Synergy Spring 2018
Synergy Spring 2018 edition, focusing on high impact practices and service learning.
Threats to the One-person, One-vote Principle: Gerrymandering & the 2020 US Census
Though not articulated until the 1960s, the one-person, one-vote principle is considered foundational to our representative democracy, echoing in the minds of many the desire of the founding fathers to create a nation “of the people, by the people, for the people”. With the 2020 Census looming, and subsequent mandatory redistricting in all states with more than one congressional district, concerns around ensuring both a complete and accurate census and fair and balanced electoral districts are rising. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds explains the relationship between the decennial census and the redistricting process and highlight current threats to ensuring fair representation for everyone in the United States.
Service Learning at NJIT
Career Development Services has long provided service-learning support for a number of faculty members who recognized the added benefit of learning through civic engagement. Service-learning is a significant pedagogy that enhances the university’s mission of teaching, research, and service which falls within the University's 20/20 Vision. Current research supports that when there's successful involvement in community - based service experiences it does not only enhance the academic experience, but also provide opportunities for students to develop leadership, project management and communication skills.
Making Small Changes In A Big World
To encourage a civic ethos with our professional staff, we openly encourage and expect that our employees practice inclusive excellence – a defined value of our university – through service in their work, and discuss frequently what that means. We define inclusive excellence as the responsibility of everyone on campus to practice open-mindedness, authentic inquiry and recognition of the worth of every member of our community. Here in South Dakota, that community encompasses many voices and the Lakota Proverb, "Mitakuye Oyasin", translated “We are all related”, is a great reminder of the “why and purpose” behind our work and diversity practices. Pushing ourselves past practicing inclusive excellence within just our small circle, we reach across the USD and Vermillion community to instill a civic mined approach.
#CLDE18: Not-to-Miss Pre-conference Workshops on June 6
During the 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting there are a variety of half-day and full-day pre-conference workshops geared toward creating campus cultures, pedagogies and practices that advance a thriving democracy. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore assessment, political engagement, online information literacy, reacting to the past pedagogy, and more!
Building a CLDE Theory of Change: 5 Essays and An Invitation
Yesterday Forbes published the last in a series of five essays we wrote together to amplify and invite conversations about the CLDE Emergent Theory of Change first shared widely at the 2017 CLDE Meeting in Baltimore. Because you have been partners and sources of inspiration for this work, we wanted to share the entire series with you, encourage you to share the essays as you see fit, and invite your feedback.