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.
The CLDE focus area draw expertise from NASPA's members through the NASPA LEAD Initiative as well as the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Knowledge Community, and Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Knowledge Community's working group: Service-Learning and Community Engagement (SLCE).
Recent protests and political events signal the need for higher education institutions to take a closer look at the importance and significance of student activism on college students’ experiences. Out-of-classroom…Buy
Engagement and Employability examines the central role student affairs plays in helping students gain and articulate career skills through cocurricular experiences. It focuses on the top skills employers seek when…Buy
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 democratic…Buy
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 campus…Buy
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 doesn’t…Buy
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 together…Buy
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 area…Buy
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, and…Buy
NASPA recognizes its campuses for promoting civic learning and democratic engagement with the following awards and initiatives:
The purpose of the Rising Star for Commitment to Civic Engagement is to recognize an individual for their commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement.
For graduate students attending the NASPA Annual Conference
In preparation for the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference, the Student Government Knowledge Community (GSKC) developed a program guide designed to draw attendees’ attention to programs, events, and other information of particular interest to attendees looking to engage with the topic of student government.
As believers in higher education’s public purpose, we think that leadership education should look different at a university level and reflect a public purpose. While traditional leadership development is often sold as a way to strengthen employable skills or enhance success in a career, it does not have to be at odds with public purposes. A Crucible Moment (2012) provided us with a powerful argument for a path that prepares students for both citizenship and career readiness by demonstrating employers’ desire and democracy’s need for employees with twenty-first-century skills. These twenty-first-century skills include things like effective listening, critical thinking, ability to work effectively in diverse groups, intercultural understanding, and collaborate decision making
Collectively, student affairs professionals represent thousands of voices; working together we can make a powerful impression with policymakers on behalf of our students and our profession. Engaging with our representative democracy is essential to maintaining the health and function of our nation’s government, which is why NASPA invites you to take part in the National Student Affairs Day of Action on March 12, 2019. No matter your position, title, or area of expertise, as a student affairs professional there are a myriad of ways you can – and should – engage in public policy conversations for the benefit of you, your students, and your institution. Won’t you join #SAadvocates around the country on #NSADA19 to share your expertise and insight with policymakers?
At times, it can seem that getting students registered is the easy part of our work – it’s everything else that comes with it that is tough. At The College at Brockport, a SUNY institution in the great state of New York, we had the opportunity to participate with other schools around the Rochester area in a pilot program called the Monroe County Election Fellows. While the primary purpose of the program was to recruit students to serve as poll workers on Election Day, the additional outcomes that were achieved proved even more rewarding.