By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager
It’s that time of year again.
As 2013 begins, many of us will make personal resolutions to mark the New Year: exercise regularly, spend more time with family, eat healthy, get organized. Most of these resolutions are commitments we make intended to improve our individual lives and the lives of those with whom we are closest.
These efforts are to be applauded, but what about making commitments to be better citizens of our neighborhoods, communities and our democracy?
The American Democracy Project is committed to continue to work to prepare the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy and we hope you’ll join us in committing to strengthening the civic health of your campus and community.
Here are just a few of the ways in which ADP will work to strengthen civic learning and democratic engagement in 2013:
- Hosting our 11th annual national meeting in Denver, Colorado at the Marriott City Center on June 6-8, 2013. The theme of the meeting is 21st Century Citizens: Building Bridges, Solving Problems. You can register, reserve a hotel room, and submit a proposal here.
- Taking specific steps to make ADP and the ADP/TDC National Meeting more student-centered. Watch for forthcoming details!
- Providing training on the stewardship of public lands and the importance of perspective taking when examining multifaceted political controversies tied to these public spaces through our 9th annual weeklong faculty-development seminar in Yellowstone National Park, July 30 – August 4, 2013. Details and registration available soon.
- Recognizing the critical work and leadership of ADP campus chief academic officers and emerging professionals (faculty and staff) in advancing civic learning and democratic engagement on AASCU campuses through our The William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement and John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement awards.
These are just a few of the civic commitments that ADP is making for 2013. What civic commitments will you make in your life this year? Will you volunteer more often? Attend community meetings? Organize a block party? Serve as an election officer? Incorporate civic engagement into a course or extracurricular activity?