Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) means promoting the education of students for engaged citizenship through democratic participation in their communities, respect and appreciation of diversity, applied learning and social responsibility. The CLDE focus area supports discussion, educational programming, and professional development to help student affairs professionals provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make a difference in their communities. To enhance and develop your understanding of CLDE, this focus area shares information from NASPA’s Lead Initiative, knowledge communities, NASPA conferences and events, and research and publications.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
Constituent Groups

The CLDE focus area draw expertise from NASPA's members through the Lead Initiative as well as the Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Knowledge Community's working group: Service-Learning and Community Engagement (SLCE).

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
Publications


  • While the responsibility of this task is shared among faculty, administrators, policymakers, and community leaders, the brief argues that student affairs leadership is crucial to institutionalizing civic learning and…

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  • Responding to Campus Protests (Legal Links Vol 1, Iss 2)
    By Robert Axmacher, Leslie Banahan, Rhonda Beassie, Fernando Gomez, Neal H. Hutchens, Kerry Brian Melear, Brian A. Sponsler, and Jeffrey C. Sun

    This Legal Links issue on responding to campus protests offers student affairs professionals a resource for addressing campus protests while honoring First Amendment principles of free speech, promoting inclusion, and maintaining…

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  • Cool Passion: Challenging Higher Education
    By Arthur W. Chickering and Associates

    Arthur W. Chickering is one of the leading researchers in student development theory and its implications for higher education. In 1969 he published Education and Identity, which posited seven…

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  • Leadership Exchange magazine helps prepare chief student affairs officers for the most complex management challenges in higher education today. The magazine delivers expert news and analysis on the latest…

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  • The mission of Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP) is to publish the most rigorous, relevant, and well-respected research that makes a difference in student affairs practice.…

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  • The Game of Oppression
    By Lamara Warren and Colette Cummings

    While college campuses are becoming increasingly diverse, many students still find it difficult to step outside of what is familiar and interact with students of different races, religions, classes,…

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  • The First Amendment on Campus
    By Lee E. Bird, Mary Beth Mackin & Saundra K. Schuster, Editors

    What should college and university administrators do when the First Amendment seemingly conflicts with tightly held institutional values? Should administrators block, discourage, or attempt to adjudicate speech because it…

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  • Student Freedom Revisited: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives
    By Robert L. Ackerman, William B. Werner & Louis C. Vaccaro, Editors

    During the late 1960s and early 1970s, a powerful new force, student activism, appeared on the campuses of America's colleges and universities. Student Freedom In American Higher Education brought…

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  • This updated set of Professional Competency Areas is intended to define the broad professional knowledge, skills, and, in some cases, attitudes expected of student affairs professionals regardless of their…

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  • Building a Culture of Evidence in Student Affairs: A Guide for Leaders and Practitioners
    By Marguerite McGann Culp and Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy, Editors

    Developed by experienced student affairs leaders who have successfully implemented cultures of evidence on their campuses, this tutorial offers practical advice and concrete examples of how to plan, create,…

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Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
Initiatives & Awards

NASPA recognizes its campuses for promoting civic learning and democratic engagement with the following awards and initiatives:

NASPA's Lead Initiative
The Lead Initiative recognizes a network of 73 institutions for their commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement.

Related Posts

  • Students Embracing Democracy: Democratic Engagement and Difficult Dialogues at GVSU

    Throughout 2016, Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, saw a robust, campus-wide voter engagement effort take shape. The GVSU Votes! campaign led by GVSU Student Senate, the Division of Student Services and the Division of Inclusion & Equity included a broad and coordinated voter registration campaign resulting in the registration of nearly 3,000 new voters. Other programs included Student Civic Assembly Week, a Rock the Vote! concert, Debate Watch parties and GVSU Voter Vans –which provided more than 800 students with transportation to the local polls. Ella Fritzemeier, Student Senate President says “It was inspiring to see the number of students who turned out to vote, many for their first time”.

    Posted on January 18, 2017 at 10:04 AM by Lead Initiative
  • SA Pro Abroad: Tackling Social Justice in Education One Semester at a Time

    Every day there are decisions that present themselves to us. What should I eat? How do I know if I should take that promotion at work? Do I go out with friends or stay home and eat Ben & Jerry's? A million little moments that can change the course of our lives, perhaps without us realizing it. One of those moments happened to me this summer, which led to me moving more than 3,000 miles away to live in London. And it all started with a conversation...

    Posted on January 16, 2017 at 05:31 PM by New Professionals and Graduate Students
  • Notes & Coffee: January 9-15

    Catch up on this week’s trending student affairs and higher ed news including scrutiny of new Koch grant; the debate over bathroom politics in Texas; why STEM majors need the humanities; hashtag campaign urge protection Title IX; Georgia tech’s model expands; NASPA wishes you bon appetit with a cookbook; and a new NASPA Right Now for the new year from President Kruger.

    Posted on January 15, 2017 at 09:30 AM by NASPA Blog
  • When the political becomes personal: Using dialogue and deliberation to foster action.

    When the political becomes personal, deliberate dialogue is a fundamental tool that can be used to “dispel stereotypes, build trust, and enable people to be exposed to perspectives that are different from their own” (Heierbacher, p.g 103, n.d). Some of the efforts that Seminole State College of Florida has made to increase dialogue on campus includes our annual Social Justice week, and our recent efforts to create a space to discuss the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election amongst others. Future efforts include a democracy wall that asks students what advice they would give to the next POTUS, political potlucks that allow students to discuss current events, and service learning projects that will continue to keep students engaged in discussion and action around topics that are important to them beyond the inauguration of the 45th president.

    Posted on January 13, 2017 at 04:08 PM by Lead Initiative

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