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Felice Nudelman and Tom Ehrlich honored with ADP Spirit of Democracy Awards

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

ADP's Spirit of Democracy award 2012 honorees

Felice Nudelman and Tom Ehrlich, Spirit of Democracy honorees

The ADP/TDC 2012 national meeting marked the 10th annual meeting of the American Democracy Project. In commemoration of this event, we honored two individuals who played — and continue to play — pivotal roles in the founding and future of ADP.

Felice Nudelman, in her previous role as the Executive Director of Education for The New York Times Company where she was responsible for developing and overseeing education initiatives, including The New York Times Knowledge Network, was a co-partner with George Mehaffy and AASCU in creating the American Democracy Project in 2003. Her involvement in the deliberations and discussions which lead to the founding of ADP was crucial.

Tom Ehrlich was a a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching when George Mehaffy and Felice Nudelman called him up to get input and advice for AASCU’s new American Democracy Project. He thought ADP sounded like a “great idea” and was thrilled to help. Tom was the keynote speaker at the first ADP meeting in 2003; he also suggested the ADP campus audits and reading circles — two early ADP implementation strategies on our campuses. Tom and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching were also our national partners in ADP’s Political Engagement Project.

To honor Felice and Tom, we created a “Spirit of Democracy” award, one that will be given infrequently to individuals whom embody ADP’s commitment to prepare the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.

“Felice and Tom were not only critical to the creation of the American Democracy Project but valued collaborators and staunch champions of our collective commitment to education for democracy.  I’m thrilled that we could recognize Felice and Tom with Spirit of Democracy awards and I am deeply honored to call them both friends,” said George Mehaffy.

Thank you, Felice and Tom for your commitment to ADP and the important work that we all do together!

eJournal of Public Affairs and the ADP/TDC 2012 National Meeting

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The eJournal of Public Affairs, a collaboration between Missouri State University and the American Democracy Project, invites presenters from the 2012 ADP/TDC National Meeting to submit a brief description, or abstract for your presentation, consisting of a 100 word or less.

The eJournal would like to include a note in the next issue about the conference and highlight some of the presentations, directing interested viewers to the ADP Wiki.

Please send your brief presentation description/abstract to: and cc Andy Lokie at:

Emily Janke and Paul Markham receive ADP’s 2012 John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement

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

In an effort to recognize, support, and encourage the next generation of leaders in the civic engagement movement, the American Democracy Project established an award for emerging leaders in civic engagement in 2011, the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement.  This annual award was named in John’s honor to recognize a lifetime passion of his, thinking about and preparing the next generation of civic leaders. To learn more about the Saltmarsh Award, visit this website.

2012 Saltmarsh Award Winners with Presenters

(from Left to Right) Jen Domagal-Goldman, Paul Markham, George Mehaffy, Emily Janke, and John Saltmarsh

George Mehaffy, reflecting on the choice of John Saltmarsh as the person for whom the award was named, commented: “John Saltmarsh was the obvious choice for who we would honor in creating this award. John is a great visionary and an inspiring leader. Even more importantly, he has never wavered from a commitment to nurturing the next generation of civic leaders. His consistent question echoes in my mind: ‘Who will do this work when we are gone?’”

John Saltmarsh is the Co-Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston as well as a faculty member in the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development. He is the editor, with Matthew Hartley, of the edited volume, “To Serve a larger Purpose”: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (Temple, 2011). Royalties from “To Serve a larger Purpose” are being donated in full to fund this award.  I urge you to consider buying the book, not only for its content but also because your purchase of the book will help ensure the sustainability of the award.  You can order the book though Temple University Press website by clicking this weblink.  I also hope you will share this link with colleagues.

A special thank you to William Plater, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties Emeritus at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, who generously supported the first two years of this award.

The 2012 Saltmarsh Award recipients are Emily Janke of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Paul Markham of Western Kentucky University.

John Saltmarsh presented Emily and Paul with their awards at the 2012 ADP/TDC national meeting in San Antonio on June 8. Here are his public comments:

Shortly after I heard form George that he wanted to create an emerging leader award, I found myself at the Highland Folkschool where I cam across a quote from Ella Baker – the civil rights leader, who, after the Greensboro sit-ins, wanted to assist the student activists because she viewed the young, emerging activists as a resource and an asset to the movement – which led to the founding of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
The quote reads:
I believe in the right of people to expect those who are older, those who claim to have more experience, to help them grow.

For me, this is the essence of this Award.
All of us, in building this movement of public engagement in higher education, have an obligation to help, to mentor, to guide, to encourage, to validate, to push…those who are younger to be the future leaders of this movement.
I say this to all of us but I also say it to the recipients today.
With this award comes well-deserved recognition; and with it comes an obligation to bring along those who are younger, to build and sustain the movement.
It is my pleasure to make this year’s award to two outstanding emerging leaders in civic engagement: Dr. Paul Markam and Dr. Emily Janke.

Paul Markham

Paul Markam is Assistant Professor and Co-Director at the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Western Kentucky University. In his nomination, Harry Boyte commented that “Paul demonstrates leadership in building the wider civic engagement movement, shows passion and great skill in advancing the civic learning of undergraduates, has remarkable capacities for collaborative leadership, and continuously mentors new leaders, and acts as an organizational catalyst to change higher education.”

Emily Janke

Emily Janke is Special Assistant for Community Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. From an undergraduate: “Emily has an enthusiastic attitude toward civic engagement that is contagious.” From a colleague: “She has a knack for collaboration and integration second to none, and a creative flair that makes working with her incredibly fun.” From her Chancellor: “Because of her commitment to excellence and her proven track record as a leader and strategic thinker, I am increasingly looking to Emily as a transformational change agent at UNCG.”
Congratulations to Paul and Emily!

Keene State’s Mel Netzhammer selected as recipient of 2012 William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement

“Mel’s work on our campus over the last six years has transformed our curriculum and our culture. As a result of Mel’s efforts, Keene State College actively and passionately embraces our mission to prepare all members of our community to become informed and engaged citizens for our democracy.” – Helen Giles-Gee, President Keene State College

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

Mel Netzhammer, 2012 Plater Award winner

Mel Netzhammer, 2012 Plater Award winner

Each year we recognize a Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for his or her leadership in institutionalizing civic engagement on their campus. The William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement is designed to recognize the critical role of the chief academic officer in advancing the civic mission of the campus through curricular reform, public advocacy, accountability for institutional citizenship, faculty development and recruitment, and partnerships with community organizations.

The award, funded through the generosity of AASCU member campus Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis, has been created to acknowledge the critical leadership role that chief academic officers play in serving as the vital link between the academic community (principally the faculty, staff and students) and the more externally oriented leadership of presidents, chancellors and trustees in helping make an institution intentional about its role in citizenship preparation. Through their leadership, chief academic officers align the work of faculty, the learning of students, and the achievements of staff with the public mission of AASCU institutions to prepare undergraduates as informed, engaged citizens. Chief academic officers make a critical difference in the articulation of purpose, in the alignment of actions, and in the quality, scope and effectiveness of institutional performance.

The Plater Award is the first national award established specifically to honor and recognize CAOs for their leadership in higher education.

This year we received many outstanding nominations for the Plater Award. I am pleased to announce that after much deliberation, the award committee selected Mel Netzhammer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Keene State College, as the recipient of the 2012 William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement. You can read the selection committee’s statement endorsing Mel as this year’s Plater Award recipient below.

As you will discover when you read more about Mel, he worked tirelessly for more than five years to commit Keene State College to fostering civic outcomes for students. Mel is a dear friend and colleague and I am delighted to see his diligence in preparing informed, engaged citizens recognized and honored by the Plater Award. Mel graciously donated his $1,000 prize money to the ADP fund at Keene State. He begins a new role as Chancellor of Washington State University, Vancouver — one of our newest ADP schools — in July.

Congratulations, Mel! You have certainly earned your place in this esteemed circle of champions of civic learning and engagement.

Plater Award recipients past and present (with George Mehaffy)

Plater Award recipients Larry Gould (’08) of Fort Hays State, Mel Netzhammer (’12) of Keene State, Vince Magnuson (’11) of University of Minnesota Duluth and AASCU’s George Mehaffy (from left to right)

For more information about the Plater Award, including its criteria and past recipients, please visit this website.

Watch a YouTube video of Mel receiving the Plater Award:


The award committee’s statement endorsing Mel Netzhammer as the 2012 Plater Award recipient

The Review Committee unanimously and enthusiastically recommends that Dr. Mel Netzhammer of Keene State College receive the 2012 William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement.

Dr. Netzhammer has a significant record of sustained leadership on campus, within the American Democracy Project, and within the broader regional community. In particular, the Review Committee notes the intentionality of Dr. Netzhammer’s infusion of civic engagement into the fabric of campus culture and the degree to which he has institutionalized civic engagement through personal leadership, commitment of resources, and the transformation of both curricular and co-curricular elements of the University’s educational program. In the area of curriculum, it is most noteworthy that the number of courses devoting explicit attention to the study and practice of political, civic, and humanitarian engagement has expanded significantly.

The range and depth of Dr. Netzhammer’s leadership is impressive. He has been both a leader and a supporter of the Red Balloon Project, eCitizenship, and of the Liberal Education and America’s Promise project. He is a significant contributor to the work of the National Implementation Committee of ADP. For Mel, civic engagement is not a project—it is an extension of his professional identity. His nomination file notes that his leadership style as a Provost encourages the engagement of all in the many tasks of educating students. He is an effective spokesperson for the University in the often turbulent arena of legislative support for higher education.

It is our judgment that this award reflects the best traditions of civic engagement established by William Plater. Dr. Mel Netzhammer leads by example. He has engaged his campus broadly in a shared commitment to civic engagement. He is a respected voice and exemplar of leadership in civic engagement on campus and in the national arena.

New Guidebook App for ADP 2012 National Meeting (#ADP12)

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American Democracy Project & The Democracy Commitment Joint National Meeting
San Antonio, Texas – June 7-9, 2012


Quick Response (QR) Code for the ADP/TDC National Meeting

Do you have a smart phone? Download a barcode scanning application (usually available for free on all smart phones) and use your smart phone’s camera to scan this barcode. This will allow you to view the Guidebook App (a program app for your mobile phone) for the ADP/TDC National Meeting on your phone. What is a QR Code? A QR code (short for Quick Response) is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera phones. Pretty cool, huh?

NEW THIS YEAR!  Guidebook: Mobile Conference Application!

2012 ADP & TDC National Meeting now has a program guide on Guidebook! Improve your experience by taking the schedule, maps, Twitter and more with you on your phone or mobile device. Available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and web-enabled devices, completely free. Get it for your device now.

We have created a very user-friendly Guidebook mobile application for the conference.  This application will allow you to

  • easily view your schedule and build your own to-do list;
  • view featured and plenary speaker bios and photos;
  • see a current registration list;
  • view the #ADP12 meeting tweets;
  • upload photos;
  • and have easy access to other meeting-related web links.

To download the guidebook application go here  Please download the application to your smart phone before the conference and play with the features.  You can also easily build your own schedule.

1. Download Guidebook
2. Tap “download guides”
3. Search for ‘2012 ADP & TDC National Meeting

For additional information about social media at the ADP 2012 National Meeting, see this blog post and this Social Media Flyer.


Introducing Citizen Alum: Doers, Not (Just) Donors

Citizen Alum counters the image of alumni as primarily “donors” with a vision of them as also “doers.” Alums are allies in education–crucial partners in building multigenerational communities of active citizenship and active learning.

Citizen Alum, based at the University of Michigan, started six months ago as an affiliated program of the American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP) — of which ADP is a member — took shape during the planning phase of the January 10, 2012 White House meeting, “For Democracy’s Future.”


You can learn more about Citizen Alum at #ADP12 next week in San Antonio, during the following sessions:

Thursday, June 7 | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Conference Room 7
Pre-Conference Workshop: American Commonwealth Partnership Open Forum (open to all)
ADP and TDC are two key partners in the new American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP). ACP is an alliance of colleges and universities, higher education groups, P-12 schools and others dedicated to the democracy college ideal for all higher education. Launched at the White House on January 10, ACP grows out of ADP’s Civic Agency Initiative and its ‘We the People’ conference in Washington, D.C. The November 2010 conference laid the initial plans for a movement in higher education to, in partnership with policy makers, deepen the civic identities of colleges and universities and spread empowering pedagogies and community-connecting practices. At this preconference forum, participants have a chance to hear about several key ACP initiatives, including: the deliberative dialogues on higher education’s role in America’s future; “Citizen Alum,” strategies for broadening the role of alumni from “donors” to “doers;” and Empowering Pedagogies, approaches which bring civic agency into curricular and co-curricular innovation. ADP’s new Campus Civic
Health Initiative, which focuses on ways to measure and improve civic health, is also discussed.
Facilitator: Harry Boyte, Director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College (Minn.) and National Coordinator, American Commonwealth Partnership
Citizen Alum: Strategies for Campus Teams
Presenters: Julie Ellison, Professor of American Culture and English and Lead Organizer of Citizen Alum, University of Michigan; Thomas Morgan, Executive Director, Center for Faith and Learning, Augsburg College (Minn.); and Kara Lindaman, Associate Professor and ADP Campus Director, Winona State University (Minn.)
Deliberative Dialogues on Shaping Our Future
Presenters: Kara Lindaman, Associate Professor and Campus ADP Campus Director and Laura Lake, Student, Winona State University (Minn.)
Empowering Pedagogies
Presenters: Blase Scarnati, Director, First Year Seminar Program and Global Learning, Northern Arizona University and Kaylesh Ramu, Student Government Association President, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Saturday, June 9 | 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Conference Room 7
Introducing Citizen Alum—Alumni as Doers, Not (Just) Donors
This session is an introduction to Citizen Alum as a strategy for institutional culture change. The particular focus of this panel is integrating alumni relations into campus-wide public/community engagement.
Presenters: Julie Ellison, Professor of American Culture and English and Lead
Organizer of Citizen Alum, University of Michigan;
Jodi Bantley, Coordinator, Community Service-Learning, Center for Community-Based Learning, Metropolitan State University (Minn.); LeeAnn Lands, Associate Professor of History and American Studies and Lisa Duke, Director, Office of Alumni Affairs, Kennesaw State University (Ga.)


Citizen Alum seeks 25 colleges and universities representing all sectors of American higher education. Working with this network, we plan develop ways to exchange good models as well as to foster bold aspirations. We want to support campus Citizen Alum teams that extend the university’s public mission to more offices and departments. Finally, we hope to become a community that views alumni, along with other constituencies, as “agents and architects of democracy,” to use the language of the Wingspread Declaration.

Charter Members Include:

  • Augsburg College
  • De Anza College
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • University of Minnesota
  • Winona State University

At each site, we look for a team that is willing to work with the national network for three years. The team should include representatives of community engagement centers, academic programs, alumni associations, development, and, of course, citizen alums themselves. There is no fee for joining.

We conceive of Citizen Alum as a national listening project; a capacity-building project to make public the civic passions of alums, current students, faculty, and staff; and a participatory research project.

Along with Alex Olson, a doctoral student in American Culture at the University of Michigan who is a collaborator on the project, I have been having a series of inspiring phone calls and meetings with people from interested campuses. These encounters have confirmed our belief that colleges and universities are trying many different creative strategies as they reframe their approaches to public engagement in ways that support richer cross-generational connections.

Please contact me if you would like to join the Citizen Alum network of campuses, centers, and consortia.

Julie Ellison, Professor of American Culture and English, University of Michigan

Different Ways to Do It Right: Alumni Listening Projects

“Start listening projects to gather and learn from the reflections of engaged alumni” is right at the top of Citizen Alum’s list of goals. Alumni are central to Citizen Alum. Each participating campus or center is assembling a Citizen Alum team. (See “Who’s On Your CA Team?”) Each team will include alumni members. Citizen Alum is committed to involving alums in multiple ways-through participation in academic activities (like capstone courses), working on specific issues with campus-community projects in the region–or serving on the Citizen Alum campus team.

One of the reasons we started Citizen Alum is because we are convinced that creative new strategies in alumni relations are taking shape on college and university campuses all over the country. Over the last six months, as Citizen Alum has gone from a lunchtime brainstorm at the American Democracy Project conference to a viable national undertaking, we have learned of existing or new alumni listening projects at several member campuses. The diversity of these programs shows that there are, indeed, many different ways to do it right.

For examples, see “Listening Projects,” below.

What Questions Are They Asking?

Metropolitan U Students To Interview Alums

1.How you are involved in your community or in efforts to solve public problems?

2.How do you address community issues through your work? What are the primary social issues related to your field?

3.What motivated you to become involved in community and public problem-solving? How did your path to civic engagement start?

4.Were there any particular classes, instructors or organizations that particularly shaped your ideas or your approach to community work? How?

5.How has your life changed because of your community involvement? What have you gained from being a civic actor?

From “Citizen Alum Interview Questions” developed for writing and media and communications courses

Listening Example #1:

Metropolitan State: Integrating Interviews Into Academics

Jodi Bantley, Coordinator of Community Service Learning at the Center for Community-Based Learning (soon to become the The Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship) writes that Metropolitan State’s approach to Citizen Alum focuses on “academic integration and student learning.”

The institutional relationship-building between alumni relations and other units that is needed to achieve such integration is an important fringe benefit. The Department of Communication, Writing, and the Arts explored CA as an “engaged department” project. There is considerable faculty interest in crafting CA components for courses that range from a basic Information Studies class to the capstone course.

To date, the most concrete academic outcome of CA is a plan to integrate “citizen alum stories” into coursework. Two sections of a Basic Writing course will be dedicated to the theme of civic engagement in Fall 2012, involving 44 students per semester in gathering alumni stories. The Human Subjects Review Board has approved a guiding set of interview questions (see “What Questions Are They Asking?”) and a step-by-step guide for students. Two Spring 2012 semester pilots will give the interview assignment a test run. It will be integrated into an upper division Media Studies course, ‘Communicating with New Media,” and a Social Science department internship, sponsored by the Center for Community-Based Learning.

Listening Example #2:

Winona State: An Innovative Web Platform

Dr. Kara Lindaman of Winona State’s Citizen Alum team (and point person for the American Democracy Project at Winona State) sends word of the group’s decision to produce “gap” and “situated” alumni narratives in video and written form. Through undergraduate research and other forms of intentional engagement, students will begin to collect and disseminate this critical work this spring. These narratives will be featured on the Winona 360 site—a wonderful place that is something like an online student-produced community media center for the region.

Through surveys and interviews, a rich database of alumni engaged in public work will lead to a better understanding of the civic learning and civic health of WSU students, before and after they graduate. These efforts involve collaborations with academic units and with the WSU Alumni Office and Foundation. They also contribute to the Rural Outcomes Initiative of Minnesota Campus Compact by documenting the economic development and workplace contributions of alums in Southeastern Minnesota.

Why Listen?

Listen to be surprised. Engaged alums take their civic vocation seriously. They come bearing gifts–the gifts of experience, ideas, skills, and strategies. As ACP National Coordinator Harry Boyte says, citizen alums “are hidden treasures.”

Listen to connect. Asking the right questions about what alums are doing is the first step in learning about their civic creativity. (See “What Questions Are They Asking?”) At Metropolitan State, the Citizen Alum team sees this as relationship-building, “laying the groundwork to connect directly to alums as public problem-solvers.”

Listen to stimulate research. Alumni are potential research partners–co-investigators on inquiries that benefit both the college and alumni themselves. For example, a joint research project might look at the aspirations and choices of publicly active students during the transition from college to career.

Listen to change the culture on campus.

Listening projects connect academic and administrative offices to the university’s public mission in new, more collaborative ways.

Joining CA: Kennesaw

At Kennesaw University in Georgia, planning for systemic public engagement is underway. Citizen Alum adds a valued dimension. Public engagement is central to broad new initiatives. At Kennesaw, people in varied roles and different units all have civic learning and civic professionalism on their minds.

Kennesaw State has launched “Engage KSU,” anticipating the opportunity in 2015 to apply for the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification. Having made the decision to incorporate public engagement into its mission as it approaches its 50th anniversary, KSU is in the midst of a year-long community engagement project. Five teams are charged with planning in the areas of teaching, scholarship, service, infrastructure, and partnerships. Citizen Alum is consistent with the Engage KSU initiative already underway and offers a way to connect with the university’s many young alumni.

On the Horizon

The CA website is under construction. We should be online in May

Conferences and Meetings in 2012

Look for two Citizen Alum sessions at the American Democracy Project Conference June 7-9 San Antonio.

Join us at the Citizen Alum session at the Imagining America conference October 5-7 NYC

Looking Ahead to 2013

Discussion are underway about a Citizen Alum summer institute hosted by the Jandris Center for Innovation in Higher Education at the University of Minnesota. Stay tuned.

#ADP12: New NIF Forum, Shaping Our Future – How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?

Shaping Our Future


The new Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want? (2012) issue guide is now on the National Issues Forums website, along with a moderator manual, a promotional flyer, and questionnaire. The site also has a short description of the dialogue approach, with the three options.

Shaping Our Future is a national dialogue organized by the American Commonwealth Partnership, in collaboration with the National Issues Forums.

The following are ACP and National Issues Forum-related sessions at next week’s American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment National Meeting in San Antonio:

Thursday, June 7 | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop: American Commonwealth Project Open Forum (open to all)
The American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment are two key partners in the new American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP). ACP is an alliance of colleges and universities, higher education groups, P-12 schools and others dedicated to the democracy college ideal for all higher education. Launched at the White House on January 10th, ACP grows out of the Civic Agency Initiative in the American Democracy Project and its ‘We the People” conference in Washington, DC in November, 2010, which laid initial plans for a movement in higher education to deepen civic identities of colleges and universities, spreading empowering pedagogies and community-connecting practices, in partnership with policy makers. At this pre-conference forum, participants have a chance to hear about several key ACP initiatives including the deliberative dialogues on higher education’s role in America’s future; “Citizen Alum,” strategies for broadening the role of alumni from “donors” to “doers”; and Empowering Pedagogies, approaches which bring civic agency into curricular and co-curricular innovation. We will also discuss ADP’s new Campus Civic Health Initiative, on ways to measure and improve civic health.
Forum Moderator: Harry Boyte, Director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College (Minn.)
Presenters:  Julie Ellison, Lead Organizer, Citizen Alum and Professor of American Culture and English, University of Michigan; Thomas Morgan, Executive Director, Center for Faith and Learning, Augsburg College (Minn.); Kara Lindaman, Associate Professor and ADP Director, and Laura Lake, student, Winona State University (Minn.); Blase Scarnati, Director, First Year Seminar Program and Global Learning, Northern Arizona University and Kaylesh Ramu, Student Government Association President, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Friday, June 8 | 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Featured Session:
National Issues Forum –Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?
This session features a deliberative forum using the new NIF guide Shaping Our Future. This forum also provides an experiential introduction to key concepts and practices in deliberative politics such as naming and framing issues, choice work, and trade-offs experience with choice work. Shaping Our Future was developed by National Issues Forums and the Kettering Foundation and it will be used in collaboration with the American Commonwealth Partnership.
Presenters: John Dedrick, Vice President and Program Director, Charles F. Kettering Foundation and William V. Muse, President, NIF Institute.
Forums will be moderated by: Cristin Foster, Assistant Program Director, and Chris McCauley, Executive Director, David Mathews Center for Civic Life; Doug Garnar, Professor and Service Learning Program Director, and Lisa Strahley, Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Early Childhood Development, Broome Community College (N.Y.);  Kara Lindaman, Associate Professor and ADP Campus Director, Winona State University (Minn.); and Alberto Olivas, Director, Center for Civic Participation and Bernie Ronan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Maricopa Community Colleges (Ariz.)

Friday, June 8| 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session
Deliberative Politics and Organizing for Deliberative Decision Making
This session discusses the role of public deliberation in democratic politics, introduces research on developing frameworks for productive public deliberations over controversial issues and provides information useful to people who want to organize and lead forums on campuses and in community.
Presenters: John Dedrick, Vice President and Program Director, Charles F.  Kettering Foundation; Cristin Foster, Assistant Program Director, David Mathews Center for Civic Life; Chris McCauley, Executive Director, David Mathews Center for Civic Life; Bill Muse, President, National Issues Forums Institute


The following is excerpted from the issue guide titled Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?

The diverse system of US higher education–including public and private universities, smaller four-year independent colleges, two-year community colleges, for-profit schools, and others–already serves a number of important social

purposes.  But this guide focuses on the future.  It takes up this fundamental question:  How should higher education help us create the society we want?  It offers three options to consider, each with benefits as well as drawbacks.

While it’s certainly possible for higher education to pursue multiple goals, it’s also true that colleges and universities can’t do everything.  To be effective, they need to focus their energies and set priorities.  As we envision higher education in the future, there are options and trade-offs, and it’s important to think and talk about them with our fellow citizens.  By doing so, we can begin to make tough choices about what higher education can and should be expected to do.

This issue guide presents three options for deliberation.

Option One: Focus on Staying Competitive in the Global Economy
Higher education should help ensure that our economy remains competitive in a tough global marketplace–and that means recapturing our lead in science and technology.  Countries like China are transforming their systems to educate more high-tech professionals, and we should too.  It’s our best chance to keep our economy growing.

Option Two: Work Together and Repair an Ailing Society
Many of the problems we face as a nation reflect an underlying crisis of division and mistrust.  Higher education shapes students’ views about the larger society, and it can do more to strengthen values like responsibility, integrity, and respect for others.  Students also need real-life experience in collaboration and problem solving.

Option Three: Ensure that Everyone Gets a Fair Chance
We call this the land of opportunity, but it isn’t that way for many Americans.  Because graduating from college unlocks the door to advancement, higher education and government should do much more to ensure that all Americans have an equal shot at getting a degree–without accumulating huge debts.

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#ADP 12: Campus & Friends Showcase and Poster Session


Campus and Friends Showcase
& Poster Session

June 9, 2012 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Salon I 

ADP and TDC campuses, partners and friends will display, share and celebrate their work and help others learn how to promote civic engagement on their campuses during our annual Campus & Friends Showcase. The Showcase will occur over lunch on Saturday, June 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Salon I at the ADP/TDC 2012 National Meeting.

The Showcase is designed as an exhibit hall with tables available for presenters. People love to see what other ADP/TDC campuses have done; the Showcase also serves as an important networking opportunity for project participants to connect with national leaders in the civic engagement movement.

This year’s Showcase will also include a Poster Session featuring the research and civic engagement efforts of individuals and organizations. We’ll see you in San Antonio!

A full listing of the Campus and Friends Showcase and Poster Presenters follows:

Showcase Tables

1.      Illinois State University
Exploring Illinois State University’s core commitments to civic engagement.
Steve Hunt, 

2.      Society for Values in Higher Education (SVHE)
SVHE will share literature about SVHE meetings, initiatives, publications, projects, etc.
Eric Bain-Selbo,

3.      Keene State College (N.H.)
Integrating curricular and co-curricular initiatives via ADP.
Kimberly Gagne, Program Coordinator,

4.      Kennesaw State University (Ga.)
Kennesaw State University will showcase its ADP events this year including Constitution Week, the Pathways to Peace lecture series, and Emmanuel Jal’s lecture/performance on youth engagement in global issues.
Carlton Usher, Associate Professor of Political Science,

5.      Center for Civic Leadership, Fort Hays State University (Kan.)
The American Democracy Project and Global Leadership Project based out of the Center for Civic Leadership at Fort Hays State University will showcase the events and activities hosted during the 2011-2012 school year that have educated students on a variety of domestic and global issues, engaged students to act upon these issues, and encouraged political activism and participation.
Kelly Nuckolls and Jen Verhagen, Student Coordinators,

6.      Metropolitan State University (Minn.)
Two faculty members and a member of our Center for Community Based Learning will be providing information and materials showcasing how students in writing and communication courses are helping to gather stories for MSU’s Citizen Alumni Project.
Danielle Hinrichs, Assistant Professor of Composition,
Andrew Carlson, Assistant Professor of Communication,
Jodie Bantley, Community Service Learning Coordinator,                                                                                                                        
7.      University of Central Oklahoma

Take a look at the multiple civic engagement projects found on the UCO campus.
Susan Scott, Professor,

8.      U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC)
FMC will share information about its Congress to Campus Program, which brings Former Members of Congress to campuses across the country and around the world.
Elizabeth Ardagna, Member Services Manager,

9.      CIRCLE, part of the Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service at Tufts University (Mass.)
CIRCLE: The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement is a national, non-partisan research center on young people’s civic education and engagement.
Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator & Researcher,

10.  eJournal of Public Affairs: A collaboration between Missouri State University and ADP
The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal that provides a substantive forum for scholarly publications related to civic engagement.
Andrew Lokie, Editor,

11.  Weber State University’s ADP (Utah)
Deliberative Democracy Day – 200 students discussing a controversial issue on campus
Leah Murray, Community Involvement Center Faculty in Residence,

12.  American Bar Association, Division for Public Education

The ABA Division for Public Education promotes public understanding of law and its role in society. It leads law-related and civic education efforts through its curriculum support resources, Law Day and Constitution Day resources, national Law-Related Education conference, and professional development activities.
Leslie Warren, Assistant Director,

13.  Campus Vote Project
Campus Vote Project is a campaign of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Fair Elections Legal Network to provide colleges with the tools they need to implement specific reforms on campus that will break down barriers to voting for students.
Dan Vicuña, Campus Vote Project Coordinator,

14.  Epsilen
Epsilen is an online collaborative platform that is used by TDC members to share best practices, develop forums, and to distribute and co-create resources and course materials
Mekelle Douglas, Senior Business Development Director,

15.  American Red Cross, San Antonio Area Chapter
Our materials will highlight free online tools and resources from our Exploring Humanitarian Law program that help today’s students build competencies essential to navigating increasingly complex global realities.
Angelita De Luna, Exploring Humanitarian Law Coordinator,


Poster Descriptions

1.      Towards Democracy? Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (1960-2011)
By Elizabeth Hauck, Student, Santa Fe College (Fla.)

2.      Youth Vote Overseas: Building a Network of Young Voters Abroad in 2012 and
Introducing U.S. Vote Foundation: The First Online Absentee Ballot System for Every State

By Susan Dzieduszcka-Suinat, President and CEO, Overseas Vote Foundation

3.      Controversial Issues in Discussion-Based Opportunities to Develop Youth Civic Engagement
By Alex Lin, Doctoral Student, University of California, Irvine

4.      Public Achievement in Urban & Suburban Schools with Leadership Focus From Student Proposed Issue and Action Using Empowerment and Civic Responsibility
By Becky Hamlin, Undergraduate Student Teacher in Special Education and  Robert Logan, Graduate Student Teacher in Special Education, Augsburg College (Minn.)

5.      Student Involvement and the Fiscal Incentives that Deter It
By Jennifer Burger, Student, University of Michigan-Flint

6.      Engaging Students through On-Campus Candidate Forums
By Alyssa Martin, Student, Northwest Vista College (Texas); Evan Bohl, Student, Northwest Vista College (Texas)

7.      Infusing Civic Learning Across the Curriculum
By Alberto Olivas, Director, Center for Civic Participation, Maricopa Community Colleges

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