Beyond the Budget Blues: Building Capacity for CLDE Work on Campus
Many of us within the CLDE community have faced the challenges of small staff, tight budgets, and long to-do lists. Yet, we often bring to the table strong convictions about the necessity and the urgency of our work, for our students and institutions, for our communities and democracy.
Voter Education and the Importance of Civil Dialogue
With the 2018 midterm elections freshly behind us, I imagine all civic educators in the nation are wondering the same thing. Did we do enough for our students? Did we appropriately prepare them to make critical decisions regarding their political leadership, so that they could complete their civic duties in good faith to not only their nation, but to themselves? In observing the refreshing up kick in youth voter turnout in the state of Texas, I am beyond overjoyed to see that students in the Lone Star State are answering the call of engagement and exercising their civic voices, but a part of me remains cautious. With this wealth of new voters arriving to the political scene for the first time in their lives, what can we do as educators to assure that they make wise and informed choices that benefit their individual civic values and unique needs? What can we do to confidently say post-election that we did the absolute best in preparing our students for authentic and personal advocacy of values that reflect independent thought?
CLDE and Gen Z: Generational Considerations and Implications
How do we make Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) an integral part of the student experience? How do we help students see themselves as voters not just students who vote- normalization without minimization? We often expect students to enroll in our institutions with a civic mindset and have a decent understanding of what drives them towards civic engagement. However, just as we spend weeks and courses helping students develop study skills, time management, and how to navigate college, we cannot miss the opportunity to educate on social responsibility and CLDE.
Civic Energy from Political Polarization
While it may seem obvious that the more important work for colleges and universities in today’s society is to help their students become citizens who can participate in appropriate discourse no matter their background or viewpoint, I think the important shift may be in, if not appreciating, at least recognizing the value that political polarization may have in inciting civic energy in our students. How we help our students turn that new found (or rediscovered) energy in civic action should be our main focus as civic educators.
Announcing the 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting
We’re looking for a few volunteers—maybe you?—to serve as thought leaders and planners as we wrestle with how best to convene a meeting intended to generate ideas and energy for tackling some of the biggest issues we face as a democratic society: social and economic injustice; bitter partisanship in our elections and governance; and diminishing funding for higher education, just to name a few.
Promoting Civic Inquiry Through Works of Art
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) at Rollins College is a teaching museum that stimulates transformative encounters with works of art while integrating art learning into daily life for campus and community. This semester, CFAM is hosting multiple events and displaying works of art that connect the arts and contemporary politics. The exhibition was inspired by Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms from 1941 and is meant to “use art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values, and to advocate for equality, dialogue, and civic participation.