Announcing the 2013 ADP/TDC Student Plenary Video Competition

Every year at the American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment joint national meeting, we have fantastic, inspiring, and intelligent individuals present as plenary speakers. Nonprofit leaders like Ami Dar, CEO of; scholars such as Byron White, Vice President for University Engagement at Cleveland State University; and civic leaders such as John Saltmarsh, Co-Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) are just a few of the many incredible minds that have presented plenary talks and enhanced the work of civic engagement for the last 10 years, and we are infinitely grateful for their presence.

While we’ve included students in plenary sessions before, this year we want to have an entire plenary session focused on student perspectives of civic learning and engagement.

Here’s our plan

In preparation for our 2013 ADP/TDC national meeting in Denver, Colorado from June 6th - 8th, we are holding a nation-wide video competition to create a panel of four students to keynote our conference, two from ADP colleges and universities and two from TDC member community colleges.

Here’s how it’ll work:

Students interested in participating in the 2013 ADP/TDC Student Plenary video competition should:

  1. Answer the following questions:
    • How can colleges and universities better prepare students to be the informed, engaged citizens our democracy needs?
    • What barriers do you believe exist to your meaningful engagement in campus and community life?
    • How has civic engagement, in any aspect, helped you succeed in your academic career? (Feel free to share a personal story.)
  2. Create a 2-3 minute video cleverly, thoughtfully, and eloquently answering the questions above in your own words, conveying your own style and personality.
  3. Upload that video to YouTube by Sunday, February 10, 2013.
  4. Send us the URL:
    • For ADP student submissions, send the video link to ADP National Manager Jen Domagal-Goldman at [email protected]
    • For TDC student submissions, send the video link to TDC National Coordinator Amee Bearne at [email protected]  

  5. A panel of judges will choose their favorite videos to move to the next round. These selected videos will then be voted on by the general public.
  6. If you are chosen as a finalist you will receive a link on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 to share with your friends, family, or anyone! The link will direct voters to the page of finalist videos where they can watch and vote on their preferred submission.
  7. Find out if you were chosen to participate as one of the selected panelists on March 4, 2013.

The four chosen student panelists will each receive a free registration to the 2013 ADP/TDC National Meeting and will be highlighted with a picture and bio on our conference mobile app.

During the panel presentation at the ADP/TDC National Meeting, a moderator will introduce the student panelists and show clips of the selected videos. Panelists will be given time to speak about their civic engagement experiences at their institutions and will be asked by the moderator to respond to a set of questions that will be provided to each panelist prior to the conference. This plenary session will also have an open question and answer period.


  • Videos must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright or license infringement.
  • All videos submitted to the 2013 ADP/TDC Student Plenary video competition remain the intellectual property of the individuals who developed them. However, AASCU, its American Democracy Project, and The Democracy Commitment are given a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, publish, distribute and exhibit all submitted videos in any and all formats or manner for educational or promotional purposes consistent with our missions.

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