Brett Bruner, National CLDE KC Co-Chair
March 29, 2017
At the December meeting of the Board of Directors, NASPA officially approved the new Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Knowledge Community. Student Affairs practitioners within NASPA and several other civic organizations, including The American Democracy Project, Campus Compact, The Democracy Commitment, and TurboVote, worked collaboratively to invision this KC. The focus is to create scholarship, engage in discussion, and provide professional development related to civic education and public service.
CLDE is a growing field within higher education. In 2012, The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement published A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, which urges colleges and universities to renew civic education as a central goal of higher education. In response, institutions of higher education have focused attention on increasing programs that teach civic literacy, encourage civic inquiry and action, and create campus environments that foster civic ethos. NASPA launched the Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (Lead Initiative) for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Lead Initiative engages a network of 74 NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education.
Collectively, Student Affairs practitioners engaged in CLDE work are well-poised to launch a knowledge community for idea generation, scholarship, professional development, and dialogue at all levels within an organization. The CLDE KC differs from the Lead Initiative in that it engages graduate students, entry-level professionals, mid-level professionals within the same institution, and members of several civic organizations outside of NASPA in order to advance the work of civic learning and democratic engagement.
The CLDE KC aims to increase awareness, scholarship, and national dialogue related to civic learning and democratic engagement. This KC strives to share and create resources to further educate individuals within the field and engage professionals at every level within their organizations. The CLDE KC is a space for professional development, idea generation, scholarship, and discussion related to the field of civic education and public service. It supports student affairs professionals as they promote engaged citizenship and student development, encourage democratic participation in their communities, respect and appreciate diversity, and advocate applied learning and social responsibility.
The CLDE KC founding leadership team developed a series of primary goals to guide the work of the CLDE KC over the next two years. Goals include the following:
Democracy Commitment, and TurboVote.
Several members of NASPA Region IV-West were instrumental in the development of this new KC. Mary Skinner, Director of Student Activities at the University of Arkansas, is serving as the Region IV-West CLDE KC Representative. Other CLDE KC Leadership Team members from Region IV-West include the following:
To find out about how you can get more involved with the new CLDE KC, please contact Mary Skinner, Region IV-West CLDE KC Representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brett Bruner, National CLDE KC Co-Chair, at email@example.com.
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