Introducing the 2017 CLDE Meeting Planning Committee
The Association of American State Colleges and Universities’ American Democracy Project (ADP), and The Democracy Commitment (TDC), in partnership with NASPA and its Lead Initiative are proud to announce its committee members for the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, from June 7-10, 2017.
Toothbrushes and Screwdrivers: The First Step of Community Partner Relationship Building
Are there right and wrong ways to use civic engagement to make the world a better place? Is any engagement work always better than no engagement work, or is it possible to do more harm than good? We hear all the time about the dangers of the “savior complex” and “voluntourism,” ways in which someone can think they are doing good work in a community while their accomplishments are far more problematic in reality.
Campus Profile #3: Chatham University
At Chatham, students are the best messengers and promoters for events happening on campus. Students are more likely to attend events where they know many of their peers will be. They’re also much more receptive to messages delivered by fellow students. Chatham’s administration provides a strong foundation toward making sure its student body is civically engaged. Following its lead, students took it upon themselves to register and educate their cohorts. With these two units working together, the possibilities for the Chatham network to improve the community around them are endless.
Professional Development and You
We all know professional development is important. But we also know that professional development is expensive. The question then becomes what should we go to? Where do we have to go? And how often do we go?
Civic Engagement: A Good Neighbor
Civic Engagement at NJIT is an integral part of the university’s culture, harmonizing academic learning, personal development, and community benefit. NJIT’s students, faculty, and staff are engaged in our local community, statewide, and globally for the preparation of our graduates not only as professionals but also as citizens. The civically-engaged institution must be committed to direct interaction with its constituencies in the community and civic sector through the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, expertise, and information. In the last year over 3, 000 NJIT students contributed more than 52, 000 hours of service to 260 non-profits in the greater Newark, NJ area and beyond.
Deepening Student Learning and Community Impact through Intentional Community Partnerships
As a professional in higher education civic engagement, my work centers around developing and managing community programs that engage students in meaningful ways while encouraging personal, professional, and civic growth. I encounter questions about running successful community-based programs regularly in my interactions with colleagues across campus, but the question that most challenges me—as well as other civic engagement professionals, is, “What impact are our students actually having in the community?”