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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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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.

Remarks on the terrorist attacks  in Orlando, Florida.

Remarks on the terrorist attacks in Orlando, Florida.

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What Presidential Candidates Need.

What Presidential Candidates Need.

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Student Engagement at #CLDE16

The CLDE 2016 meeting will kick off, leading to three days of meaningful conversations, networking opportunities, and other engaging and empowering events. We, the student interns, are excited to welcome all of you to Indianapolis and start talking about civic and democratic engagement. To help your conference experience run smoother, we have put together a list of events throughout the conference that are particularly relevant and meaningful for students.

  • Student Symposium Pre-Conference: By Students, about Students, for Students- this pre-conference seminar will include table discussions on a wide range of topics including students’ role at the CLDE meeting, fostering community partnerships, and increasing civic participation off campus. Registration is required, but the seminar is free!
  • Organizing Breakfasts: Whether your campus is a member of ADP, TDC, or NASPA, there will be a breakfast session for you. During these sessions you can learn more about the work that ADP/TDC/NASPA has completed in the past few years and their goals and vision for the future. Be sure to join one of these conversations on the morning of June 2nd.
  • CLDE Meeting Orientation: This orientation session will provide an introduction to the purpose of the annual CLDE meeting and the collective goals of ADP, NASPA, and TDC. This session is especially helpful for first-time attendees, as you will learn how to better navigate the conference.
  • Opening Plenary: The first plenary session of the 2016 CLDE conference will be a twist on the traditional TED talks. Featuring three speakers, the CLDE CivEd talks will dive into the importance of civic engagement while offering perspectives on what a civically engaged and minded community looks like.
  • Campus and Friends Showcase / Poster Session: The ‘Campus and Friends Showcase / Poster Sessions’ are not only a time to learn about projects across the nation, but also allows you to network with conference participants. There will be a number of exciting projects being showcased, and presenters will be around to answer questions and engage in dialogue. This is also a great opportunity for students to meetup and connect before the conference begins!
  • Roadtrip National Film Screening: This year, CLDE will be showing a documentary following three young people’s experiences with homelessness. This documentary will not only be an interesting movie, but will also spark interesting conversation afterwards.
  • Breakfast, Roundtable, and General Sessions: Besides the main events, there will be other small sessions in which you can learn about other universities and their ideas and projects regarding civic engagement, as well as engage in discussions on future options and plans. You can find below a list of a few of the interesting sessions we think are relevant to students!
    1. “Can You Survive Poverty?”: The NDSU Poverty Simulation Programs Empowering Student Leaders through Campus & Community Relationships
    2. Ask Big Questions: A Method for Reflection in Civic Engagement
    3. Civic Engagement Leadership & Community Partners: Assessing difference between Leaders and the Community
    4. King Day of… Learning?
    5. Political Socialization and Campus Civil Society: Student Groups’ Essential Role in Civic and Political Engagement
    6. Students Enhancing Democracy
  • Friday Morning Plenary: Friday morning plenary session will be another interesting discussion which will focus on the conflict between religious freedom and LGBTQ rights. In the past few months, LGBTQ rights have been featured in numerous legal and policy debates across the country. This session will focus on how this conflict has played a role in Indiana, and will further discuss how students became engaged in this debate in Indiana.
  • Democracy Plaza Tour: This new event to the CLDE meetings, the Democracy Plaza, is a location on IUPUI where campus community members can write, listen, and engage in conversations about political issues or ideas. This year, CLDE members will have the opportunity to walk around the Democracy Plaza and engage with existing questions, topics, and ideas, as well as contribute some of their own.
  • Paws Pantry Donations: Food insecurity is a prevalent issue regardless of the college or community that we live in. To address this issue at #CLDE16 we’re proud to partner with IUPUI’s campus food pantry – Paw’s Pantry – by hosting a food drive throughout the meeting. You can bring non-perishable food and monetary donations to the registration desk for donation.
  • Closing Plenary: The closing plenary will feature information from the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education’s (IDHE), a new research center at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University (Mass.). Its signature initiative, the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) which provides colleges and universities with data on their students’ registration and voting rates. With over 800 colleges and universities nationally in the study – including 214 ADP/TDC/NASPA Lead campuses – and a database of 7.5 million students, NSLVE researchers have completed an analysis of voting based on a broad range of institutional and individual characteristics.
  • Student Reflection Session: Following the Democracy Plaza Tour, Join the student interns for a quick reflection session. During this time, the student interns will collect both written and verbal feedback regarding the conference: issues/challenges you encountered, positive feedback, areas of improvement, and any other general comments. Afterwards, we will try to do a fun student outing/meetup!
  • Informal Student Meetups: Throughout the conference attendees will be given opportunity to meet with other students for lunch, dinner, or a walk around the city. On Thursday, during our lunch hour, the interns will be leading a conversation by a Mexican War statue on understanding and combating microaggressions. To learn more about these opportunities, download the app and keep checking for student updates!
  • #CLDE16 Mentorship Program: We recognize the fact that the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meetings have been known to attract some of the best thinkers and doers in civic engagement in higher education around, we’ve challenged our attendees to think globally and act locally on our belief in collective wisdom. As such we invite you to join others who are taking part in this program to meet in the Denver Room at the start of the 2016 CLDE Meeting Opening Reception on Thursday, June 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Denver Room.

There’s a lot going on at this conference, and there are sure to be many meaningful conversations and ideas. For more information on the program, check out the link below. Also, download the NASPA meeting app for updates and announcements throughout the conference or check out our student Facebook page.

Program Link: http://www.aascu.org/meetings/clde16/program.pdf
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/497573360435706/

See you soon,

Angelo Kapp |  angelokapp@delta.edu | Twitter: @AngeloKapp
Maryam Sarhan | sarhanm@go.stockton.edu | Twitter: @MaryamSarhan1
Manisha Vepa | mvepa1@umbc.edu | Twitter: @manisha_vepa
Monica Bustinza | mab334@miami.edu | Twitter: @monicabustinza

#CLDE16: Politically Speaking, Indy Edition Plenary

Politically Speaking, Indianapolis Edition: Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights in Indiana
Friday, June 3, 2016 | 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
In February 2016, the Indiana state senate gave up on an attempt to pass compromise legislation expanding protections for LGBT persons in state law. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Travis Holdman, said that there simply was not enough support for it to pass. Sen. David Long, leader of the majority Republicans, indicated that efforts to find a balance between the civil rights for the LGBT community and religious liberty had satisfied no one. “We took a beating from all sides in trying to do this,” Long said. “This effort was unfortunately hampered by well-organized extreme messaging from groups representing both sides of this discussion — many of whom are from out of state. Neither of those sides were truly seeking a solution” (South Bend Tribune, Feb. 2, 2016). Indiana Republican lawmakers, who hold a super majority in both chambers, abandoned efforts to strengthen protections for lesbian, gay and bi-sexual people on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, opting not to vote on a measure designed to restore the state’s reputation following a national boycott over a religious objections law in 2015.

Modeled on the live television weekly TV program Dr. Bennion moderates on WNIT-TV (South Bend), this session will highlight diverse perspectives on the issue of LGBT rights and religious freedom in Indiana. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the debate, the host city, and ways to moderate difficult dialogues on controversial political issues. Attendees are also invited to attend a follow-up workshop with Dr. Bennion where she will discuss her students’ involvement in the weekly TV program. Students earn college credit and gain valuable knowledge and skills while serving as researchers, call screeners, episode reviewers, amateur videographers, and more.  Reaching a 22-county, two-state area with 1.2 million viewers, the program offers a valuable opportunity for students to become part of a dynamic civic education team. Learn how you can adapt this model to capitalize on a variety of traditional and new media opportunities to engage a broader audience in your civic education efforts.

Host:

BennionElizabeth Bennion is a Professor of Political Science at Indiana University South Bend. Her teaching and research focus on U.S. political behavior and effective approaches to fostering civic and political engagement. Elizabeth is co-editor of the book Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen, and has published her civic engagement scholarship in numerous other books and academic journals. Elizabeth directs IU South Bend’s American Democracy Project and moderates candidate debates and forums for offices ranging from city council and mayor to U.S. House and Senate. She is also host of WNIT’s live weekly TV program Politically Speaking which brings her students into contact with local, state, and national elected officials and community activists from a two-state, 22-county region. Elizabeth earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and lives with her husband and four children in South Bend, IN. For more about Elizabeth.

Panelists:

HenegarJane Henegar joined the ACLU of Indiana as executive director in September of 2012. Prior to her service at the ACLU she was a deputy mayor of Indianapolis from 2000 to 2006. Henegar has held various positions in government, including state director in the office of Senator Evan Bayh, deputy commissioner and general counsel in the Indiana Department of Administration, executive posts at the Family and Social Services Administration and judicial law clerk for the Hon. Thomas Reavley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Henegar has taught political science and led the Indiana Bar Foundation’s Project Citizen to teach civics to K-12 students in Indiana. Born and raised in Bloomington, she is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.

 

PaulsenChris Paulsen, Campaign Manager for Freedom Indiana, is a long time Hoosier. Chris brings a business and coalition building background to the campaign. She spent over 20 years working for a regional custom homebuilder as Vice President of Operations overseeing sales, purchasing, administration and construction. Chris currently owns her own custom homebuilding company.  Chris has a been an active member of the LGBT movement as a board member and President of Indiana Equality Action, a board member of Freedom Indiana during the marriage amendment fight, and as a member of the capital campaign committee of Indiana Youth Group.   For more about Chris.

 

RusthovenPeter Rusthoven, a partner in the Indianapolis office, has a multi-dimensional practice. His business experience includes transactional and corporate governance work, in areas ranging from manufacturing to publishing to healthcare. He was active in drafting Indiana’s corporation statute and official comments and has frequently written and spoken on corporate change-of-control issues. In the governmental services area, he is experienced in gaming and alcoholic beverage licensing and other regulatory and legislative services matters. For more about Peter.

 

WesciState Representative Timothy Wesco (R-District 21) is a 5th generation Hoosier and a lifelong resident of St. Joseph County. He and his wife, Kathryn, live in Osceola. Timothy is the sixth of 10 siblings and the son of Virgil and Rebecca Wesco. Representative Wesco serves on the following committees: Public Policy (Vice Chair), Local Government, Employment, Labor & Pensions, and Elections & Apportionment.  He holds an associate’s degree in biblical studies from Midwest School of Theology and a B.S. in organizational management from Bethel College.

 

 

Register now For more information about the #CLDE16 meeting, go here.


Don’t forget to book your hotel room by May 25th.

Hotel
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 W. Maryland Street
Indianapolis, IN, 46225

Phone: 317-822-3500
Toll-free: 1-888-236-2427

Room Rate
The special conference rate is $175 for a single/double room, $185 for a triple room, and $195 for a quad; plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 17%).

RESERVE ONLINE HERE
PLEASE NOTE:  You must choose first what type of room you need (single/double, triple, or quad occupancy) and then the link will take you to choose the dates and enter your information.

 

#CLDE16 | CLOSING PLENARY: Fostering Campus Climates for Political Learning & Engagement

CLDE

CLOSING PLENARY:  Fostering Campus Climates for Political Learning & Engagement
Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 8:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Democratic learning is not just an issue for the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle; campuses have a responsibility to support a robust campus climate for nonpartisan political learning and engagement in our democracy 365 days a year. The Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) is a new research center at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University (Mass.). Its signature initiative, the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) provides colleges and universities with data on their students’ registration and voting rates. With over 800 colleges and universities nationally in the study – including 214 ADP/TDC/NASPA Lead campuses – and a database of 7.5 million students, NSLVE researchers have completed an analysis of voting based on a broad range of institutional and individual characteristics. This research has been augmented with qualitative studies at campuses to determine the unique norms, structures, and student experiences that create a strong climate for political learning. For this plenary session, the IDHE researchers will share NSLVE data on college and university student voting. They will also provide a brief overview of IDHE’s research focusing on campuses with robust campus climates for political learning and engagement in democracy. Faculty, staff and students from campuses representing ADP, the NASPA Lead Initiative, and TDC will share their experiences and promising practices for student political learning and engagement. While each campus is unique, all of the presenters will share programs and practices easily replicated on other campuses hoping to deepen their political climate.

Moderator:

Nancy ThomasNancy Thomas, directs the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. The Institute is dedicated to shifting college and university priorities, practices, and culture to strengthen college student political learning and engagement in democracy and to advance social and political equity in public life. The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement is the Institute’s signature initiative. Her work and scholarship center on higher education’s democratic mission, college student political engagement, free speech and academic freedom, and deliberative democracy on campuses and in communities. She is the author of multiple book chapters, articles, and the monograph, Educating for Deliberative Democracy, an issue of Jossey Bass’ New Directions for Higher Education series.  She is an associate editor of the Journal of Public Deliberation and a senior associate with Everyday Democracy. She received her bachelor’s degree in government from St. Lawrence University, a law degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For more about Nancy.

Panelists:

GoldbergAbraham Goldberg, Director of the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement (OSLCE) and an Associate Professor of Political Science at theUniversity of South Carolina Upstate.  The OSLCE strives to eliminate barriers between the campus and region by cultivating reciprocal and sustainable partnerships between USC Upstate students, faculty, and community organizations.  He authored the South Carolina Civic Health Index and has published numerous academic articles about the relationship between the built environment of cities, social connectivity, and resident quality of life.  Abe regularly supervises undergraduate research projects and teaches courses in urban planning and policy, public administration, civic engagement and American politics.  He earned his doctorate from West Virginia University and resides in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife and two children.

BodaryDavid L Bodary, Professor of Communication at Sinclair Community College (Ohio).  He holds degrees in Communication from Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University.  He has facilitated numerous National Issues Forum discussions in the Dayton region and coordinates the Service Learning program for Sinclair Community College.

 

 

Ishara Casellas Connors, Associate Director, Institute for Democracy and Higher Education.  Ishara Casellas Connors manages the IsharaInstitutes signature initiative, The National Study for Learning Voting and Engagement (NSLVE). NSLVE provides participating campuses with data on their students’ registration and voting rates. In addition, NSLVE works to create resources for campuses interested in advancing political learning and engagement in democracy, with a focus on advancing social and political equity. Ishara has worked across all types of higher education institutions, in both policy, program, and development roles. Throughout this work and scholarship Ishara has focused on issues of access and diversity within higher education. Ishara holds a MA in Higher & Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

John LockeJohn Locke was a two term student body president of the University of Houston-Downtown (Texas). He has received certificates of recognition from Houston’s City Council members, Mayor of Houston and Congress. He also has been recognized as Student of the Year Award, at the Circle of Change Leadership Conference in Los Angeles, CA. John also received an honorary degree from the International Education Parliament in 2016 for his commitment to improving higher education and his presentation on best practices.

 

 

MeyerMichele “Micki” Meyer serves as the Lord Family Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Rollins College (Fla.). She holds an Endowed Chair position funded by the DHL and RNR Foundations to build capacity around engaged scholarship, high impact learning, and student engagement. She oversees areas of campus that work directly with leadership education, civic engagement, service-learning, diversity and inclusion, student involvement, and college access.  For more about Micki.

 


Register now For more information about the #CLDE16 meeting, go here

Participate in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), a free, easy way to learn students’ aggregate registration and voting rates. The deadline has been extended to Sign up by Friday, May 27, 2016 and receive your voting data report by this summer, well before the 2016 general election.

  • 825 campuses have already signed up. Click here to view the full list of participants!
  • Your results are confidential to you; there are no names, just records containing de-identified data.

Sign up by May 27, 2016 and receive your 2012 & 2014 voting data report in mid-summer. Although applications are accepted on a rolling basis, NSLVE will match enrollment and voting records and produce reports only twice a year.

Participating campuses receive tailored reports with their students’ 2012 and 2014 registration and voting rates, broken down by demographic and voting data (see this sample). In about a year, you will get a second report containing your 2016 rates! For more information, contact Ishara Casellas Connors.

Join NSLVE

Interested in signing up for the study? It’s easy! (And it’s not a survey.)

  • STEP 1: Download the authorization form here (valid through August, 2018)
  • STEP 2: Sign the form and choose one person on your campus to be the report recipient
  • STEP 3: Email a scanned copy of the form to nslve@tufts.edu

May 13 Deadline for NSLVE and Voter-Friendly Campus Designation

Campus Vote Project and NASPA are recruiting administrators to sign up to have their college designated as a Voter Friendly Campus. This program helps institutions develop a plan that will engage students, faculty, and administrators in civic and electoral engagement. After colleges and universities execute their plan to help students register and vote in the 2016 elections, campuses will be evaluated and designated as an official Voter Friendly Campus. There is no cost to sign up.

Why should my college or university sign up to be designated a Voter Friendly Campus?
In addition to educating students, fostering civic learning is a goal of many colleges and universities. By helping students register and vote, campuses will help students be active participants in our democracy. The Voter Friendly Campus designation helps administrators develop a plan using our checklist and set clear goals so a path can be created well in advance of November. These activities can be institutionalized for the following years, keeping students engaged as they enter, and move through their time at school.

For a Q & A about the program and more information visit CVP’s recent blog post.

Voter Friendly Campus Designation Interest Forms due May 13, 2016. Sign up today.

This program is endorsed by our colleagues at the American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment, and Young Invincibles. We hope to have a long list of campuses participating in this effort and educating student voters on registration and voting.

Sign up for NSLVE by May 13, 2016
Tufts University’s National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) measures student registration and voting rates and provides each participating campus with a tailored report containing those rates broken down by age, class level, race/ethnicity, gender, voting method, and voting location. See a sample report. Signing up is free and will give you important measures that can catalyze improvements in academic programs and co-curricular experiences.

  • STEP 1: Download the authorization form here (it will be valid through August, 2018)
  • STEP 2: Sign the form and choose one person on your campus to be the report recipient
  • STEP 3: Email a scanned copy of the form to nslve@tufts.edu

Submit this authorization form. Submit your form by May 13, 2016.


Reminder:

Our 2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting organized by AASCU’s American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment and NASPA (#CLDE16) is fast approaching from June 2-4, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Register here.

Attended by presidents, provosts, faculty, staff and students, this meeting is perfect for campus teams ready to prepare to apply or re-apply for the elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification or to ensure that all students are prepared to be informed, engaged members of our campuses and communities.

Note: The group hotel rate expires on Tuesday, May 10th, but rooms are filling up — book your room online here!

#CLDE16: Early-Bird registration for CLDE16 ends TODAY

Early-Bird registration for CLDE16 ends TODAY

Friday, April 29, 2016.

clde16_iconThis blog post is a friendly reminder that the early-bird registration rates end today! If you haven’t yet registered for the 2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA (#CLDE16) on June 2-4, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana, please do so now.

Also don’t forget to book your hotel room by May 10, 2016 in Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

Register Online | Early-bird deadline is Friday, April 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Registration Fee includes all program sessions and materials; reception on Thursday; and breakfasts on Friday and Saturday. Register Online by April 29th for our best rates. Please register early to help us best plan this conference! Individuals from AASCU/ADP/TDC member campuses or with individual membership to NASPA have the following registration rates: Individual: $525 early bird / $595 regular; Team Member: $465 early-bird / $545 regular; Student Registration Fee: $350; Non-Member Registration Fee: $625 early-bird / $725 regular; and Guest Registration Fee: $95.

Book Your Hotel Room by May 10 | Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
The CLDE 2016 meeting will take place at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown (350 W. Maryland St. Indianapolis, IN 46225). The special conference rate is $175 for a single/double room, $185 for a triple room, and $195 for a quad, plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 17%). To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Tuesday May 10, 2016. You can reserve your room online here. Please Note: You must choose first what type of room you need (single/double, triple, or quad occupancy) and then the link will take you to choose the dates and enter your information.

RSVP Now: ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 Webinar on “Teenage Mutant Civic Hurdles: How Civic Tech Turns Students into Citizens” | Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

icitizenThis is the 4th of our ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 webinar series powered by icitizen. There will be six total webinars between now and November 2016 — all will be open to faculty, staff, students and friends.

ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 Webinar on “Teenage Mutant Civic Hurdles: How Civic Tech Turns Students into Citizens” | Wednesday, May 18th, 2016.

icitizen is a community where you connect with your elected officials to be heard on the civic issues you care about. With icitizen, you create change at the local, state and federal level.

Over the country, higher ed. institutions face the same problem—it is difficult to get students to become civically engaged, and even MORE difficult to sustain that engagement through graduation and beyond. Why is this? Today’s students aren’t apathetic—we are simply asking this 21st-century generation to participate through decades-old civic channels that are cumbersome, inefficient and unrepresentative.

In this webinar, Alex Schreiner and Mark Keida of civic tech start-up icitizen will explore the “rising tide” of powerful new engagement tools driven by technology and designed to solve this problem. These tools create a simple but powerful two-way feedback loop between students and the communities they care about, both on and off campus. Join us as we demonstrate how to create informed, engaged and empowered students—while measuring the impact higher education is having on their civic development.

  • Speakers:
    Mark Keida, Director of Polling from icitizen
    Alex Schreiner, Partnerships and Outreach Manager from icitizen
  • When:
    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. EST

RSVP here.

You can access a recording of the third Engage the Election 2016 Webinar on “Demystifying Youth-Why Some Young People Vote and Some Don’t” with CIRCLE, here: https://aascu.adobeconnect.com/p1krf5qvofe/