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:
- Purpose: What are the key features of the thriving democracy we aspire to enact and support through our work?
- Learning Outcomes: What knowledge, skills, and dispositions do people need in order to help create and contribute to a thriving democracy?
- Pedagogy: How can we best foster the acquisition and development of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for a thriving democracy?
- 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.
Let others know you are coming!
Executive Director, American Democracy Project
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.
- 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.
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.