2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting

2019 CLDE

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 to Saturday, June 8, 2019
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

AASCU's American Democracy Project (ADP) and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 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 our democracy need.

About the Conference

Our 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE19) is a conference intended to 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 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 6 and ends on Saturday, June 8 at approximately 1p.m. Pre-conference workshops and meetings are planned for Wednesday, June 5 beginning at 9 a.m. Please plan on arriving in Fort Lauderdale no later than Wednesday, June 5 (Tuesday, June 4th for pre-conference participants). You can plan to depart Fort Lauderdale on Saturday in the late afternoon; know that the conference hotel rate will be available June 4 and extended through Sunday, June 9, for those who would like to stay longer to explore the beach and surrounding Fort Lauderdale area. 

Be sure to watch the #CivEdTalks from the 2018 CLDE meeting in preparation for CLDE19 in Fort Lauderdale:

Interested in being a part of the planning committee? Submit your resume and statement of interest to Stephanie King ( sking@naspa.org) by October 31, 2018

Join us in Fort Lauderdale as we work to advance the civic learning and democratic engagement movement across higher education. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Stephanie King
Director of Civic Engagement and Knowledge Community Initiatives 
sking@naspa.org  |  (202) 719-1193 

Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director of Constituent Experience
events@naspa.org  |  (202) 265-7500 ext. 1183 


Call for proposal is now CLOSED.
Our program proposal review process is critical to the success of the Conference. We encourage you to sign-up to be program reviewer via the button below, which will navigate you directly to the position posting. Sign-up to volunteer to be a program viewer

Looking for tips on writing an effective AASCU proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.
Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting.
Stephanie King 
Director of Civic Engagement and Knowledge Community Initiatives  
sking@naspa.org  |  (202) 719-1193  


If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting e-mail CLDEsponsorship@naspa.org by April 30, 2019.
Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org or Ramona Crawford at AASCU at 202.478.4645 or via email at crawfordr@aascu.org

Download Sponsor & Exhibitor form (pdf)


October 31, 2018: Committee Member Interest Statements Due
May 01, 2019: Early-bird Registration Deadline
May 14, 2019: Hotel Booking Deadline
May 31, 2019: Regular Registration Deadline

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Visit NASPA website to view the full schedule

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Registration Fee includes all program sessions and materials; reception on Thursday; and breakfasts on Friday and Saturday. For our lowest, early-bird rates, be sure to register by Wednesday, May 1.

Individual Fee: $525 early-bird / $595 regular
Register as an individual if only one person from your AASCU / ADP / NASPA campus is attending.

Team Member Registration Fee: $475 early-bird / $545 regular
If more than one person from your AASCU / ADP / NASPA campus is attending the meeting, you may use the Team Member Registration Fee. Please contact Stephanie King at sking@naspa.org for the registration code.

Student Registration Fee: $360
Registration rate for undergraduate and full-time graduate students at AASCU / ADP / NASPA colleges and universities.

Non-Member Registration Fee: $625 early-bird / $725 regular
Register as a non-member if you or your organization is not AASCU / ADP / 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
  • Afternoon Student Pre-conference Workshop (half-day afternoon, students only): No additional fee

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Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
3030 Holiday Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 525-4000

Room Rate/Night
$222 - Singe, Double, Triple, and Quad occupancy $272 - Suites

There is a special conference rate at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa of $222 for a standard room plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 12% occupancy tax and a $20 Daily Resort Fee).
Note: room rate is for single, double, triple, or quad occupancy. Suites are available at $272/night plus taxes and resort fee.  

Rate is good three days prior and three days after the meeting dates. 
To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Tuesday May 14, 2019


Cancellation & Refund Policytop

The cancellation deadline for a full refund is May 1, 2019, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  Please click here to submit a refund request.  This program may be canceled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues.

Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to sking@naspa.org.

Purchase Orders: 
NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting theView Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.




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