2020 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting

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

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

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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).