#CLDE17 OPENING PLENARY | CivEd Talks and Our CLDE Theory of Change
The 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting organized by the American Democracy Project (ADP), the Democracy Project (TDC) and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, is continuing the conversation set forth during the #CLDE16 meeting by introducing our emergent theory of change adapted from elements of the 2012 A Crucible Moment report. We encourage attendees to reflect on how to build campus cultures that enhance the following threads of our work: civic ethos, civic literacy and skill building, civic inquiry, civic action and civic agency.
Are We Doing Enough?
The question remains, though, how active is the Le Moyne College community? Are we building capacity, utilizing new methods to raise funds and awareness for these community organizations or are we stuck in a rut of doing the same thing? Are we expanding to other organizations?
2017 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Convergence
The beginning of a new year always brings about feelings of excitement and anticipation for me. I’m always making a list of things I’m looking forward to or pushing myself to achieve in the new year. One of the things I’m most looking forward is a chance to gather at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, May 22-24, 2017, for the 2017 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Convergence. #RSSIConvergence is a gathering designed for professionals and students working in higher education, featuring amazing conversations and specialists who are leading the discussion on what is means to support the religious and non-religious identities of students in higher education. We want you to be there, to engage in the conversation that is so needed in higher education and to bring about your unique experiences so that we can all learn from one another.
The Qualitative Renaissance
It is 5:30am. The air is cold and crisp in the January darkness at George Mason University. I arrive to campus and am greeted by the positive energy and enthusiasm of the members of Student Government and their advisors. The students huddle together, buzzing excitedly about the day ahead, fueled partially by doughnuts and Starbucks, but primarily by the adventure that awaits 90-miles away. Today, members of our university community will board buses for a two-hour trip to our state’s capital. Today is the annual Mason Lobbies Day, a day where students and alumni meet with Virginia legislators to advocate for their priorities within higher education. Among their legislative priorities for this year are student financial aid, enrollment growth, and veteran’s initiatives. The university’s ability to provide quantitative data is especially helpful for opportunities like Mason Lobbies Day, as students and alumni can provide relevant data points to help others understand the needs of the Mason student.
Southern Baptist Church Planter turned World Religion Professor: Finding Faithfulness in New Calling
PhD Student, Higher Education Leadership and Studies, Baylor University
Adjunct Professor, Religious Studies and Philosophy, College of DuPage
Co-Founder, Neighborly Faith: Evangelicals for Interreligious Engagement
Kevin Singer is a PhD student in the area of higher education studies and leadership at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where his research interests center around religious diversity. Before coming to Baylor, he earned an M.A. in theological studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and an M.A. in systematic theology from Wheaton College, where he specialized in the theological comparison of Christianity and Hinduism and helped launch an interfaith group. In addition to his studies, Kevin has been teaching comparative religion at two community colleges since 2012, and is the co-founder of Neighborly Faith, an initiative that aims to draw more Evangelical Christians to the interfaith table.
SAPAA KC article in the NASPA KC Online Publication highlights big ideas behind partnerships
The 2017 NASPA KC Online Publication is here!