Thursday, June 2, 2016 to Saturday, June 4, 2016
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown • Indianapolis, Indiana
The ADP, TDC and NASPA communities will partner to increase the breadth and depth of the civic learning and engagement work that we are all committed to across our institutions—both public and private. All three organizations are dedicated to ensuring that students graduate from our colleges and universities prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need. Fostering academic and student affairs partnerships and collaborations on our individual campuses and across our initiatives and associations is imperative to this mutual goal.
About the Conference
We continue the tradition of meetings that facilitate true exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. This meeting will consist of outstanding plenary sessions, informative concurrent and featured sessions, engaging teaching demonstrations, as well as interactive workshops and I3 (Information, Ideas, and Innovation) conversations.
The meeting begins for all attendees in the early morning of Thursday, June 2nd and ends on Saturday, June 4th at 3 p.m. Please plan on arriving in Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 1st. Pre-registration will take place at the conference hotel on Wednesday, June 1st from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Note: We are excited to offer a set of pre-conference institutes on Wednesday, June 1st including two full-day institutes on assessment and political engagement as well as afternoon institutes for the ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative, a student symposium, and an democratic dialogue and deliberation institute. You can plan to depart Indianapolis on Saturday in the late afternoon; the conference hotel rate will be extended until Sunday for those who would like to stay longer.
Join us in Indianapolis as we work to advance civic learning and democratic engagement across higher education. We look forward to seeing you there!
Call for Proposals
Proposals were due February 8, 2016 and the proposal system is now closed. If you submitted a proposal, you will be notified on March 1, 2016 as to the status of your proposal.
CLDE 2016 Community Support
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. We 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.
For logistical (e.g., hotel accommodations, audio-visual needs) questions about the 2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting, please contact:
For ADP programmatic questions, please contact:
National Manager, American Democracy Project
[email protected] | (202) 478-7833
For TDC programmatic questions, please contact:
National Manager, The Democracy Commitment
[email protected] | (202) 478-4656
For NASPA programmatic questions, please contact:
Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA
[email protected] | (202) 719-1193
For Exhibitor/Sponsorship questions, please contact:
AASCU Program Manager
[email protected] | (202) 478-4645, or
NASPA Advertising and Exhibits Coordinator
[email protected] | (202) 903-0657
(Check back for more updates)
Wednesday, June 1
10 a.m. - Noon
ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Fellows Working Meeting (by invitation)
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CLDE Assessment Institute with ETS: Building Institutional Capacity for CLDE Assessment on Your Campus (includes lunch)
Cost: $150/person with a discounted rate of $85/person if you register as part of a campus team of two or more.
The fee for this institute includes lunch on Thursday.
Campuses confront an array of challenges when it comes to telling their story of fulfilling their civic mission because they lack a systematic approach to assessing student outcomes related curricular, co-curricular, and project-based activities. We encourage participation from campus teams to spend the day engaging in conversations with experts who will work with you and your colleagues to build a shared understanding and vision for how you can gather evidence that allows for informed decision-making, improved programs, and strengthened campus-community relationships. This pre-conference institute, sponsored by ETS, is intended to help colleges and universities as they consider the constellation of civic engagement assessment possibilities and work toward more meaningful strategic planning around civic learning and democratic engagement to fulfill teaching and learning, accreditation and/or Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement goals. We encourage teams of people from your institution who represent the multiple layers and levels of community engagement, for example, a team made up of:
Faculty teaching community-engaged learning courses
Student affairs professionals planning one-time or ongoing community-engaged events or programs
Administrators support these individuals to connect the work of community engagement to the mission, vision and strategic plan of your institution.
Organizers: Kristin Norris, Director of Assessment, Office of Community Engagement and Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Electoral & Political Engagement Institute with icitizen(includes lunch)
Cost: $150/person with a discounted rate of $85/person if you register as part of a campus team of two or more.
The fee for this institute includes lunch on Thursday.
Join us for a conversation designed to introduce participants and their campuses to emergent research, tools, technology and promising practices for promoting nonpartisan student political engagement in this year’s presidential election and beyond! Come and share your ideas and strategies for engaging students inside and outside the classroom as they register to vote, consider policies and candidates to support, and turn out to vote. A variety of nonprofit partners will join this important conversation.
Organizers: Gabriel Arteaga, TDC National Manager, AASCU and Alex Schreiner, Citizen Engagement Manager, icitizen
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Half-day Pre-conference Workshops
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 2
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast on own
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
NASPA Lead Initiative Organizing Meeting & Breakfast (This session is only open to NASPA Lead Initiative members)
The NASPA Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement comprises a network of 74 NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of academic affairs and student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. This meeting will provide insight into the work of the Lead Consulting Institutions and the 2015-2016 Lead Initiative experience. Join us to network, reflect, and share knowledge and ideas regarding CLDE work.
Organizer: Stephanie Reynolds, Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA
9:30 a.m. – Noon
ADP Organizing Meeting & Breakfast (All ADP participants encouraged to attend)
All meeting participants from AASCU/ADP campuses are encouraged to attend. This session will include ADP awards presentations and planning for the 2016-2017 academic year in addition to updates about current initiatives and ways in which to engage with the national office.
Organizer: Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project, AASCU
9:30 a.m. – Noon
TDC Organizing Meeting & Breakfast (All TDC participants encouraged to attend)
All meeting participants from The Democracy Commitment (TDC) community colleges are encouraged to attend. This session will include TDC awards presentations and planning for the 2016-2017 academic year in addition to updates about current initiatives and ways in which to engage with the national office.
Organizer: Gabriel Arteaga, National Manager, The Democracy Commitment, AASCU
Noon - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch on Own
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Senior Leadership Reception
(for ADP/TDC/NASPA Presidents, Chancellors and Vice Presidents for Academic and Student Affairs as well as CLDE Planning Committee Members)
On behalf of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and NASPA, we invite all Presidents, Chancellors, & Vice Presidents for Academic and Student Affairs to gather before the launch of the 2016 CLDE Meeting. This reception is hosted by ADP, TDC, and NASPA staff as a space for our executive members to share in dialogue with our plenary speaker over appetizers to kick off the 2016 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting.
2 - 2:30 p.m.
CLDE Meeting Orientation (open to all; especially for first-time meeting attendees)
Intended Audience: All attendees, particularly those new to ADP, TDC, NASPA and/or the CLDE Meeting
ADP, TDC and NASPA share a commitment to fulfilling higher education’s potential as an incubator of democratic values and practices. In the words of the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagements’ call in A Crucible Moment, “If … we seek a democratic society in which the public welfare matters as much as individual welfare, and in which global welfare matters along with national welfare, then education must play its influential part to bring such a society into being.” We recognize that responding to this call requires sustained, collective effort to transform colleges and universities so that commitments to democratic inquiry, engagement, and relationships become embedded throughout our institutions. To learn more about how to navigate the 2016 CLDE meeting, attend this session hosted by the 2016 CLDE Meeting Planning Committee.
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CivEd Talks are dynamic, short, and quick-paced presentations by members of the civic learning and democratic engagement community intended to inspire and challenge our collective imagination and thinking. Stories shared in this format should reflect the individual’s genuine experience with and relevant knowledge of their selected topic. Each of the here CivEd Talks presented will actively engage participants in stretching our thinking and motivating us to action as we return to our campuses and communities following the meeting.
Join us for an opening plenary session that asks you to envisioning the work of our CLDE movement in higher education and consider how you can help us move the needle on democratic engagement on campus, in your communities, and in our civil society.
- Connecting the Dots – Why We Need to Care about Civic Learning on and Off of College Campuses
What would it be like if college-based civic and political learning takes into account what students are learning before they enter college? What would it be like to build a cohesive learning theory of civic learning and engagement within local and regional communities? This talk will ask us to think beyond our campus boundaries by pointing to the value of building a cohesive set of learning activities, objectives, along the developmental continuum. Together we can engage the entire community surrounding each campus in building a generation of youth and students who start learning how to become engaged citizen have important long-term consequences.Speaker: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director of CIRCLE, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University
- A Brief History of U.S. Democracy, 2016-2046
What can we achieve together in the next 30 years if people in higher education concerned about civic learning and democratic engagement pull together to move an ambitious collective agenda forward? Building on experiences fostering democratic culture at his own institution, David Hoffman will take a “retrospective” look at a future history we can create together.Speaker: David Hoffman, Assistant Director of Student Life for Civic Agency, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception and Poster Session/Campus & Friends Showcase
Friday, June 3
7:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Politically Speaking, Indianapolis Edition: Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights in Indiana
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: Elizabeth A. Bennion, Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Political Science, Indiana University South Bend and Host, Politically Speaking, WNIT Television, http://www.wnit.org/politicallyspeaking
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
General Interest, Roundtable and i3 Conversation Sessions
Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Democracy Plaza Tour at IUPUI
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.
Note: Walking tour will meet depart the hotel lobby at 5:15 p.m. with the program starting at 5:40 p.m. in IUPUI’s nearby Democracy Plaza. This approximately 20 minute walk from the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott to the IUPUI Democracy Plaza. You will travel down West Washington Avenue, past the Elijorg Museum, along the Indianapolis canal through Military Park. Once you happen upon the Cultural Trail you will be inches from IUPUI’s campus. You’ll walk through a portion of the campus past the Library and the raised gardens, at which point the Democracy Plaza will be on your left.
Organizer: H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, at Campus Compact of Indiana and Assessment Specialist In Community Engagement at IUPUI
Dinner on your own — Indy Food trucks will be on hand at Democracy Plaza, if you want to try a taste of Indy!
Saturday, June 4
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
8:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Fostering Campus Climates for Political Learning & Engagement
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 L. Thomas, Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University (Mass.)
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Noon - 4 p.m.
ADP Steering Committee Meeting & Planning Retreat (ADP Steering Committee Members only)
Noon - 4 p.m.
TDC Steering Committee Meeting & Planning Retreat (TDC Steering Committee Members only)
Registration Fee includes all program sessions and materials; reception on Thursday; and breakfasts on Friday and Saturday.
Note: Earlybird registration fees are good through April 25, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Regular registration fees are good through May 30, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. After May 30th, a $50 late fee will apply to the regular registration fees. Please register early to help us best plan this conference!
Individual Fee: $525 early-bird / $595 regular
Register as an individual if only one person from your ADP/TDC/NASPA campus is attending.
Team Member Registration Fee: $465 early-bird / $545 regular
If more than one person from your ADP/TDC/NASPA campus is attending the meeting, you may use the Team Member Registration Fee.
Student Registration Fee: $350
Registration rate for undergraduate and full-time graduate students at AASCU/ADP/TDC/NASPA colleges and universities.
Non-Member Registration Fee: $625 early-bird / $725 regular
Register as a non-member if you or your organization is not AASCU/ADP/TDC/NASPA institutional members.
Guest Registration Fee: $95
Only registered attendees can register a guest. A guest is considered someone who will NOT be participating in the program, but will be attending the opening reception on Thursday and breakfast on Friday. If you are bringing an individual from your campus you will want to select the Team Registration.
Registration Fees - Pre-conference Institutes
How to Register
Please select among the three options below:
You may also email Felicia Durham or call (202) 478-4673 to register for this meeting.
Membership status in ADP and TDC are based upon institutional memberships.
Registration for NASPA members is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional NASPA member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. If your institution is NOT a NASPA member, then you will may join at the associate affiliate rate of (TBD). For more information regarding membership status, call the NASPA Office at 202-265-7500.
Not sure if your campus is a member of ADP or TDC? Not sure if you are a member of NASPA? Click on the below links and find out!
APD Members (Visitwww.aascu.org/programs/adp/participantsbystate/)
TDC Members (Visit thedemocracycommitment.org/tdc-membership/member-institutions/)
NASPA Members (Visitwww.naspa.org/about/membership/institutions)
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 W. Maryland Street
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. 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.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Cancellation Fee: $150
If you must cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund if the cancellation is before 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 25th. There will be a $150 cancellation fee after that date. Special circumstances will be handled on an individual basis. Guest meals should be cancelled by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, May 27th for a full refund; no refund is available after that date.