2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA

June 02 – June 04, 2016
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown • Indianapolis, Indiana

The ADP, TDC and NASPA communities will partner to increase the breadth and depth of the civic learning and engagement work that we are all committed to across our institutions—both public and private. All three organizations are dedicated to ensuring that students graduate from our colleges and universities prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need. Fostering academic and student affairs partnerships and collaborations on our individual campuses and across our initiatives and associations is imperative to this mutual goal.

Please visit the official event website for more information and to register.

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We continue the tradition of meetings that facilitate true exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. This meeting will consist of outstanding plenary sessions, informative concurrent and featured sessions, engaging teaching demonstrations, as well as interactive workshops and I3 (Information, Ideas, and Innovation) conversations. 
The meeting begins for all attendees in the early morning of Thursday, June 2nd and ends on Saturday, June 4th at 3 p.m. Please plan on arriving in Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 1st. Pre-registration will take place at the conference hotel on Wednesday, June 1st from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. We will also likely have pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, June 1st. You can plan to depart Indianapolis on Saturday in the late afternoon, but the conference hotel rate will be extended until Sunday for those who would like to stay longer.   
Join us in Indianapolis as we work to advance civic learning and democratic engagement across higher education. We look forward to seeing you there!


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2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA
2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA
2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Faculty
  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Senior Level
  • Vice President for Student Affairs


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Call for Programs

The conference planning committee is seeking proposals that enhance Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement in higher education.  Presenters will be asked to identify the intended audience for their session; foundational, intermediate and advanced. Additionally, the conference planning committee will select programs based upon the programs' relationship to the conference session tags. 

Looking for tips on writing an effective Program Proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

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Submission Timeline
  • October 23, 2015
    Call for Proposals Opens
  • February 8, 2015
    Call for Proposals Closes

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Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA.

Stephanie Reynolds
Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA
Phone: 202.719.1193
Email: [email protected]

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

CLDE Assessment Institute with ETS: Building Institutional Capacity for CLDE Assessment on Your Campus (includes lunch)

Wednesday, June 1st • 09.30 AM – 05.00 PM

Campuses confront an array of challenges when it comes to telling their story of fulfilling their civic mission because they lack a systematic approach to assessing student outcomes related curricular, co-curricular, and project-based activities. We encourage participation from campus teams to spend the day engaging in conversations with experts who will work with you and your colleagues to build a shared understanding and vision for how you can gather evidence that allows for informed decision-making, improved programs, and strengthened campus-community relationships. This pre-conference institute, sponsored by ETS, is intended to help colleges and universities as they consider the constellation of civic engagement assessment possibilities and work toward more meaningful strategic planning around civic learning and democratic engagement to fulfill teaching and learning, accreditation and/or Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement goals. We encourage teams of people from your institution who represent the multiple layers and levels of community engagement, for example, a team made up of: Faculty teaching community-engaged learning courses Student affairs professionals planning one-time or ongoing community-engaged events or programs Administrators support these individuals to connect the work of community engagement to the mission, vision and strategic plan of your institution. Organizers: Kristin Norris, Director of Assessment, Office of Community Engagement and Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI);Javarro Russell, Senior Research and Assesment Advisor, Higher Education Divsion, ETS; and Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU

ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Fellows Working Meeting (by invitation)

Wednesday, June 1st • 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Electoral & Political Engagement Institute with icitizen

Wednesday, June 1st • 10.00 AM – 04.00 PM

Electoral & Political Engagement Institute with icitizen (includes lunch) Cost: $150/person with a discounted rate of $85/person if you register as part of a campus team of two or more. The fee for this institute includes lunch on Thursday. Join us for a conversation designed to introduce participants and their campuses to emergent research, tools, technology and promising practices for promoting nonpartisan student political engagement in this year's presidential election and beyond! Come and share your ideas and strategies for engaging students inside and outside the classroom as they register to vote, consider policies and candidates to support, and turn out to vote. A variety of nonprofit partners will join this important conversation. Organizers: Gabriel Arteaga, TDC National Manager, AASCU and Alex Schreiner, Citizen Engagement Manager, icitizen

Democratic Dialogue & Deliberation Institute: Introduction to Deliberative Democracy Theory & Practice

01.00 PM – 04.00 PM

The most familiar concepts of politics either acknowledge that politics is a competitive struggle for power, or aim at a harmonious consensus on the common good. The political theory of deliberative democracy seeks an alternative that is more public than adversarial politics, but allows more room for disagreement than a harmonious consensus on the common good. In the context of a sustained crisis of political polarization, the task of promoting thoughtful public discourse on controversial issues is more urgent than ever. The numerous activities and approaches that constitute civic engagement in higher education offer great promise, but without careful attention to theory and practice they may miss the mark when it comes to promoting deliberative discourse. This workshop is a brief introduction to the theory and practice of deliberative democracy using the National Issues Forums (NIF) model. Workshop topics will include trends in our democracy and the rationale for deliberation; the strengths and weaknesses of deliberation as an approach to civic engagement; naming and framing issues for deliberation; convening and moderating deliberative forums; and resources for deliberative civic engagement. Participants with no prior experience in the use of deliberation are especially welcome. Organizers: Bill Muse, President Emeritus, National Issues Forums Institute; Windy Lawrence, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of Houston-Downtown (Texas); Lisa Strahley, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, SUNY-Broome Community College (N.Y.).

ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative Workshop (for participating campuses only)

01.00 PM – 04.00 PM

This pre-conference session is for ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative participating institutions. All EI participating institutions will be asked to create one PowerPoint slide (no animations please) that lists the “highlights” of their work in the past year along with a contact name and email address. Institutions are invited to be as creative as possible with their slide and include pictures or other graphic images and send the slides to [email protected] to be compiled into a slide show for the pre-conference session. The pre-conference will begin with updates and reviews of projects that could potentially be exported to and/or shared with other campuses. We will conclude our time together with presentations and planning for next steps at the national level and on campuses.Organizers: Kim Schmidl-Gagne, Keene State College's (N.H.) and Fagan Forhan, Mount Wachusett Community College's (Mass.)

Student Pre-Conference Institute (for students only)

01.00 PM – 04.00 PM

Student leaders play a vital role in shaping the landscape of higher education based on the issues, concerns, and insights that come forth throughout the year. As such, this space is provided for students to harness their skills and passions about the issues that matter most to them. Additional information will be provided for those that register for this session. This student symposium will introduce students to #CLDE16 and provide a space to discuss and develop what we wish to accomplish at the conference among our peers. This session will include multiple table discussions that will engage attendees in conversation on mobilizing and empowering individuals on campus and in the community, creating diverse partnerships, gaining the support of your faculty and administrators, and building support networks in order to enhance the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement initiatives that already exist at your institution or to create new opportunities. Organized by the 2016 CLDE Meeting Intern Team: Monica Bustinza, junior, University of Miami (Fla.); Angelo Kapp, sophomore and vice president of Citizens In Action, Delta College (Mich.); Maryam Sarhan, junior and student trustee, Stockton University (N.J.); and Manisha Vepa, sophomore and Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar, University of Maryland Baltimore County


  • David Hoffman

    David Hoffman

    Assistant Director of Student Life for Civic Agency
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

    Speaker Bio

  • Austin Belali

    Austin Belali

    Director of the Youth Engagement Fund
    Youth Engagement Fund (YEF)

    Speaker Bio

  • Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

    Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

    Director of CIRCLE

    Speaker Bio


Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Indianapolis, In

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 W. Maryland Street Indianapolis, IN, 46225
Phone: 317-822-3500 Toll-free: 1-888-236-2427
The special conference rate is $175 for a single/double room, $185 for a triple room, and $195 for a quad; plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 17%).

Additional Info

In an effort to give back to the community, we are asking that participants/participating institutions consider making a donation of non-perishable food items and/or monies for the purchase of needed food items to the Paws Pantry at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). We will collect the items at the onsite meeting registration desk. You can indicate your intent to donate when you register! 

Paw's Pantry is a food pantry for IUPUI. We are open to all students, faculty, and staff in need of food assistance. Since opening in September of 2013 through January 1st of 2015, Paw's Pantry has had over 1000 visits and has distributed over 12,500 items.

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