2014 National Conference on Citizenship is October 10 in Washington, DC

NCoC 2014 conferenceStrengthening Civic Life

Civic life is how we come together to accomplish big goals and overcome serious challenges. What is amazing is that it is often grounded in the smallest actions. Actions like talking with neighbors, eating with family and friends, exchanging favors, and other random acts of kindness. These acts create the social connections necessary to solving big problems and maintaining a healthy democracy.

The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is an organization dedicated to strengthening civic life in America. For 70 years, NCoC’s Annual Conference has been a must attend event for community builders searching for new ways to engage their neighbors and create positive change. Given the current social and political polarization, the need for this Conference couldn’t be greater.

Leaders from the nonprofit, private, open data, and technology sectors will converge at the Conference to share best practices and uncover innovative civic engagement strategies. There will be high-quality Learning Summits, panels, and networking time – all chances to strengthen civic life and take on the issues facing our field.

We hope to see you in DC on October 10 at the 2014 National Conference on Citizenship. Click here to register.

Free Fall Webinars: Developing Social Capital with APLU

APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) Presents:

The Social Capital Webinar Series
APLU’s Commission on Innovation invites you to join us for a series of lively conversations about the most critical aspects of innovation ecosystem development—creating trust and building social capital. This unique program is more talk show than webinar, with emphasis placed on conversation over presentation. Don’t miss out—click this link to register for one or more of the Social Capital webinars today!: http://bit.ly/1g7UWTc

social capital [soh-shuhl kap-i-tl]: (1) collective or economic benefits derived from cooperation between individuals and groups; the idea “that social networks have value”; (2) trust.

Thursday, September 18, 2 – 3pm Eastern
Civic and Social Engagement: Why Community Development Partnerships Matter
Innovation ecosystems rely not only on great talent and great innovation, but also on creating great places to live, work, and play. Place development—through social, community, and cultural partnerships—is a critical element.
Featuring: Eva Klein, University Economic Development Association (UEDA) and Eva Klein & Associates; Lloyd Jacobs, University of Toledo; (additional guest TBA)

Thursday, October 16, 2 – 3pm Eastern
Evolution of a New Paradigm: Emerging Tech Transfer Partnership Models
To make technology transfer happen in today’s innovation ecosystems, relationships must matter more than transactions. How universities interact with industry for technology transfer and development is changing, and so is the way relationships develop within the university.
Featuring: Jacob Johnson, innovosource; Valerie McDevitt, Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM); Howard Grimes, Idaho State University

Thursday, November 20, 2 – 3pm Eastern
Policies That Support Practice: What Government Does to Enable Innovation Ecosystems
We hear all the time that government should just “get out of the way” and let the private sector innovate. Could it be, though, that government is the real risk-taker that allows partnerships to grow and flourish? Federal, state, and local policy may be at the heart of innovation ecosystems.
Featuring: Dan Berglund, SSTI; Susan Sloan, National Academies Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR); (additional guest TBA)

Campus Spotlight: Community Engagement at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Today’s campus spotlight feature’s the University of Alaska Anchorage’s CCEL or Center for Community Engagement & Learning. CCEL “serves as the intersection of student learning, faculty research and creative activity, and community engagement.  Our mission is to connect academic programs with community needs to use scholarship and action for the mutual benefit of the University and the State, its communities, and its diverse people.” Learn more about CCEL and UAA’s community engagement work in the guest blog post below. And make sure to take time to peruse their 2014 Engaged University Report!

- Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

 

2014 Engaged University Report CoverBy Judith Owens-Manley, Director, Center for Community Engagement and Learning, University of Alaska Anchorage

Key to community engagement at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is our academic curriculum.  Service-learning courses allow teaching, learning and scholarship to combine in a way that addresses community-identified needs and enhance community well-being.  Stories of engaged teaching collected for this publication over the past academic year reflect a wide distribution across the disciplines.  From a long-term project in Conservation Biology to Architectural Drafting and everything in between, our university students work with individuals across the lifespan, diverse organizations and communities.  Our 2014 annual report “Teaching Excellence in an Engaged University” features student and faculty reflections for a community-engaged pedagogy and two programs that offer students paths to leadership in community engagement.

The Center for Community Engagement & Learning brings faculty, students, and community members and organizations together, connecting academic programs with community needs for the mutual benefit of UAA, the State of Alaska, its communities and its diverse peoples.  We provide faculty mini-grants for community-engaged projects, as well as the opportunities for Community-Engaged Student Assistants, that facilitate community partnerships that work!  We are very pleased to feature a sample of the many fine faculty members exemplifying their use of high impact practices in their classrooms.  We hope that you enjoy their stories.

http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/engage/upload/UAA-ENGAGE-REPORT-2014-Web.pdf

 

 

State Voices Seeks ADP/TDC Students for Paid Internship

State Voices

State Voices is a nonpartisan national network that focuses on empowering grassroots organizations within states.  They are currently seeking students or recent graduates for a paid internship here, in their D.C. office. Internships run for 10-week periods. If you’re interested, apply by August 29, 2014.  Please see the below message from State Voices for more information:

Internship – Washington, D.C. 
State Capacity Building and Data Intern

About State Voices

State Voices is a national network – built from the states up – that helps grassroots organizations win shared policy and civic engagement victories and build long-term power. Our work is nonpartisan. We believe that America is stronger when all people have a voice in our democracy. Our dream is for 100% of eligible voters to go to the polls on Election Day.

Our network is comprised of 22 state tables. Those state tables are made up of grassroots organizations that come together to mobilize underrepresented voters (such as people of color and young voters), educate citizens on the issues that impact them, and pass policies that improve their states and communities. Since 2008, our network has been a part of unprecedented voter engagement and policy victories. They’ve worked to increase voter turnout, combat voter suppression efforts, and advocate for policies that are good for low-income families, the LGBT community, the environment and more.

State Voices provides the organizations in our network with the tools and support they need to carry out this critical work. By providing them with cutting-edge tools and technology, expertise on issue and policy fights, critical resources and funds, and the support to build their capacity, we work to strengthen their work. For more information about State Voices, please visit www.statevoices.org.

Position Overview:

State Voices seeks highly motivated college or recently graduated students for a 10-week long internship. Interns will work with and report to staff in State Voices’ Washington DC office, focusing on a variety of projects that support the organization’s programs. Through this work, interns will gain a better understanding of the national civic engagement landscape including management of civic engagement programs, the role of data and analytics in a campaign, using experiments to run better campaigns, and using campaign management technology. The intern will work closely with the State Voices state capacity building and data teams.

Responsibilities:

Intern will also assist with the following tasks on an as needed basis:

  • Analyze election data and produce reports needed to track and support voter registration and civic engagement campaigns.
  • Assist with a national training program for State Voices data use.
  • Track voter registration experiments across the country.
  • Manage resources for our national network including documents for best practices.
  • Assist with meeting planning and logistics.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Solid judgment and critical thinking skills
  • Have a desire to learn about data management
  • Be a self-starter and attentive to detail
  • Be a team player and possess the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • A good sense of humor a plus
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Excel and PowerPoint, knowledge of Prezi is a plus

Compensation:  This is a paid internship.

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to: dcintern@statevoices.org by August 29, 2014. No calls please.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at State Voices, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

 

2014 Constitution Day is September 17

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In less than a month, colleges and universities across the country will commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

Although educational institutions in the United States that receive federal funding must observe Constitution Day, the real reason we celebrate it is to memorialize the creation of our democracy. What was penned in this document has been fought for and protected by courageous men and women decade after decade, and it has inspired countries around the world to draft similar documents. Together, we continuously work to forge a more perfect union.

This annual holiday is a day to pause and reflect on the birth of our democracy.

And this post is a reminder that Constitution Day is coming up on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

If you need a little inspiration and want to read what some of your ADP colleagues did last year to commemorate Constitution Day, check out this blog entry or this one.

If you are in need of resources, please visit our ADP resource page on Constitution Day.

And finally, if you already know what you are doing, we would love to hear about it. Please take just a moment to fill out this short survey about your plans. With this information, we will create a summary of 2014 Constitution Day activities and events to share with ADP participants and friends. Your response will be an invaluable contribution.

What’s New ADP? August 2014 Edition

SAVE THE DATE

  • #ADPTDC15 will be held in New Orleans, La., June 4-6, 2015
  • Global Challenges Institute will be held at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, November 6-7, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Economic Inequality: A New ADP/TDC National Initiative 
ADP and TDC are pleased to join our lead institutions in announcing a call for participation in this new national initiative. We are seeking a small cohort of two- and four-year member institutions to join us in a three-year initiative to understand the impact of economic inequality on our democracy. Read more here.

REMINDERS

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOG

REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS: AASCU/The New York Times Education Toolkit 
The American Democracy Project’s (ADP) parent organization, The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), has partnered with The New York Times education division to create a toolkit that will demonstrate how instructors at AASCU institutions are using the Times in the classroom. The toolkit will serve the dual purpose of showcasing the good work our institutions do and acting as a guide for instructors curious about how to integrate the Times into their own teaching. Read more here. Submit your materials here.

National Study on Student Civic Skills and Identities Seeking ADP/TDC Campus Participation 
Do campus student organizations cultivate civic skills and identities? Join a national study to answer this question. This National Study is being organized by two ADP Campus Coordinators and political science faculty members — Elizabeth Bennion at Indiana University South Bend and Cherie Strachan at Central Michigan University. Read more here.

Journal of Public Deliberation | The State of the Field 
This special issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation consists of a collection essays by leading innovators and scholars who share a commitment to increased and improved participation by everyday Americans in public discourse, community problem solving, and social policy making.  The “field” of public deliberation has made impressive advances in the last 30 years in both theory and practice. Read more here.

What We’re Reading: Imagining America’s Public (Volume 2, Issue 1) 
Find a summary here.

Partners & Friends

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

September 17:  Constitution Day
September 28:  National Voter Registration Day
September 28-29: Minnesota ADP/TDC/CC Civic Summit (St. Cloud, Minn.)
October 10: NCoC’s National Conference (Washington, DC)
October 17 & 18: National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation National Meeting (Washington, DC)
November 4:  Election Day
November 6 & 7: Global Challenges Institute (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)


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