2013-08-06

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 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).

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
Publications

  • Effective Strategies for Supporting Student Civic Engagement
    By Marissa Corrente, Jonathan Hilsher, Stephanie King, and Melinda L. Tejada

    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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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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 campus…

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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 vectors…

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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 trends…

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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. The…

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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, abilities…

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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 doesn’t…

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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 together…

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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 area…

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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, and…

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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 84 institutions for their commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement.
National Student Affairs Day of Action
National Student Affairs Day of Action logo
Engaging with our representative democracy is essential to maintaining the health and function of our nation’s government.

Related Posts

  • We’ve moved! Find the latest Research and Policy Institute updates on the NASPA blog!

    Starting in late April, 2019, the NASPA Research and Policy Institute blog has been merged into the NASPA blog! Check us out there: http://www.naspa.org/about/blog

    Posted on April 23, 2019 at 07:04 AM by RPI Blog
  • Public Charge Presents Challenge for SA Professionals Addressing Student Food and Housing Insecurity

    The public charge rule, slated to go into effect on October 15, is anticipated to have resounding effects for immigrants and their families across the United States. According to a Center for Law and Social Policy factsheet using American Community Survey data, the rule, as originally proposed, could impact 26 million US residents including students and the student affairs professionals who support them.

    Posted on August 15, 2019 at 02:39 PM by NASPA Blog
  • Beyond Schoolhouse Rock!: How a Rule Becomes Final

    Our representative democracy was designed with an evolving national landscape in mind, based on a system of checks and balances. While this helps to prevent one branch of government from acquiring too much power, our policy-making process can be confusing even for those who analyze policy full-time.

    Posted on August 8, 2019 at 02:29 PM by NASPA Blog
  • First-Generation Student Success through Leadership

    My current role as the Program Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion allows me the opportunity to provide support for first-generation college students. Our institution defines the first-generation identity as “the first in your family to attend college, or the first in your family to attend a college in the United States”. Our Center for Diversity and Inclusion oversees support for students of color, DACA/undocumented, LGBTQIA+, and first-generation student populations. As the first-generation student experience recently came into our Center’s purview, we are building a foundation for the support for this population. As I look at research around the first-generation student experience in higher education, I am consistently finding my passion for student leadership wanting to come into the conversation.

    Posted on July 3, 2019 at 02:33 PM by Student Leadership Programs

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