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.
Ignite the Conversation
As the start of the fall 2018 semester approached, we decided that the best day to roll out this new initiative would be the first day of classes. Although risky, we decided to add an element of surprise in the middle of our campus’ quad and watched the reactions unfold organically. Our risk was a success! The process of constructing the ball-pit was enough to stir attention. However, once assembled, the interest grew stronger and the conversations did not stop.
We Are Community Engagement Professionals
Community engagement work is grey; it does not always easily align itself with one division or one department. In fact, when community organizations work with a university, they are more concerned about getting problems solved and effective partnerships than where their partner is situated on the organizational chart.
Putting Our Wound to Work: Reflecting on Kent State’s Tragic History and Renewing Democracy
In preparing for the 50th anniversary of the events of May 4th, Kent State University is a renewed institution, looking backward and forward, remembering the pain and loss of the past and resolving to co-create a brighter future for all of us. Playing the roles of convener and “Wounded Healer,” we are putting our wound to work, dedicated to raising our voices in a convening spirit and creating inclusive and peaceful environments. We look forward to joining and learning from other institutions as we work together to build the thriving democracy we seek.
Community Partners & Gen Z
Social Learning Environments: Gen Z students want to be in on the action and collaborate with others to build their professional skills. Gen Z wants to see the finish line, working with others that can help them build the skills necessary to reach their goal is important to them. With community partners this may look different in the past because they will want to do things with their peers.
Helping our students understand they have the power, and the responsibility to impact our community.
Helping our students understand that it is their responsibility to pay attention to the community they are in, and that making a positive impact is at the heart of the intent of all of the programming that our office coordinates. We strive to help our students understand the impact of their time and energy so they understand the value of volunteering. That one minute interaction with that student last December helped fill me with hope that we are being successful in this endeavor.