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January 8, 2024

Registration Opens

March 29, 2024

Early Bird Registration Deadline

May 13, 2024

Regular Registration Deadline

2024 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting

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Each year, the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference brings together faculty, student affairs administrators, students,  senior campus leaders, and community partners to advance institutions' commitment to advancing democracy. This is the only event that convenes this diverse range of stakeholders to ensure that students who graduate from colleges and universities, both public and private, are prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens our communities and democracies need. 

This year's event will take place from June 5 - June 7, 2024 in Detroit, Michigan. 

Participants will have opportunities to network and develop their civic-minded thinking and practices through engaging plenary sessions, informative general interest sessions, interactive workshops, and roundtable discussions. 

Use the hashtage #CLDE24 to connect with other attendees at the conference and see what everyone is talking about! 

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Our 2024 CLDE (CLDE24) will facilitate exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. As a community we have adopted the CLDE Theory of Change and strive to create effective strategies and models that strengthen civic learning and democratic engagement. Participants will have opportunities to network and develop their civic-minded thinking and practices through plenary sessions, site visits, concurrent sessions, posters, receptions, pre-conference workshops, and working meetings.


Most conference activities will take place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

NASPA is arranging special room rates for conference attendees that are yet to be determined. The cut-off to recieve the special rate will be annouced when the housing block opens. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Reserving a room within the conference block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you, it also helps to support the conference. When you book within our block, you help keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy, such as networking receptions, coffee breaks, and off-site pre-conference programs.

The conference room block closes on May 13.

Reserve a Room!

Additional Information


The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is serviced by the Detroit Metropolitain Wayne County Airport. The hotel is approximately 22 miles from the airport. Visit airport website for more information.  


Off-Site Parking: Beaubien Garage provides "in & out" privileges 0.1 Miles

On-Site Parking: Valet only, $40/day


The average temperatures in Detroit, MI are around 78 degrees F during the day and 60 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Please note, the hotel and meeting areas may have cooler temperatures. A sweater or jacket is recommended.


Registration for the 2024 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference (CLDE) is now open!

The registration fee includes all regular program sessions and meals. The registration site requires you to create a NASPA account in order to register for the conference. There is no cost to create an account. The registration rate is the same for AASCU and NASPA members as well as non-members. 

Registrant Type

Early Registration

Jan. 8 - Mar. 29, 2024

Regular Registration

Mar. 30 - May 13, 2024

Late Registration

After May 14, 2024

General Registration $550 $625 $695
Student Registration $380 $380 $380
Team Registration $500 $575 Not Available

Registration rate for students is for undergraduates and full-time graduate students at AASCU/ADP and NASPA colleges and universities. 

*In order to obtain the team rate, you must contact Jill Dunlap at [email protected] with the names of the team members you wish to register, AFTER you have confirmed that each team member has an established NASPA account (separate from membership and free to create). Team members must all be from the same institution to qualify for the team rate and the team rate registration must be paid with one payment online using a credit card. The team rate is available until May 13, 2024. 

**Please note that you must register your team together using one credit card per institution to access the team rate. The team rate cannot be retroactively applied. No refunds will be given for individuals that purchase their registration individually in order to apply the team rate at a later date.**

We encourage you to register for pre-conference sessions and site visits during the registration process. Pre-conference sessions and site visits will cost $50.

Refunds will be given for cancellations less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined. Please allow 30 business days for processing. To inquire about the status of a refund after 10 business days, please send an email to [email protected].


We are still finalizing our general interest sessions, that information will be available soon. In the meantime, please feel free to reference our Schedule at a Glance to inform your travel.

Schedule at a Glance
June 4
June 5
June 6
June 7
1:00 PM - 4:00 AM

Pre-conference Workshops

The Power of Partnering with Election Officials


Working together with your local election officials is a great way to foster partnerships within civic learning and democratic engagement. This session will present a case study of the Michigan Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force where college students serve as liaisons between the Michigan Department of State and their campus populations to advise on department policies and their impact on student voters. Participants will receive strategies and resources to foster and/or strengthen relationships within their own municipalities and states.

Civic Engagement for a New Generation


Most of the civic engagement practices being used today were developed by other generations with a completely different technological and cultural landscape: rallies and marches, phone banking and door knocking, working with institutions like faith organizations. How relevant are these approaches today? In this session, you’ll learn about new innovations in outreach, coalition-building, and engagement. From working with artists and influencers to developing events that bring new, diverse people into movements, this is civic engagement for a new generation.

  • Simon Tam, The Slants Foundation
The Role of Students’ Voices in Equity and Democracy in Higher Education


As institutions seek to become more student-centered, a critically important question is how do we incorporate the students’ voices and experiences in higher education. Institutional outcomes and students’ educational experiences can be improved when students’ voices are included throughout the student life cycle and in decision-making. Join us as we explore approaches to capturing and operationalizing students’ voices to strengthen equity and democracy at our institutions.

  • Jacqueline Jones, AASCU
  • Melissa Rivas, AASCU
  • Lynn Brabender, AASCU
  • Andres Quitanilla, AASCU
  • Randy Bumpers, AASCU
4:15 PM - 6:00 PM

ADP Meeting

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

CLDE Orientation

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Site Visits

The Motown Experience


Learn about the birth of Motown by exploring the original Studio A of Hitsville U.S.A. On this tour, we’ll take a bus to the Motown Museum, located in midtown Detroit, and enjoy a guided tour through one of the epicenters of musical creativity in America in the 1960s. We’ll see instruments, costumes, memorabilia, photos, and gold records from the Supremes, the Temptations, and the Jackson 5, among other artists. Motown helped to usher in significant cultural and social change as a prominent African American-owned label that achieved crossover success thanks to the unique combination of a soul music style with a mainstream pop appeal.

Detroit’s Underground Railroad


While the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was enforced, formerly enslaved peoples could be captured in the northern United States. Finding a pathway to Canada was critical and Detroit’s strong system of Underground Railroad routes aided formerly enslaved peoples. We will take a bus tour, guided by Jamon Jordan of Black Scroll Network, and explore 10-12 meaningful sites of the secret network of financial, spiritual, and material aid provided to formerly enslaved peoples. Learn Detroit’s code name on the Underground Railroad and learn how over 50,000 people found freedom through their Underground Railroad.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Opening Plenary

Opening Plenary


  • Simon Tam, The Slants Foundation
3:10 PM - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Session Block 1

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Session Block 2

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Opening Reception and Poster Sessions

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM

Concurrent Session Block 3

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Concurrent Session Block 4

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Concurrent Session Block 5

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Break

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Plenary Session

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Concurrent Session Block 6

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Concurrent Session Block 7

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Invited Receptions

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Concurrent Session Block 8

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Closing Plenary

Call for Programs

The call for programs is now closed. Please consider joining us in June for the event and submitting a program for next year's 2025 event.

We welcome your submission and invite you to help shape the conversation about the future of civic learning and democratic engagement at this moment in our country's history. The CLDE planning committee encourages collaborative proposals that feature the work of more than one campus and that are data-driven in their approach. We also strongly encourage proposals that include significant audience engagement as part of the session. 

The deadline for program proposals is 11:59 PM ET, Monday, February 5. 


Please contact the conference planning team members below if you have further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2024 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting or if you have registration questions. 

Cathy Copeland

Director, American Democracy Project (ADP)

[email protected]


Jill Dunlap

Director for Research and Practice, NASPA

[email protected] 





The 2024 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference is the only conference in higher education that brings together students, faculty, student affairs administrators, senior campus leaders, and community partners to advance democratic engagement work. 

Click below to download the exhibitor and sponsorship application. Please send the completed application and any questions to Fred Comparato at [email protected].