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Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting 2021

Division/Group Events

We are going virtual for CLDE 2021!

The 2021 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, students, senior campus administrators, 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 our communities and our democracy need. 

This year's event will take place on the following dates:

  • June 2, 3, and 4, 2021
  • June 9, 10, and 11, 2021

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 hashtag #CLDE21 to connect with other attendees and see what everyone is sharing during the conference!

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Registration fee includes all program sessions and materials. 

Registrant Type

Early Bird Rate
(Register by April 30, 2021)

Regular Rate
(Register by May 25, 2021)

Late Rate
(Registration after May 25, 2021)

General Registration




Student Registration




Team (4 or more individuals from the same institution)

$100 per person

$100 per person

$100 per person



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


The 2021 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE21) 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 the CLDE Theory of Change, which poses four important questions:

  • Purpose: What are the key features of the thriving democracy we aspire to enact and support through our work?
  • Learning Outcomes: What knowledge, skills, and dispositions do people need in order to help create and contribute to a thriving democracy?
  • Pedagogy: How can we best foster the acquisition and development of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for a thriving democracy?
  • Strategy: How can we build the institutional culture, infrastructure, and relationships needed to support learning that enables a thriving democracy?


In addition to the session type, proposals need to include the following:

  • Session Title (10-12 words)
  • Program Abstract (80 words)
  • Program Outline/Description
  • Presenter Bios & Contact Information
Civic Ethos of Campus

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 and Skill Building

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

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

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

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.

Call for Programs

The Call for Programs is Now Closed

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 encourage proposals that include audience engagement as part of the session. 

The deadline to submit a proposal was Monday, February 15, 2021. 


Register Online for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting 2021

The Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting guides student affairs professionals to prepare students to be informed and engaged citizens.

Register Online


All scheduled times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time. 

June 2
June 3
June 4
June 9
June 10
June 11
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Opening Plenary

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Special Topic Sessions

12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Week 1 Closing Plenary

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


11:00 AM - 3:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Closing Plenary

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Opening Plenary

11:00 AM - 3:15 PM

Concurrent Session

11:00 AM - 3:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Week 2 Closing Plenary


A sponsor and exhibitor virtual application is now available at this link. Please email Kristie Jacobsen Jerde Kjerde@naspa.org from NASPA and Ramona Crawford crawfordr@aascu.org from AASCU with any questions.


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2020 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting.

Dr. Jill Dunlap
Senior Director for Research, Policy, and Civic Engagement, NASPA
Phone: (202) 719-1196
Email: jdunlap@naspa.org

Cathy Copeland
Program Coordinator, American Democracy Project, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Phone: (202) 478-7833
Email: copelandc@aascu.org