2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA

June 07 – June 10, 2017
Baltimore Waterfront Marriott in Baltimore, Maryland

The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us from June 7-10, 2017 in Baltimore, Md. for our annual conference which brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students, and community partners. Together we will work to ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities--both public and private--prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need.

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The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us from June 7-10, 2017 in Baltimore, Md. for our annual conference which brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students, and community partners. Together we will work to ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities--both public and private--prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need. 

The 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE17) is a conference designed around an emergent theory of change adapted from elements of the 2012 Crucible Moment report.  Like this report, the CLDE17 conference invites participants to consider what does a civic-minded campus look like? To this end, several threads within the civic engagement movement will be considered including how to build campus cultures and contexts that foster:

·         civic ethos,

·         civic literacy and skill building,

·         civic inquiry,

·         civic action, and

·         civic agency.

These threads and others will be revisited in plenary and concurrent sessions that ask participants to deepen their thinking with an eye toward institutional change and action aimed at systematically enhancing civic learning and democratic engagement in higher education. Participants will be engaged throughout the meeting in helping to refine and define our emergent theory of change as we consider together how to move our work forward.

Participants will have opportunities to network and develop their civic-minded thinking and practices through engaging plenary sessions, informative general interest sessions, interactive workshops, research and program-based poster sessions, roundtable discussions as well as in working groups and in informal expert-led forums. 

The meeting begins for all attendees in the early morning of Thursday, June 8th and ends on Saturday, June 10th at approximately 3 p.m. Pre-conference workshops and meetings are planned for Wednesday, June 7th beginning at 9 a.m. Please plan on arriving in Baltimore no later than Wednesday, June 7th (Tuesday, June 6th for pre-conference participants). You can plan to depart Baltimore on Saturday in the late afternoon; know that the conference hotel rate will be available June 6th and extended through Sunday, June 11, for those who would like to stay longer to explore the city of Baltimore and/or nearby Washington, DC. 

 

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Call for Programs

For program submissions, the conference committee is seeking proposals that connect with the aforementioned threads. Additionally, program preference will be given to submissions that consider the following entities:

  • Focusing conference session, plenaries, and ongoing network initiatives on fostering clarity and commitment: What do we mean by a vibrant, cohesive U.S. democracy? What does it mean for an institution of higher education to embody the characteristics identified as most important by the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement? (The “integral, relational, organic and generative” framework may be useful in this).
  • Showcasing stories of institutional change that can help others achieve it, always acknowledging that democracy is a journey rather than a destination and that no approach should simply be lifted from one context and deposited into another.
  • Showcasing specific programs and practices that represent advancements toward the four institutional characteristics identified by the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (taking care to identify those programs and practices as components of more comprehensive strategies and processes of institutional change).
  • Taking a critical look at conventional civic learning and democratic engagement practices that are not well aligned with this model.
  • Developing evaluation and assessment practices consistent with this model. How do we know when an institution is changing in the desired ways?

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Civic Ethos

    governing campus life: The infusion of democratic values into the customs and habits of everyday practices, structures, and interactions; the defining character of the institution and those in it that emphasizes open-mindedness, civility, the worth of each person, ethical behaviors, and concern for the well-being of others; a spirit of public-mindedness that influences the goals of the institution and its engagement with local and global communities.

  • Civic Literacy & Skill Building

    as a goal for every student: The cultivation of foundational knowledge about fundamental principles and debates about democracy expressed over time, both within the United States and in other countries; familiarity with several key historical struggles, campaigns, and social movements undertaken to achieve the full promise of democracy; the ability to think critically about complex issues and to seek and evaluate information about issues that have public consequences.

  • Civic Inquiry

    integrated within the majors and general education: The practice of inquiring about the civic dimensions and public consequences of a subject of study; the exploration of the impact of choices on different constituencies and entities, including the planet; the deliberate consideration of differing points of views; the ability to describe and analyze civic intellectual debates within one’s major or areas of study. 

  • Civic Action

    as lifelong practice: The capacity and commitment both to participate constructively with diverse others and to work collectively to address common problems; the practice of working in a pluralistic society and world to improve the quality of people’s lives and the sustainability of the planet; the ability to analyze systems in order to plan and engage in public action; the moral and political courage to take risks to achieve a greater public good.

  • Civic Agency

    involves the capacities of citizens to work collaboratively across differences like partisan ideology, faith traditions, income, geography, race, and ethnicity to address common challenges, solve problems and create common ground; requires a set of individual skills, knowledge, and predispositions; also involves questions of institutional design, particularly how to constitute groups and institutions for sustainable collective action. 



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  • November 1, 2016
    Call for Proposals Open
  • January 30, 2017
    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.

Sponsors

If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting, please fill out the exhibitor and sponsor application form and e-fax back all 2 pages to 202-204-8443 or e-mail to [email protected] by April 22, 2017.

 Questions? Contact Szymon Kesek by phone at 202-903-0657 or via email at [email protected] or Adrienne Vincent at AASCU at 202.478.4645 or via email at [email protected]

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