2014 ADP/TDC Civic Summit: Realizing the Civic Mission of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

ADP TDC 2014 - Minnesota Summit Meeting

Sunday, September 28, 2014 to Monday, September 29, 2014
Atwood Memorial Center, St. Cloud State University

A summit co-organized by AASCU’s American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment, Minnesota Campus Compact, and St. Cloud State University and sponsored by Hobsons.

Ten years ago, Minnesota Campus Compact and St. Cloud State University hosted one of the first regional ADP meetings. Today, civic engagement is more widely recognized as a strategy for supporting students’ academic success and preparation for work, life, and citizenship. Yet our leaders still seek deeper integration of civic engagement into the student experience and campus culture, as well as clearer communications on the public and educational value of civic work.

Participation is open to anyone interested, including faculty, staff, students, administrators and community partners.

About the Conference

Attend this summit with colleagues from Minnesota state colleges and universities to:

  • hear from national and local leaders, including George Mehaffy, Vice President for Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities;
  • share your own experience, knowledge, questions, and results;
  • start building connections across the MnSCU system to advance civic work and learning;
  • define next steps for your campus, with colleagues’ feedback; and
  • increase your awareness of resources and initiatives available through state and national networks.

While we encourage participants to come as part of an institutional team, individual campus representatives are also welcome.

For logistical (e.g., hotel accommodations, registration), please contact:
Jill M. Gately
Manager, ALC Meetings and Outreach Programs
(202) 478-4668
For  programmatic questions, please contact:
Julie Plaut
(612) 436-2081 

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Optional networking dinner

Monday, September 29, 2014

8 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.     
Opening Plenary: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities as Stewards of Place
Moderator:  Julie Plaut, Executive Director, Minnesota Campus Compact
Presenters:  LindseyGunnerson, President, Student Government Association, St. Cloud State University
Felicia Hamilton, Student, Community Development, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
George L. Mehaffy, Vice President for Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
John O’Brien, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Earl Potter, President, St. Cloud State University

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.     

Breakout Sessions

Turning Jobs into Public Work 
Six schools – Augsburg College, Century College, Hamline University, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and Saint Paul College – partnered with the Kettering Foundation to create a new national conversation, “Linked Futures,” on colleges and the changing world of work. This workshop will focus on one of the topics, work “that pays and matters” like citizen teachers, citizen nurses, citizen entrepreneur. Participants will be able to launch ongoing conversations in their communities. 
Presenters:  Ron Anderson, President, Century College
Lena Jones, Faculty, Political Science, Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Engaging Alumni as Doers, Not Just Donors
This session will provide an overview of Citizen Alum, a national initiative that invites alums to become allies in higher education’s public mission. Participating campuses create teams of faculty, administrators, and staff from alumni relations, advancement, career services, and community engagement, which begin with a “listening project." At Metropolitan State University, writing students interviewed alums who are active in solving public problems. Drawing on this example and others, participants will explore ways to support and engage the important work of citizen-alums on their campuses.
Jodi Bantley, Community Engagement Coordinator: Civic and Community-Based Learning, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Metropolitan State University;
Danielle Hinrichs, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Composition, Metropolitan State University, and Chair, Citizen Alum Task Force on Intergenerational Learning for College Students;
David Weerts, Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, and Director of the Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education, University of Minnesota

Organizing Effectively on Campus to Advance CivicEngagement
This session will present best practices, tips and suggestions for organizing students in civic engagement on campus. In addition, it will include a facilitated discussion and provide everyone with an opportunity to learn from each other and share success stories, experiences and challenges. 
Neil Aasve, Director of Campus Organizing, Minnesota State University Student Association

Measuringand Improving Campus and Community Civic Health
Kara Lindaman, Professor of Political Science/Publication Administration and American Democracy Project Coordinator, Winona State University
Kristi Tate, Partnership Development Director for Civic Health Initiative partnerships, NCoC (National Conference on Citizenship)

11:45 a.m . - 12:30 p.m.    

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Breakout Sessions

CreatingCivic Pathways for Student Success
Since the 2011 launch of TDC as a two-year college sister organization to ADP, many TDC and ADP members have partnered to create a civic pipeline relationship. Because 50% of AASCU students transfer from community colleges, this is an important effort to sustain democratic learning and engagement work. In this session, participants learn about some examples of two-year/four-year civic pathways, how such partnerships foster student preparedness and success, and then discuss how best participants can create similar partnerships throughout Minnesota. 
JenniferDomagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project, AASCU;
Stephanie South, National Coordinator, The Democracy Commitment

Economic Development Partnerships
In addition to preparing students for work, state colleges and universities can contribute to the economic vitality of their regions through a variety of institutional partnerships, including training and microloans for aspiring entrepreneurs, joint land-use/facilities planning and development, and community-based research, as well as local purchasing and other operational choices. Participants in this session will discuss examples of existing partnerships, the broader rationale for considering economic development part of a campus’ civic mission, and strategies for building on successes (and learning from mistakes or challenges).  
Presenter:  Earl Potter, President, St. Cloud State University

CivicEngagement in the Arts and Humanities 
At their very best, art, music, dance, performance, storytelling, literature, and design can invite and challenge the public to think critically and differently about how communities might live well together. In this session, participants will identify how the arts and humanities intersect civic life by engaging difficult and enduring questions--questions that invite public debate and dialogue.  And they will explore how their strategies and practices foster student learning opportunities and robust collaborations between communities, colleges and universities.
Keith Christensen, Professor in the Department of Art; Tracy Ore, Chair of the Department of Social Work, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Coordinator of the Community Garden; Geoffrey Tabakin, Professor in the Department of Academic Support and Honors Program; and Jennifer Tuder, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, St. Cloud State University—all from St. Cloud State University

AddressingInequality in Communities and Among Students
Join a team affiliated with Normandale Community College for a conversation on how MnSCU institutions can impact student and community inequality, with a primary focus on economic inequality. There will be brief opening comments by the presenters, including faculty research on student inequality and a nonprofit’s partnership to run the Campus Cupboard food pantry, as well as students’ perspectives. Discussion will focus on larger issues of interest to participants, e.g., how MnSCU institutions can best support students’ basic needs, how college students and community members can tackle systemic issues, and how colleges can make community engagement accessible to students of a variety of economic backgrounds. 
Presenters: Shawn Morrison, Executive Director, Good in the ‘Hood;
JackNorton, Professor of History, Normandale Community College;
Melissa Ratliff, Student Worker, Campus Cupboard, Normandale Community College; 
Brian Rose, Leadership Through Service Student Co-Leader, Campus Cupboard, Normandale Community College;
, Lead Experiential Education Coordinator, Normandale Community College

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.    
Breakout sessions

eCitizenship:Using New Tools and Strategies for Engagement
How do social media and other emerging technologies support and facilitate civic engagement? Explore how college campuses can effectively support engagement that leverages information and communications technologies to improve local communities. Join this conversation about using technologies to make a real difference not only in political activities, but also to support a variety of social change strategies outlined in Minnesota Campus Compact's Social Change Wheel. Take away ideas that you can start using immediately. 
Presenters: Steven Clift, Ashoka Fellow, founder of E-Democracy.Org, DoWire.Org, named a White House Champion of Change for Open Government in 2013; and John Hamerlinck, Associate Director of Minnesota Campus Compact, leader of MNCC's Center for Digital CivicEngagement

Partnering with K-12 Schools for Improved Educational Outcomes
Preparing learners for college success, and fostering skills development for lives of engaged citizenship requires effort that begins long before students are enrolled in our institutions. In this session, participants will learn about effective strategies for K-12 collaboration being pursued at that the institutional and system level which result in improved educational outcomes, generate learning opportunities for college students, and leverage authentic partnerships to achieve systems change.
Presenters: Alli Iverson, Student, St. Cloud State University
Sue Jenkins, District Academic Coach, Rocori School District
Robert Johnson, Professor of Ethnic Studies, Director of Pre-College Pipeline Programs, and Principal Investigator on the Access and Opportunity Project, St. Cloud State University
Eddah Mutua-Kombo, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of Communicating Common Ground, St. Cloud State University
Alli Nepsund, Student, St. Cloud State University
Andrea Preppernau, Assistant Director of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment, St. Cloud Area School District
Evelyn Rolloff, Associate Director, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Metropolitan State University

Engagingwith Global Challenges
For the past eight years, the ADP Global Engagement Initiative has worked to empower college and university students and faculty to effectively address the key global challenges we face, including population, resources, inequality, and conflict. This session will provide an overview of these global challenges and describe the Initiative's efforts to educate globally competent students, including a national blended learning course, a faculty toolkit, an ebook, and professional development workshops.
Presenters: Dennis Falk, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Social Work and AASCU Global Engagement Scholar and William E. Payne, Dean, School of Fine Arts, and AASCU Global Engagement Scholar, University of Minnesota Duluth

SupportingFaculty Development and Engagement
This session will serve as a space for faculty and administrators to think and learn together about how to best support and advance faculty development and engagement in higher education’s civic mission through their teaching, research and service. Presenters will share national and Minnesota-wide contexts and resources and participants will learn about innovative efforts by faculty at Minnesota State University, Mankato that hold possibilities and lessons for us all.
Presenters: JenniferDomagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project, AASCU
Patricia Hoffman, Director of the Center for Excellence and Innovation and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and TeresaKruizenga, Faculty, K-12 and Secondary Programs, Minnesota State University, Mankato;
LyndaMilne, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, MnSCU

2:45 p.m. - 3 p.m.

3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Team/Small-Group debrief and discussion

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Concluding reflections and wrap up

Fees top

$75 Individual
$65 Team Rate (per person for campus teams of two or more)
$20 for Optional Networking Dinner on Sunday evening

Registration Information top

There are three options to register:

Accommodations top

Grand Stay
213 6th Avenue South
St Cloud MN 56301
Phone (320) 251-5400
- Check-in 3 p.m.
- Checkout 11 a.m.
The special conference rate is $99 for a one bedroom suite plus 15.01% tax (current tax rate may change).
A two bedroom suite is $109 plus 15.01% tax (current tax rate may change). There are only five of these two-bedroom suites reserved for conference attendees. Once they are gone, no more can be added to the inventory. Each bedroom is private. 
To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Thursday, August 28, 2014.
To reserve a room at the conference rate at this hotel, please call The Grand Stay at (320) 251-5400 by Thursday, August 28, 2014  and refer the  Group Name “ADP/TDC Regional Meeting at SCSU.”

UPDATE:  The $99 rate is still being offered at the hotel under the Group Name "St. Cloud State."  The discounted room rate will be offered up until the meeting dates as long as the hotel has the availability.

There is free Wi-Fi and parking available at this hotel. Hotel guests will be transported by bus over to the campus (less than two miles away) for Monday’s program.

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellation Fee: $50
If you must cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund if the cancellation is before 5 p.m. EST on Monday, September 23rd. There will be a $50 cancellation fee after that date. Special circumstances will be handled on an individual basis.


  • Felicia DurhamStaff Associate, Academic Leadership and Changedurhamf@aascu.org(202) 478-4673


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