ADP 2012 National Meeting Update: Featured Sessions Lineup

This year we have a strong set of Featured Sessions planned for the American Democracy Project National Meeting in San Antonio, June 7-9, 2012. Featured sessions are smaller than the large plenary sessions, but longer and bigger than our concurrent sessions. They provide participants with the opportunity to dig deeply into a variety of topics with some of the nation’s leading experts in the civic engagement movement. Please see below for descriptions of our exciting Featured Sessions.

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ADP/TDC 2012 National Meeting Featured Sessions

Featured Sessions | Friday, June 8 from 10:30 a.m. – Noon
TDC on Engaging the Community: Student Perspectives

The Public Achievement program at Lone Star College, Kingwood offers students experience in community and democratic engagement. A panel of students from the Kingwood campus will discuss their participation in the program over the last two years and their efforts to expand and further student-led engagement. Other students from TDC institutions will show videos documenting their experiences and present on how civic engagement helped enrich their education and aid in degree completion.

Moderator:  John J. Theis, Professor of Political Science, Lone Star College, Kingwood (Texas)
Student Panelists: Blain Donnell, Student, Lone Star College, Kingwood; Wendy Thorp, Student, Lone Star College, Kingwood; Cory McAnally, Student, Lone Star College, Kingwood; Corey Lenon, Student, Lone Star College, Kingwood

Raising Money to Support a Civic Engagement Program

The experiences of campuses that have been successful at raising funds in support of a campus-wide civic engagement program are reviewed in this session. The emphasis is on external fundraising and grant-writing strategies. Also, issues involving the leveraging of institutional budgets to prompt external support and the importance of sound project management and assessment to external fundraising are addressed.

Moderator:  Richard Dunfee, Executive Director, AASCU Grants Resource Center
Panelists:  Stephen Hunt, Professor of Communication and Lance Lippert, Associate Professor of Communication, Illinois State University; Gregg Kaufman, Instructor, Georgia College; and William M. Loker, Dean of Undergraduate Education, California State University, Chico

National Issues Forum (NIF)—Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?

This session features a deliberative forum using the new NIF guide, Shaping Our Future. This forum also provides an experiential introduction to key concepts and practices in deliberative politics, such as naming and framing issues, choice work and trade-offs experience with choice work. Shaping Our Future was developed by NIF and the Kettering Foundation and it will be used in collaboration with the American Commonwealth Partnership.

Presenters: John Dedrick, Vice President and Program Director, Charles F. Kettering Foundation and William V. Muse, President, NIF Institute.  Forums will be moderated by: Cristin Foster, Assistant Program Director, David Mathews Center for Civic Life; Doug Garnar, Professor and Service Learning Program Director, Broome Community College (N.Y.); Kara Lindaman, Associate Professor and ADP Campus Director, Winona State University (Minn.); Chris McCauley, Executive Director, David Mathews Center for Civic Life; Alberto Olivas, Director, Center for Civic Participation, Maricopa Community Colleges (Ariz.); Bernie Ronan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Maricopa Community Colleges (Ariz.); and Lisa Strahley, Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Early Childhood Development, Broome Community College (N.Y.)

Community Change Studies for Civic and Democratic Work

The Community Learning Partnership (CLP), a TDC partner, is expanding its Community Change Studies (CSS) programs to prepare students for careers in civic and democratic work, with an emphasis on community engagement that creates a more democratic society. This session presents program designs and curriculum for CSS certificate and degree programs in four CLP sites:  Los Angeles, Cupertino, Minneapolis and New York. This session also provides a first look at a new web-based resource center for developing CSS programs and curriculum that will be available to TDC members in late Fall 2012.

Panelists:  Denise Fairchild, President, Emerald Cities Collaborative; Sydney Beane, Director, Minnesota Community Learning Partnership; Hector Soto, Director, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, New York; Benjamin A. Torres, CEO/President, Community Development Technologies Center, Los Angeles; Edmundo Norte, Dean, Intercultural/International Studies, De Anza College (Calif); and students from the CLP site programs     

The National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE)

The NASCE is the first tool that uses student reported experience to quantitatively measure community engagement among individual students and their institutions. To date, the NASCE has interviewed 12,344 students from 28 colleges and universities of varying sizes and affiliations, spanning nine different states in the United States. The NASCE is an instrument that 1) measures the community engagement and service performed by students; 2) measures and reports the engagement and service across nine areas of human need; 3) expresses engagement and service performed as a percent of the possible service an institution can offer; 4) provides colleges with a measurement of their capacity contribution; and 5) provides a tool that can be used to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses for use in institutional planning. This presentation provides detailed information on the innovative methodology of the NASCE as well as the derivation, implementation and initial findings of these five outlined study aspects.

Presenters: Mathew Johnson, Director of Academic Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies and Donald P. Levy, Director, Siena Research Institute, Siena College (N.Y.)

A Crucible Moment: Higher Education and Democratic Engagement

This session first orients the audience to the 2012 Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future report, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education. The report will be used to frame a presentation on the upcoming 2015 application cycle for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Elective Community Engagement Classification. Participants from two-year and four-year campuses interested in seeking the classification in 2015 are encouraged to attend.

Presenters:  Gail Robinson, Director of Service Learning, American Association of Community Colleges; John Saltmarsh, Co-Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston and Josh Young, Director of the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy, Miami Dade College (Fla.)

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Exploring the Link between Civic Engagement and Employment

Civic behaviors—such as political involvement, volunteering and giving—help generate the flow of information, trust and connection in communities. Active participation in civic life is necessary for a community to be socially and economically healthy. This session presents research on the links between civic engagement and economic resilience and provides opportunities for discussion of the unique role that higher education institutions play in advancing civic health and community vitality.

Presenters:  Kristi Tate, Director of Community Strategies, National Conference on Citizenship and Michael Stout, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Missouri State University

Failing to Forget: Teaching the Topics of Today to the Citizens of Tomorrow

Trayvon Martin. The Occupy and Tea Party movements. Women’s reproductive rights. Healthcare. Education and tuition. These and many more events mobilize students toward dialogue, organization and action, yet in many academic settings these important issues of the day are quickly overlooked. How can we better serve our students by teaching civic responsibility and democratic engagement through the everyday topics that affect their individual lives and communities? This session explores ways in which our campuses can help students organize around these events and form their own voices under the banner of civic and democratic participation.

Presenter: Brian Murphy, President, De Anza College (Calif.)

Transforming Campus Voices into Student Votes: Best Practices for How to Move from “Concept” to “Counted”

As new voters and, sometimes, new residents in their campus community, college students are far more likely than other voters to lack information about voter registration, voting procedures and their right to vote in the community in which they live. Colleges and universities can play an essential role in fulfilling our educational mission to produce informed, engaged citizens by supporting specific reforms that will break down these barriers by empowering students with the information they need. This session provides precise program ideas and best practices for what you can do to boost voter education, registration and get-out-the-vote efforts on your campus.

Moderator:  Elizabeth A. Bennion, Associate Professor of Political Science and Campus ADP Director, Indiana University South Bend.  Panelists:  Alysa Cisneros, Student Coordinator, De Anza College (Calif.); Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO, U.S. Vote Foundation; Brandon Loso, Student, Middle Tennessee State University; Amelia Ross-Hammond, Professor and Director, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, Norfolk State University (Va.); Dan Vicuña, Staff Attorney and Campus Vote Project Coordinator, Fair Elections Legal Network; and Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator and Researcher, CIRCLE: The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Global Challenges National Blended Learning Course

Global Challenges: Promise and Peril in the 21st Century is a first of its kind course made possible by the collaborative efforts of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) American Democracy Project, The New York Times Knowledge Network, and teaching faculty from 11 AASCU institutions. The course uses the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ 7 Revolutions content as a curricular framework for educating globally competent citizens. The course design relies on the most recent research on blended learning models, combining the best of online and face-to-face educational approaches. This groundbreaking national blended learning model course aims to be a template for further national blended learning model courses on other topics. In this session, the national project coordinator of the Global Challenges National Blended Learning Course and the chair of the AASCU Global Engagement Scholars discuss the collaborative effort and share a glimpse of the Spring 2012 pilot. A representative from Sourcebooks publishing also unveils a glimpse of the new Global Challenges eBook.

Presenters: Shala Mills, Chair and Professor of Political Science and National Coordinator, Global Challenges Course, Fort Hays State University (Kan.); Dennis Falk, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Social Work and Global Engagement Scholar, University of Minnesota Duluth; and Peter Lynch, Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks.

Featured Sessions | Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Next Generation Civic Engagement

Higher education plays a significant role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy, but we need new ways of teaching personal and social responsibility to a digitally native generation of students. This session describes the redesign of a civic engagement course at the University of North Texas into blended and online formats and provides examples of experiential learning activities. It also addresses the importance of anchoring course redesign to a foundation of thoughtfully identified student learning outcomes.

Presenters: Brenda McCoy, Director, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Program and Michael Simmons, Senior Associate Director, Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign, University of North Texas

Capturing and Assessing Student Voting on Your Campus           

Using public voting data, it is difficult to assess student turnout on a single campus and what institutional strategies positively affect turnout. In 2012, CIRCLE will be working with interested campuses and partners to fill this gap. We are developing a free service to calculate turnout using data collected by a national firm. This session will discuss current student voting research, what participants most want to know about student voting, and how campuses can get involved to assess strategies used to register and mobilize students.

Presenter: Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator and Researcher, CIRCLE:  The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Defining, Creating, Assessing, Closing the Loop: Long-Term Assessment of Social Responsibility

In this session, participants, while learning about the very practical aspects of one school’s comprehensive model for assessing social responsibility, are actively engaged in reviewing their own institution’s efforts and selecting areas for improvement. Using a template to guide them in defining terms, identifying organizational structures and exploring potential means of determining impact, participants develop their own action plan to improve the results of efforts on their home campuses, including rare models for directly assessing student learning of outcomes in social responsibility.

Presenters: Gregory Mellas, Service Learning Director and Spanish Faculty; Michael Seward, English Faculty; and Cheryl Neudauer, Center for Teaching and Learning Campus Leader and Biology Faculty, Minneapolis Community & Technical College (Minn.)

ADP: Advancing the Civic Frontier

In this session, Tom Ehrlich, who has been instrumental in guiding the intellectual work of ADP, asks us to consider the new challenges and opportunities that we face in the civic engagement movement. In particular, he focuses on the need to engage students in the civic work of protecting and promoting public education at every level and on the use of social media and other emerging technologies to enhance teaching and learning about civic work.

Presenter: Tom Ehrlich, Visiting Professor, School of Education, Stanford University (Calif.)

Linking High-Impact Learning and Community Engagement

Come join a conversation about how campuses might thoughtfully link High-Impact Practices (HIPs)—such as first-year experiences, course-based internships, writing intensive courses, undergraduate research and capstones—with civic and community engagement. Presenters share examples of what the Bonner Foundation and its network of campus-based intensive programs have begun to articulate as high-impact community engagement practices (HICEPs). Practices include multi-year commitments and agreements with community partners, multi-year faculty connections, policy research projects and more. Presenters hope to foster conversation and sharing amongst a national learning community for campuses with civic partners like AAC&U, AASCU (and ADP), Bringing Theory to Practice, Imagining America, NERCHE and others in the field.

Presenters: Mathew Johnson, Director of Academic Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Siena College (N.Y.) and Ariane Hoy, Senior Program Officer, Bonner Foundation

Introducing Citizen Alum—Alumni as Doers, Not (Just) Donors

This session is an introduction to Citizen Alum as a strategy for institutional culture change. The particular focus of this panel is integrating alumni relations into campus-wide public/community engagement.

Presenters: Julie Ellison, Professor of American Culture and English and Lead Organizer of Citizen Alum, University of Michigan; Jodi Bantley, Coordinator, Community Service-Learning, Center for Community-Based Learning, Metropolitan State University (Minn.); LeeAnn Lands, Associate Professor of History and American Studies and Lisa Duke, Director, Office of Alumni Affairs, Kennesaw State University (Ga.)

Putting Democratic Engagement to Work on Campus: A Conversation with John Saltmarsh, Co-Editor of To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education

This session is focused on a discussion among participants on issues, challenges and questions from the chapters and the critique offered in the book. One point of conversation might be putting the conceptual framework of “democratic engagement” in place on campus, providing concrete strategies for using the book, To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (2011) to implement change. Collectively we can discuss strategies for faculty, staff, administrators, students and community partners to implement democratic engagement on campus, drawing, in many cases, on campus examples.

Presenter: John Saltmarsh, Co-Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston and Co-Editor of To Serve a Larger Purpose

Realizing the Potential of TDC and ADP: Developing Partnerships Between Universities, Community Colleges and Municipalities

Over the last 10 years, scholars, educators, administrators and others have devoted significant attention to the development of programs that support education for citizenship in higher education. These efforts have born significant fruit, as evidenced by the many programs featured at the TDC/ADP National Meeting. A central concern for the next 10 years will be how those in higher education will sustain the commitment to civic engagement, especially in light of personnel changes and budgetary constraints. Presenters on this panel discuss how campuses can develop meaningful partnerships across campus and community to ensure that education for democracy remains a vital component of higher education.

Presenters:  Deborah Halperin, Director of Action Research Center, Illinois Wesleyan University; Sarah Diel-Hunt, Heartland Community College (Ill.); Stephen Hunt, Professor of Communication, Jan Murphy, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lance Lippert, Association Professor of Communication and Frank Beck, Associate Professor, Illinois State University

Exploring 21st Century Approaches to Civic Dialogue: New Tools for a Digital Democracy

Join a discussion of innovative tools for promoting civic engagement and civil discourse around critical issues on college campuses.

Democracy Plaza: Student Updates, Research Questions and Moving into the Future Electronic Space of Civil and Civic Dialogue
Presenters:  H. Anne Weiss, Graduate Assistant in Civic Engagement; Youngbok Hong, Associate Faculty of Art; and Anthony Greco, Student, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

The Civil Debate Wall: Using Digital Media to Train Effective Citizens
Presenters:  Shelby Taylor, Digital Communications Director and Emma K. Humphries, Assistant in Citizenship, Bob Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida

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