Archive for July, 2012

Institutional Intentionality: IUPUI’s Civic Engagement Medallion

Like ADP’s William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement, given  to AASCU chief academic officers (provosts) in recognition of exemplary leadership in advancing the civic learning of undergraduates, IUPUI’s William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion honors the legacy of IUPUI’s former Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties while also acting as a mechanism to recognize and reward those moving the civic engagement movement in higher education forward. Given annually to graduating students to honor their civic engagement efforts, the Medallion is an act of institutional intentionality — a means by which the campus formally recognizes and rewards informed, engaged citizenship. Read below to learn more about this award.

Kuddos to IUPUI and the more than 90 students awarded this honor since 2006!

- Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion

William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion for Graduates

The William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion was established in 2006 to honor graduates who have excelled in their commitment to the community through activities such as service learning, volunteerism, community/social issue advocacy, community work-study, and political engagement.

The application is due annually on March 1st.

In alignment with IUPUI’s mission, the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion has been established to recognize students who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to their communities during their years as an IUPUI student. The medallion is named in honor of IUPUI’s former Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties from 1988 to 2006, Dr. William Plater, a strong advocate of civic engagement during his career.

Students who are awarded the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion will have exhibited personal development, intellectual growth, and positive community impact as a result of their civic engagement experiences. Recipients are expected to have engaged in a variety of activities demonstrating depth and diversity of commitment in serving their communities, while making a significant investment to at least one community experience over time.

Click here to see the full text of Plater Medallion applicaiton. All official applications should be submitted through the online form above.

Application Requirements and Materials
Applicants for the Plater Civic Engagement Medallion are undergraduate students who will receive their respective degrees by August 2013. Students completing their degree requirements in December of 2012 are also eligible to apply.

What is Civic Engagement?

Civic engagement is defined as active collaboration that builds on the resources, skills, expertise, and knowledge of the campus and community to improve the quality of life in communities in a manner consistent with the campus mission. Examples of civic engagement experiences could include volunteer service at a non-profit agency, participation in a service learning course, contribution of voluntary work on a political campaign, advocacy on specific social issues, involvement with a faculty member on a community-based research project, or employment in a community work-study position.

Dr. William M. Plater

Willam M. Plater

As the chief academic officer for IUPUI, William M. Plater led campus efforts to improve undergraduate retention, enhance the effective use of technology, develop IUPUI as a model for civic engagement, and increase research productivity as a part of the campus vision to become a leading urban research university. Administrators and faculty from across the country come regularly to IUPUI to learn about its innovative programs in undergraduate education, programs that Dr. Plater was instrumental in designing and developing. Plater is active in his community, serving currently or formerly on the boards of The Children’s Museum, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Indiana Humanities Council, the Indiana University Press, the Indiana Partnership for Higher Education, the Indianapolis Economic Development Advisory Board, MUCIA, WFYI, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. He holds baccalaureate (1967), Master’s and Ph.D. (1973) degrees in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In July 2006, Dr. Plater became the director of the Workshop on International Community Development, a joint program of the IU Center on Philanthropy and the Center on Urban Policy and the Environment of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Every year, recipients are honored with their medallions at the Showcase for Civic Engagement. The Showcase of Civic Engagement highlights the work of IUPUI faculty, students, and community partners in research, teaching, and service activities that have a positive impact on Indianapolis communities Commitment to Excellence in Civic Engagement Funds.

Partner Spotlight: NCoC’s Civic Data Challenge

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Countdown to Civic Data Challenge Deadline: Turn Raw Data into Community Tools

Believe that communities can take better advantage of key data in their decision making? Join the Civic Data Challenge and help turn the raw data of civic health into useful community tools. The deadline for submission is July 29th.

The first-ever Civic Data Challenge will bring new eyes, new minds, new findings, and new skill sets to the field of civic health. It’s a project of NCoC (the National Conference on Citizenship), in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as well as other great partners like Code for America and the Case Foundation. Kaggle, DataWeek, and GOOD are all contributing exciting prizes. The Foundation has announced their commitment as a top-line sponsor—contributing $25,000 in cash prizes for Challenge winners!

Participants in the Challenge will turn the raw data of “civic health” into beautiful, useful applications and visualizations, enabling communities to be better understood and made to thrive. NCoC is providing its civic health data, as well as other data on the important topics of health, safety, education, and the economy.

You’re invited to collaborate with others, analyze the data, and create something amazing to showcase what you find. Designers, data scientists, researchers, and app developers are especially encouraged to join the challenge. All entries must be received by July 29th, so make sure to join the Google Group now!

The challenge has exciting prizes for the winners, who will be selected from each category — health, economy, safety, and education. As a participant, you will be competing for cash and other cool prizes including the opportunity to host your own data competition on the Kaggle platform, to present your winning insights at Data Week in September, and to feature your submissions through the GOOD platform.

You’ll also have the chance to get your work in front of an awesome team of judges including:

  • Leslie Bradshaw, President, COO and Co-founder of JESS3
  • Beth Kanter, Author, Blogger, Trainer
  • Henry E. Brady, Dean and Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Matt Mahan, President and Acting CEO, Causes
  • Jake Porway, Founder and Executive Director, DataKind
  • Darell Hammond, CEO and Founder of KaBOOM!
  • Maria Teresa Kumar, Founding Executive Director of Voto Latino
  • Ryan Resella, Technical Lead at Code for America
  • Sonal Shah, former Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
  • Michael D. Smith, Senior Vice President of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation
  • Christie George, Director of New Media Ventures
  • Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist and Craigconnects
  • Vivek Kundra, Executive Vice President, Emerging Markets,

Winners will be announced at the 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship on September 14 in Philadelphia.

Watch the Civic Data Challenge team launch the Challenge at the Data 2.0 Summit in San Francisco:

How to find the Challenge:

Campus Coordinators: The #ADP12 Afterglow

This blog post is the first in a series intended to spark conversations and collaboration between ADP Campus Coordinators. Thank you, Gregg, for launching this set of periodic posts. Are you a campus coordinator? Have ideas you want to share? Questions you want answered? Topics you want discussed? We invite guest blog posts and encourage discussion in the comments section!


Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager


By Gregg Kaufman, ADP Campus Coordinator, Georgia College

July 4th fireworks at Siesta Key Beach near Sarasota, Fla.

The July 4thfireworks at Siesta Key Beach near Sarasota, Florida offer an interesting democratic metaphor. There are the “officially sanctioned” fireworks that are launched from the public beach, but the “citizen” pyrotechnic contributions illuminate the sky along the three-mile crescent beach that many rank the best in America. Consequently, families of many cultures and generations enjoy the holiday while their children and grandchildren wave glow sticks and sparklers. July 4th on Siesta Key is democracy unleashed.

An example of “citizen” pyrotechnics!

ADP Coordinators and colleagues are a month into the afterglow of ADP San Antonio and undoubtedly planning to launch the 2012-13 election-year programs. Much like the Siesta Key fireworks, a variety of initiatives are on the horizon. How will we engage campus communities in the 2012 election? How will we relate to the presidential debates? Will we dialogue with candidates and sponsor forums? Will young adults vote in greater numbers this year?

This occasional blog post series hopes to spark ADP coordinator conversation and sharing. Post observations, good ideas, questions, and let’s see what happens! Who knows, a virtual fireworks display might erupt!

Upcoming Civic Engagement Conferences

An incomplete listing (by date) of upcoming civic engagement conferences that may be of interest to ADP participants! Of special note is the pre-conference session on ADP’s new Campus and Community Civic Health initiative with NCoC at the IARSLCE conference in Baltimore at the end of September (see details below)!

National Conference on Citizenship | Friday, September 14, 2012 | Philadelphia

NCoC logoThe 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship will be held in Philadelphia on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in partnership with the National Constitution Center and with support from the Case Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and KPMG LLP.  Registration is available at Seating is limited so we encourage you to secure your seat today. The theme for this year’s Conference is “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Exploring the link between civic engagement and employment.” The Conference will showcase and present new research and programs that explore the role all types of civic engagement play in creating and maintaining thriving communities.  Throughout the day, we’ll hear from speakers such as Jonathan Greenblatt of the White House, Jack Miller of the Jack Miller Center, Eric Liu and Jena Cane of the Guiding Lights Network, Chaeyoon Lim of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Diane Melley of IBM, and many more. There will also be plenty of time for networking and connecting with colleagues old and new.

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International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) | September 23-25, 2012 | Baltimore

The theme for the 12th annual conference is  Connected Knowing: the generative power of connections and relationships in research on service-learning and community engagement. The IARSLCE annual research conference is targeted to scholars, practitioners, students, and community partners interested in research on service-learning, community-based research, campus-community partnerships, and civic learning outcomes in P-20 education. Attendees include faculty, administrators, and scholar-practitioners in higher education, community partners, educators in K-12, and professionals and leaders in educational policy and community development. To advance understanding of scholarship from international perspectives, scholars from outside of the United States are particularly encouraged to submit proposals. Hosted by the University of Maryland and co-sponsored by American University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Campus Compact, McDaniel College, Montgomery College, and University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Of particular interest, may be the Morning Preconference Session: 9:00 AM- 12:00 P.M on September 23:

Measuring and Improving Campus and Community Civic Health

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the roles higher education institutions play in advancing the civic health of their campus and broader community (e.g., how do service-learning and community engagement enhance civic health). Participants will learn about the new Campus Civic Health Initiative, a three year partnership between AASCU’s American Democracy Project and the National Conference on Citizenship, designed to support institutions to assess, understand and promote campus and community civic health. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of common indicators of civic health (e.g., political engagement, public work, volunteering and giving, group participation, online engagement, social trust, civic knowledge and agency, social connectedness) and how they are measured. Participants will be asked to consider how they would define and measure civic health in their own campus, organization, and/or community and to consider where there are conceptual, practical, or process-oriented gaps in our work to-date.  Participants will leave the session with a campus and community civic health assessment tool and an understanding of how they can use it to conduct their own research, evaluation and action planning.

Presenters: Kristi Tate, National Conference on Citizenship; Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

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Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life | October 5-7, 2012 | New York City

This year’s Imagining America conference theme is Linked Fates and Futures: Communities and Campuses as Equitable Partners? Registration is now open. We encourage you to register and take advantage of the early-bird rates, which expire on August 31st. Here’s the link:

**ADP’s Jen Domagal-Goldman and Cecilia Orphan will present as part of the Communications and Technology: Innovations, Cogitations, and Cool Tools to Tell the Story of Engagement seminar at the IA conference.

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