2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 to Saturday, June 10, 2017
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront • Baltimore, Maryland

The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us from June 7-10, 2017 in Baltimore, Md. for our annual conference which brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students, and community partners. Together we will work to 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

The 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE17) is a conference designed around an emergent theory of change adapted from elements of the 2012 Crucible Moment report.  Like this report, the CLDE17 conference invites participants to consider what does a civic-minded campus look like. To this end, several threads within the civic engagement movement will be considered including: how to build campus cultures and contexts that foster:

  • civic ethos,
  • civic literacy and skill building,
  • civic inquiry,
  • civic action, and
  • civic agency

These threads and others will be revisited in plenary and concurrent sessions that ask participants to deepen their thinking with an eye toward institutional change and action aimed at systematically enhancing civic learning and democratic engagement in higher education. Participants will be engaged throughout the meeting in helping to refine and define our emergent theory of change as we consider together how to move our work forward.
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 as well as in working groups and in informal expert led forums.
The meeting begins for all attendees in the early morning of Thursday, June 8th and ends on Saturday, June 10th at approximately 3 p.m. Pre-conference workshops and meetings are planned for Wednesday, June 7th beginning at 9 a.m. Please plan on arriving in Baltimore no later than Wednesday, June 7th (Tuesday, June 6th for pre-conference participants). You can plan to depart Baltimore on Saturday in the late afternoon; know that the conference hotel rate will be available June 6th and extended through Sunday, June 11, for those who would like to stay longer to explore the city of Baltimore and/or nearby Washington, D.C.

Call for Program Proposals & Theory of Change

This year’s conference is seeking to enhance our emergent theory of change adapted from threads of the 2012 Crucible Moment report. Thus, we are seeking conference proposals that consider how best to cultivate the following elements within their civic engagement work:

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. 

Note: Program Proposals were due January 30, 2017. Notifications were emailed on March 1st. 

Publication Opportunity with eJournal of Public Affairs Special CLDE17 Issue

The eJournal of Public Affairs will publish a special issue relating to the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting. The issue will include selected articles based on scholarship presented at the conference. Papers given at the conference or manuscripts that have been developed later based on program presentations may be submitted for consideration.  Prior to the conference, all registered presenters will receive information regarding manuscript guidelines and deadline for submission to the eJournal. The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal published by Missouri State University and affiliated with the American Democracy Project. For more information, visit http://eJournal.missouristate.edu or email us at eJournalPA@MissouriState.edu.

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Contact Us

For logistical (e.g., hotel accommodations, audio-visual needs) questions about the 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting, please contact:      

For registration questions, please contact:  
Felicia Durham
durhamf@aascu.org  |  (202) 478-4673        

For ADP programmatic questions, please contact:   
Jen Domagal-Goldman
National Manager, American Democracy Project   
domagalj@aascu.org  |  (202) 478-7833 

For TDC programmatic questions, please contact: 
Verdis Robinson
Interim National Manager, The Democracy Commitment 
robinsonv@aascu.org  |  (202) 478-4656

For NASPA programmatic questions, please contact:  
Stephanie Reynolds
Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA
sreynolds@naspa.org  |  (202) 719-1193

For Exhibitor/Sponsorship questions, please contact: 
Adrienne Vincent
AASCU Program Manager
vincenta@aascu.org  |  (202) 478-4645, or

Szymon Kesek
NASPA Advertising and Exhibits Coordinator
skesek@naspa.org  |  (202) 903-0657

Exhibitors/Sponsors Application and Registration Form

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Exhibitor Hours
Wednesday, June 7
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Exhibitor Set-up 

Thursday, June 8
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Exhibitor Set-up & Exhibits Open (registration will open at 7 a.m.) 
Friday, June 9
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Exhibits Open (registration will open at 7:30 a.m.) 

Saturday, June 10
8 a.m. – Noon | Exhibits Open (registration will open at 7:30 a.m.) 
Noon – 3 p.m. | Exhibitor Tear-down  


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CLDE17 - program coverDownload Preliminary Schedule - Updated as of May 2017

Wednesday, June 7

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Full-day Pre-conference Workshop

  • Charting a Course on the Pathway to Civic Engagement: An Inventory and Action Plan for Engaged Campuses
    Organizer: Marshall Welch, Independent Scholar and author of Engaging Higher Education: Purpose, Platforms, and Programs for Community Engagement (2016)

    This full day pre-conference institute is designed for teams from colleges and universities interested in strategic planning of their civic learning and democratic engagement efforts. This institute will provide not only the results of a comprehensive inventory of current practice and infrastructure to advance community engagement, but the “gift of time” for administrators to meet and work with their directors of campus centers for engagement to begin strategic planning for continued development of community engagement. This institute is designed for TWO individuals from each institution: the director of the campus center for community engagement and their immediate supervising administrator.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Full-day Pre-conference Workshop

  • Civic Engagement Assessment Pre-Conference Workshops with Networking Lunch - sponsored by ETS
    Organizers: H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Ross Markle, Senior Research & Assessment Director, Global Higher Education Division, ETS

    Attend both half-day assessment pre-conference workshops for a reduced price and participate in our assessment networking lunch from Noon - 1 p.m.
    • Planning for Institution-Wide Data Collection on Civic and Community Engagement (see below)
    • Measuring Civic Outcomes During College (see below)

9 a.m. – Noon
Half-day Morning Pre-conference Workshops

  • Planning for Institution-Wide Data Collection on Civic and Community Engagement
    Organizers: H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Ross Markle, Senior Research & Assessment Director, Global Higher Education Division, ETS

    Most campuses are eager to answer the question "How are the students, faculty, and staff on campus working to address civic issues and public problems?" We will explore this question in this workshop by reviewing a range of strategies to assess community-engaged activities (i.e., curricular, co-curricular, or project-based activities that are done in partnership with the community). In addition to these many strategies, institutions also often approach assessment with a variety of lenses including assessment and evaluation of community outcomes, student outcomes, partnership assessment and faculty/staff engagement among others. In practice, campuses confront an array of challenges to align these approaches into a comprehensive data collection framework and infrastructure. This session will give participants tools, strategies, and information to design, initiate and/or enhance systematic mechanisms for monitoring and auditing community-engaged activities across your institution. 

  • Measures That Matter: Regarding Engaged Scholarship In Tenure and Promotion
    Organizer: KerryAnn O'Meara, Professor of Higher Education, Director of UMD ADVANCE, University of Maryland, College Park

    Many higher education institutions have faculty involved in community engaged scholarship but lack strategies for assessing the quality of this work for promotion and tenure or contract renewal. Engaged scholars do not know how to make the case that their work is scholarship and personnel committees do not know how to evaluate non-traditional, engaged scholarship. A knowledge gap exists related to criteria that might be held up against engaged scholarship projects to assess quality and impact. The purpose of this pre-conference workshop is to share specific reforms that can be put in place to define, assess, document, and reward community engaged scholarship. The presenter will share promotion and tenure language that has already been put in place at other institutions and then suggest four criteria that could be used to assess engaged scholarship portfolios.

  • Dialogue and Democratic Deliberation: Moderator Training
    Organizers: Kara Lindaman, Professor of Political Science, Winona State University (Minn.); John Dedrick, Vice-President, Kettering Foundation; William Muse, President Emeritus, National Issues Forum Institute; and John J. Theis, Executive Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Lone Star College (Texas)

    In preparation for the Friday plenary session, Democratic Deliberation on Safety and Justice, we invite conference participants to this pre-conference institute for an introduction to democratic deliberation and moderator skills. During this session, participants examine democratic dialogue and deliberation while learning the skills and roles of active and engaged moderation.

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Half-day Afternoon Pre-conference Workshops

  • Measuring Civic Outcomes During College
    Organizers: H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Ross Markle, Senior Research & Assessment Director, Global Higher Education Division, ETS

    As institutions implement high impact practices across their campuses, learning outcomes, curricular and co-curricular activities, and assessment tools can often become disjointed. This workshop will guide attendees through a concentrated, cooperative process of unpacking and measuring civic outcomes such as civic identity, working with others to solve wicked problems, civic mindedness, and being an agent for social change. Ultimately, participants will articulate the alignment (and in some cases, mismatch) between outcomes, interventions, and assessment methods. Attendees should come with a specific program or course in mind and consider bringing a colleague with whom you can brainstorm transdisciplinary assessment practices. Transdisciplinary assessment means that faculty and staff from different disciplines or units on campus work jointly to develop new or innovative measurement practices from which informed decisions can be made to improve practices surrounding students’ civic learning and democratic engagement during college. Attendees will be introduced to the plethora of measurement tools that purport to assess students’ civic learning and development, such as: AAC&U VALUE Rubrics, Civic Minded Graduate Rubric 2.0, campus-wide survey instruments (ETS Civic Competency and Engagement, NSSE, CIRP Surveys, PRSI, etc.), and a host of other pre to post and retrospective pre to post scales such as social dominance orientation, belief in a just world, or the Interpersonal Reactivity Index. After this facilitated discussion, participants will have a chance to apply certain tools to student artifacts such as essays, digital stories, and eportfolios. Applying the tools to artifacts will allow for participants to evaluate and synthesize their plans for assessing student civic learning and development as it relates to participating in high impact practices during college. 

  • Educating for the Democracy We Want, Not the One We Have
    Organizers: Nancy Thomas, Director, and Ishara Casellas Connors, Associate Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE), Jonathan M. Tisch College for Civic Life at Tufts University (Mass.)

    After a long and contentious presidential election season, the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the U.S. stunned faculty, administrators, and students. University presidents issued post-election statements calling for a wide range of responses ranging from tolerance and understanding to vigilance and the protection of democratic principles. Many academics chastised themselves for not making conservative perspectives on campus more visible prior to the election. Others felt they had not done enough to demand truth and statements about public controversies based on facts. National elections represent a teachable moment in college student learning. Over the past two years, the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University has been studying campus climates - the norms, structures, behaviors, and attitudes – for political learning and engagement in democracy. From that research, we’ve identified several attributes of campus climates that may be conducive to political learning for all students, not just a few. Using resources developed by IDHE, workshop participants will have an opportunity to examine what worked and what did not work on their campuses during the 2016 election season. Participants will also examine their political climates beyond election seasons, with particular attention to areas for growth. Participants will leave with new tools, language, and perspectives for educating the next generation of politically engaged students in the context of the current national and regional political landscape in the U.S. 

  • Integrating Civic Responsibility into the Curriculum
    Organizers: Gail Robinson, Education Consultant; Duane Oakes, Faculty Director, Center for Community & Civic Engagement, Mesa Community College (Ariz.); Emily Morrison, Assistant Professor, Sociology, and Director, Human Services and Social Justice Program, George Washington University (DC.); and Cathy Doyle, Director, Sarbanes Center for Public and Community Service, Anne Arundel Community College (Md.)

    Community engagement and academic learning are central to higher education's mission. Explore ways to help faculty, staff, and administrators prepare students for effective involvement in a diverse democratic society, and examine the role and obligation of higher education to produce good citizens. This interactive workshop features hands-on activities that include looking at service learning from charity and social justice perspectives; identifying appropriate reflection activities; analyzing course syllabi for elements of civic responsibility and civic engagement; reviewing syllabi from the perspectives of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners; and integrating purposeful civic learning strategies into college courses.

  • Student Pre-Conference Workshop
    For undergraduate students only
    Organized by the 2017 CLDE Student InternsAmber Austin, student, Tarrant County College (Texas); Tyler Ferrari, student, Chapman University (Calif.); and Christina Melecio, student, Winona State University (Minn.)

    This workshop will introduce students to #CLDEStuds17 that will provide a space to discuss issues that focus on being an active participant in the local and national communities, and will give students the tools to be effective activists in their communities. These open discussions will be held in large and small groups to effectively dissect the topics being discussed. To thoroughly accomplish our goals at the conference we hope that our peers come with open minds, and thoughtful ideas to contribute to discussions not only at this conference, but at home with their peers. There will be additional information closer to the conference for those who register. We hope to engage our attendees with new, and exciting, information that can further reach students across the nation, and actively enhance the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement initiatives. 

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Walking and Bus Tours

  • Walking Tour 1 | Westside of Downtown Baltimore 
    Sponsored by University of Maryland Baltimore County

    Maximum registration 15 | No fee
    Exploring Baltimore history through a social justice lens led by Nicole King, Ph.D. Dr. King is Associate Professor and Chair of American Studies at UMBC. 
  • Walking Tour 2 | Baltimore "Untour"
    Sponsored by University of Maryland Baltimore County

    Maximum registration 11 | No fee
    An opportunity to engage with UMBC faculty while exploring Baltimore history through a social justice lens. Guided by UMBC faculty/staff member Joby Taylor, Director, Peaceworker Program at The Shriver Center/UMBC.

  • Exploratory Session by Bus | Right to the City - Curtis Bay: Community Engagement through a Mobile App
    Sponsored by Towson University 
    Maximum registration 44 | No fee
    Towson University (anthropology students, faculty, and United Workers-Free Your Voice) have been working on a participatory action research project with high-school students in environmental science classes to qualitatively study the environmental hazards in South Baltimore. Seize this opportunity to explore this work, with Nicole Fabricant, associate professor; and Matthew Durington and Samuel Collins, Professors, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Towson University (http://www.nicolefabricant.com).

Thursday, June 8

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
NASPA Lead Initiative Institutions Breakfast and Workshop
For NASPA Lead Initiative campuses

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
ADP Breakfast and Organizing Meeting
All ADP campus participants encouraged to attend; includes ADP awards presentations and planning for the 2017-2018 academic year
All meeting participants from AASCU/ADP campuses are encouraged to attend. This session will include ADP awards presentations and planning for the 2017-2018 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 
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
TDC Breakfast and Organizing Meeting 
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 2017-2018 academic year in addition to updates about current initiatives and ways in which to engage with the national office. 
Organizer: Verdis Robinson, National Director, The Democracy Commitment, AASCU  

11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
2017 Voter Engagement Symposium: Engaging Locally & Strategizing Digitally
Lunch provided; RSVP now via registration as event is 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 engage student voters in not one, but all of their elections. Together, we will learn about specific nonpartisan tactics for institutionalizing voter registration on campus and making voting a default student experience. While a presidential election year provides additional resources for and an increased focus on voting, we’ll discuss action items that can be implemented in a non-presidential year to create a more democratically engaged campus and community. All interested parties are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided, as saving democracy tends to work up quite the appetite!

11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Beyond the Dream: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Lunch provided; RSVP now via registration as event is capped at 100 participants
Enjoy a catered lunch while watching Beyond the Dream, a Roadtrip Nation documentary. Everyone seems to have a voice in the immigration debate—except immigrants, themselves. Hear immigrants tell their stories in their own words, on their own terms—and for the first time. Explore the immigrant experience through the eyes of Alexis, Rachel, and Pratishtha: three undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country at a young age, and have been temporarily granted partial—but not full—protection against deportation. Determined to clarify their futures despite their murky status, they set out to talk to fellow immigrants who’ve found success, learning that lines on a map don’t make you who you are. It's not where you're born, but where you go in life, that defines you.

Join us following the film for a panel discussion as we explore the “undocumented immigrant” label along with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act (or DACA) and its implications for educators, administrators, students, and allies.

Moderator: Megan Dester, senior program manager, Roadtrip Nation
Panelists: Teri Lyn Hinds, Director of policy research and advocacy, NASPA; Pratishtha Khanna, Road-tripper and Class of 2014, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Brian Murphy, President, De Anza College (Calif.) and co-founder, The Democracy Commitment; and Barmak Nassirian, Director of federal relations and policy analysis, AASCU

Noon - 1 p.m.
Lunch on Own

2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
CLDE 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
The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education.  The 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE17) is a conference designed around an emergent theory of change adapted from elements of the 2012 Crucible Moment report.  Like this report, the CLDE17 conference invites participants to consider what does a civic-minded campus look like? To this end, several threads within the civic engagement movement will be considered including: how to build campus cultures and contexts that foster civic ethos, civic literacy and skill building, civic inquiry, civic action, and civic identity and agency. To learn more about how to navigate the 2017 CLDE meeting, attend this session hosted by the 2017 CLDE Meeting Planning Committee.
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
OPENING PLENARY | CivEd Talks and Our CLDE Theory of Change
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 three 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. Together we'll explore our emergent theory of change which asks that we consider how together we can build campus cultures and contexts that foster: civic ethos, civic literacy and skill building, civic inquiry, civic action, and civic agency.

Opening remarks by:  Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) 

CivEd Talks:

  • Millennial Conservatism and Civic Engagement: No, Really, What Do Young Conservatives Want?

    Young conservatives are here to stay, and in 2016, they voted in higher numbers -- and exhibited higher engagement with candidates and issues -- than they had in the past 20 years. But millennial conservatives aren't social conservatives, and they aren't necessarily fiscal conservatives, either. Jane Coaston will review the latest polling data and analytics to discuss what we're hearing -- and not hearing -- from a demographic that will impact our politics, and our policies, for decades to come. 
    Speaker:  Jane Coaston, political reporter, MTV News

  • Doing Civic Engagement through a Wicked Problems Lens: The Case for Passionate Impartiality
    Amid perhaps the most polarized time in our nation’s history, the quality of public discourse has also reached historic lows. Civic engagement practitioners must find ways to build capacity in our communities and campuses to change the dialogue, work against the overly adversarial climate, and support the kind of conversation democracy requires. Martin Carcasson will make the case for taking a “wicked problems” perspective on tough issues to work toward improving the quality of public discourse and building the necessary civic skill sets and mindsets in our students.
    Speaker: Martín Carcasson, Founder and Director, Center for Public Deliberation, Colorado State University

  • Citizen Power

    Far too many Americans are illiterate in power – what it is, how it operates, why some individuals have more than others. As a result, those few who do understand power wield it disproportionately. How can you learn to activate your civic power to see problems through fresh eyes and bypass broken institutions, stale ideologies, and divisive politics? Eric Liu answered this question in his recent book You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen. In this talk about power and civic purpose, Eric Liu expounds the values, knowledge and skills of effective citizenship, and rejuvenates the meaning of being an active American. 
    Speaker: Eric Liu, CEO, Citizen University

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Candid Conversations with Plenary Speaker(s)

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception and Poster Sessions/Campus & Friends Showcase

Friday, June 9

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast Sessions
9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
PLENARY SESSION | Dialogue and Deliberation Forum: Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?

NIF Safety and Justice - coverAfter falling steadily for decades, the rate of violent crime in the US rose in 2015 and 2016. Interactions between citizens and police too often end in violence. People are increasingly worried about safety in their communities. Many Americans are concerned something is going on with violence in communities, law enforcement, and race that is undermining the national ideals of safety and justice for all. Citizens and police need goodwill and cooperation in order to ensure safety and justice. Any possible option will require that we give up something we hold dear.  Each year the nonpartisan National Issues Forums Institute promotes public deliberations over some of the toughest issues that our communities and the nation face. Using briefing materials prepared by the Kettering Foundation, this plenary will provide opportunities for people to consider the options and difficult choices that our communities and the nation must make if we are going to make progress together, and how to carry out this form of democratic practice in classrooms, campuses, and communities. This plenary session will provide attendees with hands-on, interactive experience in deliberative democracy that can be applied across higher education. 

Trained moderators are desired to assist in small group discussions; email  adp@aascu.org if you’re willing to serve as a table moderator.

Organizers: Kara Lindaman, Professor of Political Science, Winona State University (Minn.); John Dedrick, Vice-President, Kettering Foundation; William Muse, President Emeritus, National Issues Forum Institute; and John J. Theis, Executive Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Lone Star College (Texas)

11:15 a.m. - Noon
Concurrent Sessions
Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Saturday, June 10

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast Sessions
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
PLENARY | The Theory of Our Work - Today and Tomorrow: What’s Next? 

Since the publication of the A Crucible Moment report in 2012, many higher education professionals have engaged further in the CLDE field in the hopes of fulfilling the vision laid out by our colleagues to create a more socially just, civically engaged, and democratically-minded future. In this plenary session, participants will engage in conversation about the emerging theory of change for our conference and work, based on Crucible Moment. How are these components -- civic ethos, civic literacy and skill building, civic inquiry, civic action, and civic agency -- actualized on our campuses and outside of the campus community. This session is intended to answer: What’s Next? You’ll hear from conference attendees about their vision for CLDE and how YOU can help hone our emergent theory.

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
12:30 p.m.
Meeting Officially Adjourns

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
ADP Steering Committee Meeting
ADP steering committee members only

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
TDC National Leadership Team Meeting

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Voter Friendly Campus Meeting
All campus participants who received the Voter Friendly Campus (VFC) designation are encouraged to attend; includes those interested in applying for 2019-2020

This session will include an overview of the VFC process and next steps for campuses that received the designation. Participants can anticipate active participation in the planning for the 2017-2018 academic year and fall 2018 semester.  
Organizers: Michael Burns, National Director and Debi Lombardi, National Field Director, Campus Vote Project; and Stephanie Reynolds, Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA. 

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Eric Liu - book coverRegistration Fee includes all program sessions and materials; reception on Thursday; and breakfasts on Friday and Saturday.

For those that register by June 1, the registration fee also includes a free copy of Eric Liu's newest book You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen (March 2017). The book will be distributed at onsite registration and Eric Liu will be available to sign copies following his CivEd Talk during the opening plenary on Thursday, June 8th.

Individual Fee: $595 
Register as an individual if only one person from your ADP/TDC/NASPA campus is attending. 

Team Member Registration Fee: $545
If more than one person from your ADP/TDC/NASPA campus is attending the meeting, you may use the Team Member Registration Fee. 

Student Registration Fee: $350
Registration rate for undergraduate and full-time graduate students at AASCU/ADP/TDC/NASPA colleges and universities.  

Non-Member Registration Fee: $725
Register as a non-member if you or your organization is not AASCU/ADP/TDC/NASPA institutional member.

Guest Registration Fee: $95
Only registered attendees can register a guest.  A guest is considered someone who will NOT be participating in the program, but will be attending 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 Institute Fees: 

  • Full-Day Institute: $120/individual
  • Half-Day Institute: $65/individual
  • Student Pre-conference Workshop (half-day afternoon, students only): No additional fee

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How to Register

Click here to access our online registration system.

Please note: In order to register, you must first sign in to your AASCU account. If you do not already have an AASCU account, you can create one by clicking the "create a new account" button under the sign-in box.

When you register, please be sure to select the correct registration category. See "Fees" above for a description of each category.

If you need assistance with the registration process, please contact Felicia Durham, AASCU's Meeting Registrar, at durhamf@aascu.org or (202) 478-4673.

Membership status in ADP and TDC are based upon institutional memberships.

Registration for NASPA members is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional NASPA  member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. If your institution is NOT a NASPA member, then you may join at the associate affiliate. For more information regarding membership status, call the NASPA Office at 202-265-7500.

Not sure if your campus is a member of ADP or TDC? Not sure if you are a member of NASPA? Click on the below links and find out! 
APD Members (Visit www.aascu.org/programs/adp/participantsbystate/)
TDC Members (Visit thedemocracycommitment.org/tdc-membership/member-institutions/)
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The Meeting Hotel (Baltimore Marriott Waterfront) is almost completely booked. For attendees needing rooms, we recommend the nearby  Hyatt Place Baltimore/Inner Harbor, which has agreed to honor our $179 room rate (plus taxes). The Hyatt is approximately three blocks from the meeting hotel.

Hyatt Place Baltimore/Inner Harbor (overflow)
511 South Central Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202

To book rooms at our rate, please call (888) 591-1234 and reference AASCU or visit this link:


Baltimore Marriott Waterfront (meeting hotel)
700 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: (410) 385-3000
Toll-free: 1-888-236-2427
Room Rate
The special conference rate is $179 for a standard room plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 15.5%).
To obtain this rate, rooms needed to be booked by Tuesday May 16, 2017.

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellation Fee: $150
If you must cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund if the cancellation is before 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 25th.  There will be a $150 cancellation fee after that date. Special circumstances will be handled on an individual basis. Guest meals should be cancelled by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, May 27th for a full refund; no refund is available after that date.




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