2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting

June 05 – June 08, 2019
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

AASCU's American Democracy Project (ADP) and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for our annual conference which brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students and community partners. Together we will 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.


Our 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE19) is a conference intended to facilitate exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. This meeting is designed around our CLDE theory of change which poses four important questions:

  1. Purpose: What are the key features of the thriving democracy we aspire to enact and support through our work? 

  2. Learning Outcomes: What knowledge, skills, and dispositions do people need in order to help create and contribute to a thriving democracy? 

  3. Pedagogy: How can we best foster the acquisition and development of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for a thriving democracy? 

  4. Strategy: How can we build the institutional culture, infrastructure, and relationships needed to support learning that enables a thriving democracy?  

The theory of change also suggests that campuses consider how best to construct campus cultures and contexts that foster:

  • Civic Ethos of campus: 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. 

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 6 and ends on Saturday, June 8 at approximately 1p.m. Pre-conference workshops and meetings are planned for Wednesday, June 5 beginning at 9 a.m. Please plan on arriving in Fort Lauderdale no later than Wednesday, June 5 (Tuesday, June 4th for pre-conference participants). You can plan to depart Fort Lauderdale on Saturday in the late afternoon; know that the conference hotel rate will be available June 4 and extended through Sunday, June 9, for those who would like to stay longer to explore the beache and surrounding Fort Lauderdale area. 

Be sure to watch the #CivEdTalks from the 2018 CLDE meeting in preparation for CLDE19 in Fort Lauderdale:

Interested in being a part of the planning commmitte? Submit your resume and statement of interest to Stephanie King ([email protected]) by October 12, 2018

Volunteer: Planning Committe

Join us in Fort Lauderdale as we work to advance the civic learning and democratic engagement movement across higher education. We look forward to seeing you there!


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Lead Initiative
2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Community Engagement Professio
  • Faculty
  • Provosts
  • Students
  • Student Affairs Educators
  • Vice Presidents of Student Aff


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    Call for Programs

    Call for proposals details forthcoming. 


    Our program proposal review process is critical to the success of the Conference. We encourage you to sign-up to be program reviewer via the button below, which will navigate you directly to the position posting.


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

    Submission Timeline

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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 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting.

    Stephanie King
    Director of Civic Engagement and Knowledge Community Initatives
    Phone: 202.719.1193
    Email: [email protected]


    The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, skill building, and networking.

    The schedule at a glance is tentative and subject to change. Final program details (sessions, speakers, etc.) will be sent to all participants.

    Wed, Jun 05

    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Registration Open
    9:00 a.m. – Noon
    Morning Pre-conference Workshops
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Full Day Pre-conference Workshops
    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Afternoon Pre-conference Workshops

    Thu, Jun 06

    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Registration Open
    8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    NASPA LEAD Initiative Institutions Breakfast and Workshop
    8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    ADP Organizing Meeting
    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    CLDE Orientation
    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Opening Plenary
    5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Networking Reception and Poster Sessions

    Fri, Jun 07

    7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Registration Open
    7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Breakfast Sessions
    9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Plenary Session
    11:00 a.m. – Noon
    Concurrent Sessions
    Noon – 1:00 p.m.
    Lunch on Your Own
    1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions
    1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions
    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions
    4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions
    5:15 p.m.
    Dinner on Your Own

    Sat, Jun 08

    7:30 a.m. – Noon
    Registration Open
    7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Breakfast Sessions
    9:15 p.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Closing Plenary
    10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Concurrent Sessions
    10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    12:30 p.m.
    Meeting Officially adjourns
    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    ADP Steering Committee Meeting
    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    NASPA LEAD Advisory Institutions Meeting


    Registration Fee includes all program sessions and materials; reception on Thursday; and breakfasts on Friday and Saturday. For our lowest, early-bird rates, be sure to register by Wednesday, May 1.

    Individual Fee: $525 early-bird / $595 regular
    Register as an individual if only one person from your AASCU / ADP / NASPA campus is attending.

    Team Member Registration Fee: $475 early-bird / $545 regular
    If more than one person from your AASCU / ADP / NASPA campus is attending the meeting, you may use the Team Member Registration Fee. Please contact Stephanie King at [email protected] for the registration code.

    Student Registration Fee: $360
    Registration rate for undergraduate and full-time graduate students at AASCU / ADP / NASPA colleges and universities.

    Non-Member Registration Fee: $625 early-bird / $725 regular
    Register as a non-member if you or your organization is not AASCU / ADP / NASPA institutional member.

    Guest Registration Fee: $95
    Only registered attendees can register a guest.  A guest is considered someone who will NOT be participating in the program, but will be attending the opening reception on Thursday and breakfast on Friday. If you are bringing an individual from your campus you will want to select the Team Registration.

    Pre-conference Workshop Fees:
    • Full-Day Institute: $120/individual
    • Half-Day Institute: $65/individual
    • Afternoon Student Pre-conference Workshop (half-day afternoon, students only): No additional fee


    View Registration Policies

    Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is May 1, 2019, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to [email protected]. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues.

    Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to [email protected]

    Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting theView Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

    Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.


    If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting e-mail [email protected] by April 2, 2019.

     Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at [email protected] or Ramona Crawford at AASCU at 202.478.4645 or via email at [email protected]


    Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

    Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    There is a special conference rate at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa of $222 for a standard room plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 12% occupancy tax and a $20 Daily Resport Fee). Note: room rate is for single, double, triple, or quad occupancy. Suites are available at $272/night plus taxes and resort fee.  

    Rate is good three days prior and three days after the meeting dates. 

    To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Tuesday May 14, 2019


    Hotel Room Rate/Night
    Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
    3030 Holiday Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
    (954) 525-4000
    $222 - Singe, Double, Triple, and Quad occupancy $272 - Suites
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