The 2016 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting Update
ADP, TDC, and NASPA look forward to deepening our collective commitment to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement. The recent events in the states of Louisiana and Indiana surrounding Religious Freedom Reform Acts has generated extensive discussion throughout higher education and the U.S. Related opportunities – teachable moments -- to educate and advocate present themselves on our campuses and in our communities, and we believe that this is an opportunity to come together as a field to underscore our commitment to actively creating a more socially just society.
We know that discourse and discussion can help students understand and clarify their values and consider new perspectives, but it can be difficult to initiate these conversations. Students may not be confident enough of their stance to expose it to critique, or perhaps they are hesitant to disagree with their peers. Following the lead of other campuses with free-speech boards or walls, the University of West Florida has been hosting “Whiteboard Dialogues” this year
Volunteer UCF’s Inaugural Day and Knight of Service: The Impact the University of Central Florida’s
How can you top a tradition that gives the student body the opportunity to volunteer for day at the beginning of each fall semester, Knights Give Back, to benefit the Central Florida community? By creating an event that is longer in duration, provides more entertainment and food, and partners with additional nonprofit organizations throughout the region. That is exactly what student leaders from Volunteer UCF did when building their first 24-hour service project, Day and Knight of Service
Are You a Civic Mentor?
Considering the various ways, purposes, and subsequent dialogue you have with students, you may often find yourself in the role of a mentor. But would you consider yourself to be a civic mentor? The concept of being a civic mentor stems from ‘functional’ mentoring (Thorndyke, Gusic, & Milner, 2008) whereby a mentee is paired with a mentor who has specific expertise. Historically, mentoring relationships have focused on the growth and accomplishment of an individual and may include several forms of assistance (e.g., access to social networks, providing opportunities to display talents and skills, counseling, serving as a reference). In addition, mentoring relationships may include broad forms of support including role modeling and psychological support. But what if students had a civic mentor? What would that look like and would having a civic mentor increase the likelihood of developing civic-minded graduates?