#CLDE19: Not-to-Miss Pre-conference Workshops on Wed. Jun 5
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!
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.
Student Government and Enacting a Thriving Democracy
In reflecting on my own experience working with the Student Government Association, I am reminded of an interaction between this body and a non-affiliated student in attendance at a recent meeting. The visiting student commented that the SGA could do more to promote their meetings to assure that students felt included and heard within the on-campus democratic process. One of the SGA members responded, accurately, that the meetings were marketed across campus using a number of methods, including social media and email, and that students should not expect personal invitations to attend. As the advisor to the group, I did not interrupt, but it did give me pause- what is the responsibility of the Student Government when it comes to convincing students to participate in the process? What obligation do they have in persuading other students to participate as active members of the campus community? Where does their duty end and individual commitment to democratic engagement begin? What is our role as higher educators to help define that line, and support students to making those connections?
Vision without (civic) action is merely a dream…
Moving forward the Weppner Center at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is dedicated to making even more intentional efforts to offer programming and experiential opportunities that are in alignment with the greater vision of creating socially-minded student leaders engaged in civic action on-campus and beyond FAU. Yes, fostering a grand vision is a vital first step, but that is all it is. The next step should include a didactic action plan that is measurable and informed. Each student has the capacity to be a change agent equipped with a vision grounded in positivity and boldness.
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.