It’s All in the Name: Leadership and Civic Engagement
As believers in higher education’s public purpose, we think that leadership education should look different at a university level and reflect a public purpose. While traditional leadership development is often sold as a way to strengthen employable skills or enhance success in a career, it does not have to be at odds with public purposes. A Crucible Moment (2012) provided us with a powerful argument for a path that prepares students for both citizenship and career readiness by demonstrating employers’ desire and democracy’s need for employees with twenty-first-century skills. These twenty-first-century skills include things like effective listening, critical thinking, ability to work effectively in diverse groups, intercultural understanding, and collaborate decision making
Bursting the Campus Bubble – Bringing Civic Engagement to Campus
The Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Theory of Change highlights the value of developing a strong civic ethos on campus. UH has a multitude of programs and initiatives that reflect this ethos, beginning with the mission, goals, and values of the institution. Within the Center for Student Involvement, the ServeUH area is committed to providing civic engagement opportunities that emphasize open-mindedness, civility, and concern for the well-being of others. In addition to this, we value providing experiences for our students both inside and outside of the UH bubble.
Connecting The Dots: Campus Programming and Partnerships
Being civic minded and democratically engaged is not something that happens instantaneously. The ideologies and concepts of democratic values are learned throughout a lifetime. These lessons can come through standing in line with your parents at the polls, watching presidential debates, discussing politics over dinner with a group of friends, or volunteering to serve meals at the homeless shelter over the Holidays. However, it is often hard for students to connect the dots and understand how these experiences intersect. It can also be difficult for students to understand the power, influence, and impact they have in their communities.
2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting Student Intern Opportunity
In order to encourage student participation in the 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE19) Meeting, AASCU’s the American Democracy Project and the NASPA LEAD Initiative are proud to offer the opportunity for three students to have a voice on the planning committee.
Gen Z is Not Impressed by Alternative Break Programs
A recent drop in overall participation of alternative break programs (AB) nationwide suggests that higher education institutions should further research the root causes. In one survey conducted by Breakaway, participation dropped from 20,207 to 19,107 students in one year, despite an increase in program options from 167 to 195. Attempting to understand the newest generation of traditional college aged students they can be an illuminating experience in the context of planning alternative break programs. Generation Z is dissimilar from their predecessors, the millennials, in many ways. Student affairs professionals would be amiss to use similar approaches to encourage co-curricular participation. College students who are classified as Generation Z (Gen Z) were born from 1995 to 2010, making up the entirety of traditional aged college students around 18 to 24 years of age.
Meet the 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting Planning Committee
AASCU’s The American Democracy Project and the NASPA LEAD Initiative are proud to announce its committee members for the 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Below you’ll find out more about them and their contributions to spirit of civic engagement and learning in higher education.