Archive for June, 2011

Announcing the 7 Revolutions Institute: Educating Globally Competent Citizens, October 28-29, 2011, Fresno, California

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Please mark your calendar for our next 7 Revolutions Institute in Fresno, California, October 28-29, 2011.

About 7 Revolutions

In 2006, ADP partnered with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to translate the 7 Revolutions into curricular and co-curricular strategies to educate globally competent American citizens. The 7 Revolutions content was created by CSIS and identifies the seven global trends that will shape the world by 2030, in areas such as population, resource management and technological innovation. To learn more about the 7 Revolutions, visit this website.

Please watch the blog for more details about this institute including hotel and registration information. The registration fee for the 7 Revolutions Institute is $250.

About the Institute

In this Institute, participants will be offered an in-depth exploration of the 7 Revolutions led by CSIS experts and the 7 Revolutions Scholars. Each Institute participant will receive a tool kit for using the content of the 7 Revolutions in on-campus projects and courses. This practical and insightful Institute is ideal for universities that want to deepen their commitment to providing effective international education in a variety of disciplines. The 7 Revolutions curriculum has been taught in a wide range of formats including First Year seminars as well as sociology, mathematics and theater courses.

What people have said about past 7 Revolutions Institutes

“So many excellent, creative teaching ideas and materials!”

“Thank you so much! We are completely energized.”  

“It was like drinking from a fire hose!! Incredible!”

Civic Engagement Job Posting: Director of Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, University of Illinois, Springfield

Occasionally I am sent job postings for civic engagement opportunities within the AASCU network. Below you will find a recent job listing. Please pass this along to anyone you know of who is looking for an exciting opportunity to do civic work within an AASCU school. – Cecilia M. Orphan

Director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center

Springfield, Illinois

The University of Illinois Springfield seeks experienced and energetic candidates for the position of Director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center. The successful candidate will work closely with community leaders, campus administration, faculty and students to facilitate volunteer experiences and to promote opportunities to develop civic engagement and student leadership skills aligned with the campus’ vision to enrich individual lives and make a difference in the world.

Primary functions include development of volunteer opportunities within both the campus and local community, motivating student involvement; oversight and development of grant funded programs (AmeriCorps), providing direction to a residential living–learning community and administrative responsibilities including supervision and budget management. Evening and weekend availability and commitment are required.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a Master’s Degree, three years of experience coordinating community service activities and recruiting volunteers, and successful experiences in fundraising, grant writing, and grant management.

Additional desired qualifications include: exceptional organizational skills; ability to work with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and agencies; experience recruiting for and managing government and private grant funded programs; excellent written and oral communication skills; knowledge and experience working with volunteerism, not-for-profit agencies and higher education.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community.  Persons with disabilities, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for at least three professional references to:

Chair, Search Committee

Director of the Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center

University of Illinois at Springfield SAB 23

One University Plaza

Springfield, IL 62703

Review of applications began June 24, 2011

eJournal of Public Affairs: Call for Submissions and Reviewers

About the eJournal of Public Affairs

The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal published by Missouri State University and affiliated with the American Democracy Project. The journal is focused on scholarship related to engagement in the public arena and, in particular, to the following themes:

  • Considerations of citizenship and what it means to be a citizen, including global citizenship and eCitizenship;
  • The role of social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) in civic engagement;
  • Assessment of civic engagement efforts;
  • Teaching, learning, and problem solving related to civic engagement.

The journal publishes high-quality articles, with or without multimedia embedded in the articles (e.g., photos, videos, websites), including research studies, best practices, reviews of the literature, and book reviews. The journal will also consider publishing scholarly and creative endeavors in alternate forms of media (e.g., videos).


The eJournal of Public Affairs recognizes the importance of the peer reviewer in the overall publication process – not only in shaping the individual manuscript but also in shaping the credibility and reputation of the journal. The eJournal of Public Affairs is committed to the timely publication of credible manuscripts and multimedia scholarly and creative efforts submitted for publication. As such, the identification and selection of reviewers who have expertise and interest in the topics appropriate to each manuscript are essential elements in ensuring a timely, productive peer-review process. Generally, reviewers will be asked to return their comments within 45 days of receiving a manuscript.

In an effort to facilitate the selection of appropriate peer reviewers for the eJournal of Public Affairs, we ask that you take a moment to complete the eJournal of Public Affairs Call for Reviewers, allowing us to better assess your areas of interest and expertise in matching our reviewers with submitted manuscripts/materials.


The eJournal of Public Affairs invites scholars from all disciplines to submit work related to one or more of the following four themes:

  • Considerations of citizenship and what it means to be a citizen, including global citizenship and e-citizenship;
  • The role of social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) in civic engagement;
  • Assessment of civic engagement efforts;
  • Teaching, learning, and problem solving related to civic engagement.


  • Research articles
  • Literature reviews
  • Best practices
  • Book reviews
  • Theoretical analyses of important issues


  • The first page should contain the name of the author(s) and contact information for each author, including: institutional affiliation, department, address, phone number, and email address.
  • Names of author(s) and/or any other identifying information should not appear on any subsequent pages of the manuscript.
  • All submissions must be in English and utilize APA citation style (6th edition). As such, in-text quotations should include page numbers in the parenthetical citations.
  • Please, however, use one space after periods instead of two.
  • Please avoid using footnotes within the manuscript.
  • Charts, graphs, and tables should be included in the manuscript.
  • Written materials, including research manuscripts, best practice articles, literature reviews, and book reviews should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents to Andrew Lokie, Managing Editor, eJournal of Public Affairs:

Announcing the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement

By George L. Mehaffy, American Democracy Project, AASCU

In an effort to recognize, support, and encourage the next generation of leaders in the civic engagement movement, the American Democracy Project has established a new award for emerging leaders civic engagement, the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement.  The award was named in John’s honor to recognize a lifetime passion of his, thinking about and preparing the next generation of civic leaders.

The award will be presented annually at the ADP conference.  The first annual John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement was presented to Cecilia M. Orphan at the 2011 American Democracy Project National Meeting in Orlando, FL.  As most of you know, Cecilia leaves AASCU and the American Democracy Project after five years to begin a doctoral program in higher education at the University of Pennsylvania.

In order to provide support for the Award in the future, the royalties from the new book edited by John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley (“To Serve a larger Purpose”: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education, Temple University Press) are being donated in full to the award.  I urge you to consider buying the book, not only for its content but also because your purchase of the book will help ensure the sustainability of the award.  You can order the book though Temple University Press website by clicking this weblink.  I also hope you will share this link with colleagues.

A special thanks to William Plater, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties Emeritus at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, who generously supported this first year’s award.  I look forward to our work in recognizing and encouraging the next generation of civic leaders through this wonderful new award.

Illinois State University Recognized with the Political Engagement Project Program of Excellence Award

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

I am pleased to announce the creation of Political Engagement Project (PEP) Program of Excellence Award sponsored by The New York Times and the
American Democracy Project.  PEP has the goal of developing a sense of political efficacy and duty on the part of undergraduates as well as a set of political skills that students will need as they engage with the political world. To do this, PEP campuses have infused political education and engagement tactics into a variety of disciplines and courses on campus and have made the tenants of political engagement central to the institutional framework of their campuses. The purpose of this award is to recognize the distinctive excellence of PEP programs and to identify programs that can serve as best practice models for other AASCU campuses across the country. The 2011 New York Times PEP Program of Excellence Award winner is Illinois State University (ISU). “We are proud to be a sponsor of the new PEP Program of Excellence Award and we are excited about the work that the PEP campuses are doing. It was clear from the entry that Illinois State is engaged in substantial work and an innovator in the field,” Felice Nudelman, Executive Director of Education for The New York Times, wrote.

Steve Hunt, leader of PEP at ISU

Steven Hunt professor of Communication at Illinois State University has been a national leader in our efforts to expand PEP programming and philosophy to more AASCU institutions. This work crystallized in the creation of the PEP monograph: Educating Students for Political Engagement: A Guide to Implementation and Assessment for Colleges and Universities.  (To purchase the monograph, visit this website). In addition to providing national leadership for PEP, ISU has done groundbreaking work in transforming its curricular and co-curricular offerings to produce politically engaged undergraduates.

Tom Ehrlich of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was instrumental in the creation of PEP and has worked closely with ISU through the project. Tom expressed his enthusiasm about ISU being recognized with the award in a recent email. “Illinois State University is a model for campuses across the country in the ways it educates its students to be politically engaged in their communities. Too often, faculty and administrators, especially at public institutions, fear that politics and sound education cannot mix.  To the contrary, as Illinois State has shown, college years are an important time to gain the knowledge, the skills, and the attitudes for wise and responsible political engagement. The path-setting programs that Illinois has put in place ensure that its students learn in an environment of open inquiry without ideological bias.  Illinois State deserves the applause of everyone who cares about the future of our democracy.”

Pin from ISU's PEP voter registration and education campaign

The American Democracy Project salutes Illinois State University for its
leadership in preparing informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. Please see below for a description of ISU’s work and learn more about their commitment to political engagement pedagogy.

The Political Engagement Project at Illinois State University

The primary mission of the Political Engagement Project is to enhance Illinois
State University students’ awareness and understanding of political engagement and impact their level of political involvement and leadership. Faculty and staff work together to provide opportunities for students in the classroom, on campus, and in the community to develop skills related to political processes and leadership. Illinois State’s PEP is an initiative of the Provost’s Office in collaboration with representatives from Student Affairs. Chad Kahl (Subject Specialist Librarian for Criminal Justice, Law, Military Science and Politics & Government) chairs our PEP committee and represents the team on our larger ADP Committee. In our invitation to join PEP, we were asked to begin the project by focusing on a limited number of courses with an emphasis on the first year. This section begins with an overview of those curricular efforts in general education.

The First Year Learning in Communities [LinC] Seminar. One of the distinctive characteristics of the curricular approaches taken by our PEP faculty is that they craft pedagogy that provides opportunities for students to become directly engaged in campus and community life. Dr. Carlye Kalianov serves as our Carnegie PEP Fellow for the LinC program at Illinois State.  In a small seminar environment LinC provides a jumpstart for first-year students to help them learn campus resources, transition to college, identify potential majors/careers, and introduce them to political engagement. Other highlights of LinC include:

  • This is an eight week, first-year seminar offered in the fall (we typically have 16 sections of 21-25 students).
  • All incoming first-year athletes are required to enroll in the LinC Seminar.
  • Over the last four years many new activities, assignments, and discussion topics have been developed related to the goals of the PEP (e.g., election issues, community and campus involvement, and diversity).

COM 110 – Communication as Critical Inquiry. Dr. Steve Hunt (Professor of Communication) serves as the Carnegie PEP Scholar for Communication 110 course activities. While efforts to integrate PEP into COM 110 began with four sections in the fall 2006 semester, virtually all 76 sections of the course now contain PEP pedagogy (e.g., use of political examples to highlight course concepts, written paper assignments requiring students to link course concepts to politics, group campaigns on political issues, etc.). COM 110 is a required course for all freshmen and serves approximately 3,500 students annually.

Individuals and Civic Life Middle Core Courses. Dr Robert Bradley, Professor of Politics and Government, serves as our Carnegie PEP Scholar for the middle core of our general education program. Some of the courses in this core include: POL 101 (Citizens and Governance), POL105 (American Government), POL 106 (U.S. Government and Civic Practices), POL 161 (Introduction to Political Thinking), POL 215 (U.S. Judicial Process), POL 217 (U.S. Presidency), POL 220 (Campaign Politics), POL 325 (Constitutional Law), and POL 432 (Graduate Seminar in Judicial Politics). Dr. Bradley also coordinates efforts to infuse PEP into Criminal Justice courses such as CJS 102 (Society and Justice). Approximately 2,100 students enroll in these middle core courses every year.

PEP across the Curriculum

Beyond general education, our PEP team has created numerous opportunities for students that cross all disciplines at Illinois State. For example, Dr. Bradley oversaw the development of a Washington DC Study Tour that exposed more than 20 students over two summers to politics inside the beltway. This program, open to all majors, is now being redesigned with personnel from Research and Sponsored Programs as a Washington DC Internship (three students have already enrolled for summer 2011). In addition, our PEP and ADP teams collaborated over the last year to create a Civic Engagement and Responsibility Minor. This minor combines two new courses with existing courses and curriculum as well as out-of-class service-learning to instill the values of civic and political engagement in students (the minor currently has an enrollment of 10 students). Also, the Community Engaged Classrooms (CEC) project assists Illinois State faculty with identifying potential political engagement projects and establishing partnerships with community agencies/organizations. The remaining sections of this application as well as our endorsement letters provide additional information about how PEP is being integrated vertically into several majors at Illinois State.

PEP across the Co-Curriculum

In addition to these curricular efforts, Illinois State faculty are integrating PEP into a wide variety of co-curricular activities. For instance, members of Lambda Pi Eta and COMM (LPH and COMM are registered student organizations in the School of Communication) recently collaborated with a local non-partisan community group to host a debate about public financing options for political campaigns. Earlier this semester, our PEP team worked with the same group to host a deliberative forum on financing for public schools. Members of our nationally recognized speech team, Student Government Association, and Political Science Club were especially active during the 2008 and 2010 election cycles as participants in our Trust Me, I’m A Voter campaign. Earlier this semester, ISU faculty and students partnered with the PEP team to host a Town Hall meeting with U.S. Senator Mark Kirk and Congressman Adam Kinzinger. In addition, our PEP faculty regularly collaborate with the PEP team at Heartland Community College (HCC) to host events, workshops, and voter registration drives. As you can see, these co-curricular efforts compliment and extend ISU’s curricular initiatives. The following sections of this application provide additional information about how all of the aforementioned initiatives are maintained and supported as well as plans for the future expansion of the PEP on our campus.

To learn more about the Political Engagement Project, visit this website.

Announcing the Winner of the 2011 William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement

“In some ways the University of Minnesota, Duluth has been to Vince Magnuson what that 80 acre farm in Nebraska was to his parents. He wakes every day before sunrise and goes to work in the field of higher education – as a teacher for twenty-seven years and as an academic administrator for the past fifteen. He has quietly generated a bumper crop of liberally educated citizens.” – William Payne

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Vince Magnuson, 2011 William Plater Award Winner

Each year we recognize a Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for their leadership in institutionalizing civic engagement on their campus. The William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement is designed to recognize the critical role of the chief academic officer in advancing the civic mission of the campus through curricular reform, public advocacy, accountability for institutional citizenship, faculty development and recruitment, and partnerships with community organizations.

The award, funded through the generosity of Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis, has been created to acknowledge the critical leadership role that chief academic officers play in serving as the vital link between the academic community (principally the faculty, staff and students) and the more externally oriented leadership of presidents, chancellors and trustees in helping make an institution intentional about its role in citizenship preparation. Through their leadership, chief academic officers align the work of faculty, the learning of students, and the achievements of staff with the public mission of AASCU institutions to prepare undergraduates as informed, engaged citizens. Chief academic officers make a critical difference in the articulation of purpose, in the alignment of actions, and in the quality, scope and effectiveness of institutional performance.

The Plater Award is the first national award established specifically to honor and recognize CAOs for their leadership in higher education.

This year we received a record number of outstanding nominations for the Plater Award. The Award Committee reported great difficulty in choosing one winner because the nomination pool was so strong. I am pleased to announce that after much deliberation, the award committee selected Vince Magnuson, Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration at the University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD), as the recipient of the 2011 William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement. I have copied portions of the letter submitted by William Payne, Interim Dean, School of Fine Arts at UMD, in support of Vince’s candidacy for the award. As you will find when you read more about Vince, he has worked tirelessly to commit his campus to fostering civic outcomes for students. Vince is a dear friend and colleague of mine and I am delighted to see his diligence in preparing informed, engaged citizens honored by the Plater Award.

Vince Magnuson, Cecilia M. Orphan, George L. Mehaffy

Congratulations, Vince! You have certainly earned your place among past award winners.

For more information about the award including its criteria and past recipients, please visit this website.

Selected portions of Vince’s nomination written by his colleague William Payne:

Vince Magnuson has been a leader on the UMD campus reflecting all of the criteria outlined for the Plater Award. From 1995 until her retirement in 2010, Chancellor Kathryn Martin transformed the UMD campus. Chancellor Martin helped to build over ten new structures on the campus, including a library, music hall, and science and engineering buildings. It was a significant accomplishment. Vince was a big part of this revitalization of the campus. But he accomplished something equally important for the tens of thousands of students learn in these buildings. He has never wavered from his commitment to civic engagement and the education of the next generation of citizens.

Vince made sure that UMD was a member of the American Democracy Project as soon as he saw the invitation to join. He identified the people on campus who were already civically engaged as faculty and staff and supported their attendance at regional and national conferences. He led the discussion regarding how we might grow the curricular and co-curricular civic engagement program. With the help of faculty and staff, he provided the leadership and funding necessary to create the Office of Civic Engagement. He worked closely with the Steering Committee for OCE to perform a campus survey of activity, a working definition of civic engagement, and provided funding for mini-grants to help faculty integrate new community based learning strategies into curricula. He also serves ADP nationally as a member of the American Democracy Project Implementation Committee.

As Vice Chancellor, Vince made sure that civic engagement was a priority.  UMD invests approximately $250,000 annually in support of civic engagement efforts. UMD’s Office of Civic Engagement offers programming throughout the year in an effort to help prepare educated citizens and strengthen civic responsibility. In 2009-10 over 1800 students participated in courses with service learning components and over 2,000 volunteers provided 33,484 hours of direct service to the community. UMD now partners with over 60 different community organizations.

It helps to know who Vince is and how he became so capable. Vince was born in Laurel, Nebraska. In the 40’s and 50’s, his parents farmed eighty acres growing corn and oats and raising cows, pigs and chickens. They had no electricity or running water. He and his two brothers attended a one-room schoolhouse and participated in the work of the farm. As he entered his teens, his family had to move into town. Vince began working at the Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm. He encountered science as a tool to feed the world. The mentor who gave him a ride to work began to bring textbooks for the ride. It was not long before Vince was enrolling in Wayne State College to study Chemistry.

The rigor of farm work is visible in the way Vince approaches his administrative work. He works sunrise to sundown, and knows how to nurture ideas and people from seedling to full bloom. His lifetime as a teacher and scientist help him take a reasoned, skeptical approach to administrative challenges, yet he never forgets the human component in everything he does. This combination of heart and mind, intelligence and compassion, an incredible work ethic coupled with a love of laughter and human expression, are the Vincent R. Magnuson that has transformed the University of Minnesota Duluth in his own way.

In some ways, UMD has been to Vince what that 80 acre farm in Nebraska was to his parents. He wakes every day before sunrise and goes to work in the field of higher education – as a teacher for twenty-seven years and as an academic administrator for the past fifteen. He has quietly generated a bumper crop of liberally educated citizens. And he has left the soil rich with the potential for harvests yet to come. The graduates of UMD will feed the world with critical minds filled with innovative ideas, with hands committed to serving their communities, and with hearts engaged with their fellow citizens. It should come as no surprise that, when asked what he will be doing after he retires this summer, Vince mentions spending more time with his family – and working in his garden.

Getting Civic in Orlando: Highlights from the ADP National Meeting, June 2-4

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

“The ADP National Meeting is the Super Bowl of civic engagement events. I look forward to it all year long!” – Gregg Kaufman, ADP Coordinator at Georgia College

Photo Credit: FHSU

More than 350 faculty members, students, administrators, and representatives from our national partner organizations gathered in Orlando, Florida for the ADP National Meeting, June 2-4, 2011.The theme of the meeting was “Beyond Voting: Active Citizenship in the New Era.”

At this year’s meeting, attendees reported enjoying the dynamic energy created by the

Students from Fort Hays State University

large number of that attended the ADP conference. All told, 75 students attended and presented at the ADP National Meeting. We kicked off the conference with pre-conference meetings and workshops on Thursday, June 2. During the pre-conference meetings, participants in a number of our national initiatives met and assessed their progress in the last year and planned for the next year (eCitizenship, Civic Agency, America’s Future, Political Engagement Project, and We the People).  We also hosted a series of pre-conference workshops including an exciting Game of Politics Simulation and institutes for two of our initiatives: 7 Revolutions: Educating Globally Competent Citizens and the Political Engagement Project.

We officially launched the conference with an opening plenary session which featured a conversation between Harry C. Boyte, Yasmin Karimian, Alberto Olivas, and Mel Netzhammer about how universities can reshape on-campus culture to facilitate opportunities for students, staff, non-tenure track faculty, and tenure-track faculty to grow as active, engaged citizens. We also hosted a live filming of the 7 Revolutions Epsilen Course, Theater and Global Change. This course was taught by William Payne who is a professor of theater at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Photo Credit: FHSU

We began the day on Friday with a series of breakfast breakout sessions that included a student-led presentation on the Citizen Tool Box conference.  Robert Cavalier from Carnegie Mellon University   unveiled his plans for a national Deliberative Poll ® on climate change and recruited over a dozen ADP schools to participate in the project. Gregg Kaufman, ADP Coordinator for Georgia College, and Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini,  directors of the How Democracy Works Documentary Series, hosted a breakfast workshop that explored methods for using documentary film in civic education.

Following Friday’s breakfast sessions our keynote speaker, Erica Williams, offered meeting attendees an inspiring and thought provoking set of remarks that helped us think through how the civic engagement movement can be more inclusive to people of color. Erica made a lot of very helpful comments and observations and one in particular stood out to me: “We are now aware of possibilities that weren’t imaginable 30 years ago, and that changes our schema for how we ‘do’ civic engagement. Diversity is not a goal – it’s an inevitability.” Yup. I couldn’t agree more!

Campus and Friends Showcase - Photo Credit: FHSU

Campus and Friends Showcase - Photo Credit: FHSU

After Erica’s remarks, we broke into a series of concurrent and featured sessions while the Campus and Friends Showcase was taking place during the lunch and refreshment breaks. The Showcase is always a great opportunity for our campuses and partner organizations to share their work and network with one another, and this year was no exception. Bill Muse of National Issues Forum (NIF) and John Dedrick of the Kettering Foundation also kicked off the three-part “We the People” NIF that was part of the conference.

On Saturday morning we featured another set of breakfast breakout sessions including sessions focused on the eCitizenship project at Keene State College and the Kentucky Advocates for Civic Education project. The organizers of the eJournal of Public Affairs also held an informational breakfast session. This session was open to those interested in publishing in and serving as a reviewer for ADP’s eJournal of Public Affairs.

After the breakfast sessions, Russell Dalton, professor of political science at UC Irvine, offered his thoughts on the Millennial Generation’s civic behaviors. In Russ’s view, the good news about this generation is that the bad news is mostly wrong. During his remarks, Russ helped us understand that the Millennial Generation’s civic impulses are very strong but are also different than those felt by older generations. Following Russ’s remarks, we announced the winners of the William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement (Vince Magnuson, Provost of the University of Minnesota, Duluth) and the Political Engagement Project Program of Excellence Award (Illinois State University). Watch for upcoming blog posts describing each of the award winners.

After a set of concurrent and featured sessions, meeting attendees reconvened as a group for a set of humorous and

Andrew Rosenthal and Carolyn Campbell, the FHSU who introduced him

provocative closing remarks given by Andrew Rosenthal, Editorial Page Editor for The New York Times. Andy spoke about the purpose newspapers serve in a democracy. What follows are two memorable quotes from his remarks: “Scanning a Facebook news feed is not enough to become an informed, engaged citizens. Young people must be reading in depth about the issues of the day,” and this quote in response to the question from an audience member: are the columnists under your direction? “Sure, in the same way my cat sits when I tell it to.”  After Andy helped everyone think about and discuss the importance of a free press for democracy, we celebrated the end of the conference with a poolside BBQ and reception.

During this year’s meeting, we worked with the leaders of The Democracy Commitment to officially launch this civic engagement project for community colleges. I am delighted to report that representatives from 13 colleges were present at the meeting. The TDC leaders guided those in attendance through a set of conversations that will eventually provide context for the work of the TDC and the initial first set of activities and initiatives for the project.

This was by far our most successful ADP National Meeting to date. It was an absolute honor to be surrounded by so many people who are passionate about and engaged in the struggle to protect and improve our democracy. ADP continues to be one of the most successful and dynamic civic engagement projects in the country because of the tireless dedication of the 352 souls gathered in Orlando.

We hope to see you in San Antonio, June 7-9, 2012, for the next ADP National Meeting where we will celebrate 10 years of preparing informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.

To view the 40+ resources uploaded by meeting participants including PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and conference papers, visit the ADP Meeting Wiki.

To read what participants Tweeted about the meeting, visit this website.

Finally, to see more pictures from the meeting, visit the ADP Facebook Page. Please send me any photos you took so that I can upload them to Facebook!

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