By Stephanie South, Program Associate, AASCU
Looking back on the conferences I have attended in the past, spread across a wide array of subjects, there is one constant: the connections, as opposed to the content, are always what I remember most and the real determinate of value to me. I believe that most people share this sentiment, and for those who do, the ADP/TDC National Meeting will be at the top of your worthy events list for 2013 (just to be clear, the content, which we are going to tell you more about next week, is pretty awesome too!).
At its very core, our national meeting is a product of the people—the agenda is driven and constructed with the ideas you propose to us—and it is the people involved in ADP/TDC that make the programs—all year round and at this meeting—more than informational. It is the people with whom we engage.
For starters, by the people, we mean the plenary speakers we bring in to talk about how those of us in higher education can work to prepare the next generation of informed and engaged citizens. Men and women like Peter Levine, Denise Fairchild, and David Scobey. This year, there are also students taking to the stage to share the experiences they have had on their journeys from children to citizen. We’re also talking about partner organizations and sponsors like The New York Times, Lyon Software and GiveGab as well as NCoC, Imagining America, CIRCLE, The Kettering Foundation, NERCHE, Street Law, the Center for the Study of Citizenship, Echoing Green, Citizen Alum, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, Fair Elections Legal Network, Emerald Cities Collaborative, National Issues Forum, and Community Learning Partnership.
And most of all the people are YOU — faculty and students from across the country — who show up, speak up, and share their ideas and energy in order to enhance not only your own work but the work done by others to contribute to the communities we are building together.
By the people. For the people.