The 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE17) is a conference designed around an emergent theory of change adapted from elements of the
2012 Crucible Moment report. Like this report, the CLDE17 conference invites participants to consider what does a civic-minded campus look like? To this end, several threads within the civic engagement movement will be considered including: how to build campus cultures and contexts that foster:
- civic ethos,
- civic literacy and skill building,
- civic inquiry,
- civic action, and
- civic agency
These threads and others will be revisited in plenary and concurrent sessions that ask participants to deepen their thinking with an eye toward institutional change and action aimed at systematically enhancing civic learning and democratic engagement in higher education. Participants will be engaged throughout the meeting in helping to refine and define our emergent theory of change as we consider together how to move our work forward.
Participants will have opportunities to network and develop their civic-minded thinking and practices through engaging plenary sessions, informative general interest sessions, interactive workshops, research and program-based poster sessions, roundtable discussions as well as in working groups and in informal expert led forums.
The meeting begins for all attendees in the early morning of Thursday, June 8th and ends on Saturday, June 10th at approximately 3 p.m. Pre-conference workshops and meetings are planned for Wednesday, June 7th beginning at 9 a.m. Please plan on arriving in Baltimore no later than Wednesday, June 7th (Tuesday, June 6th for pre-conference participants). You can plan to depart Baltimore on Saturday in the late afternoon; know that the conference hotel rate will be available June 6th and extended through Sunday, June 11, for those who would like to stay longer to explore the city of Baltimore and/or nearby Washington, D.C.
Call for Program Proposals
This year’s conference is seeking to enhance our emergent theory of change adapted from threads of the 2012 Crucible Moment report. Thus, we are seeking conference proposals that consider how best to cultivate the following elements within their civic engagement work:
Civic Ethos of campus:
The infusion of democratic values into the customs and habits of everyday practices, structures, and interactions; the defining character of the institution and those in it that emphasizes open-mindedness, civility, the worth of each person, ethical behaviors, and concern for the well-being of others; a spirit of public-mindedness that influences the goals of the institution and its engagement with local and global communities.
Civic Literacy & Skill Building as a goal for every student: The cultivation of foundational knowledge about fundamental principles and debates about democracy expressed over time, both within the United States and in other countries; familiarity with several key historical struggles, campaigns, and social movements undertaken to achieve the full promise of democracy; the ability to think critically about complex issues and to seek and evaluate information about issues that have public consequences.
Civic Inquiry integrated within the majors and general education: The practice of inquiring about the civic dimensions and public consequences of a subject of study; the exploration of the impact of choices on different constituencies and entities, including the planet; the deliberate consideration of differing points of views; the ability to describe and analyze civic intellectual debates within one’s major or areas of study.
Civic Action as lifelong practice: The capacity and commitment both to participate constructively with diverse others and to work collectively to address common problems; the practice of working in a pluralistic society and world to improve the quality of people’s lives and the sustainability of the planet; the ability to analyze systems in order to plan and engage in public action; the moral and political courage to take risks to achieve a greater public good.
Civic Agency involves the capacities of citizens to work collaboratively across differences like partisan ideology, faith traditions, income, geography, race, and ethnicity to address common challenges, solve problems and create common ground; requires a set of individual skills, knowledge, and predispositions; also involves questions of institutional design, particularly how to constitute groups and institutions for sustainable collective action.
Program Proposals were due January 30, 2017. Notifications will go out March 1st.
For logistical (e.g., hotel accommodations, audio-visual needs) questions about the 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting, please contact:
For ADP programmatic questions, please contact:
National Manager, American Democracy Project
email@example.com | (202) 478-7833
For TDC programmatic questions, please contact:
Interim National Manager, The Democracy Commitment
firstname.lastname@example.org | (202) 478-4656
For NASPA programmatic questions, please contact:
Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA
email@example.com | (202) 719-1193
For Exhibitor/Sponsorship questions, please contact:
AASCU Program Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org | (202) 478-4645, or
NASPA Advertising and Exhibits Coordinator
email@example.com | (202) 903-0657
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Wednesday, June 1
6:00pm – 7:00pm | Exhibitor Set-up
Thursday, June 2
8:00am – 5:00pm | Exhibitor Set-up & Exhibits Open (registration will open at 7 am)
Friday, June 3
8:00am – 5:00pm | Exhibits Open (registration will open at 7:30am)
Saturday, June 4
8:00am – Noon | Exhibits Open (registration will open at 7:30am)
Noon – 3:00pm | Exhibitor Tear-down