2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting

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Thursday, June 4, 2015 to Saturday, June 6, 2015
New Orleans Marriott • New Orleans, Louisiana

“Stewardship of Place: A Civic Mission of Higher Education”
Exciting collaborations are happening in 2015! This June, the ADP, TDC and NASPA communities will partner to strengthen and deepen 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 engagement work. This meeting will consist of outstanding plenary sessions, informative concurrent and featured sessions, engaging teaching demonstrations, and interactive workshops and I3 (Information, Ideas, and Innovation) conversations.

Please Note the Meeting Pattern for 2015!
The meeting begins for all attendees in the early morning of Thursday, June 4th and ends on Saturday, June 6 at 2:30 p.m. Please plan on arriving in New Orleans on Wednesday, June 3rd. Pre-registration will take place at the conference hotel on Wednesday, June 3rd from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.  You can plan to depart New Orleans on Saturday in the late afternoon, after our Plenary Lunch with Danielle Allen, but the conference hotel rate will extended until Sunday for those who would like to stay longer.  

Meeting Theme

Each year we choose a meeting theme around which a variety of speakers and sessions are dedicated. Please note, however, that while we seek proposals that address the meeting theme, we also welcome all proposals related to broader civic learning and democratic engagement topics. 

The 2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting theme is Stewardship of Place: A Civic Mission of Higher Education.

Higher education has a number of distinct yet overlapping civic missions, including: creating informed, engaged citizens; engaging in research on topics such as civic learning and development; serving as spaces for democratic dialogue and deliberation; and identifying and addressing community needs in partnership with other community members and organization.

Each of these civic missions involves the “place” where our institutions operate, and our meeting theme this year focuses on how place and civic learning and democratic engagement are intertwined. The ADP, TDC and NASPA Content Advisory Committee seeks program proposals answering the following questions:

The Stewardship of Place – A Civic Mission of Higher Education 
  • What role does place play in both public and private higher education
  • How are our institutions involved in the multi-layered communities in which they are situated
  • How are our colleges and communities dependent on each other through shared institutional/community events and spaces
  • What does it mean to act as stewards of these places, in teaching, research and service
  • How do we teach students to serve as stewards of their current and future communities?
Partnerships between Academic and Student Affairs
  • How do academic and student affairs colleagues partner and collaborate to support student learning through civic engagement
  • What are best practices for academic and student affairs to take co-ownership in advancing students’ civic learning?
  • What are the necessary components of an effective working relationship across the college or university?
Civic Pathways
  • How is your institution helping to forge civic pathways for students
  • What are ways in which we can foster and build more coherent civic learning and engagement experiences for students on campus and for those looking to transfer from community college to a college or university?
  • What are best practices for this work?
Engaging Diverse Students
  • How are students, particularly diverse students, included in the civic life of their campus and community?
  • For post-traditional populations, (commuter, first generation, adult, part-time, low-income students) how does your institutional programming intentionally provide civic learning and democratic engagement opportunities? 
Developing Community Partnerships
  • How are community partnerships developed, nurtured and maintained?  Is there a system in place to recognize these relationships and measure the impact on students, campus, and community
  • How are community partners and voices involved with the institutional decision- making, student learning outcomes and defining needs?  What are ways to ensure that campus-community partnerships are not “mutually beneficial” in name only
  • What challenges do institutions and community partners face in educating students for citizenship?
Assessment of Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
  • How does one write institutional, academic, departmental and activity level learning outcomes related to CLDE
  • What are the different data techniques and methods used to measure learning outcomes related to CLDE?
  • What are the best and most effective ways to develop, collect, analyze and act upon evidence of student learning and persistence?

As we come together in June 2015 in New Orleans, we cannot think of a better location in which to explore this definition and focus on our work collectively and in alignment with this civic mission. The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education share a deep commitment to ensuring that our institutions and our students are thoughtfully and meaningfully engaged in our often overlapping communities. As we join the people of New Orleans in commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the 50th anniversary of the Higher Education Act, we will explore our individual and institutional responsibilities and contributions to our democracy both in New Orleans and in the communities in which our institutions reside.

Join us in New Orleans as we consider the meaning of place in higher education and our role(s) as stewards of the spaces and places with which our campuses are so deeply entwined. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now CLOSED. 

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Contact Us

For logistical (e.g., hotel accommodations, audio-visual needs) questions about the ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting, please contact: 
Jill M. Gately
Meetings Manager
gatelyj@aascu.org | (202) 478-4668

For ADP programmatic questions, please contact: 
Jen Domagal-Goldman
National Manager, American Democracy Project 
domagalj@aascu.org | (202) 478-7833

For TDC programmatic questions, please contact: 
Gabriel Arteaga
Interim National Manager, The Democracy Commitment 
arteagag@aascu.org | (202) 478-4675

For NASPA programmatic questions, please contact: 
Stephanie Gordon
Vice President for Professional Development, NASPA
sgordon@naspa.org | (202) 719-1166

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Wednesday, June 3

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Blended-Learning Scholars Meeting (by invitation)

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Voter Engagement Symposium, hosted by TurboVote

Free of charge.  Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to this event when you register for the CLDE meeting. 

Institutions of higher education play a critical role in developing the next generation of engaged citizens. This symposium will cover everything you need to know about fostering student involvement in elections, including: the role that voter engagement can play in integrated learning and interdisciplinary initiatives; how civic technology is causing a paradigm shift in democratic practice; and voter engagement trends on campuses across the country. It will include panel discussions, trainings and other interactive sessions focused on cross-campus collaboration, community outreach, grassroots mobilization, and the role of civic technology in 21st century citizenship. All sessions will provide TurboVote partner institutions with an opportunity to share leading practices for maintaining an informed, civically-engaged student population.

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative Advisory Council Meeting (by invitation)

Thursday, June 4

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast on own

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
NASPA LEAD Institutions Breakfast and Workshop (for NASPA LEAD campuses)

9 a.m. –11:30 a.m. 
ADP Organizing Meeting (All ADP Participants encouraged to attend; includes ADP awards presentations)

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
TDC Organizing Meeting

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch on Own

11:45 a.m. –  1:45 p.m.
ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative Lunch (by invitation)

2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Stewardship of Place: A Civic Mission of Higher Education
Colleges and universities can help bridge the divides of today’s paradoxical social landscape, spaces in which technology can make us more connected than ever, but social relations in many dimensions are fractured, contested, disconnected, and polarized. For higher education institutions to have a responsible relationship to place, our next generation and our democracy, we must embrace our role as anchor institutions in our communities and learn how to dialogue across difference, fully reward our faculty, and value engaged education for democracy.
Presenter:  Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University Newark (N.J.) 

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Common Good: NEH’s Initiative on the Humanities in the Public Square
The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square is a new agency-wide initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) designed to demonstrate the critical role humanities scholarship can play in our public life. Through NEH’s traditional grant-making programs and several special initiatives The Common Good will encourage humanities scholars to turn their attentions to topics that have widespread resonance with the American people and that lend themselves to the methods and concerns of the humanities. More information on The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square initiative is available at the NEH website at: www.neh.gov/commongood
Presenter:  William "Bro" Adams, Chairperson, National Endowment for the Humanities

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Networking Reception and Poster Session/Campus & Friends Showcase

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Screening of the NEH documentary film "Freedom Summer"

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Student Workshop & Meetup:  Free 2-ition

Friday, June 5

7:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

8 a.m. – 9 a.m. 
Breakfast Sessions

9:10 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. 

Making Collaboration Happen: Forging Partnerships Between Academic and Student Affairs for Democratic Student Engagement
We often segment our colleges and universities into divisions of academic affairs and student affairs. But the lives of students are not so neatly divided, and neither are the communities with which our campuses engage. In this plenary session, we will explore the possibilities for deeper and more effective collaboration between academic affairs and student affairs to facilitate civic learning and democratic engagement. We will also consider the barriers--both structural and attitudinal--to partnerships involving student affairs and academic affairs, and we will discuss strategies, approaches, and models for moving beyond those barriers in the service of our goals for our students, our institutions, our communities, and our democracy.
Moderator:   Andrew J. Seligsohn, President, Campus Compact (moderator) 
Reva Curry
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Delta Community College (Mich.) 
Vincent Ilustre
, Senior Director of Development, Regional Program, Tulane University (La.)
Frank E. Ross, Vice President for Student Affairs and Professor of Educational Leadership and Development, Northeastern Illinois University 

10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
General Interest, Roundtable and i3 Conversation Sessions

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own

11:35 a.m. – 1 p.m.
TDC Steering Committee Working Lunch Meeting (by invitation)

11:35 a.m. - 1 p.m.
AASCU National Blended Course Consortium Coordinators Working Lunch Meeting (by invitation)

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Showcase Sessions

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Showcase Sessions

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
eJournal of Public Affairs Editorial Board meeting (invitation only)

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
i3 Conversations, Showcase Sessions, Times Talk

3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Showcase and General Interest Sessions

3:40 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
General Interest Sessions and Roundtable Discussions

4:20 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
General Interest Sessions

5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Learning through Listening:  Performance and Story Circles as Instruments for Community and Cultural Change

Based around performed excerpts of two locally-developed theater productions that engage issues of education and equity, this plenary session focuses on creating campus and community collaborations that honor cultural practices and traditions of pedagogy and justice.

“Thirteen Lessons” is a story-theater work presented in episodes which are taken from oral histories and first-person testimonials of individuals caught in circumstances of illiteracy and others committed to working to help them obtain improved literacy skills. This play was developed in collaboration by Ashé Cultural Arts Center and the Loyola University (La.) Lindy Boggs’ National Center for Community Literacy.

“Lockdown” paints a vivid picture of charter schools in post-Katrina New Orleans, La., staffed by well-meaning, but overwhelmed outsiders who reject youth for discipline violations when what the students need is support and understanding.

In each performance, stewardship of place is at the forefront in both the content and in the development of its writing. The plays were developed through Story Circle methodology—a group facilitation process built around narrative and personal experience with longstanding traditions in African and African American cultural practices and community theater histories.


Following the productions, Bebelle and Bush will moderate a conference-wide Story Circle, asking participants to reflect and engage with both New Orleans and their own campus-community partnerships.

Carol Bebelle,
Co-founder & Executive Director, Ashé Cultural Arts Center (La.)
Adam Bush, Provost, College Unbound

Saturday, June 6

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative Breakfast (RSVP Required, Economic Inequality Initiative coordinators, no additional charge) 

8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Showcase Sessions

8:40 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.
Teaching Demo and Showcase Sessions

8:40 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

9:35 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Teaching Demos and General Interest Sessions

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Showcase Sessions

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
General Interest Sessions, i3 Conversations and Roundtable Discussions

11:25 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Showcase Sessions

Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Showcase Sessions

12:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality
In just 1,337 words, the Declaration of Independence altered the course of history. Written in 1776, it is the most profound document in the history of government since the Magna Carta, signed nearly 800 years ago in 1215. Yet despite its paramount importance, the Declaration, curiously, is rarely read from start to finish—much less understood. In this talk, Danielle Allen dives into the history of democracy through the framework of the Declaration. She presents the text as a coherent and riveting argument about equality: an animating force that could and did transform the course of our everyday lives. Challenging so much of our conventional political wisdom, she boldly makes the case that we cannot have freedom as individuals without equality among us as a people. With cogent analysis and passionate advocacy, this talk thrillingly affirms the enduring significance of America’s founding text, ultimately revealing what democracy actually means and what it asks of us. 
Danielle Allen
 Political Philosopher and Author of Our Declaration

2:30 p.m.

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
ADP Steering Committee Meeting

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Registration Fee includes all program sessions and materials; reception on Thursday; breakfast on Friday; and lunch on Saturday. 

Individual Fee: 
Register as an individual if only one person from your ADP/TDC/NASPA campus is attending. 

Team Member Registration Fee: 
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: 
Registration rate for undergraduate and full-time graduate students at AASCU/ADP/TDC/NASPA colleges and universities.  

Non-Member Registration Fee: 
Register as a non-member if you or your organization is not AASCU/ADP/TDC/NASPA institutional members.

Guest Registration Fee: 
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:

  • Individual Fee: $595
  • Team Member Registration Fee: $545
  • Student Registration Fee: $395 (the student rate is not subject to an increase after April 28th) 
  • Non-Member Registration Fee: $725
  • Guest Registration Fee: $95

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How to Register
Please select among the three options below:

Register Online
NOTE: Please click this LOGIN HELP if you have trouble using the online registration form.

Register via the downloadable registration form, to be mailed or faxed in.
Download registration form (pdf)

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 $242. 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 (Visit www.aascu.org/programs/adp/participantsbystate/)
TDC Members (Visit thedemocracycommitment.org/tdc-membership/member-institutions/)
NASPA Members (Visit www.naspa.org/about/membership/institutions

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New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-2349 
Phone: 504-581-1000 
Toll-free: 1-888-364-1200 

Room Rate
The special conference rate is $169 for a single/double/triple/quad room plus currently 13% plus additional $3.00 per night occupancy tax.

To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Wednesday May 13, 2015.
Please book in the room block to receive complimentary Wi-Fi in your guest room. If you book outside of the block you will not receive complimentary guest-room Wi-Fi.  Complimentary Wi-Fi will be providing Wi-Fi in the meeting space as well. 

Note: Beginning January 1, all Marriott Rewards members will receive complimentary Guest Room Wi-Fi in their rooms at any Marriott.  If you haven’t signed up for Marriott Rewards, sign up here       

Book your room online

Check- in time is 4 p.m. 
Check-out time is 11 a.m.

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit, or guaranteed with a major credit card. Any reservation canceled within (24) hours of the arrival date, will be charged for one (1) night’s room and tax. 

Transportation and Parking
You will want to fly in to Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY).  The hotel is 13 miles from the airport. Taxi fare is approximately $33 one way from the airport to the hotel. You can visit the MSY web site to book a shuttle.  Shuttles are $20 one way.  

Public Transit:
The Airport-Downtown Express (E-2) Bus picks up outside airport Entrance #7 on the upper level.  The fare for Airport-Downtown Express (E-2) is $2.00. The fare boxes will accept $1, $5, $10, $20 dollar bills and all U.S. coins.  The Airport-Downtown Express (E-2) provides service from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Kenner, down Airline Drive into New Orleans, which takes approximately 50 minutes. The Airport bus stop is on the second level of the Airport in the outer lanes at Door 7.  

For more information on public transit in the area, visit the Jefferson Transit website, or the RTA website

Valet parking at the hotel is 38 USD daily.  One vehicle per room, no vehicles taller than 5 ft 9 in, limited onsite availability during special events and weekends.  For more transportation information, go to https://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/msyla-new-orleans-marriott


Cancellation & Refund Policytop

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 27th.  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.


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


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