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16 and 17 year-olds Earn the Right to Vote

ADP_IVotedLast May, the Takoma Park City Council (Md.) passed  a set of amendments to its city charter that related to voting and election laws. Perhaps most notably, this Maryland community granted 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in city elections. (The Council also chose to allow felons who have completed their term of incarceration to vote and enacted same-day voter registration.)

The decision to lower the municipal voting age from 18 to 16 makes this Montgomery County community the first in the nation to do so. And today was the first election in which 16- and 17-year-old Takoma Park residents were eligible to vote.

Read more about this story in the Washington Post, here.

Happy Election Day! Get your vote on!

ADP in the News | October 28, 2013 Edition

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


UCO Debate Examines Oklahoma’s Closed Primary System

In partnership with the University of Central Oklahoma‘s Department of Political Science and the American Democracy Project, UCO’s award-winning debate team debated open and closed primary voting on Oct. 23. Closed primaries, like Oklahoma’s, require voters to be registered as Democrats or Republicans in order to participate in the party’s primary and do not allow Independents to participate at all. Open primaries allow a registered voter to choose which party’s primary he or she wishes to participate in. Read more here.


Congress Came to Campus Events

Congress to Campus came to Rhode Island College on Oct. 16 and 17 in this ADP sponsored program. Former U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) and former U.S. Rep. David Minge (D-MN) were in residence at RIC for two days, to participate in a series of events to engage students to become more active in the democratic process. Students could attend five panels about a range of topics. Neighboring high schools sent students to meet the congresspeople. A lunch and class visitations occurred. Read more about this event here, here and here.

Congress to Campus also visited Jacksonville State University (Ala.). Former U.S. Rep. Earl Hutto (D) from Florida and former U.S. Rep. Sue Kelly (R) from New York came to campus as part of the ADP-sponsored program on Sept 16-17. Read more here.



ACLU Speaker at FHSU: Gary Brunk, executive director at ACLU of Kansas, spoke at an ADP sponsored event at Fort Hays State University (Kan.) about the group’s agenda concerning privacy, marijuana use, same-sex marriage and reproductive freedom. The presentation was aimed at educating the millennial generation, those between the ages of 18 and 30, about how they can revitalize the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Read more here.

Ben Franklin visits FHSU: ADP sponsored programming for 300+ elementary school students in September. Students were introduced to the life and times of Ben Franklin, one of America’s “founding fathers.” FHSU’s campus library houses two original letters written by Ben Franklin and copies of Franklin’s newspaper, The Pennsylvania Gazette. Read more here.


State Supreme Court on MTSU Campus

As part of the Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students (SCALES) program, the Tennessee State Supreme Court met on the Middle Tennessee State University campus on Oct. 1 to hear three appeals. The session, the first held on campus for MTSU students, was sponsored by the university’s American Democracy Project. The state Supreme Court normally meets in Jackson, Knoxville, and Nashville, as required by the Tennessee Constitution, but a few times a year the court takes its oral arguments on the road as part of the SCALES program. The SCALES project is a Tennessee Supreme Court initiative designed to educate high school and college students about the judicial branch of government by allowing them to hear the oral arguments for an actual Supreme Court case in a local community. Read more about this even here and here.


NYT Reporter on Government and Social Media

In September, Weber State University‘s (Utah) ADP hosted New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter on campus. Stelter’s topic was social media’s impact on governments past, present and future. “Social media is a megaphone,” said Stelter during his presentation. He cited examples of governors, mayors and other elected officials who used social media, especially Twitter, to encourage transparency with the public. Read more here.


Room to Read at Brockport

SUNY Brockport‘s ADP collaborates with national not-for-profit Room to Read on international literacy and gender equality in education. Brockport brought John Wood, a former Microsoft employee, to campus to speak about his most recent book in which he describes how he left Microsoft to bring books and schools to less-fortunate areas of the world such as Nepal, rural South Africa, Sri Lanka and Cambodia.  Read more here.


“Who Stole the American Dream?” at The University of Nebraska at Kearney 

Former NYT reporter Hedrick Smith will give a public lecture on the University of Nebraska at Kearney‘s campus in November entitled “Who Stole the American Dream?”.  More information can be found here.

What ADP Campuses Do on Constitution Day

At the end of August, we emailed our ADP campus coordinators to inquire how their campuses were celebrating Constitution Day (which is tomorrow by the way), and today, we bring you some of the results.

2013 Constitution Day Query Results

What we wanted to know:

  1. What plans does your campus have to celebrate and/or educate students this Constitution Day?
  2. What goals and/or learning outcomes do you have for your planned Constitution Day programming?
  3. Who or what organization on your campus is responsible for planning and implementing Constitution Day celebrations or educational events/programs? What other campus organizations/departments are involved or consulted?
  4. What resources do you plan to use (campus, community, or national) for Constitution Day activities and events?
  5. Website related to Constitution Day (if there is one) and fliers, agendas, or additional materials

@ Missouri State:

  1. We will have David Mercer, First Assistant Federal Defender for the Western District of Missouri, who will speak in a public forum titled “Gideon v. Wainwright: Legal Issues and the Right to Counsel.”  We will also be posting “Fascinating Constitution Facts” hourly  throughout the day on our Facebook and university webpage.  These will include a constitution quiz, as well as the facts.  We will also be conducting a voter registration drive throughout the week, encouraging students to register to vote and exercise their constitutional rights.  Constitution Day is always a part of our Annual Public Affairs Week– a week of activity developed by students for students.
  2. For our students to understand and participate actively in exercising their constitutional rights
  3. The Office of Public Affairs Support is ultimately in charge of the celebration.  We work in collaboration with our Office of Student Engagement.
  4. We have used resources provided by the ADP.  We also are working together with the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, which is sponsoring and hosting our speaker.
  5.; interesting facts and the quiz will be located on our Facebook Page Public Affairs at Missouri State University

@ Metropolitan State University of Denver:

  1. Metropolitan State University of Denver will celebrate Constitution Day by hosting a public educational forum featuring a member of the history department faculty, a representative from the ACLU and Mark Ferrandino, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.
  2. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the history of religious liberty, from what the founders originally envisioned to how the issues play out today with respect to church, state and lawmaking, .
  3. The history department at MSU Denver has collaborated with the Community College of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver to organize our Constitution Day event.
  4. We will be using campus facilities for Constitution Day activities.

@ Illinois State University:

  1. We have planned an event featuring U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey who will be discussing “The Constitutional Law of Mandatory Minimum Federal Sentences: How Congress has Diminished Judicial Discretion in Sentencing.”
  2. We hope to engage students in a discussion about  the role of each branch of government in federal sentencing and about the larger question of separation of powers.
  3. The American Democracy Project leadership team at Illinois State University is responsible for planning this Constitution Day event. The Office of the Provost is also very involved in the planning process.
  4. We plan to use campus resources for this event.

@ St. Cloud State University:

  1. Our ADP is sponsoring two tables in the student union mall area, in which social studies majors will be conducting a survey of students knowledge of the Constitution and a brief competition.  We have patriotic pins, bracelets, pens, necklaces and pocket constitutions etc. to give to all who participate.
  2. We want to see what the average student on our campus knows about the U.S. Constitution and will print our findings in the school paper.  If the numbers are low, we plan on lobbying the administration for more civic education courses/programs.
  3. The School of Public Affairs, our ADP and the Social Studies Education Program
  4. All resources will come from our own campus.

@ University of Minnesota Duluth:

  1. We are passing out pocket constitutions to students while dressed in colonial-era clothing.  We have a booth for people to register to vote.  We are hosting a panel discussion featuring politicians and other public figures to look at the issue of voter ID laws in order to help students and community members gain a well-rounded perspective on the issue.
  2. We hope that our events, especially the panel, will help to educate our community about the issue of voter ID laws. We hope that by presenting all sides of the issue, attendees will be able to make informed decisions. We hope that this panel will help our community members become more engaged in the political process, and we hope that this will help to create dialogue about the issue on campus and in the community.
  3. Office of Civic Engagement  Center for Ethics and Public Policy  Minnesota Public Interest Research Group
  4. Departmental Funds, Campus Facilities

@ University of Missouri – St. Louis:

  1. Our campus will discuss student activism on college campuses and how use of First Amendment rights is changing with the introduction of varying types of technology and emerging social media opportunities.
  2. Our goal is to connect current students with faculty, students and alumni who have been or are currently involved in some form of community or political activism and discuss the importance of engagement with one’s government processes in order to make an impact in the immediate community and beyond. We will also provide small-group discussion opportunities so that participants may network with others.
  3. Department of Political Science, Office of Community Outreach & Engagement, Volunteer Services, Office of Student Life, Department of Public Policy Administration
  4. Campus and community

@ Kennesaw State University:

  1. We have Constitution Week for the seventh year in a row. Our theme this year is Sustainability. We will be have three experts
  2. Understanding of Sustainability issues such as GMO’s, city planning, resource allocations, hunger, food shortage and community organizing
  3. KSU American Democracy Project, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Institute of Responsible Technology, KSU Department of Sustainability, Morehouse College School of Medicine

@ California University of Pennsylvania:

  1. General Colin Powell is the keynote speaker at the  Pittsburgh Leadership & Diversity Conference, which is being held on Septemebr 19 at Cal U.   Constitution Day is a tribute to Gen. Powell’s leadership.
  2. Constitution Day will educate students about the duties and responsibilities of presidential appointees, specifically the office of secretary of state and chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The primary focus will be on Gen. Powell’s leadership in both pubic and private life.
  3. The following offices and programs are involved in the planning of this year’s Constitution Day:  the American Democracy Project, the Linda and Harry Serene Leadership Institute, the Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of History & Political Science and the Department of Justice, Law & Society.
  4. Campus facilities will be used.
  5. The event is posted on the ADP website  Next week, it will appear on the Cal U homepage carousel and a press release will be issued.

@ Ferris State University

  1. Ferris State University is conducting a panel discussion on the First Amendment freedom of freedom of speech.
  2. 1). Students learn the meaning of freedom of speech  2). Students learn the challenges for protecting this freedom  3). Students learn the importance of protecting this freedom
  3. The Ferris State University American Democracy Project and Political Engagement Project
  4. 1). Ferris campus facilities  2). Ferris informational media  3). University educational experts

@ Florida Gulf Coast University:

  1. Conversations on the Constitution: Voting Rights Act Reconsidered (Panel discussion and dialogue of how the SCOTUS decision impacts FL), and the  SGA will pass out pocket constitutions
  2. De-mystify basic constitutional principles, encourage students to consider the constitutional significance of the recent SCOTUS decision relating to the VRA of 1965
  3. Office of Undergraduate Studies  &  Interdisciplinary Studies
  4. Campus

@ Middle Tennessee University

  1. SCALES – Tenn, Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education  – is coming to MTSU, holding court on campus, hearing three supreme court cases. All briefs are posted to the ADP MTSU website for students and faculty. Classes are studying the issues with members of the Tenn. Bar Assn. in preparation for court. The arguing attorneys will debrief the students after the hearing. Students will meet the Supreme Court justices over lunch and at the end of the day.  2. Read-aloud Constitution readings in every college.  3. Campus-wide debate on immigration issues that night.   4. Voter registration all over campus that day and on 9/24, in conjunction with LWV, Tenn. Citizen Action, and campus student orgs.
  2. Knowledge, visibility
  3. ADP, all deans of all the colleges, Forensics Team, College Dems and Raider Repubs, Provost’s Office, Center for Historic Preservation, the university lawyer-faculty from every college and EXL faculty
  4. Campus + community

@ Weber State University:

  1. We are planning a week of activities:

    • September 16 – Voter registration booth
    • September 17 – Birthday Cake and handing out constitutions
    • September 18 – video presentation of student knowledge of the Constitution (based on a kind of Jay-walking)
    • September 19 – NYT reporter Brian Stelter will be on campus presenting on Social Media’s Impact on Governments 
    • September 20 – Senator Mike Lee will be coming to speak to students

  2. Increase awareness of the Constitution and its part in our history.
  3. American Democracy Project; co-hosting with the NYT for our Reporter and the Olene Walker Institute for Senator Mike Lee
  4. National, campus and statewide.

Additionally, we hear that there is a Constitution Day essay contest in the works at the University of North Georgia, and we have agreed to host the winning essay on our blog, so be sure to stay tuned for that.

With that, we wish you all a very happy (and for Colorado, a very dry) Constitution Day tomorrow! And, if you’re wearing colonial-era clothing, please send us pics (to Stephanie at; in fact, please just send us cool Constitution Day photos in general.



21st Century Citizens: Highlights from #ADPTDC13

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Illinois State students recreate new  logo.

Illinois State students recreate new logo.

Five hundred and eighty-five faculty members, students, administrators and representatives from our national partner organizations gathered in Denver, Colorado for the third ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting (and ADP’s 11th annual meeting), June 6-8, 2013. The theme of the meeting was “21st Century Citizens: Building Bridges, Solving Problems.” Representatives from nearly 100 four-year colleges and universities and 40 community colleges attended the event. One hundred and forty-five students attended the conference (compared to 95 last year). This was by far our most successful ADP National Meeting to date.

Comments from National Meeting attendees:

  • “The ADP conference is, hands-down, my favorite conference of the year. It is a terrific place to share ideas in a friendly, collaborative setting.”
  • “The whole conference was beautifully run, every plenary was enlightening and engaging. The sessions brought to light many different ideas, issues, challenges and gave our institution a lot to consider as we move forward with ideas of civic engagement on our campus.”
  • “Honestly it felt like a constant barrage of empowerment and possibility…. Hearing the concepts which are driving this conference gave me, as a first time attendee, a hope which I have only felt on a few occasions.”
  • “This was a very stimulating conference, and the diversity in attendance brings many good ideas but also a tremendously varied menu of how to implement ideas and make things happen!”

We kicked off the national meeting with pre-conference meetings and workshops on Thursday, June 6. Metropolitan State University of Denver, an ADP campus, hosted our first ever campus site-visit for conference attendees. Meeting participants were also able to attend workshops hosted by ADP’s Civic Health, eCitizenship, Stewardship of Public Lands and Global Engagement initiatives and it’s Political Engagement Project. Other meetings and workshops were hosted by  The Democracy Commitment, the Kettering FoundationCitizen Alum, the eJournal of Public Affairs, Public Achievement, Community Learning Partnership, Street Law, AAC&U’s Bridging Cultures grant program, AASCU faculty participating in our Urban Civic Minor grant project and AASCU’s Grants Resource Center.

Thursday afternoon’s opening plenary included welcome remarks from George Mehaffy and TDC’s Bernie

Opening performance by an MSU Denver student group.

Opening performance by Metro State’s Chicano Studies performance group Journey Through Our Heritage

Ronan. Steven Jordan, president of Metropolitan State University of Denver, welcomed the large group to his city, followed by Melia Tagovailova – a recent Metro State graduate – who sang a beautiful and stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Metro State’s Chicano Studies performance group Journey Through Our Heritage burst on to the stage to share with us a story of protest and personal reflection. We then heard keynote speaker Denise Fairchild – President & CEO, Emerald Cities Collaborative – talk to us about “getting on the bus” of social change (Listen to her plenary talk.) She discussed the importance of civic engagement in the sustainability movement, and how informed and engaged Millennials will be the movers of shakers we need to create lasting change; all we have to do is give them the tools, skills, and the information.

We began the day Friday with a series of early, but energizing breakfast sessions. Participants heard from national ADP/TDC partner organizations including: Community Learning Partnership, GiveGab, Echoing Green, Street Law, the eJournal of Public Affairs, NCoC, the National Issues Forums Institute, and The Foundation for Democracy in Africa.

CIRCLE's Peter Levine addressing ADP/TDC National Meeting attendees.

CIRCLE’s Peter Levine addressing ADP/TDC National Meeting attendees.

Peter Levine, the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, provided Friday’s plenary talk: A Defense of Higher Education and its Civic Mission (you can also listen to it here).

Following Peter’s talk, we announced the 2013 winners of the Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement (see blog post) and the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement (see blog post). Fresno State Provost William A. Covino was awarded AASCU’s 2013 William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement and Brandon Kliewer, Assistant Professor of Civic Engagement and ADP campus director at Florida Gulf Coast University, received the Saltmarsh Award.

After the morning plenary session, we broke into a series of featured and concurrent sessions. Friday’s Featured Sessions included panels on Purposeful Work: Educating for Citizen Careers, and Civic Pathways: Community College to University Transfer Programs; workshops about Preparing for the 2015 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement and CIRCLE’s National Study of Student Learning, Voting & Engagement. There were also sessions about programs including The Human Library and ADP’s Global Challenges curriculum. Student presentations included one by SWER: Students Working for Equal Rights and another on multi-campus presentation on “Tweeting in Class!” Student Microblogging & Civic Practice. Three separate presentations constituted a featured session on Civic Learning in the Curriculum & Dialogue and Deliberation.

Throughout the day we successfully experimented with new session types including short Lightning Round presentations clustered by topic, a more dynamic poster session, and panels and workshops. This year’s Poster Session had 12 submissions. Posters were presented by students as well as faculty and staff. The posters highlighted results of various research projects on topics including hunger, voting, veterans on campus, gender identity, and global engagement.

Saturday brought a morning plenary session dedicated to the four student ADP/TDC video contest winners. In

Two students from both ADP and TDC speaking on civic engagement and its impact on their lives.

Two students from both ADP and TDC speaking on civic engagement and its impact on their lives.

a panel moderated by Monroe Community College’s Verdis Robinson, Instructor of History and African-American Studies, ADP students Bianca Brown of Western Kentucky University and Rachel Wintz of the University of Alaska Anchorage spoke of their civic engagement journeys alongside TDC’s Justin Machelski of Delta College (Mich.) and Quinta Tangoh of Ohio’s Cuyahoga Community College.

Afterwards, meeting attendees were treated to another vast array of panels, workshops and other sessions including our annual Campus and Friends Showcase – an opportunity for our campuses and partner organizations to share their work and network with one another. More than 18 campuses and partner organizations hosted showcase tables this year. Attendees were also able to participate in roundtable discussions about a variety of topics on Saturday afternoon.

At the end of the day on Saturday, meeting attendees reconvened for a closing plenary featuring David Scobey, Executive Dean, The New School for Public Engagement (N.Y.). Scobey spoke about Post-Traditional Undergraduates and the Copernican Moment: New Models of Engaged Learning for the New Majority Student (listen here).

Afterwards, we celebrated the end of the conference with a closing reception at The Tavern, complete with dancing, a photo booth and a rooftop view of Denver.

It was an absolute honor to be surrounded by so many people who are passionate about and engaged in the struggle to protect and improve our democracy. ADP continues to be one of the most successful and dynamic civic engagement projects in the country thanks in large part to the tireless dedication of the dynamic individuals gathered in Denver.

We hope to see you in Louisville, Kentucky, June 5-7, 2014, for the next ADP/TDC National Meeting where we will continue our important work of preparing informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.

PowerPoints and other handouts from the meeting are available through the meeting’s mobile app for the next year.

Finally, to see more pictures from the meeting, visit the ADP Facebook Page. Please send any photos you took to so that we can upload them to Facebook!

#ADPTDC13: Our Featured Sessions Line-Up

Following the plenary session on the morning of Friday, June 7, #ADPTDC13 attendees will find themselves with a wide array of choices about where to go next as we are offering a plethora of fabulous Featured Sessions from 10:45 a.m. – Noon.

Get a head start on crafting your agenda by reading about what we are offering below:

The Featured Sessions:

Colorado Ballroom, Salon A
Featured Panel – Purposeful Work: Educating for Citizen Careers
In a changing higher education environment, how do we equip all young people to grow and develop during their college experience to become active employees in the workforce and engaged citizens able to find and create their role in the ecosystem of social change? In this interactive panel discussion, hear various perspectives on what it means to be an engaged citizen and how to create a citizen career in our traditional understanding, as well as new frameworks for thinking about engaged citizenship. The panel discusses an array of programs that are currently developing such practices and frameworks and explore how they are being applied in community college and four-year institutions throughout the country.
Harry Boyte, Director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College (Minn.)
Rebecca Kaufman, Work on Purpose Coordinator, Echoing Green
Tamika Butler, California Director, Young Invincibles
Derek Barker, Program Officer, Kettering Foundation
Linda West, Organizer, Detroit Community Learning Partnership

Denver Ballroom, Suite V/VI
Featured Panel
– Civic Pathways: Community College to University Transfer Programs
Can civic engagement and community-based learning facilitate transfer to four-year colleges and universities from community colleges? Do we have models of 2+2 transfer programs built on an engagement curriculum? This session highlights four such partnerships, in very different stages of development. High retention and transfer rates, a significant increase in civic knowledge, and the development of democratic skills—these are the takeaways from these programs. This session emphasizes the practical steps required to build successful partnerships between community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, and includes a checklist for effective program development. Interaction with participants engages ADP and TDC members in thinking about their own institutions and the potential for 2+2 partnerships.
Brian Murphy, President, De Anza College (Calif.)
MaryBeth Love, Chair and Professor of Health Education, San Francisco State University (Calif.)
Syd Beane, Minnesota Coordinator, Community Learning Partnership, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Gregory Mellas, Director, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Metropolitan State University (Minn.)
Bernie Ronan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Maricopa Community Colleges (Ariz.)
Blase Scarnati, Director of First Year and Global Learning, Northern Arizona University
David Scobey, Executive Director, New School for Public Engagement (N.Y.)
Lavita McMath Turner, Director of Government Relations, Kingsborough Community College (N.Y.)

Colorado Ballroom, Salon C/D
Featured Session – Civic Learning in the Curriculum & Dialogue and Deliberation

  •  From Classroom to Community Forum: Engaging Students in a National Discourse
    This presentation reports findings from the college’s participation in the national discourse, “Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?” and conveys how students were engaged in deliberative forums.
    Gregg Kaufman, Instructor and American Democracy Project Coordinator and Hillary Hunnings, Student, Georgia College
  • Deliberating For Success
    Over the past year, Lone Star College-Kingwood has incorporated civic learning into its student success courses. Students apply critical thinking skills to accessible, real-world problems in a safe environment. Students develop the comprehension, analytic and expressive skills required in more advanced coursework and in active citizenship. Faculty share their experiences, including the implementation, challenges and successes of the deliberative forums in their classes.
    Brenda Stubbs, Professor
    Samuel John, Instructor
    Anne Amis, ESOL Professor and Chair of the English Department, Lone Star College-Kingwood (Texas)
  • Utilizing Democratic Deliberation to Move toward Public Action
    This session highlights democratic deliberation as an approach to increase citizen capacity and examines the infrastructure for developing collaborative partnerships to support public action. It focuses on Indiana University’s Political and Civic Engagement Program’s Community Deliberation Project and Colorado State University’s Center for Public Deliberation, both of which utilize students to organize, lead, moderate and evaluate local community forums about important public issues.
    Lisa-Marie Napoli, Adjunct Faculty, Indiana University’s Political and Civic Engagement Program’s Community Deliberation Project
    Martin Carcasson, Associate Professor and Director, Colorado State University’s Center for Public Deliberation

Colorado Ballroom, Salon G
Featured Session – Intercultural Competence and Student Engagement: Leveraging the Cognitive Connection to Propel Student Gains
The need for education to address the development of intercultural competence among college students is influenced by increasing globalization and domestic diversity, as well as by the sustainability of our democracy. This session describes the results of a study focused on the connection between student engagement and intercultural competence, as measured by the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). Using a mixed-methods research design, student scores from the IDI were correlated with five benchmark measures in the CCSSE. Four focus group interviews were conducted following the survey research to extend the quantitative data. Through information sharing in this session, participants gain an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of intercultural competence and the practices which help promote its development among college students. Examples from the Bridging Cultures activities at Lone Star College-Kingwood are included.
Rebecca L. Riley, Vice President, Instruction, Lone Star College-Kingwood (Texas)

Colorado Ballroom, Salon H
Featured Session – Bringing Together Community Engagement and Economic Development for the University of North Carolina System through Metrics Development
In May 2012, the president of the University of North Carolina (UNC) commissioned two multi-campus task forces to develop concise sets of indicators that all UNC campuses could use to assess “progress in community engagement and economic development.” While two task forces were charged to complete this work, one combined report emerged. This presentation explores lessons learned as a result of chairing this initiative, in particular, the interconnections between community engagement and economic development; the challenges—and opportunities—of developing system-wide metrics on community engagement and economic development for the North Carolina System; and the opportunity to start a new and unified conversation about the collective work and impact of universities as members of communities.
Emily M. Janke, Director, Institute for Community and Economic Engagement, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Colorado Ballroom, Salon J
Featured Session – Global Challenges National Blended Learning Course and eBook
Global Challenges: Promise and Peril in the 21st Century is a collaborative effort of AASCU/ADP and the Global Engagement Scholars. This Red Balloon Project uses CSIS’ 7 Revolutions content as a framework for educating globally competent citizens. It responds to three challenges facing higher education in the 21st century: the need to better engage students; to make more effective use of advances in technology; and to more efficiently allocate increasingly scarce resources. The project has produced a teaching toolkit, a national course, an eBook, and a series of workshops. The course design relies on blended learning models, combining the best of online and face-to-face educational approaches. The eBook makes effective use of emerging technologies to engage students with up-to-date material. In this session, the national Global Challenges project coordinator, the interim chair of the Global Engagement Scholars, and the national manager of the American Democracy Project discuss the collaborative effort.
Shala Mills, Chair, Professor of Political Science, Fort Hays State University (Kan.)
Keisha Hoerrner, Associate Dean, University College and Professor of Communication, Kennesaw State University (Ga.)
Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project, AASCU

Denver Ballroom, Suite I/II
Featured Session – “Tweeting in Class!” Student Microblogging & Civic Practice
This session offers a space for students to talk about experiences with the focused use of Twitter as tool to sponsor civic learning and engagement. Students from universities that participated in the 2012 Tweet-Ups, hosted by ADP/AASCU, facilitate the session, but all students are encouraged to join the conversation about the value of such practices to their 21st century education. This session features focused and robust peer-to-peer interaction and produces different statements to be shared with students and faculty, respectively, seeking to influence the future use of social media as pedagogical tool.
Moderator:  Steve Hunt, Professor, Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Communication, Illinois State University
Katy Feddersen and Brian Sorenson, Students, Illinois State University
Jorgi Henson, Sara Umphries and Mitchell Wasmund, Students, Indiana State University
Mandie Barnes, Tessa Diamond, David Wilson and Brady Harris, Students, Weber State University (Utah)

Colorado Ballroom, Salon B
Featured Workshop – CIRCLE’s National Study of Student Learning, Voting & Engagement
This year, CIRCLE and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University  launched a new initiative: the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). NSLVE’s goals are to build a national database for research, study patterns in college student voting nationally, and provide campuses with new, interesting data. Campuses can use this information to generate discussion and increase ways that they educate students for active citizenship. In this session, participants learn more about NSLVE, where the research stands, what the preliminary numbers show, and where we will be taking the study in upcoming election years.  Exchange ideas about the kinds of academic programs and co-curricular activities that foster student commitment to responsible public engagement.
Peter Levine, Director of CIRCLE and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University (Mass.)

Colorado Ballroom, Salon I
Featured Workshop– Preparing for the 2015 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement
2015 will be the next opportunity for campuses to receive the Carnegie Elective Community Engagement Classification and for 2006/2008 community engagement classified campus to re-apply. This session highlights additions and changes to the application for classification and reveals the abbreviated application process for reapplication. Strategies of what to do now to prepare for application are suggested. This session offers an overview of the process for 2015, reviews the documentation framework and complete application—featuring selected new questions and a guidebook to assist campus in responding to the questions—and suggests strategies that have been effective for successful application.
John Saltmarsh, Co-Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), University of Massachusetts, Boston
Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski, Director, Community Involvement Center and Professor, Sociology, Weber State University (Utah)

Denver Ballroom, Suite III
Featured Workshop– The Human Library
The Human Library (HL) is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding. The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach. In its initial form, the HL is a mobile library set up as a space for dialogue and interaction. Visitors to a Human Library are given the opportunity to speak informally with “people on loan”—a group extremely varied in age, sex and cultural background. The HL enables visitors to break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner. It is a concrete, easily transferable and affordable way of promoting tolerance and understanding. It is a “keep it simple,” no-nonsense contribution to social cohesion in multicultural societies.
Heather Merrill, Faculty, Teacher Education Program, HL Co-coordinator
Kirt Shineman, Faculty, Communications, HL Co- coordinator
Heidi Capriotti, Coordinator of Media Relations and Publications
Dede Elrobeh, Faculty Librarian
Jennifer Lane, Faculty English, Honors Coordinator
Christine Moore, Faculty Librarian
Brenda Nelson, Administrative Assistant
Julian Bailey, Student
Tanner Carthcart, Students, Glendale Community College (Ariz.)

Denver Ballroom, Suite IV
Featured Workshop – Students Working for Equal Rights (S.W.E.R): Fighting for our DREAM
The purpose of this presentation is to explain the history of S.W.E.R. and its process in order to engage, empower and mobilize the immigrant community to push for comprehensive immigration reform for all. Speakers focus on why and how this organization rose from being a handful of students to a network of organizations throughout the state of Florida. Each presenter represents a S.W.E.R. chapter in a different part of the state. Presenters facilitate workshops on how to recruit new leaders who are passionate for taking action for your organization.
Edwin Alexander Ramos, Aldo Martinez, Zuleydi Baez, Francis Tume and Claudio Galaz, S.W.E.R. Leaders, Students Working for Equal Rights

Partner Spotlight: Overseas Vote Foundation

Overseas Vote Foundation LogoThe Overseas Vote Foundation  released their latest newsletter not too long ago, and we wanted to share with you links to the content of said newsletter and encourage you to sign up here as it has excellent elections information and research.

Features and Articles in this issue include the following:

Happy reading!

Announcing the 2013 ADP/TDC Student Plenary Video Competition Winners

Remember that video contest we told you about?

The one where ADP wanted to find students to speak at the 2013 ADP/TDC National Meeting?

Well, we found them.

And, yes, to be sure, we had a great set of submissions–thank you to everyone who entered! However, there were not enough entries to conduct an online contest, which is why you didn’t ever receive notification about voting or how you could give us your two cents.

Still, we’ve identified our winners, the ladies below, who were selected by an internal AASCU panel to be our plenary session panelists.

Allow me to introduce you.

Meet Rachel Wintz:

Rachel Wintz Photo

From Palmer, Alaska, Wintz is a senior at the University of Alaska Anchorage, majoring in sociology, minoring in Spanish, and receiving a certificate in civic engagement. After graduation, she plans to work for the Peace Corps in South America then attend graduate school for a master’s degree in international development.

“I think the only way to have a healthy community is through active participation of civically engaged citizens,” said Wintz. “Because of this, we need to encourage people of all ages to be involved in their communities in order to make them better places to live.”

You can watch her video here.

And Bianca Simone Brown:

Bianca Simone Brown Photo

Brown, who grew up in Rodeo, a first-year graduate student at Western Kentucky University (WKU).  She is the Public Achievement Coordinator for the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility and received an undergraduate certificate from that department as well. Brown earned her BA in English and philosophy at WKU and is currently working toward a master’s degree in social responsibility and sustainable communities. After graduation, she plans to utilize her background in English studies to continue working with community members, affecting positive social change through literacy education for upward mobility.

Brown’s primary interest is taking an active role in helping others to realize and exercise their own power. 

“I believe that if one feels it is possible to be disempowered by others, one was never self-empowered to begin with,” said Brown. “As I feel involvement in political life begins foremost with the self-empowerment of the individual, I aim to inspire others through my own actions and philosophy of civic engagement: the hopeful messages each of us deserves to share with the world must be masterfully crafted, expressed with confidence, and relentlessly upheld.”

Being selected to represent civically engaged AASCU students around the nation is not only a personal honor Brown holds high, but she also said it speaks to the department (ICSR) she has been a part of for the past two years. She is grateful for her mentor and John Saltmarsh award-winning director, Dr. Paul Markham; her father, Bill Brown, who taught her to never stop fighting for what is right; and her mother, Maria del Refugio, who showed her what it means to be activist.

You can watch her video here.

Wintz and Brown will be joined by two community college students from TDC member institutions; we are looking forward to hearing what they all have to say!

8 Myths about CIRCLE’s NSLVE: Has Your Campus Signed Up?

Back in November we shared information on this blog about CIRCLE’s new National Study on Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) in this blog post. A number of ADP campuses have since signed up to participate in this free study (no survey completion required). The deadline to participate is March 15, but ADP campuses are being given a one-week extension until March 22!

CIRCLE has revised their FAQ – it’s still long, but it’s clear.  And they’ve streamlined the process, recommending that campuses sign up for the basic study before the March 15 deadline, and then worry about whether they want to participate in a special study or tailor the data fields considered.

CIRCLE also contacted campuses to learn what barriers might prevent their participation.  Based on those responses, they are doing some “myth-busting.”  Here are a few things that CIRCLE heard, and their response to these concerns:

We don’t have time/don’t want to run another survey or assessment.

You don’t have to!  This is NOT a survey.

We don’t want to send CIRCLE our student list.

You don’t.  You send the authorization form to the National Clearinghouse, which already has your list, and they add voting records, de-identify it, and send it to us.

The system seems to protect student privacy.  Does it really?

It’s hard not to say to everyone, “trust us!”  But we worked hard with FERPA lawyers up and down the east coast, and it took us nearly four months to get it right. We don’t want to know who your students are or how an individual voted.  We want to study aggregate rates and patterns and give campuses interesting data..

We need IRB approval.

We can’t speak for individual campuses, but only one campus so far has felt the need to seek an exemption from their IRB.  Why?  Because CIRCLE will be working from de-identified lists. Reports contain aggregate data, not student lists (de-identified or not).

It’s hard to figure out who should sign the form.

Here’s who can sign: presidents, provosts, vice presidents, institutional researchers, and enrollment officers.  We’re keeping track of who signs most, and right now, it’s a dead heat between student affairs officers and institutional researchers.

We don’t want to deal with it now.  We’ll wait for the next round.

Campuses won’t get 2012 numbers for comparison if they wait.  It’s the comparisons with 2014 and 2016 that will make this information really valuable.

March 15 is too soon.  We can’t pull it off.

You have plenty of time  to download the form, find the right person to sign it, and follow the instructions for submission on the bottom.  The average turnaround, based on downloads-to-submission data, is three days. And ADP campuses are being given an extension until March 22!

We can’t just sign this.  We have to read everything and understand it.  And it’s complicated, and no one has the time.

Join an upcoming info session.  There’s one a week, and they run around 30 minutes, give or take a few.  Or email Nancy Thomas (nancy dot thomas at tufts dot edu) with questions. She’s happy to chat with campuses one-on-one.

UMBC’s Sparrow Point Project

baltimore sunThe University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Sparrows Point Project was recently featured in the Baltimore Sun. David Hoffman, UMBC’s ADP Campus Coordinator and Assistant Director for Civic Agency spoke to the Sun about how the project — and UMBC’s larger Breaking Ground initiative  (see previous blog post) — are advancing the university’s efforts to prepare students for informed, engaged citizenship:

“How can we prepare students to work together and see the world as open to transformation through their actions?” said Hoffman, one of the program’s leaders. “Every experience students are having reinforces the sense that they can take responsibility for recognizing problems and initiating solutions in their communities.”

Read a segment of this front page story below, and find the full story here.

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun:

UMBC students use new media to document a dying industrial past

They are preserving Sparrows Point history through website, film

By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun
8:00 p.m. EST, February 11, 2013

Now, with the  [Sparrows Point steel] plant closed and machinery being sold for scrap, Bartee and other steelworkers are teaming with University of Maryland Baltimore County students and professors to record their stories. The students are making a website and helping with a documentary to preserve the history of the plant….

Much as pieces of massive machinery have been carted away from the plant in recent weeks, the history of the mill — once the region’s economic hub — is in danger of disappearing. But two UMBC professors and their students aim to preserve the stories of 20th-century manufacturing using 21st-century techniques….

The project is part of the university’s Breaking Ground initiative, which aims to empower students to develop and implement solutions to challenges that surround them. David Hoffman, UMBC’s assistant director for civic agency, said the university wants to shatter students’ conception that citizenship occurs in discrete bursts in the voting booth or volunteering projects….

The Sparrows Point project, Documenting Cultural Heritage in Partnership with Communities, is a collaboration between an American studies professor, Michelle Stefano, and a new media studio professor, Bill Shewbridge. The students in their two interwoven courses use traditional methods for exploring the past, such as transcribing oral histories, while employing the latest technology to record and share those stories.

Read more.

What We’re Reading: Millennials Civic Health Index

The Millennials Civic Health Index, recently released by four of the top civic organizations in the country, paints a comprehensive picture of young Americans 18 to 29 (AKA Millennials).

The study challenges commonly held beliefs about a generation of young Americans whose votes played a critical role in November’s presidential election. The report highlights the diverse ways in which Millennials are taking action in their communities beyond the voting booth, online and offline, across different regions of the United States.

The report, produced by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, and, begins with a glass-half-full/glass-half-empty introduction to the civic health of Millennials and presents positive statistics and areas for growth.

The full press release and PDF version of the report can be found here.

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