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Wednesday, June 1
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Breakfast on own
8 a.m. - Noon
ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Fellows Working Meeting (by invitation)
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CLDE Assessment Institute with ETS: Building Institutional Capacity for CLDE Assessment on Your Campus (includes lunch)
Cost: $150/person with a discounted rate of $85/person if you register as part of a campus team of two or more.
The fee for this institute includes lunch on Wednesday.
Campuses confront an array of challenges when it comes to telling their story of fulfilling their civic mission because they lack a systematic approach to assessing student outcomes related curricular, co-curricular, and project-based activities. We encourage participation from campus teams to spend the day engaging in conversations with experts who will work with you and your colleagues to build a shared understanding and vision for how you can gather evidence that allows for informed decision-making, improved programs, and strengthened campus-community relationships. This pre-conference institute, sponsored by ETS, is intended to help colleges and universities as they consider the constellation of civic engagement assessment possibilities and work toward more meaningful strategic planning around civic learning and democratic engagement to fulfill teaching and learning, accreditation and/or Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement goals. We encourage teams of people from your institution who represent the multiple layers and levels of community engagement, for example, a team made up of:
- Faculty teaching community-engaged learning courses
- Student affairs professionals planning one-time or ongoing community-engaged events or programs
- Administrators support these individuals to connect the work of community engagement to the mission, vision and strategic plan of your institution.
Organizers: Kristin Norris, Director of Assessment, Office of Community Engagement and Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); Javarro Russell, Senior Research and Assessment Advisor, Higher Education Division, ETS; and Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Electoral & Political Engagement Institute with icitizen (includes lunch)
Cost: $150/person with a discounted rate of $85/person if you register as part of a campus team of two or more.
The fee for this institute includes lunch on Wednesday.
Join us for a conversation designed to introduce participants and their campuses to emergent research, tools, technology and promising practices for promoting nonpartisan student political engagement in this year's presidential election and beyond! Come and share your ideas and strategies for engaging students inside and outside the classroom as they register to vote, consider policies and candidates to support, and turn out to vote. A variety of nonprofit partners will join this important conversation.
Organizers: Gabriel Arteaga, TDC National Manager, AASCU and Alex Schreiner, Citizen Engagement Manager, icitizen
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Half-day Pre-conference Workshops
- Democratic Dialogue & Deliberation Institute: Introduction to Deliberative Democracy Theory & Practice
The most familiar concepts of politics either acknowledge that politics is a competitive struggle for power, or aim at a harmonious consensus on the common good. The political theory of deliberative democracy seeks an alternative that is more public than adversarial politics, but allows
more room for disagreement than a harmonious consensus on the common good. In the context of a sustained crisis of political polarization, the task of promoting thoughtful public discourse on controversial issues is more urgent than ever. The numerous activities and approaches that constitute civic
engagement in higher education offer great promise, but without careful attention to theory and practice they may miss the mark when it comes to promoting deliberative discourse. This workshop is a brief introduction to the theory and practice of deliberative democracy using the National Issues Forums
(NIF) model. Workshop topics will include trends in our democracy and the rationale for deliberation; the strengths and weaknesses of deliberation as an approach to civic engagement; naming and framing issues for deliberation; convening and moderating deliberative forums; and resources for deliberative
civic engagement. Participants with no prior experience in the use of deliberation are especially welcome.
Organizers: Bill Muse, President Emeritus, National Issues Forums Institute; Windy Lawrence, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of Houston-Downtown (Texas); Lisa Strahley, Associate Professor of
Teacher Education, SUNY-Broome Community College (N.Y.).
- ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative Workshop (for participating campuses only)
This pre-conference session is for ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative participating institutions. All EI participating institutions will be asked to create one PowerPoint slide (no animations please) that lists the “highlights” of their work in the past year along with a contact name and email address. Institutions are invited to be as creative as possible with their slide and include pictures or other graphic images and send the slides to
firstname.lastname@example.org to be compiled into a slide show for the pre-conference session. The pre-conference will begin with updates and reviews of projects that could potentially be exported to and/or shared with other campuses. We will conclude our time together with presentations and planning for next steps at the national level and on campuses.
Organizers: Kim Schmidl-Gagne, Keene State College (N.H.) and Fagan Forhan, Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.)
- Student Pre-Conference Institute (for students only)
Student leaders play a vital role in shaping the landscape of higher education based on the issues, concerns, and insights that come forth throughout the year. As such, this space is provided for students to harness their skills and passions about the issues that matter most to them. Additional information will be provided for those that register for this session. This student symposium will introduce students to #CLDE16 and provide a space to discuss and develop what we wish to accomplish at the conference among our peers. This session will include multiple table discussions that will engage attendees in conversation on mobilizing and empowering individuals on campus and in the community, creating diverse partnerships, gaining the support of your faculty and administrators, and building support networks in order to enhance the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement initiatives that already exist at your institution or to create new opportunities.
Organized by the 2016 CLDE Meeting Intern Team: Monica Bustinza, junior, University of Miami (Fla.); Angelo Kapp, sophomore and vice president of Citizens In Action, Delta College (Mich.); Maryam Sarhan, junior and student trustee, Stockton University (N.J.); and Manisha Vepa, sophomore and Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Thursday, June 2
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast on own
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
NASPA Lead Initiative Organizing Meeting & Breakfast (This session is only open to NASPA Lead Initiative members)
The NASPA Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement comprises a network of 74 NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of academic affairs and student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. This meeting will provide insight into the work of the Lead Consulting Institutions and the 2015-2016 Lead Initiative experience. Join us to network, reflect, and share knowledge and ideas regarding CLDE work.
Organizer: Stephanie Reynolds, Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
ADP Organizing Meeting & Breakfast (All ADP participants encouraged to attend)
All meeting participants from AASCU/ADP campuses are encouraged to attend. This session will include ADP awards presentations and planning for the 2016-2017 academic year in addition to updates about current initiatives and ways in which to engage with the national office.
Organizer: Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project, AASCU
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
TDC Organizing Meeting & Breakfast (All TDC participants encouraged to attend)
All meeting participants from The Democracy Commitment (TDC) community colleges are encouraged to attend. This session will include TDC awards presentations and planning for the 2016-2017 academic year in addition to updates about current initiatives and ways in which to engage with the national office.
Organizer: Gabriel Arteaga, National Manager, The Democracy Commitment, AASCU
Noon - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch on Own
11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Turbovote Symposium (RSVP required; capped at 70 participants)
Please join TurboVote, our partner colleges and universities, and other nonprofit organizations for an interactive symposium on what it takes to register students to vote. Together, we will learn about specific non-partisan voter registration tactics that have led to massive voter registration successes from coast to coast and collaborate with peers to formulate, compare, and execute ambitious non-partisan voter registration plans. All interested parties are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided, as saving democracy tends to work up quite the appetite!
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Senior Leadership Reception
(for ADP/TDC/NASPA Presidents, Chancellors and Vice Presidents for Academic and Student Affairs as well as CLDE Planning Committee Members)
On behalf of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and NASPA, we invite all Presidents, Chancellors, & Vice Presidents for Academic and Student Affairs to gather before the launch of the 2016 CLDE Meeting. This reception is hosted by ADP, TDC, and NASPA staff as a space for our executive members to share in dialogue with our plenary speaker over appetizers to kick off the 2016 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Ejournal Board Meeting
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
CLDE Meeting Orientation (open to all; especially for first-time meeting attendees)
Intended Audience: All attendees, particularly those new to ADP, TDC, NASPA and/or the CLDE Meeting
ADP, TDC and NASPA share a commitment to fulfilling higher education’s potential as an incubator of democratic values and practices. In the words of the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagements’ call in A Crucible Moment, “If … we seek a democratic society in which the public welfare matters as much as individual welfare, and in which global welfare matters along with national welfare, then education must play its influential part to bring such a society into being.” We recognize that responding to this call requires sustained, collective effort to transform colleges and universities so that commitments to democratic inquiry, engagement, and relationships become embedded throughout our institutions. To learn more about how to navigate the 2016 CLDE meeting, attend this session hosted by the 2016 CLDE Meeting Planning Committee.
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CivEd Talks are dynamic, short, and quick-paced presentations by members of the civic learning and democratic engagement community intended to inspire and challenge our collective imagination and thinking. Stories shared in this format should reflect the individual’s genuine experience with and relevant knowledge of their selected topic. Each of the here CivEd Talks presented will actively engage participants in stretching our thinking and motivating us to action as we return to our campuses and communities following the meeting.
Join us for an opening plenary session that asks you to envisioning the work of our CLDE movement in higher education and consider how you can help us move the needle on democratic engagement on campus, in your communities, and in our civil society.
- Justice Works: Why
Student Engagement on Social Justice Issues is Good for Democracy
Can student engagement on issues of social justice and inclusion help to restore higher education’s sense of civic purpose and produce the kind of active citizenry we need to support an effective democratic society? While passion about injustice is a good start, students
need the skills, knowledge and capacity to translate their hunger for justice into positive social change. This talk will consider the role of higher education, philanthropy, and government in fostering positive student engagement on criminal justice reform, college access and
equity as well as other issues.
Speaker: Austin Belali, Director, Youth Engagement Fund
- Connecting the Dots – Why We Need to Care about Civic Learning on and Off of College Campuses
What would it be like if college-based civic and political learning takes into account what students are learning before they enter college? What would it be like to build a cohesive learning theory of civic learning and engagement within local and regional communities? This talk will ask us to think beyond our campus boundaries by pointing to the value of building a cohesive set of learning activities, objectives, along the developmental continuum. Together we can engage the entire community surrounding each campus in building a generation of youth and students who start learning how to become engaged citizen have important long-term consequences.
Speaker: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director of CIRCLE, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University
- A Brief History of U.S. Democracy, 2016-2046
What can we achieve together in the next 30 years if people in higher education concerned about civic learning and democratic engagement pull together to move an ambitious collective agenda forward? Building on experiences fostering democratic culture at his own institution, David Hoffman will take a "retrospective" look at a future history we can create together.
Speaker: David Hoffman, Assistant Director of Student Life for Civic Agency, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Networking Reception and Poster Session/Campus & Friends Showcase
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Roadtrip Nation Film
Friday, June 3
7 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Politically Speaking, Indianapolis Edition: Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights in Indiana
In February 2016, the Indiana state senate gave up on an attempt to pass compromise legislation expanding protections for LGBT persons in state law. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Travis Holdman, said that there simply was not enough support for it to pass. Sen. David Long, leader of the
majority Republicans, indicated that efforts to find a balance between the civil rights for the LGBT community and religious liberty had satisfied no one. "We took a beating from all sides in trying to do this," Long said. "This effort was unfortunately hampered by well-organized extreme
messaging from groups representing both sides of this discussion — many of whom are from out of state. Neither of those sides were truly seeking a solution" (South Bend Tribune, Feb. 2, 2016). Indiana Republican lawmakers, who hold a super majority in both
chambers, abandoned efforts to strengthen protections for lesbian, gay and bi-sexual people on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, opting not to vote on a measure designed to restore the state's reputation following a national boycott over a religious objections law in 2015.
Modeled on the live television weekly TV program Dr. Bennion moderates on WNIT-TV (South Bend), this session will highlight diverse perspectives on the issue of LGBT rights and religious freedom in Indiana. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the debate, the host city, and ways to moderate difficult
dialogues on controversial political issues. Attendees are also invited to attend a follow-up workshop with Dr. Bennion where she will discuss her students’ involvement in the weekly TV program. Students earn college credit and gain valuable knowledge and skills while serving as researchers, call
screeners, episode reviewers, amateur videographers, and more. Reaching a 22-county, two-state area with 1.2 million viewers, the program offers a valuable opportunity for students to become part of a dynamic civic education team. Learn how you can adapt this
model to capitalize on a variety of traditional and new media opportunities to engage a broader audience in your civic education efforts.
Host: Elizabeth A. Bennion, Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Political Science, Indiana University South Bend and Host, Politically Speaking, WNIT Television,
Panelists: Jane Henegar, Executive Director,
American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana; Chris Paulsen, Campaign Manager,
Freedom Indiana; Peter Rusthoven, Partner,
Barnes & Thornburg, LLP; and Tim Wesco, State Representative, Indiana House of Representatives (R-District 21)
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
General Interest, Roundtable and i3 Conversation Sessions
Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Democracy Plaza Tour at IUPUI
Take part in a walking tour of
Democracy Plaza (DP) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Established in 2004 by students and staff, Democracy Plaza at IUPUI gives their community a place to write, listen, watch or deliberate with peers on political ideas or issues. Many other campuses have adopted democracy walls as a similar place for such dialogues. During this opportunity, attendees will interact with the questions posed on the chalk boards that makes up DP. This tour will include a history of the project, examples of current issues, and an overview of how IUPUI uses the space for events.
Note: Walking tour will meet depart the hotel lobby at 5:15 p.m. with the program starting at 5:40 p.m. in IUPUI's nearby Democracy Plaza. This approximately 20 minute walk from the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott to the IUPUI Democracy Plaza. You will travel down West Washington Avenue, past the
Elijorg Museum, along the Indianapolis canal through Military Park. Once you happen upon the
Cultural Trail you will be inches from IUPUI’s campus. You’ll walk through a portion of the campus past the Library and the raised gardens, at which point the
Democracy Plaza will be on your left.
Organizer: H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, at Campus Compact of Indiana and Assessment Specialist In Community Engagement at IUPUI
Dinner on your own
8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Informal Student Meet-up
An informal space for students to discuss their overall experience
at the conference and discuss feedback and suggestions. This is an opportunity
for students to reflect on their time at #CLDE2016.
Saturday, June 4
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
8:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Fostering Campus Climates for Political Learning &
Democratic learning is not just an issue for the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle; campuses have a responsibility to support a robust campus climate for nonpartisan political learning and engagement in our democracy 365 days a year. The Institute for Democracy and Higher Education
(IDHE) is a new research center at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University (Mass.). Its signature initiative, the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) provides colleges and universities with data on their students’ registration and voting rates.
With over 800 colleges and universities nationally in the study – including 214 ADP/TDC/NASPA Lead campuses – and a database of 7.5 million students, NSLVE researchers have completed an analysis of voting based on a broad range of institutional and individual characteristics. This research has been augmented
with qualitative studies at campuses to determine the unique norms, structures, and student experiences that create a strong climate for political learning. For this plenary session, the IDHE researchers will share NSLVE data on college and university student voting. They will also provide a
brief overview of IDHE’s research focusing on campuses with robust campus climates for political learning and engagement in democracy. Faculty, staff and students from campuses representing ADP, the NASPA Lead Initiative, and TDC will share their experiences and promising practices for student political
learning and engagement. While each campus is unique, all of the presenters will share programs and practices easily replicated on other campuses hoping to deepen their political climate.
Moderator: Nancy L.
Thomas, Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University (Mass.)
Panelists: Ishara Casellas Connors, Associate Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University (Mass.); David Bodary, Professor of Communication, Sinclair Community College (Ohio); Abraham Goldberg, Director of the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina Upstate; Michele "Micki" Meyer, Lord Family Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Rollins College (Fla.); and John Locke, student, University of Houston-Downtown (Texas)
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
ADP Steering Committee Meeting & Planning Retreat (ADP Steering Committee Members only)
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
TDC Steering Committee Meeting & Planning Retreat (TDC Steering Committee Members only)