By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU

Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.

Reason #8? The eCitizenship Strand!

Throughout the conference, you’ll notice an emphasis on eCitizenship and how social media and other technologies can help bolster on-the-ground, in-person community organizing, activism and engagement. We’ll be using #ADPTDC14 to discuss meeting themes on Twitter (make sure to follow @ADPaascu and @TDCnational) and are thrilled that Clemson University’s Social Media Listening Center (SMLC) will be providing live analysis of the social media surrounding this national gathering of two-year and four-year folks committed to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement.

You can learn more about eCitizenship via the themed (eC) sessions below and read more about Clemson’s SMLC on the ADP National Blog here . We covered the eCitizenship-themed plenary #Online: Democracy Gone Digital earlier in our #LovinLouisville series (if you missed it, you can read about it here). You can also learn more about the eCitizenship Initiative, one of ADP’s civic engagement in action national initiatives in collaboration with Wayne State University’s (Mich.) Center for the Study of Citizenship on the ADP website here.

(eC) eCitizenship-themed Sessions to Note:

Friday, June 6

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast Sessions and Meetings

Salon I
(eC) Breakfast Session: Smart, Digital Organizing for Coordinated & Powerful Civic Engagement (open to all)           

To leverage the power of new digital tools and take civic engagement and community organizing efforts online, a new approach to organizing is essential. Learn how to leverage key principles of digital organizing to build and scale effective campus and civic community engagement efforts.
Presenter:  Hilary Doe, Director of Business Development, NationBuilder

 Salon II
Breakfast Session:  Connecting your Campus Community through Service—How to Leverage Social Media to Achieve Your Civic Engagement Goals (open to all)
Chances are, thousands of students and alumni are performing volunteer work on your campus, but those hours are going unreported. GiveGab, the Social Network for Volunteers, enables schools and their community partners to collaborate online to recruit and manage volunteers. Learn how GiveGab focuses on community to expand and promote your civic efforts.
Presenters:  Jed Shireman, Development Executive, Higher Ed; and Tonyehn Verkitus, Executive Director of Community Citizenship, GiveGab

 Salon IX
(eC) (Pol) Breakfast Session:  Introducing TurboVote (open to all)
This session introduces participants to TurboVote, an online voter engagement platform, and outlines an exciting new partnership between AASCU, NASPA and TurboVote. TurboVote staff reviews the technical nuts and bolts of the system and answer questions about how it works and best practices for implementation.
Presenters:  Sam Novey, Director of Partnerships and Adrienne Lever, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, TurboVote
Vilma Fuentes, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Cody Patton, Student Government Director of External Affairs, Santa Fe College (Fla.)
Samantha Figueroa, SGA Director of Civic Engagement, Towson University (Md.)

 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Ballroom X and VI
#Online: Democracy Gone Digital
We carry the Internet in our pockets, and it has changed the way we work, shop, play and interact with each other. It’s also changing the way we teach and learn as well as how we organize and mobilize for or against the causes we care about. But are the connections and communities we build online authentic? Can anything worth saying be said in 140 characters? Does online activism actually start revolutions? What does it mean to be an eCitizen? What are our responsibilities in these new public spaces? And how can we harness the power of emergent technologies to advance civic learning and engagement efforts on our campuses? Join us for a moderated conversation about a world online and how we share within and shape it.
Moderator:  Mike Stout, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Missouri State University
Presenters:  Lauren Bird, Spokesperson & Digital Content Strategist at the Harry Potter Alliance
Suey Park, Writer, Comedian and Activist
Student Respondent:  Monica Bustinza, Student, Miami Dade College (Fla.)


10:15 a.m.  – 11 a.m.
Featured Sessions

Salon III
(eC) Featured Session
Clemson University’s Social Media Listening Center: Exploring Avenues for Connection, Collaboration and Assessment
This session explores Clemson University’s Social Media Listening Center (SMLC) as an avenue to promote and assess civic engagement via social media.
Presenters:  Joseph P. Mazer, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Director, Social Media Listening Center; and Brandon Boatwright, Lecturer and Assistant Director, Social Media Listening Center, Clemson University (S.C.)

Salon IX
(eC) (Stu) Featured Session
Dumbledore’s Army: Now Recruiting
The Harry Potter Alliance uses popular culture to empower fans to be like the heroes they read about. Using the power of story, the HPA educates and mobilizes non-traditional activists towards social justice. Come learn how fan activism works and how you can become a member of Dumbledore’s Army.
Presenter:  Lauren Bird, Spokesperson, Harry Potter Alliance

 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Ballroom V and VI
(eC) Roundtable Discussion:  Academic Freedom and Free Speech—Not in Kansas with the Regents’ new Social Media Policy
If I use social media to post this, I risk suspension or even termination as a tenured professor at a Kansas Regents’ university if it impairs “harmony among co-workers” among several other things.  The Kansas Board of Regents newly enacted social media policy may have a chilling effect on eCitizenship.  Join this roundtable to discuss similar challenges in your state.
Presenter:  Rob Catlett, Director, Centers for Economic Education and Community Research, Emporia State University (Kan.)

Salon VII
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
(eC) Social Media 101 (open to all)
#ADPTDC14 attendees, need the 411 on how to be an #eCitizen who engages digitally in the Twitterverse? If these words sound like Greek to you, join us for this brief but informative crash course on today’s hottest social media channels, what is trending, and what you need to know to effectively engage online. Digital novices welcome!
Presenter: Stephanie South, National Coordinator, The Democracy Commitment


2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.
(Stu) (CL) (eC) Lightning Round: Variety
Moderator:  Leah Jacobs, Program Advisor, Grants Resource Center, AASCU

Saturday, June 7
9:45 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.
Salon III
(eC) (CL) Teaching Demonstration
Online Pathways to Community-Engaged Leadership: Preparing Students to Understand the Purposes and Processes of Democratic Engagement             
Colleges and universities are now facing increased pressures to deliver courses online. This theoretically informed and practice focused session highlights basic strategies to integrate service-learning teaching methods into online courses that adhere to the principles of community engagement and embody the methods of democratic engagement.
Presenter:  Brandon W. Kliewer, Assistant Professor of Civic Engagement & Director of Community-Engaged Scholarship, Florida Gulf Coast University & Points of Light

10:35 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Salon I
(eC) (CP) Teaching Demonstration
Creating Civic Pathways through eService-learning
Have you ever wondered how to take that wonderful service-learning you do in face to face class and use it online?  Come and learn about eService-learning, the ways you can incorporate it into your class, tools you need and how to get your community partner involved.
Presenter:  Kathy Nordyke, Director, Service Learning, Missouri State University

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Salon VIII
(eC) (Pol) Mini-Featured Session:
Tweet Up: Watching the State of the Union Address
Multiple ADP and TDC institutions were involved in a State of the Union National Tweet Up, a live political discussion via Twitter. Students from these institutions had a lively national conversation about the speech. Hear how to conduct a Tweet Up as well as data analysis of the conversation.
Presenters:  Leah A Murray, Associate Professor of Political Science; Faculty in Residence of the Center for Community Engaged Learning, Weber State University (Utah)
Steve Hunt, Professor, School of Communication, Illinois State University

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closing Plenary
Ballroom V and VI
Social Media Listening Center Findings
Presenters:  Joseph P. Mazer, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Director, Social Media Listening Center; and Brandon Boatwright, Lecturer and Assistant Director, Social Media Listening Center, Clemson University (S.C.)

You can download a PDF containing all of the (eC) eCitizenship-themed sessions here.

Posted in #ADPTDC14 Update on May 29, 2014