroa, SGA Director of Civic Engagement, Towson University (Md.)

 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Ballroom X and VI
#Online: Democracy Gone Digital
We carry the Internet in our pockets, and it has changed the way we work, shop, play and interact with each other. It’s also changing the way we teach and learn as well as how we organize and mobilize for or against the causes we care about. But are the connections and communities we build online authentic? Can anything worth saying be said in 140 characters? Does online activism actually start revolutions? What does it mean to be an eCitizen? What are our responsibilities in these new public spaces? And how can we harness the power of emergent technologies to advance civic learning and engagement efforts on our campuses? Join us for a moderated conversation about a world online and how we share within and shape it.
Moderator:  Mike Stout, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Missouri State University
Presenters:  Lauren Bird, Spokesperson & Digital Content Strategist at the Harry Potter Alliance
Suey Park, Writer, Comedian and Activist
Student Respondent:  Monica Bustinza, Student, Miami Dade College (Fla.)


10:15 a.m.  – 11 a.m.
Featured Sessions

Salon III
(eC) Featured Session
Clemson University’s Social Media Listening Center: Exploring Avenues for Connection, Collaboration and Assessment
This session explores Clemson University’s Social Media Listening Center (SMLC) as an avenue to promote and assess civic engagement via social media.
Presenters:  Joseph P. Mazer, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Director, Social Media Listening Center; and Brandon Boatwright, Lecturer and Assistant Director, Social Media Listening Center, Clemson University (S.C.)

Salon IX
(eC) (Stu) Featured Session
Dumbledore’s Army: Now Recruiting
The Harry Potter Alliance uses popular culture to empower fans to be like the heroes they read about. Using the power of story, the HPA educates and mobilizes non-traditional activists towards social justice. Come learn how fan activism works and how you can become a member of Dumbledore’s Army.
Presenter:  Lauren Bird, Spokesperson, Harry Potter Alliance

 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Ballroom V and VI
(eC) Roundtable Discussion:  Academic Freedom and Free Speech—Not in Kansas with the Regents’ new Social Media Policy
If I use social media to post this, I risk suspension or even termination as a tenured professor at a Kansas Regents’ university if it impairs “harmony among co-workers” among several other things.  The Kansas Board of Regents newly enacted social media policy may have a chilling effect on eCitizenship.  Join this roundtable to discuss similar challenges in your state.
Presenter:  Rob Catlett, Director, Centers for Economic Education and Community Research, Emporia State University (Kan.)

Salon VII
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
(eC) Social Media 101 (open to all)
#ADPTDC14 attendees, need the 411 on how to be an #eCitizen who engages digitally in the Twitterverse? If these words sound like Greek to you, join us for this brief but informative crash course on today’s hottest social media channels, what is trending, and what you need to know to effectively engage online. Digital novices welcome!
Presenter: Stephanie South, National Coordinator, The Democracy Commitment


2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.
(Stu) (CL) (eC) Lightning Round: Variety
Moderator:  Leah Jacobs, Program Advisor, Grants Resource Center, AASCU

Saturday, June 7
9:45 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.
Salon III
(eC) (CL) Teaching Demonstration
Online Pathways to Community-Engaged Leadership: Preparing Students to Understand the Purposes and Processes of Democratic Engagement             
Colleges and universities are now facing increased pressures to deliver courses online. This theoretically informed and practice focused session highlights basic strategies to integrate service-learning teaching methods into online courses that adhere to the principles of community engagement and embody the methods of democratic engagement.
Presenter:  Brandon W. Kliewer, Assistant Professor of Civic Engagement & Director of Community-Engaged Scholarship, Florida Gulf Coast University & Points of Light

10:35 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Salon I
(eC) (CP) Teaching Demonstration
Creating Civic Pathways through eService-learning
Have you ever wondered how to take that wonderful service-learning you do in face to face class and use it online?  Come and learn about eService-learning, the ways you can incorporate it into your class, tools you need and how to get your community partner involved.
Presenter:  Kathy Nordyke, Director, Service Learning, Missouri State University

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Salon VIII
(eC) (Pol) Mini-Featured Session:
Tweet Up: Watching the State of the Union Address
Multiple ADP and TDC institutions were involved in a State of the Union National Tweet Up, a live political discussion via Twitter. Students from these institutions had a lively national conversation about the speech. Hear how to conduct a Tweet Up as well as data analysis of the conversation.
Presenters:  Leah A Murray, Associate Professor of Political Science; Faculty in Residence of the Center for Community Engaged Learning, Weber State University (Utah)
Steve Hunt, Professor, School of Communication, Illinois State University

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closing Plenary
Ballroom V and VI
Social Media Listening Center Findings
Presenters:  Joseph P. Mazer, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Director, Social Media Listening Center; and Brandon Boatwright, Lecturer and Assistant Director, Social Media Listening Center, Clemson University (S.C.)

You can download a PDF containing all of the (eC) eCitizenship-themed sessions here.

[Why We Are #LovinLouisville] Civic Pathways Theme, Sessions, and Strand

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU

Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.

Reason #7? Civic Pathways!

The theme for the 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting is “Forging Civic Pathways for Students between Our Institutions.” This theme underscores the importance of the unique partnership between ADP and TDC, which brings together two-year and four-year public institutions of higher education committed to advancing civic learning and engagement.

Civic pathways are collaborative, intentional and articulated civic education programs (curricular and/or co-curricular) and practices that are built between cooperating two- and four-year institutions, many times in close geographic proximity to one another.

At the national meeting, you’ll notice that the civic pathway theme pops up repeatedly.

It’s the topic of our opening plenary session on Thursday:

Thursday, June 5, 2014
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary
Forging Civic Pathways on Our Campuses and in Our Communities: Helping Students Navigate and Succeed in Higher Education

Reflecting the conference theme, this session offers a vision for the creation of a set of curricular and co-curricular civic pathways designed to help students navigate through our two- and four-year colleges and universities and their surrounding communities. Existing pathways and partnerships are introduced, and meeting participants engage in a facilitated conversation designed to envision and develop new pathways on our campuses, in our communities and across public higher education.

It’s one of the thematic strands of program sessions throughout the meeting. There’s an organizing meeting during breakfast on Friday to talk about joint ADP/TDC work that we envision based on this topic.

But why?

We believe that:

  1. Civic learning outcomes are significantly improved and more comprehensive, more articulated and more effective for all students when two- and four-year programs collaborate.
  2. Civic pathways provide opportunities for innovative programming to be tested and subsequently used in both two-year and four-year institutions. When two- and four- year programs work together, they learn from one another.  Programs are enriched, and opportunities for professional development for all faculty and staff increase.
  3. Civic pathways provide for efficiency and effectiveness in program design and delivery in an era of constrained resources.  For example, when both two- year and four- year programs collaborate with specific community partners, they can use common data systems, common forms, and common policies and practices, reducing administrative time and reducing confusion among community partners.  They can improve program design.  They can build common service learning and internship structures.
  4. Students should not have to leave their communities behind when they transfer from a two-year to a four-year school.  They should not have to sever connections to the places they have worked, done service learning or volunteered. Students have a rich understanding of their communities, deep connections to them, and those understandings and connections should be a source of strength for both students and their programs, not something that they have to abandon.
  5. In a civic pathways program, students have opportunities for progressive community participation from volunteer work to paid internships in the same organizations.

And we envision the following programmatic possibilities:

  1. Majors:  civic-infused majors which do not have community college equivalents
  2. Minors:  the best example may be the civic minor in urban education
  3. Degrees:  civic-related degrees where there can be close collaboration between two- and four-year schools
  4. Documentation:  shared documentation which might include a co-curricular transcript; jointly used community engagement or service learning forms, or other forms of community engagement documentation
  5. Shared civic projects:  community-based programs, voter registration programs and other forms of civic projects that could be joint two-year – four-year programs
  6. Shared Infrastructure:  the possibility of creating a center for community engagement that is jointly operated by a two-year and four-year institution, when those two institutions are either co-located or nearby
  7. Shared assessment tools:  two-year and four-year institutions could develop shared assessment instruments
  8. Shared community agencies:  from the perspective of community organizations, creating unified forms procedures and practices that simplify the way that agencies and organizations interact with both two-year and four-year institutions. Such sharing would increase the number resources and increase coordination, while providing greater continuity for both the community organization and for students

We hope you’ll join us in Louisville for this conversation, but, more than that, we hope that the planning that takes place there and its subsequent actions will fuel efforts to create and advance civic pathways.  We are convinced that these civic pipelines can be designed to advance student retention and success and to promote the civic health of our democracy through the preparation and graduation of informed, engaged citizens.

Civic Pathways Strand Sessions:
Note: These are denoted in the mobile app program by “(CP)” before the session title

Of particular note, the breakfast we mentioned above:

Friday, June 6
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Salon X
(CP) Breakfast Session:  Civic Pathways Planning Meeting (open to all)

A follow-up to Thursday’s opening plenary conversation, this breakfast session is intended to serve as a planning and organizing meeting for collaborative efforts between ADP and TDC to create, expand and scale-up civic pathways between our campuses.
Facilitators:  Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager; and Stephanie South, TDC National Coordinator, AASCU

You can download a PDF containing all of the (CP) Civic Pathways-themed sessions here.