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

  • Creating Informal Project Assessments to Assist with Program Management

    Often when we are in the moment of facilitating our programs we ask and answer a gamut of questions. What can be done to improve the program or event right now? What are outside forces affecting the program that was not anticipated? Are our efforts making a difference? Why or why not? How can we make a bigger difference for our community in the future? The answers to these questions, however, often are only found useful in the execution of future programs and that is only if recalled from memory often enough.

    Posted on March 24, 2017 at 01:46 PM by Lead Initiative
  • Community Partnerships: Meeting Your Emergency Professionals BEFORE 2am.

    If you have ever been in a committed partnership, you probably have come to realized that mutual respect, trust, and communication tend to be major “keys” to a successful relationship. And like many aspects of our lives, these “keys” transcend both our personal and professional lives. For me, in my professional role as the Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life at the University of South Dakota, these lessons have been utilized in a variety of ways to build essential partnerships with the constituents I serve. But too often, when we (I) hear the word constituents, we tend to forget about our off-campus partners with the community; until of course, they come knocking at our door at 2am-sometimes literally. Particularly if we are not native to the town, city or community we have been placed; and those community partners are not in our network of professional “friends” yet.

    Posted on March 23, 2017 at 04:30 PM by Lead Initiative
  • #CLDE17 OPENING PLENARY | CivEd Talks and Our CLDE Theory of Change

    The 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting organized by the American Democracy Project (ADP), the Democracy Project (TDC) and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, is continuing the conversation set forth during the #CLDE16 meeting by introducing our emergent theory of change adapted from elements of the 2012 A Crucible Moment report. We encourage attendees to reflect on how to build campus cultures that enhance the following threads of our work: civic ethos, civic literacy and skill building, civic inquiry, civic action and civic agency.

    Posted on March 20, 2017 at 03:19 PM by Lead Initiative
  • Are We Doing Enough?

    The question remains, though, how active is the Le Moyne College community? Are we building capacity, utilizing new methods to raise funds and awareness for these community organizations or are we stuck in a rut of doing the same thing? Are we expanding to other organizations?

    Posted on March 10, 2017 at 11:26 PM by Lead Initiative

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