Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) means promoting the education of students for engaged citizenship through democratic participation in their communities, respect and appreciation of diversity, applied learning and social responsibility. The CLDE focus area supports discussion, educational programming, and professional development to help student affairs professionals provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make a difference in their communities. To enhance and develop your understanding of CLDE, this focus area shares information from NASPA’s Lead Initiative, knowledge communities, NASPA conferences and events, and research and publications.
The CLDE focus area draw expertise from NASPA's members through the Lead Initiative as well as the Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Knowledge Community's working group: Service-Learning and Community Engagement (SLCE).
While the responsibility of this task is shared among faculty, administrators, policymakers, and community leaders, the brief argues that student affairs leadership is crucial to institutionalizing civic learning and…Buy
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What should college and university administrators do when the First Amendment seemingly conflicts with tightly held institutional values? Should administrators block, discourage, or attempt to adjudicate speech because it…Buy
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, a powerful new force, student activism, appeared on the campuses of America's colleges and universities. Student Freedom In American Higher Education brought…Buy
This updated set of Professional Competency Areas is intended to define the broad professional knowledge, skills, and, in some cases, attitudes expected of student affairs professionals regardless of their…Buy
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NASPA recognizes its campuses for promoting civic learning and democratic engagement with the following awards and initiatives:
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This election year will be an exciting one for University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL). They have been working over the summer planning election-specific activities for students that will begin almost as soon as they arrive on campus. Throughout the fall semester, there will be voter registration drives held by members of the League of Women Voters and the Associated Students of the University of Missouri, a nonpartisan and nonprofit student lobbying organization made up of students enrolled in any University of Missouri campus. Having organizations with no political affiliation conduct voter registration makes it more likely that students from a variety of political perspectives will be encouraged to register. These two groups will work together to have several registration drives leading up to the general election.
Often in higher education, we think of the concept of stewardship from a perspective rooted strictly in philanthropy: cultivating and caring for a donor or prospective donor and then ensuring their gift is used responsibly and consistently with their intent. We continue to see the importance of campus as public square daily through, among other examples, increasing student activism related to the current presidential campaign and other critical emerging and re-emerging social and societal issues.
Miami University’s regional campus in Hamilton, Ohio provides diverse civic opportunities for students, geared toward preparing them for life outside college and connecting them to the Butler County community. The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) trains student volunteers who do voter registration drives at least once a week until the registration deadline. Students hand out sample ballots and encourage students check their registration status on laptops. The CCE then delivers all local registration forms to the Butler County Board of Elections.