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#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: 

Imagining America’s PAGE Program Accepting Applications

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PAGE is accepting applications for 2014-2015 Fellows!

PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) is Imagining America’s network for publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts, and design. PAGE enhances the theoretical and practical tools for public engagement, fosters a national, interdisciplinary community of peers and veteran scholars, and creates opportunities for collaborative knowledge production. The PAGE consortium, made up of alumni and allies of the program, promotes opportunities for mentorship and peer support from IA’s network.

Imagining America (IA) invites graduate students with a demonstrated interest in public scholarship and/or artistic practice to apply for a 2014-2015 PAGE Fellowship. Awardees receive $500 to attend a half-day Fellows Summit on October 8th and the 2014 Imagining America national conference, October 9th-11th in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fellows also commit to participating in a yearlong working group to promote collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, and research projects. PAGE alumni and Fellows will work together to organize monthly conference calls around themes and questions relevant to the needs of publicly engaged graduate students. In doing so, PAGE looks to foster a cohort of Fellows interested in pursuing collective and innovative scholarly practices. Fellows are asked to be active participants in the Imagining America network through posting on the IA blog, presenting at regional meetings or campus workshops, or other related professional convenings. Additionally, each Fellow will be tasked with co-facilitating a webinar or workshop during the 2014-2015 academic year. Past examples include: book group discussions, virtual dinner parties, guest lectures, skill-building demonstrations, and music performances.

Graduate students from IA member campuses at all stages of their MA/MFA/PhD programs may apply to be PAGE Fellows.

The submission deadline is May 16th.

For more information and to apply, click here.

What’s New with ADP? April 2014



Earlybird Registration for #ADPTDC14 National Meeting in Louisville (June 5-7, 2014) Closes April 30, 2014

On April 30, 2014 Earlybird Registration Rates for this year’s national meeting, held June 5-7 in Louisville, KY, will expire, so if you haven’t already, you should get registered by clicking here. You can read more about what this year’s national meeting has to offer, including our inaugural Day of Service, here, and you’ll find important information below about dates and registration fees and how to reserve a room at the Marriott Louisville Downtown.

Campus Spotlight: Georgia College’s Times Talk Program

In a guest post, the ADP Campus Coordinator from Georgia College, Gregg Kaufman, describes his campus’ Times Talk program, which has just entered its eighth year.  Kaufman discusses some of the valuable conversations that Times Talks have facilitated on Georgia College’s campus. 

AASCU and NASPA Partner with TurboVote to Expand On-Campus Voter Outreach

Two of the nation’s leading higher education associations—the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)— announced a partnership with TurboVote. Through this partnership, TurboVote, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, will bring its innovative “one-stop-shop” voter engagement platform to students at college and university campuses across the country.

Higher Education and the 2014 Gubernatorial State of the State Addresses | An AASCU State Policy Update

Two members of AASCU’s government relations division share observations and analysis gleaned from 41 governors’ State of the State addresses.  Governors use these speeches as a vehicle to highlight their administration’s successes, outline state policy challenges and propose solutions to advance their vision for the state.  AASCU’s Tom Harnisch and Emily Parker analyze what states have in store for higher education. 


April 14: Deadline to register for National Study on Learning Voting and Engagement

April 22: Earth Day

April 28: Deadline to register for ADP/TDC Campus and Friends Showcase

April 30: Deadline for earlybird registration for ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville, Ky.

May 14: ADP/TDC National Meeting Hotel Deadline

June 5-7: American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting, Louisvill, Ky.

Frontiers of Democracy conference 2014 – July 16-18 in Boston

Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, the Democracy Imperative, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium present:

Frontiers of Democracy
July 16-18, 2014
Tufts University, Boston, MA

Register  |   Preliminary Agenda

Who’s on the bus, and where is it going? The state of the civic field
Civic work is proliferating: many different kinds of people, working in different contexts and issue areas, are expanding the ways in which citizens engage with government, community, and each other. It is increasingly clear that growing inequality, social and political fragmentation, and lack of democratic opportunities are undermining our efforts to address public priorities such as health, education, poverty, the environment, and government reform.

But attempts to label the responses – as “civic engagement,” “collaborative governance,” “deliberative democracy,” or “public work” – or to articulate them as one movement or policy agenda under a heading like “civic renewal” or “stronger democracy” – immediately spark debates about substance, strategy, and language.

Though it is clear we have many principles and practices in common, we differ on what we should call this work and where it is headed. In order for “overlapping civic coalitions”* to form, the potential  partners would have to work through goals, assumptions, and differences. Register now and join us July 16-18 for an invigorating, argumentative, civil discussion on the state and future of the civic field.

Visit the Frontiers of Democracy website for more information and a preliminary agenda.

* Peter Levine, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For, chapter 7 (“Strategies”)

#ADPTDC14 Early Bird Registration Rates until April 30: Register Now!



Our Early Bird Registration rates expire on April 30! Register now to take advantage of these lower rates!

The meeting begins on Thursday, June 5 with a series of meetings and workshops, a day of service, our campus and friends showcase, a late afternoon opening plenary and a reception; it concludes with a closing reception on Saturday evening, June 7.

You’ll find important information below about dates and registration fees, how to reserve a room at the Marriott Louisville Downtown, and how to submit a proposal. Additional information can be found here: 

Registration Fees:

Registration Fees include all program sessions and materials; reception on Thursday evening; breakfast on Friday; and lunch and a closing reception on Saturday.

Early Bird Fees (register by Wednesday, April 30)
Individual Fee: $545
Team Member Registration Fee: $485
Student Registration Fee: $395 (only pertains to undergraduate students)
Non-Member Registration Fee: $625

Fees starting May 1
Individual Fee: $625
Team Member Registration Fee: $545
Student Registration Fee: $425 (only pertains to undergraduate students)
Non-Member Registration Fee: $725

How to Register

Please select among the three options below:

Click here to register online
NOTE: Please click this LOGIN HELP if you have trouble using the online registration form.

Register via the Download ADP Reg Form (pdf) to be mailed or faxed in.

You may also contact Felicia Durham at (202) 478-4673 to register for this meeting.


You can also book your hotel room!

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.

Hotel reservations can be made online

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

REMINDER: Nominations for ADP’s Civic Engagement Awards Due April 11, 2014

Nominations for ADP’s two national civic engagement awards are due Friday, April 11, 2014.

Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement

Willam M. Plater

AASCU’s American Democracy Project seeks nomination for the William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement.  The Award is given each year to an AASCU chief academic officer in recognition of his or her leadership in advancing the civic mission of the campus. Funded through the generosity of Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis, the award acknowledges the critical leadership role that chief academic officers play in helping make an institution intentional about its public mission to prepare undergraduates as informed, engaged citizens.

The Plater Award, presented annually, includes an engraved commemorative and $1,000.  The Award recipient will be announced at the annual meeting of the American Democracy Project, June 5-7, 2014 in Louisville.  The Award can also be presented on the recipient’s campus.

Nomination and Selection Process: Chief academic officers may be nominated by anyone on the campus. The president or chancellor must endorse the nomination.
Nomination materials for the 2014 Plater Award must be submitted electronically by April 11, 2014.


Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement

John Saltmarsh

AASCU’s American Democracy Project seeks nomination for the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement.  The Saltmarsh Award is presented annually to an emerging leader in the civic engagement field from an AASCU institution or ADP Partner organization. The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative and a check for $500. The Award recipient will be at the annual meeting of the American Democracy Project, June 6-8, 2013 in Louisville.

Support for the award comes from Bill Plater and the royalties from the 2011 book To Serve a larger Purpose”: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (Temple University Press) edited by John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley.

Nomination and Selection Process: Emerging Leaders may be nominated by anyone.
Nomination materials for the 2014 Saltmarsh Award must be submitted electronically by April 11, 2014. 

CIRCLE’s National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement webinar today!

Friday, March 21, at 2 p.m. EST.

CIRCLE (the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement) recently received a grant to study college student voting rates.  260 universities and colleges have already signed up including 43 American Democracy Project member institutions.

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) presents an unprecedented opportunity for your campus to learn in aggregate numbers:

  • How many of your students are eligible to register to vote
  • How many registered and/or voted, and where (locally or elsewhere)
  •  The way your students voted (regular or absentee ballot)

By participating in this study, your campus will also help build a national database for future research. CIRCLE will be working with de-identified student lists, so your students’ privacy rights are fully protected. This is not a survey!

If you are interested, you can also correlate voting with specific demographic information such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, field of study, and class level. CIRCLE has also been able to provide peer comparisons by Carnegie classification.

To join the study, you must sign up by April 10th 2014.

NSLVE is offering ADP campuses the chance to learn more about what you can do with this data and share what information you would like to know in the future. Take advantage of this opportunity and join this conversation by attending a free webinar TODAY, Friday, March 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

To join the webinar:

For additional specifics, go to the NSLVE page and/or contact Nancy Thomas, NSLVE director, for more information.

ADP in the News │ March 20, 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


Are College Sports Helping or Hurting Us?

This was the focus of Weber State University’s (WSU) sixth annual Deliberative Democracy Day in March.  The day included a panel discussion, featuring Mike Caldwell, Ogden City’s mayor, Amy Crosby, WSU’s assistant athletic director, Molly Smith, a human performance and management professor, and Brad Mortenson, University Advancement vice president.  Read more here.


Former Congressman Visits ADP at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Former U.S. Congressman David Obey spoke with students and faculty at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in March.  The talk was hosted by the university’s American Democracy Project chapter.  Obey’s talk focused on higher education funding with the presentation, “How Politics Has Changed over Time.” Read more here.


Pulitzer Prize Winner Gave a Talk on National Security at University of Central Oklahoma

The American Democracy Project at the University of Central Oklahoma hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Mark Mazzetti to speak to the community about national security and privacy.  The talk will be accompanied by a screening of the documentary, “Terms and Conditions May Apply.”  Read more here and here.


Keene State College Hosts Red Balloon Project Talk

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ vice president of academic leadership and change, George Mehaffy, spoke at Keene State College last month.  Mehaffy addressed the current state of public higher education and his vision of its future.  Read more here.


The American Democracy Project’s National Screening of “Inequality for All”

The American Democracy Project organized a national screening of former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s documentary, “Inequality for All.”  Reich hosted a webcast discussion after the screening.  Continue reading to find out how some of ADP institutions participated in the event.

Read about the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s event here.

Read about Illinois State University’s event here.

Read about Dalton State College’s event here.


Forum on Animal Care and Control Ordinances at Indiana University South Bend 

The American Democracy Project and Political Science Club at Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) hosted forum to discuss proposed changes to South Bend’s animal care and control ordinances. Hosted by Elizabeth Bennion, a political science professor at IUSB, “Pets and Property: South Bend’s Changing Laws Regarding Pet Ownership” featured a panel discussion with local officials.  Read more here.


American Democracy Project State of the Union Address ‘Tweet-up’ #ADPTDCsotu

The American Democracy Project organized a ‘tweet-up’ for President Obama’s State of the Union Address in January.  Many ADP campuses participated in the event.  Continue reading to find out how some ADP campuses joined in the social media conversation.

Read about Clemson University’s ‘tweet-up’ here.

Read about Illinois State University’s ‘tweet-up’ here.

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