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What’s New with ADP? July 2014 Edition


  • #ADPTDC15 National Meeting in New Orleans June 4-6, 2015



Minnesota ADP/TDC/CC Civic Summit
September 28-29, 2014, St. Cloud State University (Minn.) will host a collaborative regional civic engagement conference, designed by two partner organizations, AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and Minnesota Campus Compact, and now joined by a new community college civic education organization, The Democracy Commitment (TDC).  The conference brings together administrators, faculty, staff, students and community partners to further advance the progress we have made together at a regional summit at on September 28 and 29, 2014. Read more here.

#ADPTDC14 Meeting in Review: Forging Civic Pathways for Student Success
Our recent 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville, Ky. brought together a collection of faculty, students, administrators, community partners and representatives from our national sponsor and partner organizations committed to advancing civic learning and engagement through public higher education. Collectively, we considered how to advance civic pathways for student success—by identifying existing pathways and forging new ones. We also contemplated the role of social media in our work and the relationship between journalism and our democracy. Together, we celebrated another year of doing hard and important work by sharing stories and strategies for scaling up and focusing our efforts to drive civic learning and engagement into the core of higher education. We committed ourselves to continuing to work to equip all students with the civic knowledge, skills, experiences and dispositions they need to be successful throughout their careers and as citizens. Read more here. You can also read about the 2014 ADP/TDC Day of Service

What We’re Reading: The Impossible Will Take a Little While
Paul Loeb, founder of the Campus Election Engagement Project, has an updated edition of his political hope anthology, The Impossible Will Take a Little While. Loeb distributed free exam copies at June’s 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting. Read more here.

Economic Inequality: Announcing a Joint ADP/TDC National Initiative
This joint national initiative is being organized by teams at ADP’s Keene State College (N.H.) and TDC’s Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.). We are looking to identify two- and four-year institutions interested in helping us engage and begin to form civic pathways around this topic. A formal call for participation will be forthcoming. Read more here.

Massachusetts Adopts Policy on Civic Learning for Public Higher Education
In May, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) became the first in the nation to adopt a policy on civic learning for public college and university students. With the new policy, public two- and four- year higher education institutions in Massachusetts will be required to incorporate civic learning as an “expected outcome” for undergraduate students. Read more here.

Student Spotlight: CSU Fresno’s Elizabeth Olenchalk
California State University, Fresno junior Elizabeth Olenchalk was named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow in recognition of her commitment to community service and civic leadership. Read more here.

Partners & Friends


August 4-8:  ADP’s 2014 Stewardship of Public Lands Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone
September 17:  Constitution Day
September 28:  National Voter Registration Day
September 28-29: Minnesota ADP/TDC/CC Civic Summit
October 10: NCoC’s National Conference (Washington, DC)
November 4:  Election Day

Introducing the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

Note: Mark Schulte was a plenary speaker at this month’s 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville, Ky. You can learn more about his organization, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and their work in the blog post below.

By Mark Schulte, Education Director, Pulitzer center on Crisis Reporting

In my plenary I use journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to hop to some of our global economy’s rougher spots, sharing stories of people on the front lines of commodities extraction and manufacture.

These include:

  • Larry Price’s still and video images on gold miners in Burkina Faso, published in the Philadelphia Inquirer and PBS NewsHour. I also refer to his work on compression mining in the Philippines, also published in the Inquirer and broadcast on NewsHour.
  • Jason Motlagh’s photographs and article exposing abuses in the Thai shrimp industry, published in the Washington Post.
  • Sean Gallagher’s video project on the toxic price of leather.

I tell these stories not to shame us into a life apart from the bargains we can find online or at discount stores, but to encourage us to reflect on the information we consume and the broader responsibilities that go with citizenship today.

We can’t pretend that our daily existence here in the US can be separated from that of the rest of the world. These commodities are just a few examples of the day-to-day reminders of globalization that surround us.

And as much as we might know about the finished goods we shop for online and in discount stores — especially their prices — most of us know little about the whole story, the one that really tells us who and what pays these hidden costs. We are bombarded by information, yet there is little to help us cultivate a healthy news diet, and much to distract, divide, and misinform.

Why not take charge of our news habits, by slowing down and thinking carefully about the distractions that arise and the patterns that evolve in an ever-quickening digital economy? One journalist has embarked on a walk around the world to show us the value in a more deliberate and reflective pace.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Salopek has finished the first of a seven-year trek, retracing the footsteps of our ancestors out of Africa, eastward through the Middle East and Asia, and down the western flank North and South America to finish in Tierra del Fuego. At three miles an hour, he seeks to find the ground truth of the big stories of our time, from mass migrations to food security to climate change.

Follow along on the Out of Eden Walk website and read his blog posts on National Geographic’s site. This remarkable journey invites us not just to learn more about the untold stories of our world through Paul Salopek’s eyes and pen, but to reflect on the value in questioning the pace and direction of our own news consumption, our own place in a changing democracy.

#ADPTDC14 Updates |Welcome to Louisville!

Welcome to Louisville, 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting Attendees!

We are so looking forward to seeing you today as we kick off the this year’s ADP/TDC National Meeting. We just wanted to take a moment this morning to welcome you to the city and make sure that you are all aware of the reasons we are #LovinLouisville (in case you missed them on the blog over the last few weeks).

  1. #Online: Democracy Gone Digital Plenary Session
  2. Untold Stories of the Connected World: Journalism as an Instrument for Citizenship
  3. Pre-Cons Aplenty
  4. Themed Session Strands
  5. Our Sponsors and Partners
  6. Stuff for Students Only
  7. Civic Pathways, Sessions, and Strand
  8. eCitizenship and #DigDem
  9. Game On!
  10. Crossing the Finish Line

Also, please remember, #ADPTDC14 is pretty much paperless, so be sure to download the mobile app if you have not already. Instructions, along with your username and password (which you need to sign into the app), were emailed to you earlier in the week. This year, we also have an app help desk onsite, so if you need assistance, you can find it located near the registration desk.

Registration opens today at 7 a.m.

Looking forward to seeing you!



#LovinLouisville #8│eCitizenship Strand

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU

Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.

Reason #8? The eCitizenship Strand!

Throughout the conference, you’ll notice an emphasis on eCitizenship and how social media and other technologies can help bolster on-the-ground, in-person community organizing, activism and engagement. We’ll be using #ADPTDC14 to discuss meeting themes on Twitter (make sure to follow @ADPaascu and @TDCnational) and are thrilled that Clemson University’s Social Media Listening Center (SMLC) will be providing live analysis of the social media surrounding this national gathering of two-year and four-year folks committed to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement.

You can learn more about eCitizenship via the themed (eC) sessions below and read more about Clemson’s SMLC on the ADP National Blog here .  We covered the eCitizenship-themed plenary #Online: Democracy Gone Digital earlier in our #LovinLouisville series; if you missed it, you can read about it here. You can also learn more about the eCitizenship Initiative, one of ADP’s civic engagement in action national initiatives in collaboration with Wayne State University’s (Mich.) Center for the Study of Citizenship on the ADP website here.

(eC) eCitizenship-themed Sessions to Note:

  • (eC) Breakfast Session: Smart, Digital Organizing for Coordinated & Powerful Civic Engagement (open to all)
    To leverage the power of new digital tools and take civic engagement and community organizing efforts online, a new approach to organizing is essential. Learn how to leverage key principles of digital organizing to build and scale effective campus and civic community engagement efforts.
    Presenter:  Hilary Doe, Director of Business Development, NationBuilder.


  • Breakfast Session:  Connecting your Campus Community through Service—How to Leverage Social Media to Achieve Your Civic Engagement Goals (open to all)
    Chances are, thousands of students and alumni are performing volunteer work on your campus, but those hours are going unreported. GiveGab, the Social Network for Volunteers, enables schools and their community partners to collaborate online to recruit and manage volunteers. Learn how GiveGab focuses on community to expand and promote your civic efforts.
    Presenters:  Jed Shireman, Development Executive, Higher Ed; and Tonyehn Verkitus, Executive Director of Community Citizenship, GiveGab


  •  (eC) (Pol) Breakfast Session:  
    This session introduces participants to TurboVote, an online voter engagement platform, and outlines an exciting new partnership between AASCU, NASPA and TurboVote. TurboVote staff reviews the technical nuts and bolts of the system and answer questions about how it works and best practices for implementation.
    Presenters:  Sam Novey, Director of Partnerships and Adrienne Lever, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, TurboVote;
    Vilma Fuentes, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Cody Patton, Student Government Director of External Affairs, Santa Fe College (Fla.);
    Samantha Figueroa, SGA Director of Civic Engagement, Towson University (Md.)


  • Friday Plenary: #Online: Democracy Gone Digital
    We carry the Internet in our pockets, and it has changed the way we work, shop, play and interact with each other. It’s also changing the way we teach and learn as well as how we organize and mobilize for or against the causes we care about. But are the connections and communities we build online authentic? Can anything worth saying be said in 140 characters? Does online activism actually start revolutions? What does it mean to be an eCitizen? What are our responsibilities in these new public spaces? And how can we harness the power of emergent technologies to advance civic learning and engagement efforts on our campuses? Join us for a moderated conversation about a world online and how we share within and shape it.
    Moderator:  Mike Stout, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Missouri State University
    Presenters:  Lauren Bird, Spokesperson & Digital Content Strategist at the Harry Potter Alliance;
    Suey Park, Writer, Comedian and Activist
    Student Respondent:  Monica Bustinza, Student, Miami Dade College (Fla.)


  • (eC) Featured Session: Clemson University’s Social Media Listening Center: Exploring Avenues for Connection, Collaboration and Assessment
    This session explores Clemson University’s Social Media Listening Center (SMLC) as an avenue to promote and assess civic engagement via social media.
    Presenters:  Joseph P. Mazer, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Director, Social Media Listening Center; and Brandon Boatwright, Lecturer and Assistant Director, Social Media Listening Center, Clemson University (S.C.)


  • (eC) (Stu) Featured Session: Dumbledore’s Army: Now Recruiting
    The Harry Potter Alliance uses popular culture to empower fans to be like the heroes they read about. Using the power of story, the HPA educates and mobilizes non-traditional activists towards social justice. Come learn how fan activism works and how you can become a member of Dumbledore’s Army.
    Presenter:  Lauren Bird, Spokesperson, Harry Potter Alliance


  • (eC) Roundtable Discussion:  Academic Freedom and Free Speech—Not in Kansas with the Regents’ new Social Media Policy
    If I use social media to post this, I risk suspension or even termination as a tenured professor at a Kansas Regents’ university if it impairs “harmony among co-workers” among several other things.  The Kansas Board of Regents newly enacted social media policy may have a chilling effect on eCitizenship.  Join this roundtable to discuss similar challenges in your state.
    Presenter:  Rob Catlett, Director, Centers for Economic Education and Community Research, Emporia State University (Kan.)


  • (eC) Social Media 101 (open to all)
    #ADPTDC14 attendees, need the 411 on how to be an #eCitizen who engages digitally in the Twitterverse? If these words sound like Greek to you, join us for this brief but informative crash course on today’s hottest social media channels, what is trending, and what you need to know to effectively engage online. Digital novices welcome!
    Presenter: Stephanie South, National Coordinator, The Democracy Commitment


  • (Stu) (CL) (eC) Lightning Round: Variety
    Moderator:  Leah Jacobs, Program Advisor, Grants Resource Center, AASCU


  • (eC) (CL) Teaching Demonstration: Online Pathways to Community-Engaged Leadership: Preparing Students to Understand the Purposes and Processes of Democratic Engagement
    Colleges and universities are now facing increased pressures to deliver courses online. This theoretically informed and practice focused session highlights basic strategies to integrate service-learning teaching methods into online courses that adhere to the principles of community engagement and embody the methods of democratic engagement.
    Presenter:  Brandon W. Kliewer, Assistant Professor of Civic Engagement & Director of Community-Engaged Scholarship, Florida Gulf Coast University & Points of Light


  • (eC) (CP) Teaching Demonstration: Creating Civic Pathways through eService-learning
    Have you ever wondered how to take that wonderful service-learning you do in face to face class and use it online?  Come and learn about eService-learning, the ways you can incorporate it into your class, tools you need and how to get your community partner involved.
    Presenter:  Kathy Nordyke, Director, Service Learning, Missouri State University


  • (eC) (Pol) Mini-Featured Session: Tweet Up: Watching the State of the Union Address
    Multiple ADP and TDC institutions were involved in a State of the Union National Tweet Up, a live political discussion via Twitter. Students from these institutions had a lively national conversation about the speech. Hear how to conduct a Tweet Up as well as data analysis of the conversation.
    Presenters:  Leah A Murray, Associate Professor of Political Science, Faculty in Residence of the Center for Community Engaged Learning, Weber State University (Utah) and
    Steve Hunt, Professor, School of Communication, Illinois State University


  • Closing Plenary: Social Media Listening Center Findings
    Presenters:  Joseph P. Mazer, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Director, Social Media Listening Center; and Brandon Boatwright, Lecturer and Assistant Director, Social Media Listening Center, Clemson University (S.C.)


You can download a Word Document containing all of the sessions designated as part of the eCitizenship strand.

ADP in the News │May 15, 2014 Edition

By Caitlin Reilly, Program Associate, American Democracy Project

ADP in the News is a compilation of brief updates about American Democracy Project activities at ADP colleges and universities and is a semi-regular news feature on our blog. Below you will find the latest edition of this information.

If you have an ADP event you’d like posted in this format, please email


American Democracy Project Tackles Human Trafficking

This spring the American Democracy Project at Indiana State University tackled the topic of human trafficking.  The hosted discussion allowed students to learn about human trafficking around the world and the role they might play in combating it.  Read more here.


Fort Hays State University Hosts Several Civic Leadership Events

This spring the Fort Hays State University’s (Kan.) Center for Civic Leadership partnered with the American Democracy Project to host several events to promote civic leadership.  Events included a voter registration drive and an “Arts and Issues” contest.  Read more here.

The American Democracy Project  hosted Levita Rohlman to give a talk about her work as an immigration consultant.  Rohlman has focused her work specifically on refugee and has strived to find them homes in Kansas. Read more here.


Illinois State University’s American Democracy Project and School of Communication Team up

Illinois State University’s American Democracy Project teamed up with the School of Communication to sponsor a Social Issues Fair.  Read more here.


University of Central Oklahoma’s American Democracy Project Hosts Debate on Death Penalty

The American Democracy Project at the University of Central Oklahoma held a debate on the death penalty.  The debate examined the Oklahoma Justice Commission’s call for reforms to the criminal justice system and whether those reforms make the death penalty more legitimate in the eyes of the public. It also examined the commission’s call for abolishment of the death penalty. Read more here and here.


American Democracy Project Hosts Town Hall at California State University Fullerton

In April the American Democracy Project at California State University Fullerton hosted a town hall meeting for more than 600 students from three American government courses.  Topics included inequality, immigration and fiscal policy. Read more here.


American Democracy Project at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Hosts Roundtable

Students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh came together for Campus Conversations: Roundtable Discussions, hosted by the American Democracy Project.   At the roundtable students discussed issues that are concerning them on campus, issues facing others—such as poverty, healthcare and education financing—and how to engage in activism. Read more here.


Fort Hays State University American Democracy Project Hosts Lecture on Immigration

The American Democracy Project at Fort Hays State University (Kan.) hosted Levita Rohlman to give a talk about her work as an immigration consultant.  Rohlman has focused her work specifically on refugee and has strived to find them homes in Kansas. Read more here.

Mass. Adopts Policy on Civic Learning for Public Higher Education

By Caitlin Reilly, Program Associate, American Democracy Project

Last Thursday, May 8, 2014, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) became the first in the nation to adopt a policy on civic learning for public college and university students.   With the new policy, public two- and four- year higher education institutions in Massachusetts will be required to incorporate civic learning as an “expected outcome” for undergraduate students.

In a news release announcing the decision, Commissioner of Higher Education Richard M. Freeman described the vote as a call to campuses “to reaffirm a shared commitment to the civic learning, which is essential if students are to meet their future responsibilities as citizens.”

The Board met at Massasoit Community College (Mass.) to deliberate on the issue.  They arrived at a consensus of the scope of civic engagement, which includes components covering knowledge of the history of civic engagement in the U.S.; intellectual and practical skills that would facilitate civic engagement; and an understanding of the social and political values associated with democratic and civic engagement.

The policy will go into effect for undergraduates beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Fitchburg State University (Mass.), an ADP campus, plans to partner with TDC member campus Mount Wachusett Community College, to use the AAC&U LEAP VALUE rubrics to develop a new means of evaluating and assessing students’ civic learning.

In the meantime, you can learn more about the policy at the 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville, Ky. June 5-7, 2014.  At the meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Education’s assistant commissioner for academic, P-16 and veterans policy, Shelley Tinkham will give a talk on the policy, the process of creating it and how it will be implemented moving forward.  You can register for the meeting here.

TWC Higher Education Civic Engagement Award


The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, an independent nonprofit educational organization, invites nominations for the 2014 New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Award. The award recognizes institutions that are achieving breadth and depth of civic engagement through mutually transformational partnerships that address issues of public concern at any level from the local to the global.

In reviewing nominations, The Washington Center and the selection committee will consider the extent to which institutions are building strategic partnerships that demonstrate the following:

1. Leadership and innovation in defining and addressing issues of public concern;
2. Vision for change that is systemic and sustainable;
3. Depth and breadth of institutional commitment.

The Washington Center has presented the Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards each year since 2009. Past awardees have reflected a broad diversity of institutional profiles.

Learn more about past recipients and how to nominate an institution at Nominations are due Friday, May 23, 2014.

The 2014 New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards are sponsored by the New York Life Foundation. Five winners will receive $20,000 in scholarship funding to help their students participate in The Washington Center’s Academic Internship Program in the nation’s capital during the following year.

AASCU’s American Democracy Project offers a sincere thank you to The Washington Center for its support of our civic learning and engagement work and sponsorship of our upcoming 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville from June 5-7.

#ADP/TDC14: Hotel Deadline is Thursday, 5/14

Hotel Reminder

Book your hotel room at the Louisville Marriott Downtown for the ADP/TDC National Meeting by Wednesday, May 14th to receive the special conference rate!

If you haven’t registered for the meeting yet, you can do so here.

Louisville Marriott Downtown

Louisville Marriott Downtown

Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 West Jefferson
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Phone: 502-627-5045
Fax: 502-627-5044
Toll-free: 800-533-0127

Room Rate

  • The special conference rate is $169 for a single/double room plus 15.01% tax (current tax rate may change)
  • A triple occupancy room is $ 179.00 and a quad occupancy room is 189.00 plus 15.01% tax (current tax rate may change)
  • To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Wednesday May 14, 2014.
  • Please book in the room block to receive complimentary Wi-Fi in your guest room. AASCU will be providing Wi-Fi in the meeting space as well.
  • Check- in time is 4 p.m.
  • Check-out time is 11 a.m.

Hotel reservations can be made online
All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit, or guaranteed with a major credit card. Any reservation canceled within (24) hours of the arrival date, will be charged for one (1) night’s room and tax.

Transportation and Parking

  • You will want to fly in to Louisville International Airport (SDF). The hotel is 8 miles from the airport. Taxi fare is $19 one way from the airport to the hotel.
  • If you plan on driving to the hotel and parking, we do have discounted parking for up to 30 vehicles. This will take the daily onsite parking rate of $22 a day down to $11 a day. The discounted rate is only for self-parking.  If you are interested in discounted parking, please email or call Jill M. Gately (; 202-478-4668).
  • For more transportation information, go to

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Campus and Friends Showcase at the 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting


Are you an ADP campus coordinator?
Do you want to share your campus activities?
Are you an ADP partner organization?
Do you want to promote the work of your organization?

Consider hosting a table at the Campus & Friends Showcase at the 2014 American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.


Thursday, June 5, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (preview 3 p.m-3:30 pm)

For the ninth year in a row, we will feature the ever-popular Campus & Friends Showcase—a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate your work and help others learn how to promote civic learning and engagement on their own campuses.  There is no cost to participate.  Simply complete this registration form, available hereno later than Monday, May 5, 2014.

The Campus and Friends Showcase will take place on Thursday, June 5th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (preview 3 p.m-3:30 pm).  The Showcase is designed as an exhibit area with tables available for presenters. People love to see what other campuses are doing with ADP/TDC, and the Showcase also serves as an important networking opportunity for project participants to connect with national leaders in the civic engagement movement.

It is important to note that the Campus & Friends Showcase is different than the poster sessions, which were solicited during the Call for Proposals. The poster session is designed to be more research-oriented, and the Showcase is set up as an exhibit to provide opportunities for information, networking, and collaboration.

More information about the purpose and structure of the Showcase, registration, the materials you should provide, and set-up details can be found here. If you have any questions, please email Cait Reilly at

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for the 2014 American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting, June 5-7, 2014. To register for the meeting visit our website. Note: Earlybird registration rates end on April 30!


#ADPTDC14: Sign up to Participate in our Inaugural Day of Service in Louisville!

New this Year:
ADP/TDC Day of Service
Thursday, June 5 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Louisville, KY

hands (3)In keeping with the spirit of civic and community engagement efforts on our campuses, we’re pleased to announce a new ADP/TDC Day of Service to be held annually during our National Meeting. With your participation, we’ll contribute to our host cities and engage in compassionate and meaningful service projects.
For this year’s Day of Service, we’ve chosen Louisville’s Family Scholar House, Inc. Family Scholar House is changing lives, families and communities through education. It seeks to end the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a four-year college degree. The educational focus of the Family Scholar House resonates with AASCU’s mission and goals.

We invite up to 40 of our attendees to spend the morning participating in various activities for children and families, such as the toddler book club, games and field-day activities, and art projects.

Our local business partner, O’Shea’s, will provide staff members to join in the effort. O’Shea’s, also the location of our closing reception, is a local leader of businesses working to support the Louisville community.

GiveGab, a sponsor of #ADPTDC14, will help facilitate and promote our inaugural day of service. GiveGab staff will join us on site and will launch a page on their platform dedicated to this event.

Event Details: The event will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 5. Transportation will be provided and participants will be back to the conference hotel in time to participate in afternoon preconference sessions (which run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.). A light breakfast and lunch, as well as a t-shirt for each participant, will be provided.

Please complete this 2014 Day of Service registration form to sign up for our inaugural ADP/TDC Day of Service.

If you haven’t yet registered for #ADPTDC14, you can do so and find additional information about our national meeting here: 

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