2022 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting

CLDE 2022

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022

AASCU's American Democracy Project (ADP) and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us for our annual conference in June, which brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students, and community partners. Together we will ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities—both public and private—prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need.

About the Conference

Our 2022 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE22) will facilitate exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. The theme for CLDE22 is “Equity and Democracy” and offers a unique opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and administrators to come together, reflect on recent lessons learned, and formulate opportunities for future work. 

CLDE22 facilitates exchanges of knowledge and develops a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. This meeting is designed around our emergent theory of change, which poses four important questions:

  1. Purpose: What are the key features of the thriving democracy we aspire to enact and support through our work?
  2. Learning Outcomes: What knowledge, skills, and dispositions do people need in order to help create and contribute to a thriving democracy?
  3. Pedagogy: How can we best foster the acquisition and development of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for a thriving democracy?
  4. Strategy: How can we build the institutional culture, infrastructure, and relationships needed to support learning that enables a thriving democracy? 

Participants will have opportunities to network and develop their civic-minded thinking and practices through plenary sessions, site visits, concurrent sessions, workshop sessions, posters, receptions, pre-conference sessions, and working meetings.

Join us as we work to advance the civic learning and democratic engagement movement across higher education.


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Felice Nudelman
Associate Vice President for Academic Innovation and Transformation

Cathy Copeland
Director, American Democracy Project (ADP)

Jill Dunlap
Director for Research and Practice, NASPA

Schedule top

Tuesday, June 21

9–12 p.m. Pre-conference sessions (optional; additional cost)
2–5 p.m. Pre-conference sessions (optional; additional cost)

Wednesday, June 22

8:45–9:45 a.m. CLDE Orientation
10 a.m.–1 p.m. Site visits (optional; additional cost)
10 a.m.–12 p.m. Special Topic Workshops (available to all participants at hotel)
12–1:30 p.m. Sponsored lunches
1:30–3 p.m. ADP Meeting and Community College Meeting
3:30–5 p.m. Opening Plenary
5:15–6:30 p.m. Opening Reception and Poster presentations

Thursday, June 23

7–8:30 a.m. Breakfast available
8:30–9:20 a.m. Concurrent sessions
9:30–10:20 a.m. Concurrent sessions
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Workshop sessions
12–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30–2:20 p.m. Concurrent sessions
2:30– 4 p.m. Workshop sessions
4:15–5:30 p.m. Plenary Session
6–7 p.m. Private Receptions

Friday, June 24

7–8:15 a.m. Breakfast available
8:30–9:20 a.m. Concurrent sessions
9:30–10:20 a.m. Concurrent sessions
10:30–11:30 a.m. Closing Plenary and Meeting Adjourns

Registration Information top

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The registration fee includes all regular program sessions. There is no difference in registration rates for AASCU or NASPA members.

  • Individual Registration Fee: $525 (Early Bird), $595 (Regular), $665 (Late)
  • Student* Registration Fee: $360 (Early Bird), $360 (Regular), $360 (Late)
  • Team Registration** (four or more individuals from the same institution): Each person would pay $475 during the Early Bird period; each person would pay $545 during Regular Registration; Team rate not offered during Late Registration.

Early Bird registration open Jan. 20–May 31, 2022; Regular Rate registration open from June 1-16, 2022; Late Rate registration after June 17, 2022

*Registration rate for students is for undergraduates and full-time graduate students. 

**Team registration fee available until May 31, 2022. To register your team members, contact Jill Dunlap.

Accommodations top

Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

$209 USD per night. Last day to book (to get the group rate): Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

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Optional Activities top

We encourage you to register for pre-conference sessions and site visits during the registration process. Here are the available options:

June 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The current historical moment demands accountability. To understand the racialized misinformation and disinformation surrounding current events—the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson and the spread of the QAnon conspiracy, to take just two recent examples—knowledge workers must be able to account for the history of mediated representation of racism that informs and sustains these tropes, these frames for viewing race in today’s hyper-partisan, polarized climate. This workshop takes seriously the assumption that to effectively recognize, analyze, and intervene in information pollution in all its multifarious guises, including those that traffic in racist tropes and narratives, students and teachers and others who are fighting for racial justice must become more attuned to the mediated representations of the past: the narratives, images, tropes, and memes, including those found in media and advertising, that everywhere and always color Black Americans’ experience of the American democratic experiment.

Over the course of this interactive pre-conference workshop, we will (1) offer examples of these mediated representations of racism and delve into their history; (2) explore images and discuss how these representations shape what Phillips and Milner (2021) call the “deep memetic frames” of contemporary information disorder (i.e., disinformation, misinformation, and malinformation) (Wardle & Derakhshan, 2017); and (3) provide annotated writing prompts and project assignments that help students develop critical thinking and digital literacy skills that can help them not only recognize contemporary examples, but also unpack the historical roots of racist misinformation in American public life. A portion of our time together during this workshop will be used to view a short documentary on representations of race in media and advertising. Presented by Paul Cook (Indiana University Kokomo) and Byron Craig (Illinois State University).

AASCU’s The American Democracy Project presents a pre-conference session to help democracy thrive through deliberation. The session will explore and practice deliberative dialogues and moderation. Deliberative dialogues are guided conversations on a political, controversial, or wicked topic; they aim to push beyond polarizing positions, find common ground and shared values, humanize stakeholders, uncover nuance, and potentially provide a solution-focused approach to addressing complicated issues. In this workshop, participants will learn what deliberative dialogues are and aren’t, practice moderating a session, and explore some resources to bring back home. This is a 3-hour workshop for faculty, staff, and students at higher education institutions led by Steven Koether (Sam Houston State), Kara Lindaman (Winona State), and Harriett Steinbach (Illinois State).

June 21, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.:

Are you concerned about the growing lack of empathy we are witnessing across multiple levels of our culture, including personal interaction, group communication, and political discourse? This workshop will expose participants to various aspects of Illinois State University’s sponsored colloquia series, and the impacts they had on viewers. The final, culminating colloquium took place as commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre of 1921. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss colloquium speakers and how this information collected can be used to create a national movement to expanding empathy in a collective movement. An online diary system will allow participants to record their reactions to the YouTube video prior to the workshop, and then keep track of their views on empathy following the workshop. Participants will explore (1) extending empathy into infrastructures and the neuroscience of empathy, (2) the dangers and pitfalls of extending empathy to traumatized persons, (3) empathy and racial identity development, (4) reducing the moral empathy gap in political conversation, (5) why we often find it hard to listen to others, (6) the difficulty of extending empathy to those we would rather avoid, and (7) the first-person experience of extending as well as being denied, empathy. Led by the Illinois State University team of J. Scott Jordan, Stephen Hunt, Byron Craig, and Nathan Carpenter.

As institutions seek to become more student-centered, a critically important question is how do we incorporate the students' voices and experiences in higher education? Institutional outcomes and students' educational experiences can be improved when students' voices are included throughout the student life cycle and in decision-making. Join AASCU colleagues as we explore approaches to capturing and operationalizing students' voices to strengthen equity and democracy at our institutions.

June 22, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lower Phalen Creek Project (LPCP) staff, led by executive director Maggie Lorenz (Turtle Lake Band of Ojibwe/Spirit Lake Dakota) will guide a tour of the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. This habitat restoration site contains the now-desecrated and ancient cave Wakáŋ Tipi, which means Dwelling Place of the Sacred in the Dakota language. LPCP will share its vision for reclaiming the sanctuary as a sacred site and creating a new gathering place for cultural learning, celebration and exchange, also named Wakáŋ Tipi Center. We will visit Gatherings Café, a restaurant inside the American Indian Center in Minneapolis, on the return to the hotel; lunch not included in price.

This exploration of food security partnerships in and around Metropolitan State is aimed at inspiring ways to build similar connections in participants’ home campuses and communities. The visit will feature walks through produce gardens managed by faculty, students and our lead community partner Urban Roots, discussion of the campus Food for Thought Food Pantry and food distribution partnerships, and a tour of the recently-completed GROW-IT Center facility, which has served as a hub for community-university learning and exchange on urban food production, healthy food access and environmental restoration. Urban Roots youth interns, guided by a local chef, will prepare our meal!

This site visit is sponsored by the generous contribution of Chartwells Higher Ed.


  • Jill Dunlap (Registration Inquiries)Director for Research and Practice, NASPAjdunlap@naspa.org202-719-1196
  • Cathy Copeland (All other Queries)Director, American Democracy ProjectCopelandC@aascu.org202-478-7833


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