#CLDE19: Not-to-Miss Pre-conference Workshops on Wed. Jun 5

April 12, 2019

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!

Check out the session descriptions on the meeting webpage and be sure to register by May 1st for our early-bird rates.

Wednesday, June 5th • 09.00 AM – 04.00 PM

Charting a Course on the Pathway to Civic Engagement: An Inventory and Action Plan for Engaged Campuses
This full day pre-conference institute is designed for teams from colleges and universities interested in strategic planning of their civic learning and democratic engagement efforts. This institute will provide not only the results of a comprehensive inventory of current practice and infrastructure to advance community engagement, but the “gift of time” for administrators to meet and work with their directors of campus centers for engagement to begin strategic planning for continued development of community engagement. This institute is designed for TWO individuals from each institution: the director of the campus center for community engagement and their immediate supervising administrator.

Organizer: Marshall Welch, Independent Scholar and author of Engaging Higher Education: Purpose, Platforms, and Programs for Community Engagement (2016) 

Wednesday, June 5th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Cultivating Campus Climates and Classroom Conditions for Political Learning, Speech, and Inclusion

Much has been written about the current state of political life and deep social and ideological divides in American society, dynamics that exacerbate policy stalemates and intergroup animosity. They also have consequences for campus climates and student learning. The response has been a call to improve discourse in ways that that engage intellectual and experiential diversity without chilling speech or reinforcing exclusion. These desired outcomes are more difficult to achieve than they sound, and there is too much at stake to improvise. This workshop concerns readiness – what it takes for higher educators to be ready to engage students in political discussions. At a minimum, discussion leaders and teachers need the skills to frame, organize, and manage discussions. Beyond basic facilitation skills, however, readiness also calls for reflection about inevitable pedagogical choices in a discussion process, decision points best considered before a discussion begins. Should all perspectives get a fair hearing, even if they reflect ideals antithetical to learning goals or institutional values? Should beliefs that contradict established science or evidence get a full hearing? Do feelings belong in a deliberation? Should discussion leaders and teachers aspire to be “neutral,” and if so, what does that mean? Answers to these and similar questions are particularly hard in today’s hyper-partisan and divisive political climate.

This workshop will draw from research at Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education on campus climates and emerging strategies for fostering robust discussions.  Participants will identify and discuss critical pedagogical challenges in discussion leading/teaching. They will connect discourse with the broader institutional climate for political learning. The workshop will also examine the role of individual professors or staff members as change agents on campus. Part of this session will be dedicated to how change happens on a campus and leadership with or without positional authority.

Organizer: Nancy Thomas, Director, Institute for Democracy and Higher Education, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University

Wednesday, June 5th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Student Pre-conference Session - How to be Civically Engaged on Campus

The 2019 NASPA student pre-conference workshop is a half-day workshop focused on “How to be Civically Engaged on Campus.” Three main topics will be covered during this workshop including volunteerism, action, and ethos. The goal of this workshop is to inspire students to become more civically involved on campus and how they can inspire other students on their campus to take civic action.

This pre-conference workshop will last from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and will provide students with an opportunity for students to network, build leadership skills, inspire discussion, and to learn more about volunteerism, action, and ethos.

Organizers: Matea Pejic, CLDE19 Student Intern, Washtenaw Community College; Steven Lock, CLDE19 Student Intern, Alfred State College; and Samantha Uptmor, CLDE19 Student Intern, University of Michigan

Wednesday, June 5th • 01.00 PM – 04.00 PM

Dialogue and Deliberation for Campus Engagement

This pre-conference focuses on providing tools for campuses to facilitate and moderate dialogue and democratic deliberation on divisive and salient issues. The participants will learn how to moderate, practice their moderation skills, and develop capacity to train others in moderation. This workshop includes high participation from attendees in practicing these civic skills through the newly released NIFI issue guide, "A House Divided: What would have to give up to get the political system we want?" In conclusion of this workshop, participants will be prepared and confident to engage in democratic dialogue and deliberation on their campuses and in their respective organizations.

Organizers: Kara Lindaman, Professor of Political Science/Public Administration, Winona State University; John Dedrick, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation; William V. Muse, President of the National Issues Forums Institute; Lisa Strahley, Coordinator of the Civic Engagement Center and Chair of Early Childhood & Teacher Education at SUNY Broome Community College; and  John J. Theis, Professor Political Science Lone Star College--Kingwood (TX)

Wednesday, June 5th • 01.00 PM – 04.00 PM

Voter Friendly Campus Meeting

All campus participants who received the Voter Friendly Campus (VFC) designation in 2019 and those that are interested in participating in the next iteration of the program. This session will include an overview of the VFC process and next steps for campuses that received the designation. Participants can anticipate active participation in the planning for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years.

Organizers: Mike Burns, National Director of FEC’s Campus Vote Project; Stephanie King, Director for Civic Engagement and Knowledge Community Initiatives, NASPA; and Debi Lombardi, National Program Director at Campus Vote Project

Important Dates:

Be sure to register by May 1st for our best rates and book your hotel room by May 14 at our special group rate!

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