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Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting 2022

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The 2022 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, students, senior campus administrators, and community partners. Together, these stakeholders ensure that students graduate from colleges and universities, both public and private, are prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens are communities and democracy need.


This year's event will take place from June 21 - 24, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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 #CLDE22 to connect with other attendees at the conference and see what everyone is talking about!

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The 2022 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting (CLDE22) 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 importqnt 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
  • Presenters Bios and 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

Call for Programs is Now Open!

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. 

Submit your program here



Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2022 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting.

Dr. Jill Dunlap
Senior Director for Research, Policy, and Civic Engagement, NASPA
Phone: (202) 719-1196
Email: [email protected]

Cathy Copeland
Director, American Democracy Project, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Phone: (202) 478-7833
Email: [email protected]


Registration coming soon!


The 2022 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference is your opportunity to take a cross-functional approach to student engagement when it has never been more important.

If you would like to exhibit or sponsor The 2022 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference, you can do so by filling out the CLDE Application and returning it to Kristie [email protected]. Priority deadline is Feburary 1,2022.

Have questions? You can call Kristie Jacobsen Jerde at 218-280-7578.


All times listed are Central Standard Time. 

June 21
June 22
June 23
June 24
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-conference session 1

These are optional sessions that are available for an additional cost.

1:00 PM - 4:00 AM

Pre-conference session 2

These are optional sessions that are available for an additional cost.

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

ADP Coordinators Breakfast

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Site visits

These are optional and come with an additional cost. 

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

CLDE Orientation

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Opening Plenary

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Opening reception and poster presentations

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent sessions

12:30 AM - 3:45 AM

Workshop sessions

4:00 AM - 5:30 AM

Plenary session

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent sessions

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Closing remarks and meeting adjournment