2020 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to Saturday, June 6, 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota

AASCU's American Democracy Project (ADP) and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for our annual conference, 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 democracy need.

About the Conference

Our 2020 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE20) will facilitate exchanges of knowledge and develop 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?  

The theory of change also suggests that campuses consider how best to construct campus cultures and contexts that foster:

  • 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. 

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, working groups, and informal expert-led forums.

Join us in Minneapolis as we work to advance the civic learning and democratic engagement movement across higher education. We look forward to seeing you there!

CLDE20 Student Internship Opportunity

ADP and the NASPA LEAD Initiative are excited to announce a student internship opportunity for the CLDE20 Meeting. Selected student interns will join the CLDE20 planning committee and engage in the following activities:

  • Organize a student symposium at CLDE20 and volunteer onsite (e.g., at the registration desk). 
  • Promote student engagement and coordinate student programming at CLDE20.
  • Serve on the CLDE20 planning committee by participating in monthly calls, assisting in review of program submissions in early 2020, providing updates on the student planning process, and promoting CLDE20 communication efforts such as blogging and social media.
  • Promote CLDE20 on campus. 
  • Contribute to other CLDE20 initiatives as opportunities become available.

Each student intern will receive complimentary registration to the CLDE20 Meeting. The internship is unpaid and will consist of remote work from October 2019 to June 2020, with a time commitment of no more than five hours per month, and onsite work at the CLDE20 Meeting from June 2-6, 2020. The level of time commitment will increase as the conference approaches. 

Interested students must complete the student application form and obtain an endorsement from a faculty/staff member on their campus. Application materials—both the student application form and the faculty/staff endorsement form—must be submitted by email to ADP@aascu.org by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Oct. 4, 2019


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Felice Nudelman
Executive Director, American Democracy Project
Anna Keegan
Program Manager, American Democracy Project


Call for Program Proposals

The Call for Program Proposals is now OPEN. Please visit the NASPA CLDE20 website to submit your proposal online or to submit your interest in reviewing proposals.

Submission Timeline

  • October 1, 2019: Call for Proposals Opens
  • January 31, 2020: Call for Proposals Closes
  • January 31, 2020: Call for Proposal Reviewers Closes

When submitting a proposal for this year's convening, the conference committee asks you to consider how to answer the four questions outlined in our CLDE Theory of Change and how these topics intersect with your work, whether it be around assessment, political engagement, community partnerships, service-learning, dialogue and deliberation, or another relevant subject. Individuals can submit presentation proposals for concurrent sessions, Pecha Kucha presentations, and Civic Cafe Facilitators. 

Submission Guidelines 
For the CLDE20 conference, individuals can submit presentation proposals for concurrent sessions, Pecha Kucha presentations, and Civic Cafe Facilitators.  

  • Concurrent Session Presentations: Individuals and teams can present the following session types at CLDE20: Research- or Program-Based Poster Session, Think Tank Session, or Workshop Session. 
  • Pecha Kucha Presentations:  Pecha Kucha presentations are a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along with the images. The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture.  
  • Civic Café Facilitators: This dialogue is a structured conversational process for knowledge sharing in which groups of people discuss a topic at several tables, with individuals switching tables periodically and getting introduced to the previous discussion at their new table by a “civic café facilitator.”  

Looking for tips on writing an effective proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in the Program Submission Guidelines.


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The Registration Fee includes all program sessions and materials, the reception on Thursday, and breakfasts on Friday and Saturday. For our lowest, early bird rates, be sure to register by Thursday, April 30.

Individual Fee: $525 early bird/$595 regular/$665 late
Register as an individual if only one person from your AASCU/ADP/NASPA campus is attending.

Team Member Registration Fee: $475 early bird/$545 regular
If more than one person from your AASCU/ADP/NASPA campus is attending the meeting, you may use the Team Member Registration Fee. Please contact Anna Keegan at KeeganA@aascu.org or Stephanie King at SKing@naspa.org for the registration code.

Student Registration Fee: $370
This is the registration rate for undergraduate and full-time graduate students at AASCU/ADP/NASPA colleges and universities. The registration rate does not increase. 

Non-member Registration Fee: $625 early bird/$725 regular/$825 late
Register as a non-member if you or your organization is not an AASCU/ADP/NASPA institutional member.

Guest Registration Fee: $100
Only registered attendees can register a guest. A guest is considered someone who will NOT be participating in the program but will attend 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.

Pre-conference Workshop Fees:

  • Full-day Institute: $200 for teams of two
  • Half-day Institute: $65 per individual
  • Morning Student Pre-conference Workshop (half-day afternoon, students only): No additional fee

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

Room Rate/Night: $199 for a standard room.
There is a special conference rate at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center of $199 for a nonsmoking standard room plus applicable taxes and fees (currently a 13.15% hotel room tax). 


Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Registration Cancellation Policy

Cancellations/refunds received by April 30, 2020, will be subject to a $50.00 administrative fee. 

This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel-related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for those issues. 

Please click here to submit a refund request. Refunds will not be processed after May 1, 2020, for any reason. 

Please allow 7-10 business days for processing. To inquire about the status of a refund after 10 business days, please send an email to refund@naspa.org.

Payment Policy

View NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

The registration rate is based on your current membership status. If your membership expires or changes before the event, your registration rate will change, and you will be expected to pay the rate that coincides with your new level of association membership.


  • Anna KeeganProgram Managerkeegana@aascu.org(202) 478-7833
  • Stephanie KingAssistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiativessking@naspa.org(202) 719-1193



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