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


  • Coming March 2017 – Available for Pre-Order

    Engagement and Employability examines the central role student affairs plays in helping students gain and articulate career skills through cocurricular experiences. It…

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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…

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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

  • Notes & Coffee: February 13-19

    Catch up on this week’s trending student affairs and higher ed news, including: bracing for Black bloc protests on campus; uncertainty remains for refugees enrolled in U.S. colleges; DeVos says community colleges key to workforce development; 80 cents on the dollar for female higher ed administrators; the right to not be recorded; and disinvitation season begins for controversial commencement speakers.

    Posted on February 19, 2017 at 09:21 AM by NASPA Blog
  • “525,600 Minutes…”

    We ask our student participants to do a number of things. In addition to conversation and reflection sessions that happen before, during and after the immersion experience, they keep journals. These journals are where they begin to process and connect what they learn and read in class (this immersion experience rests in a Humanities elective course) with the raw reality of the world, and with their own hearts’ desires and calling. With regularity they are asked to share their reflections with the group, sparking communal discussion about our responsibilities as educated global citizens in a world that endures a great deal of pain and injustice.

    Posted on February 17, 2017 at 02:01 PM by Lead Initiative
  • Protecting free speech on campus: State legislation

    NASPA Director of Policy Research & Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds summarizes recent state legislation intended to reaffirm Constitutional rights regarding freedom of speech on college campuses, including possible implications for student affairs professionals.

    Posted on February 16, 2017 at 03:21 PM by RPI Blog
  • Spring Conferences Update For Bacchus Initiatives Of NASPA

    Each spring, volunteer teams from around the country work to coordinate regional spring conferences. Since regional spring conferences are geographically based, they provide a more personalized and relaxed conference setting. Regional conferences also allow peer education groups to expand on presentations from General Assembly as well as network for future collaborations. Applications to host a spring conference in 2018 are now available. We welcome you to attend any of the regional spring conferences if the location or dates are a better fit.

    Posted on February 16, 2017 at 11:59 AM by NASPA Blog

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