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 Lead Initiative as well as the Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Knowledge Community's working group: Service-Learning and Community Engagement (SLCE).
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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…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…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…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…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…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…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,…Buy
NASPA recognizes its campuses for promoting civic learning and democratic engagement with the following awards and initiatives:
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.
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.
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.
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.