2014 NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference

June 12 – June 14, 2014
Miami, Florida

The 2014 NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Conference is a professional development opportunity to educate participants about the civic learning initiatives championed by the field of student affairs.

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The 2014 NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Conference is a professional development opportunity to educate participants about the civic learning initiatives championed by the field of student affairs. Designed for those new to civic engagement roles as well as seasoned scholars and practitioners, the NASPA CLDE conference offers a variety of dynamic learning opportunities to enhance civic engagement work by student affairs practitioners.

 Participants will gain insights from promising practices and current research to develop their professional competencies, develop a more comprehensive understanding of civic learning and democratic engagement, and acquire new skills and strategies to improve their professional practice.

 The NASPA CLDE conference is also supported by our Lead Initiative, a project recognizing a network of 73 postsecondary institutions for their commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement.

 Attend this conference to:

  • Engage in a learning community to share personal and professional experiences in educating students for lives of citizenship;

  • Acknowledge, recognize, and discuss the inherent tensions and challenges that lie with educating about democracy and engagement;

  • Expand your leadership ability to develop, sustain and grow civic engagement in their student affairs divisions, on their campuses, and in the field;

  • Learn tools and strategies to strengthen their ability to foster and deepen their campus’s engagement with their local, national, and global communities;

  • Network and connect with other student affairs professionals dedicated to civic education;

  • Be exposed to and integrate the latest research findings from the scholarly field studying civic learning and democratic engagement;

  • Gain opportunities for professional reflection and career development.

Institutional Team Attendance

NASPA encourages institutional team attendance at this event.  By having a multidisciplinary team, colleges and universities increase the probability of successfully implementing improved civic learning and democratic engagement programs when they get back to campus.  The best implementation of student learning and outcomes requires collaboration from both academic and student affairs to fully educate students for citizenship. The committee encourages campuses to send representatives from the following areas in order to allow for substantive conversations around how to create change on your campus:

  • Chief Student Affairs Officers
  • Student Affairs Educators
  • Provosts
  • Faculty Members
  • Academic Affairs Administrators
  • Educational Researchers
  • Institutional Researchers
  • Graduate Students
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NASPA is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP™ solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Forms and information will be provided at the conference.


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Chief Student Affairs Officer
  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Faculty
  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Graduate
  • Senior Level


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Call for Programs

The conference planning committee is seeking proposals that effectively link student affairs practice to the values of civic learning and democratic engagement.  Presenters will be asked to identify the intended audience for their session; beginner, intermediate and advanced. Additionally, the conference planning committee will select programs based upon the programs' relationship to the conference themes and learning outcomes.  

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Assessment of Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

    Assessment is vitally important to the civic learning and democratic engagement movement; it provides valuable information about student learning and can inform decisions by institutional leaders.  Sessions in this theme will share successful assessment techniques, tools, and stories by experienced researchers and practitioners.

    • How does one write institutional, departmental and activity level learning outcomes related to CLDE?
    • What can be done to engage and train staff in quality assessment implementation?
    • How do you create and design institution-specific surveys?  What existing resources are available?
    • What are the different data techniques and methods used to measure learning outcomes related to CLDE?
    • What are the best and most effective ways to develop, collect, analyze and act upon evidence of student learning and persistence?

  • Developing Community Partnerships

    Developing strong, mutually-beneficial requires collaboration, communication, clear expectations and relationships.  Sessions in this theme will highlight campus-community partnerships and the ways in which partnerships can lead to improved outcomes for all.  

    • How are community partnerships developed, nurtured and maintained?  Is there a system in place to recognize these relationships and measure the impact on students, campus, and community?
    • How are community partners and voices involved with the institutional decision making, student learning outcomes and defining needs?  What are ways to ensure that  campus-community partnerships are not “mutually beneficial” in name only?
    • What challenges do institutions and community partners face in educating students for citizenship?

  • Engaging Diverse Students

    With the diversification of American higher education, CLDE offers opportunities to engage all students in their community and our democracy.  Colleges and universities must evaluate their campus outreach and programming to ensure that adult, part-time, minority, low-income, and commuter students have opportunities to participate in civic learning.  Topics in this theme may include: 

    • How are students, particularly diverse students, included in the civic life of their campus and community?  
    • For post-traditional populations, (commuter, first generation, adult, part-time, low-income students) how does your institutional programming intentionally provide civic learning and democratic engagement opportunities? 

  • Partnering with Academic Affairs

    Educating for civic learning and democratic engagement requires collaboration with community, faculty, student affairs educators, students, and staff. Partnerships between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs are requisite to integrate student learning, community experiences, and leadership. Topics in this theme may include:

    • How do student affairs educators and academic affairs colleagues partner and collaborate to support student learning?
    • What are best practices for academic and student affairs to take co-ownership in advancing students’ civic learning?  
    • What are the necessary components of an effective working relationship with academic affairs?

  • Promising Practices in Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

    The promising practices theme is intended to be an opportunity for those engaged in quality civic learning and democratic initiative to share their successes.  These promising practices may occur at the program, department, or divisional level.  Sessions should provide some instruction so that participants may be able to adapt what they learn to their own assessment processes.  Topics may include:

    • What processes are in place to implement capacity building, professional development and training across the division of student affairs to promote civic learning and democratic engagement?
    • How is the culture and language of civic learning and democratic engagement an integrated part of the division of student affairs?
    • How does civic learning and democratic engagement programming connect and relate to other student affairs divisional efforts?

Submission Timeline
  • November 13, 2013
    Call for Programs Opens
  • January 17, 2014
    Call for Program Reviewers Closes
  • February 10, 2014
    Call for Programs Closes
  • March 10, 2014
    Program Notifications Sent
  • March 17, 2014
    Program Confirmation Required
  • March 28, 2014
    Schedule Posted Online

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA 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 2014 NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference.

Lindsey Hammond
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Phone: (202) 719-1180
Email: lhammond@naspa.org


Click here to download a PDF version of the schedule. PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is updated as of 5/30/2014 and is subject to change. 

Thu, Jun 12

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Registration
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-conference Workshops
Bridging the Gap to Develop a Civic-Minded Institution: An Institutional Self-Assessment Model
Engaging Academic Affairs in Aligning Civic Learning Across the Institution
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Conference Opening and Welcome
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary Session: Now What? Shaping the Future of Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement in Higher Education
Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D., Faculty Associate, Leadership and Community Service-Learning, University of Maryland
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
General Interest Sessions
Assessing Community Service Events for Evidence of Student Development of Civic-Mindedness
Connecting students beyond the campus: Regional collaborations for Social Change
Seeing U.S. Through Their Eyes
Students Learning and Leading in the Center for Civic Engagement
The CUNY Service Corps: Utilizing Experiential Learning Strategies to Create Program Culture
Walk Before You Run: A Beginner's Guide to Establishing Civic Engagement on Your Campus
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
General Interest Sessions
Certificate in Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship - A Collaborative Affair
Creating a Plan to Assess Student Leadership and Development
Engaging Student in Politics: Building a Skill Set for Democratic Participation
No Center, No Course, No Problem!
Reimaging Food and Reimaging Relationships: Building a Framework for Integrating Student Learning
The Continuum of Learning and Critical Reflection: Serve, Connect, Learn
5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Community Partner Panel
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Reception with Poster Sessions
Creating and Running a Community Partner Mini-Grant
Cross-Cultural Involvement: Review of International Student Community Engagement in Higher Education
Displays of Civic Mindedness: An Assessment of Democracy Plaza
Faculty perspectives on service learning: A ten-year qualitative study
Student Affairs & Academic Affairs Collaboration Through Service-Learning Faculty Fellows

Fri, Jun 13

7:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Registration
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Lead Institution Breakfast
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Morning Plenary Session: Creating Campus Climates that Support Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
Robert Reason, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Student Affairs and Higher Education, Iowa State University
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Powerful Pathways in Creating Change: The Intersection of Social Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement
Democratic Dialogue for Civic Learning in Co-Curricular Activities
Promising Practices for Engaging Students in Politics
More than counting hours: Assessing meaningful civic outcomes
Using TurboVote to Institutionalize Voter Engagement On Your Campus
Civics, Citizenship, and Saving the Democracy
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Conference Break (Lunch on Own)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
General Interest Sessions
"But knowing and being there are different things:" An Examination of Service-Learning
HOT TOPICS: Student-to-Student Cultural Dialogues
Infusing Civic Learning into Career Services’ Programs, Assessment and Operations.
Moving Beyond the "Like" button- New Ways to Engage in Social Change
Sustaining Partnerships in Sustainable Development: The St. Thomas University/Port-de-Paix, Haiti, Global Solidarity Project
What are students learning and how do we help?: Four themes for practitioner reflection.
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
General Interest Sessions
Assessing Campus Climate: The Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory
Measuring Student Community Engagement - The National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement
Election 2014: How to Help Your Students Register and Vote
Staying on the Same Page: Incorporating a Tiered Model for Transparent Partnerships
The impact of a mandatory service component at two Mexican Higher Education Institutions
The Impact of Immersion: Academic/Student Affairs Partnerships to Advance Civic Learning
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
General Interest Sessions
Two Models for Promoting Civil Dialogue Around Democratic Issues
Developing Political Engagement Through Connecting Course Objectives to Current Events
Strategic Civic Engagement Opportunities with TurboVote
From Volunteering to Active Citizenship: Transforming a Campus Climate
Spring Cleaning: Dusting Away the Cobwebs of Volunteer Services to Make Room for Better Citizens
UM Civic Scholars Program: An Innovative Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Partnership
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
General Interest Sessions
CLEWS for Building Community Leaders: Can Civic Participation Increase Retention?
Controversy and Civility within Campus Demonstrations: Creating a Culture of Democratic Engagement
Giving Civic Engagement a “Beach Front” Location
Head, Heart, Hand: Global Civic Engagement at an Access Institution
Reinvent Reflection through Digital Storytelling: The Pedagogical Strategy and How-To
Student Poll Worker Programs: Giving Students Hands-On Experience With Democracy
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Reception - Sponsored by Florida Campus Compact and Miami Dade College

Sat, Jun 14

7:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Registration/Information Desk
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Small Colleges and Universities Roundtable
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Closing Plenary Session: What You Need to Know and Do to be an Effective Citizen
Senator Bob Graham, Former Florida Governor and Florida Senator
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
General Interest Sessions
From Civic Volunteerism to Political Engagement at Saint Louis University
Infusing Civic Engagement In Your Student Staff Training
Short-Term Immersion Programs: An Assessment of Holistically Engaged Learning
Tapping Into Adult Students’ Dormant Desire to Integrate, Participate and Become Engaged
What You Do Matters: A Chicago Partnership Inspires Students to Become Agents for Positive Change
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
General Interest Sessions
Developing a Co-curricular and Curricular Civic Engagement Partnership: A Case Study
Developing Students in Sustained Partnerships: A Pathway to Capacity Building Placements
Growing Leadership in STEM: Producing Great Scientists and Citizens
Moving Beyond Traditional Community Service: An Academic Framework for Community Based Learning
The Co-Curricular Transcript - You Complete Me. Documenting the Total Student Experience
Using Reflective Practice to Assess Student Learning Outcomes for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

All Pre-Conference Workshops will occur on Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and are an additional fee. 

Bridging the Gap to Develop a Civic-Minded Institution: An Institutional Self-Assessment Model

Thursday, June 12th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Location: Picasso

J.R. Jamison, Associate Director - Indiana Campus Compact
Maggie Stevens, Executive Director - Indiana Campus Compact

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The value of civic-mindedness is growing on college campuses, but are we prepared for the shifts needed with the institutional structure? Indiana Campus Compact will take you on a journey of exploring an institutional planning rubric that brings together Academic/Student Affairs to guide institutional work in and with communities. Aggregate data from over 20 campuses that completed the rubric will be shared, and participants will test the rubric and learn how to lead the process on their campuses.

Engaging Academic Affairs in Aligning Civic Learning Across the Institution

Thursday, June 12th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Location: Tenor

Char Gray, Executive Director - PA Campus Compact
Debby Scire, Executive Director - Campus Compact of New Hampshire

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In order for institutions to embrace the renewed call to civic learning and truly embed it in their culture and practices (see A Crucible Moment), it must be inculcated across the institution. While today academic service learning and co-curricular service experiences abound at institutions, civic learning is the key to building an active citizenry committed to the public good. “Civic learning….any learning that contributes to student preparation for community or public involvement in a diverse democratic society…explicitly direct and purposeful (MJCSL Workbook, p.38).”Through this institute, leaders from both student and academic affairs will have an opportunity to: Create shared understanding of institutional cultures across divisions; Gain insight into current trends shaping civic and community engagement such as civic learning; Identify opportunities to leverage partnerships across the institution to align civic learning; Create common understanding of language associated with community engagement and civic learning; Develop an action plan for implementation. This institute is designed for institutional teams of at least one representative from each division i.e. student affairs, academic affairs.


Online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014. On-site registration will be available in Miami during regular registration hours. 

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.  If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration.  Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

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Registration Fees

Registration Type Early-Bird before 04/11/2014 Regular 04/12/2014 to 05/09/2014 Late after 05/10/2014
Full Registration
NASPA Member $410 $460 $535
Non-Member $610 $660 $735
NASPA Student Member $115 $170 $220
Pre-Conference Workshop $65 $85 $85


Jennifer Vaseleck
Meeting Planner
Email: jvaseleck@naspa.org
Phone: (202) 719-1189


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Group Registration:
NASPA offers discounts for attendees registering in groups of two or more individuals. To apply for this discount please contact NASPA at office@naspa.org. Please include in the email your name, the conference you're registering for, your institution name, and how many individuals you're registering. Our membership department will contact you once they've received this information.

Purchase Orders: 
Purchase orders will NOT be accepted for registration. There is now a Bill Me option online if you need to submit paperwork to your accounting office to have a check cut for your registration payment. Please use that option when registering online.

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by May 16, 2014, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.  We are unable to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. With prior approval, anyone registered but who cannot attend may send a substitute. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant. The membership status of the substitute must be the same as the registrant in order to have the same registration fee applied. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration 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-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences.

NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to refund@naspa.org. Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after May 16, 2014.  Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at events@naspa.org.


  • Senator Bob Graham

    Senator Bob Graham

    Former Florida Governor and Florida Senator and Chair
    Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida

    Speaker Bio

  • Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D.

    Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D.

    Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life
    University of Maryland, College Park

    Speaker Bio

  • Robert Reason, Ph.D.

    Robert Reason, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Student Affairs and Higher Education
    Iowa State University

    Speaker Bio


Hilton Miami Downtown
Miami, FL

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Miami Downtown

  • Travel

    Miami is serviced by Miami International Airport (MIA). The Hilton Miami is approximately 15 minutes from the airport.

  • Transportation

    Shuttles & Taxi Cabs

    For more information on shuttle and taxi cab services, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the MIA website.

    Car Rentals

    For information regarding car rentals, including available companies and contact information, please visit the Car Rental section of the MIA website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Miami in June are approximately 85 degrees F during the day. Please visit the Weather Channel before you travel for the most up to date information regarding weather.

Additional Info

We hope that you will explore Miami, when not busy with the conference or if you arrive in the city before the program begins. There are plenty of things to do and see if you are a first-time visitor or even if you have been to Miami many times. The official tourism website for Miami is one of many online resources available to visitors.

The dress for NASPA events is business casual.

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