1. Encourage a student to apply to be a CLDE Intern.
    In order to encourage student participation in the annual Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting. The American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment and the NASPAs Lead Initiative are proud to offer the opportunity for three students to have a voice on the planning committee.  Each of the student interns will receive a complimentary registration to the 2016 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (#CLDE16) Meeting as well as earn transferrable work experience.  To apply for this intern position, fill out the application by Friday, January 29, 2016.  The application can be found here.
  2. Submit a Program Proposal by February 1, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
    This year’s Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting promises facilitate learning and engagement while fostering a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. This meeting will consist of outstanding plenary sessions, informative concurrent sessions, engaging teaching demonstrations, as well as interactive institutes and I3 (Information, Ideas, and Innovation) conversations.  Be a part of this substantive programming by submitting your ideas and sharing your expertise with your colleagues. You can fill out the Call for Proposals here.
  3. Volunteer to be a Program Reviewer by February 12, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
    This is an opportunity to share your insights as to which sessions you are interested in seeing at the #CLDE16 Meeting. This is also a valuable chance to give feedback through the peer-review process for all potential presenters. If you are interested in this role, fill out the interest form here.
  4. Become a Mentor / Mentee at the #CLDE16 Meeting
    Mentorship is a reciprocal relationship built between two individuals – one possessing knowledge and experience in a particular field who is willing to share and one who has the enthusiasm and awareness of the need to gain such experience and knowledge. Much like our relationships with community partners, a successful relationship is one that is meaningful, reciprocal, sustainable, and equitable.  To be a mentor or mentee at the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting, submit your interest here.
  5. Register Online | Early-bird deadline is April 25, 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 25th 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.
  6. Register for a Pre-Conference Institute
    This year we are excited to offer a set of pre-conference institutes on Wednesday, June 1st on topics from assessment to political engagement, dialogue and deliberation, and economic as well as one especially for students. When you register for the meeting, you’ll also have the opportunity to choose to participate in one of our pre-conference institutes – we hope you’ll join us!

    • 9am – 5pm | CLDE Assessment Institute with ETS (encouraging teams): $85 team members / $150 individual
    • 10am-4pm | Political Engagement Institute with icitizen (encouraging teams): $85 team members / $150 individual
    • 1-4pm | Dialogue and Deliberation Institute (half-day): $75
    • 1-4pm | Student Pre-conference Symposium (half-day, students only): No cost
    • 1-4pm | ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative Institute (EI campuses only): $75
  7. Donate to the IUPUI Campus Food Bank, Paws Pantry at CLDE 2016
    In an effort to give back to the community, we are asking that participants/participating institutions consider making a donation of non-perishable food items and/or monies for the purchase of needed food items to the  Paws Pantry at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). We will collect the items at the onsite meeting registration desk. You can indicate your intent to donate when you register!  Paw’s Pantry is a food pantry for IUPUI. They are open to all students, faculty, and staff in need of food assistance. Since opening in September of 2013 through January 1st of 2015, Paw’s Pantry has had over 1000 visits and has distributed over 12,500 items.
  8. Sign up for a Table at the Campus & Friends Showcase at #CLDE16
    On Thursday, June 2nd from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. we will host our Networking Reception and Poster Session/Campus & Friends Showcase. This is a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate your work and help others learn how to promote civic learning and engagement on their own campuses. The Showcase is designed as an exhibit area with tables available for presenters. People love to see what other campuses are doing with ADP/TDC/NASPA, and the Showcase also serves as an important opportunity for sharing information, networking, and collaboration with national leaders in the civic engagement movement. If you are interested, don’t forget to sign up for a table when you register for the meeting! (Note: posters require a proposal through the normal proposal process.)
  9. See What the Buzz is all About @IUPUI’s Democracy Plaza
    Take part in a walking tour of Democracy Plaza (DP) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).  Established in 2004 by students and staff, Democracy Plaza at IUPUI gives their community a place to write, listen, watch or deliberate with peers on political ideas or issues. Many other campuses have adopted democracy walls as a similar place for such dialogues.  During this opportunity, attendees will interact with the questions posed on the chalk boards that makes up DP.  This tour will include a history of the project, examples of current issues, and an overview of how IUPUI uses the space for events. Tour is scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3rd as part of the conference; reserve your spot when you register online.
  10. 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.