2021 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting (VIRTUAL)

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021 to Friday, June 11, 2021

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 2021 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE21) will facilitate exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. The theme for CLDE21 is “Defining the Path Forward.” The past year has created unique challenges for our institutions, students, and communities, and CLDE21 provides an opportunity to come together to reflect on the lessons learned and identify opportunities to help define our path forward. 

CLDE21 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, special topic sessions, concurrent sessions, and civic cafes.

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
ADP Program Coordinator

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The registration fee includes all program sessions and materials for the full six-day virtual conference (June 2–4, 9–11).

  • Individual Registration Fee: $125 (Early Bird), $150 (Regular), $175 (Late)
  • Student Registration Fee: $50 (Early Bird), $50 (Regular), $50 (Late)
  • Team Registration* (four or more individuals from the same institution): Each person would pay $100

Registration rate for students is for undergraduates and full-time graduate students at AASCU/ADP and NASPA colleges and universities. 

Early Bird registration open Jan. 28–April 30, 2021

Regular Rate registration open from May 1–25, 2021

Late Rate registration after May 25, 2021

Team registration fee available until May 25

Late Rate registration open from May 25-June 1, 2021



*Please note that to obtain the team rate, you must contact Jill Dunlap at jdunlap@naspa.org with the names of the team members you wish to register (each team member must be from the same institution to qualify).

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Please contact NASPA for all cancellation or refund questions.

Payment Policy

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CLDE Virtual Prospectus

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