CEEP Fellows in Action
In the Summer of 2018, The Department of Student Leadership and Service at Kennesaw State University (KSU) was approached by the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) about hosting Fellows to support our civic learning and democratic engagement efforts on campus. CEEP is a national nonpartisan project that helps administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders at American colleges and universities engage in federal, state, and local elections. CEEP Fellows are student leaders who help carry out CEEP activities through planning, recruitment, and implementation of specialized projects.
Engaging Student-Athletes: A Service Initiative Model from Elon University
As many of you know, student-athletes on college campuses have incredibly rigorous schedules and commitments for practice, exercise, and travel beyond their academics. At Elon University, we found that these rigorous schedules were limiting student-athlete engagement in service-learning. The work of connecting with a community partner, coordinating schedules, and finding transportation was often a barrier from student-athletes accessing the opportunity to engage in the community in ways that other students did. In 2017, Elon University’s Athletics Department was awarded an NCAA four-year grant to enhance the department’s efforts to encourage and deepen student-athlete participation in the five Elon Experiences, one of which is service-learning.
#CLDE19: Not-to-Miss Pre-conference Workshops on Wed. Jun 5
During the 2019 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 and academic freedom, dialogue and deliberation, and more!
Increasing Voter Engagement at Towson University with the Help of Black Women & Power of One Vote
On Thursday, October 25th, Black Girls Vote, Inc. returned to TU for a campus-wide event: “The Café Takeover.” Student volunteers joined Black Girls Vote, Inc. staff and a local radio station - 92Q Jams Baltimore – for a “party” in the University Union, where student attendees could register to vote, print an absentee ballot, mail an absentee ballot for free, or get directions on how to early vote on campus! Students were able to learn about their power exercised through their vote. This campus takeover celebration not only happened at Towson University, but also at Morgan State University and other schools statewide. Through this collaborative effort, and the support of Tumblr who helped to fund these events, we were able to engage, educate, empower and mobilize over a thousand students across Baltimore, over 200 students at Towson University. In addition, statewide, the turnout during day 1 of early voting increased by 106%, compared to the 2014 midterm elections!
Reflections on the Importance of CLDE
The annual Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference (CLDE) is built around the four pillars of the CLDE Theory of Change: Purpose, Learning Outcomes, Pedagogy, and Strategy. When I volunteered to write this blog for CLDE 2019, I started to assess the plethora of work that is CLDE within the context of those four pillars. In the midst of that assessment, I repeatedly asked myself why I am committed to CLDE and, more specifically, the work of AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP). What is it in my own belief system that has me so committed, and how does it relate to the CLDE Theory of Change? I hope that you, too, will reflect on why CLDE is important to you, your community, and our democracy.
Campus Free Speech: What #SAPros Need to Know About the Executive Order, State Legislation
Free speech on college campuses is once again taking center stage in national headlines following President Trump’s Executive Order on Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities, signed Thursday, March 21, 2019. Most, if not all, colleges and universities are already complying with their responsibilities to protect students’ expressive rights, utilizing appropriate content-neutral time, place, and manner guidelines. However, the threat of as-yet-unknown action by federal agencies that award significant research grant funds to institutions may result in a restriction, rather than an expansion, of intellectual diversity on college campuses. So far in 2019, NASPA's policy and advocacy team are tracking 37 pieces of state legislation related to free speech, of which 26 bills in 15 states would require institutions to designate all outside areas of campus as traditional public forums or otherwise prohibit the designation of free speech zones. Some include additional restrictions related to institutions’ ability to disinvite speakers, assess fees for anticipated security related to possible protest activity, or prohibit campus leaders from speaking on “public policy controversies of the day”. Student affairs professionals are encouraged to reach out to legislators to express their concerns with legislation under consideration that would limit the time or ability of institutions to ensure campus safety.