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#LovinLouisville #1 | #Online: Democracy Gone Digital Plenary Session

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

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

Reason #1? Our Friday morning plenary session!

Get ready for an exciting morning plenary session featuring a conversation with two dynamic, digitally engaged divas. ADP’s Mike Stout, Associate Professor of Sociology at Missouri State University, will moderate a discussion about #eCitizenship and digital civic engagement and activism and TDC’s Monica Bustinza from Miami Dade College (Fla.) will serve as a student respondent and provocateur.

Here are the session details:

  • Friday, June 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., Ballroom X and VI
    Plenary – #Online:  Democracy Gone Digital
    We carry the Internet in our pockets, and it has changed the way we work, shop, play and interact with each other. It’s also changing the way we teach and learn as well as how we organize and mobilize for or against the causes we care about. But are the connections and communities we build online authentic? Can anything worth saying be said in 140 characters? Does online activism actually start revolutions? What does it mean to be an eCitizen? What are our responsibilities in these new public spaces? And how can we harness the power of emergent technologies to advance civic learning and engagement efforts on our campuses? Join us for a moderated conversation about a world online and how we share within and shape it.
    Moderator:  Mike Stout, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Missouri State University
    Lauren Bird, Spokesperson & Digital Content Strategist,Harry Potter Alliance
    Suey Park, Writer, Comedian and Activist
    Student Respondent:  Monica Bustinza, Student, Miami Dade College (Fla.)

Meet Lauren & Suey:

Lauren Bird | Spokesperson & Digital Content Strategist | Harry Potter Alliance

floatingheadLauren began her involvement with the HPA as a volunteer in 2010 and has since taken on the professional role of Spokesperson and Digital Content Strategist. She received her Bachelor’s in Comparative Literature, with a concentration in Documentary Filmmaking, from New York University and has spoken on numerous panels including Futures of Entertainment at MIT, TEDx Women, and San Diego Comic-Con. Lauren produces the HPA’s online videos, which have been featured on sites such as Upworthy, Mashable, and the Huffington Post. She also writes horoscopes for the W.A.N.D. Beyond her wizard activist duties, Lauren can be found on YouTube answering the age-old question, “Will It Waffle?” She can be found online @laurenthebird.

Suey Park | Writer and Activist

suey park facebook imageSuey Park is a 23-year old writer and activist based in Chicago. Park is well-known for her social media activism and her trending hashtags such as #NotYourAsianSidekick, #BlackPowerYellowPeril and the recent controversial #CancelColbert, all of which have resulted in media furor. Park is one of the most outspoken and dynamic young Asian American women in the public view with incisive views on race and gender and social organization.  She spoke at ADP campus Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in April about “Hashtags: A New Form of Social Activism.” Follow her on Twitter at @suey_park!

Proposals Due 2/16 for 2014 ADP National Meeting in Louisville

2014 CFP deadline image2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting Call for Proposals (CFP)

The deadline for presentation proposal submissions is Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern. All proposals will be reviewed and notification of proposal status will be sent out no later than Monday, March 10, 2014.

You’ll find more information here about our CFP.

If you are interested in making a presentation at the ADP/TDC 2014 National Meeting, please complete and submit this online proposal form at


With the online submission form you can:

  • save partially completed proposals to finish later,
  • print your proposal and access it once completed.

Through the online submission form you must:

  • have the primary presenter submit the proposal, and
  • create a username and password in the ProposalSpace system for each presenter included in the proposal. (All presenters’ information must be entered before submitting a proposal. They cannot be added after the proposal is submitted.)

Individuals may submit no more than two proposals as a primary presenter. Given time and space limitations, presenters should not expect to present more than once during the course of a conference, though there may be some exceptions. Once a proposal is submitted no changes may be made in ProposalSpace. If your proposal is accepted you will be offered a chance to make changes before the final program is complete.

Reminder: Early-bird registration rates for the ADP/TDC National Meeting expire on April 30! Register now!

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!

Save the Date: #ADPTDC14 in Louisville June 5-7, 2014

Mark your calendars now: we’re looking forward to seeing everyone for the 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky from June 5-7, 2014! The theme for the meeting is “Forging Civic Pathways for Students between Our Institutions.”

Save the Date





The Plenaries: Reason #2 You Should Come to #ADPTDC13

By Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, ADP

Yet another reason to attend the 2013 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Denver from June 6-8: our incredible array of plenary (keynote) speakers! We’re excited to welcome to our stage Denise Fairchild of Emerald Cities Collaborative; CIRCLE’s Peter Levine; four incredible students: Bianca Brown, Justin Machelski, Quinta Tangoh, and Rachel Wintz (all winners of our student video contest); and David Scobey of The New School for Public Engagement. We know that these speakers are certain to educate and entertain meeting attendees and to encourage us to ponder sets of thought-provoking questions as we consider our plans to act in the world as informed, engaged citizens and to help prepare others to do the same.

The Plenaries:

Thursday, June 6, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary: Empowering Millennials to Create Change

FairchildThis is the both the best of times and the worst of times. The worst is the unprecedented level of global change and the uncertainty and insecurity that come with change.  Our environment, our economy, our civil society are in a tailspin. The tools for mediating these new and often turbulent terrains are evolving slower than the change itself. The good news is that a new generation of idealists – the Millennials – are coming of age to navigate these murky waters. But this is only if we effectively prepare them for this brave new world. We cannot use old methods for addressing this new world; we need to redesign our educational system for major social and economic transformation. Millennials need skills to tackle tomorrow’s key challenges, including sustainability, civility and global citizenship, and above all, ambiguity.  These challenges are best addressed through experiential learning focused less on service-learning (learning how to do what is already being done) and more on innovating social change experiences for Millennials, so that they may deliver in these new times.
Presenter: Denise Fairchild, President & CEO, Emerald Cities Collaborative

Friday, June 7, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Plenary Session:  A Defense of Higher Education and its Civic Mission
The liberal arts and the civic mission of higher education are under attack in this time of economic crisis and political polarization. In several states, policies are pending to raise tuition for majors that do not lead directly to jobs. We should not be offended by this kind of critique. We charge a lot of money for tuition, and citizens are entitled to ask what we produce for it. But we can proudly and forthrightly make the case for the civic mission of the higher education. The purpose of the liberal arts is to prepare people for responsible citizenship, and the best forms of civic engagement are intellectually challenging; they are the liberal arts in action. Research shows that civic education at the college level makes people into better workers. And engaged universities address many serious public problems, including unemployment, that matter to citizens and policymakers.
Presenter: Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Director of CIRCLE, Tisch College/CIRCLE, Tufts University

Saturday, June 8, 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Plenary Session:  ADP/TDC Student Panel
Student Panel
Meet the winners of the ADP/TDC Student Video contest and hear them reflect about their own civic learning and engagement as well as suggest how our campuses can better foster learning environments that encourage all students to be the informed, engaged citizens our communities need.
Presenters: Bianca Brown, Western Kentucky University; Justin Machelski, Delta College (Mich.); Quinta Tangoh, Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio); and Rachel Wintz, University of Alaska Anchorage

Saturday, June 8, 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closing Plenary:  Post-Traditional Undergraduates and the Copernican Moment: New Models of Engaged Learning for the New Majority Student
ScobeyIt has become a commonplace in our current educational discussions that the higher education sector in the U.S. is living a moment of dramatic disruption and change. One key aspect of this new “Copernican moment” is the emergence of non-traditional adult students fitting education into complex lives of work, community and family — as the new majority of undergraduates. How do we offer great, engaged education to these students? How do these post-traditionals serve as a laboratory for positive change as we live through the current disruptions?
Presenter: David Scobey, Executive Dean, The New School for Public Engagement (N.Y.)

The People: Reason #3 You Should Come to #ADPTDC13

By Stephanie South, Program Associate, AASCU

The People: Reason #3 You Should Come to #ADPTDC13Looking back on the conferences I have attended in the past, spread across a wide array of subjects, there is one constant: the connections, as opposed to the content, are always what I remember most and the real determinate of value to me. I believe that most people share this sentiment, and for those who do, the ADP/TDC National Meeting will be at the top of your worthy events list for 2013 (just to be clear, the content, which we are going to tell you more about next week, is pretty awesome too!).

At its very core, our national meeting is a product of the people—the agenda is driven and constructed with the ideas you propose to us—and it is the people involved in ADP/TDC that make the programs—all year round and at this meeting—more than informational. It is the people with whom we engage.

For starters, by the people, we mean the plenary speakers we bring in to talk about how those of us in higher education can work to prepare the next generation of informed and engaged citizens. Men and women like Peter Levine, Denise Fairchild, and David Scobey. This year, there are also students taking to the stage to share the experiences they have had on their journeys from children to citizen. We’re also talking about partner organizations and sponsors like the New York Times, Lyon Software and GiveGab as well as NCoC, Imagining America, CIRCLE, The Kettering Foundation, NERCHE, Street Law, the Center for the Study of Citizenship, Echoing Green, Citizen Alum, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, Fair Elections Legal Network, Emerald Cities Collaborative, National Issues Forum, and Community Learning Partnership.

And most of all the people are YOU — faculty and students from across the country — who show up, speak up, and share their ideas and energy in order to enhance not only your own work but the work done by others to contribute to the communities we are building together.

By the people. For the people.

Deadline Extended! Campus & Friends Showcase at the ADP/TDC National Meeting in Denver

We have extended the deadline to sign up for the 2013 Campus & Friends Showcase at the ADP/TDC National Meeting to THIS FRIDAY!

If you have not had a chance to sign up, read below for everything you need to know about getting registered:

2013 ADP/TDC National Meeting BannerAre you an ADP campus coordinator?
Do you want to share your campus activities?
Are you an ADP partner organization?
Do you want to promote the work of your organization?

Consider hosting a table at the Campus & Friends Showcase at the 2013 American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting in Denver, Colorado.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

For the eighth year in a row, we will feature the ever-popular Campus & Friends Showcase—a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate your work and help others learn how to promote civic learning and engagement on their own campuses.  There is no cost to participate.  Simply complete this registration form, available at, no later than Friday, May3 April 26, 2013.

The Campus and Friends Showcase will take place on Saturday, June 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  The Showcase is designed as an exhibit hall with tables available for presenters. People love to see what other campuses are doing with ADP/TDC, and the Showcase also serves as an important networking opportunity for project participants to connect with national leaders in the civic engagement movement.

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

More information about the purpose and structure of the Showcase, registration, the materials you should provide, and set-up details can be found here. If you have any questions, you can reach out to me at

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for the 2013 American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting, June 6-8, 2013. To register for the meeting visit our website.

I hope to see you in Denver!

Stephanie South, Program Associate, AASCU

The Pre-Cons: Reason #4 You Should Come to #ADPTDC13

By Amee Bearne, National Coordinator, The Democracy Commitment

Pre-conference sessions offer fantastic opportunities for faculty, staff, and students alike to come together to develop their skills and collaborate toward a specific end goal, generally a project or program that can be taken back to the campus for implementation.

This year the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment have put together an impressive roster of options for pre-conference sessions, (that will henceforth be referred to as “pre-cons”) at the national 2013 Denver meeting, June 6- 8, (registration information can be found here).

Interested in the Global Challenges curriculum? There’s a pre-con for that.

Want to learn more about community partnerships and leadership certificates for students? There’s a pre-con for that!

Need support for grant writing, or even finding the grants in the first place? You get the picture – there’s a pre-con for that.

Our pre-conferences begin and end at various times from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. While some of the meetings have attendance restricted to participants in a given initiative, many are open to all. Be sure to read the italicized comments for important information or participant restrictions; if none, it is open to anyone interested!

The following is a quick run-down of the available pre-cons:

All day (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.):

  • Campus & Community Civic Health Initiative Summit and Working Lunch (by invitation)
  • Global Challenges Workshop: Educating Globally Competent Citizens & Working Lunch (Registration Fee: $65)
  • Urban Civic Minor Working Meeting and Lunch (closed meeting)

Morning (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.):

  • Stewardship of Public Lands Course Working Group (by invitation)

Partial morning:

  • Political Engagement Project (PEP) Business Meeting (9 a.m – 11 a.m.) (by invitation)
  • Using Street Law as a Means to Promoting Civic Engagement in Community Colleges (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Afternoon (12 p.m. – 3 p.m.):

  • Public Achievement (Open to all Public Achievement Coaches and Coordinators, RSVP to
  • Developing a Winning Civic Engagement Grant Proposal (RSVP required; capped at 15)

Partial day:

  • Developing Educational Pathways into Community Change Careers: The Community Learning Partnership (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • eCitizenship Initiative Working Meeting (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • Metro State University Denver Site Visit (10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) (RSVP required; capped at 25)

Partial afternoon:

  • Stewardship of Public Lands Workshop (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • Citizen Alum Invitational Meeting (12 p.m – 1:30 p.m.) (by invitation)
  • Bridging Cultures To Form A Nation: Difference, Community and Democratic Thinking (12 p.m.- 2 p.m.) (Lunch provided; registration is required to Amee Bearne at
  • eJournal of Public Affairs Board Meeting (1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.) (by invitation)
  • Political Engagement Project Pre-Conference Workshop: Exploring Strategies to Educate for Democracy (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • ADP Orientation (2 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • The Democracy Commitment Welcome Session (2 p.m. – 3 p.m.) (open to all TDC institution attendees)
  • The Civic Curriculum: Exploring Learning Objectives for Civic Literacy and Engagement (1:30 p.m – 3 p.m.)

If you are more visual, the following picture might be helpful:

Pre-Con Schedule Picture

Either way, let us know if you have any questions. For more specific information and descriptions of each pre-con visit

See you on Thursday June 6 in Denver!

Check out these ADP Pre-Conference Workshops & Meetings at #ADPTDC13

Already registered for our June 6-8, 2013
ADP/TDC National Meeting in Denver?

Haven’t yet, but been meaning to?

When you do, be sure to check out the array of pre-conference workshops and meetings being offered throughout the day on Thursday, June 6. While some of the meetings have attendance restricted to participants in a given initiative, many are open to all. Take time to learn more about ADP’s Global Challenges curriculum, about civic engagement grant writing, about our Stewardship of Public Lands work, or about making space for civic learning in your campus curricula. You’ll also find all of these pre-cons on the meeting website at:

All pre-conference workshops are on Thursday, June 6, 2013:


9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Global Challenges Workshop: Educating Globally Competent Citizens & Working Lunch (open to all)
This full day workshop introduces participants to numerous tools for educating globally competent citizens. AASCU Global Engagement Scholars describe how they have built interdisciplinary courses and curricula around the Global Challenges framework (population, resources, technology, information, economic integration, conflict/security and governance). Workshop leaders demonstrate the teaching materials and resources they have found most valuable in the courses they teach (including introductory, first-year, discipline-based and honors courses) and guide participants in anticipating how these same tools could be used effectively on their home campuses. Participants also have the opportunity to learn more about how to bring the national Global Challenges blended-learning course to their campuses. The blended learning model course, designed by the AASCU Scholars, includes a variety of teaching methods to deliver and facilitate classroom materials and activities. Participants will also be introduced to the new Global Challenges eBook written by the AASCU Scholars and published by Sourcebooks. Each participant will receive a faculty toolkit for using the global challenges content in campus courses and co-curricular programs. This practical and insightful workshop is ideal for institutions at want to deepen their commitment to providing effective international education in a variety of disciplines.
Registration Fee: $65

Presenters: Ken Hill, Lecturer of Education and Keisha L. Hoerrner, Associate Dean, University College, Kennesaw State University (Ga.); Darrell Hamlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Justice Studies, Shala Mills, Global Challenges National Course Coordinator and Brett Whitaker, Instructor, Leadership Studies, Fort Hays State University (Kan.); Nathan Phelps, Faculty, Honors College, Western Kentucky University; Martin S. Shapiro, Associate Professor of Psychology, California State University Fresno; Yohannes Woldemariam, Assistant Professor, International Relations and Environmental Studies, Fort Lewis College (Colo.); and Tina Zappile, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey


9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Campus & Community Civic Health Initiative Summit and Working Lunch (by invitation)
The Campus & Community Civic Health Initiative, presented in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), serves as a signature program of the 10th anniversary of ADP. Launched at the ADP Meeting in June 2012, the two-year initiative is engaging 25 participating institutions to assess the civic health of their campuses and communities and to develop action plans to respond to what they find. The 2013 summit will provide participating schools with the opportunity to learn about national civic health research and models, present on their campus models and action plans, and work together to discuss successes and challenges of the first year of participation.
Presenters: Kristen Cambell, Chief Program Officer, and Kristi Tate, Director of Community Strategies, NCoC (Washington, D.C.); Heidi Kuester, CBISA Specialist, Lyon Software; and Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU

  • Assessing Campus Civic Health while Teaching and Learning Research Methods
    Susan Orr, ADP Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Political Science; Dena Levy, Associate Professor, Political Science & International Studies; and Krishaon Ewing and Allyson Kehl, students at SUNY Brockport
  • Doing Public Work: Democratic Engagement at UNCG
    Spoma Jovanovic, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies and Cathy Hamilton Director of the Office of Leadership & Service Learning, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • “True Blue”: Evaluating Campus Civic Health at MTSU
    Mary Evins, Associate Professor of History and ADP Campus Coordinator, Middle Tennessee State University

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Urban Civic Minor Working Meeting and Lunch (closed meeting)


9 – 11 a.m.
Political Engagement Project (PEP) Business Meeting
(by invitation)
An informal gathering of representatives from PEP campuses to discuss progress toward infusing political education and engagement tactics into a variety of disciplines and courses. The business meeting provides participating campuses with the opportunity to discuss accomplishments and develop strategies for expanding PEP in the future.
Convener: Steve Hunt, PEP Faculty Chair and Professor of Communication, Illinois State University
9 a.m. – Noon
Stewardship of Public Lands Course Working Group (by invitation)

ecitizenship_color_small9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
eCitizenship Initiative Working Meeting (open)
The 2013 ADP national meeting provides a forum to learn from others and return to our campuses energized to continue our civic learning and engagement work. For the eCitizenship Initiative, our challenge is to energize cross-campus collaboration. To sustain our work between national meetings, we will use this pre-conference meeting to plan for the exciting future of eCitizenship in 2013-14. Together we will consider: 1) what we’ve been doing (campus reports); 2) planning 3-5 eCitizenship-themed webinars during the 2013-2014 academic year; 3) creating an eCitizenship online Toolkit of resources and best practices; and 4) undertaking collaborative research projects.
Conveners: Mike Stout, Associate Professor of Sociology, Missouri State University; Renee Bricker, Assistant Professor of History, University of North Georgia; Marc Kruman, Director, Center for the Study of Citizenship, Wayne State University (Mich.)

MSU Denver10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Metro State University Denver Site Visit (RSVP required; capped at 25)
Are you arriving in Denver prior to the official start of the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment National Meeting on June 6? Metropolitan State University of Denver – an ADP campus – invites you to spend the late morning and early afternoon of June 6th experiencing our downtown campus and engaging with several of our initiatives that are advancing the University’s “urban land grant” mission.Visitors to our campus will interact with or experience:

  • A one-day college readiness institute sponsored by the Center for Urban Education and designed for elementary students from the Denver Public Schools.
  • A conversation with Hungarian visiting engineering and architecture faculty on the topics of democracy and higher education.

Up to 25 guests are welcome to participate in this site visit. Lunch will be provided by MSU Denver. The group will depart from Marriott City Center at 10am and travel to campus by light rail (guests will be expected to purchase their own light rail tickets – a $4.50 roundtrip cost). Return to the Marriott City Center will be by 2:30 p.m. (Note: the ADP/TDC opening plenary begins at 3:30 p.m.)
To RSVP for this pre-conference site visit, please email Maggie Schaeffer at by May 15, 2013. 

Noon – 3 p.m.
Developing a Winning Civic Engagement Grant Proposal (open to all)
This three hour workshop, sponsored by AASCU’s Grants Resource Center, covers (1) developing the proposal concept, (2) searching for the best funding source, (3) focusing in on the proposal idea, (4) establishing a timeline for development and implementation, and (5) outlining the proposal and project budget. Each participant will end the session with a proposal framework that meets the criteria of a selected funding agency and is ready for further development on return to his or her campus. Those indicating plans to attend the pre-conference activity will be given instructions on what to prepare prior to the meeting.
Limit: 15. RSVP required to
Presenters: Richard Dunfee, Executive Director, AASCU’s Grants Resource Center; Gregg Kaufman, Center for Engaged Learning, Georgia College; William M. Loker, Dean, Undergraduate Education, California State University, Chico; and Beth Olsen, Director of Grants Development, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Public Achievement LogoNoon – 3 p.m.
Public Achievement Workshop
(Open to all Public Achievement Coaches and Coordinators, RSVP to
Last Spring Western Kentucky University hosted the first Public Achievement (PA) National Coaches Workshop as a way to connect coaches from across the globe. This workshop is intended to help develop the next level of PA – nationally and regionally – through networking, presentations and discussion. Most importantly, this workshop will build connections & student coaches will decide the best way to share their work throughout the year. This workshop gives us time to share advancements & problem solve. We will discuss the sustainability of PA and the creation of PA Regional Coordinators as means to ensure the future growth of PA programs throughout the US.
Convener: Noelle Johnson, Public Achievement Coordinator, Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Western Kentucky University

  • How to Avoid Ethnocentric Community Projects: The Role of a Public Achievement Coach When Working with Intolerant Participants
    Bianca S. Brown
    , Public Achievement Coordinator, Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Western Kentucky University

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Citizen Alum Moving Forward: Invitational Meeting (by invitation)
A facilitated, structured exchange among representatives of ADP/TDC campuses that are also members of Citizen Alum, a multi-institutional initiative launched in 2012 and based at the University of Michigan. Campus teams are a focal point of our work in broadening and deepening the culture of civic engagement on campus and in the region. Campuses that are sending teams to the inaugural Citizen Alum Summer Institute will report on what they learned through their preparation process. The scope will then expand as all teams point to breakthroughs and sticking points in developing their campus teams. The session will conclude with collective goal-setting for the coming year.
Convener: Julie Ellison, Citizen Alum Founder, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Co-Facilitators: Katherine Nordyke, Director of Citizenship and Service-Learning and Mary Ann Wood, Director of Public Affairs Support, Missouri State University

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Stewardship of Public Lands Workshop (open to all)
This workshop will share campus examples of projects and courses related to ADP’s Stewardship of Public Lands initiative and it’s annual Politics and the Yellowstone Ecosystem Seminar for faculty.

  • Longwood@Yellowstone: Transcending the Compartmentalization of General Education through a Pedagogy of Place
    Alix D. Dowling Fink
    , Dean of the Honors College and Associate Professor of Biology; Heather G. Lettner-Rust, Assistant Professor of English; Mark H. Newton Longwood University
  • Real and Imagined Wolves in Literature and Political Life
    Elizabeth Latosi-Sawin
    , Professor of English, Missouri Western State University

Peplogo1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Political Engagement Project Pre-Conference Workshop: Exploring Strategies to Educate for Democracy
(open to all)
The Political Engagement Project (PEP) has the goal of developing a sense of political efficacy and duty on the part of undergraduates as well as a set of political skills that students will need as they engage with the political world. In this pre-conference workshop, presenters from PEP campuses will share best practices for integrating political engagement into the curriculum and co-curriculum. The workshop includes recommendations for recruiting faculty and students, using social media to foster political engagement, and no-cost strategies for assessing student learning. Convener: Steve Hunt, PEP Faculty Chair and Professor of Communication, Illinois State University

  • Co-curricular Approaches to Political Engagement: Integration with Other ADP Initiatives at Kennesaw State University
    Ralph J. Rascati, Associate Vice President for Advising, Retention and Graduation Initiatives, Dean of University College adn Professor of Biology, Kennesaw State University (Ga.)  

eJournal of Public Affairs logo1:30 – 3 p.m.
eJournal of Public Affairs
Editorial Board Meeting
(Invite Only)
Editorial Board Members will be sent a meeting agenda prior to the ADP conference. This agenda will include the Editor’s Annual Report, a review of the past year’s issues, updates on status of future issues, any business updates, and discussion points.
Convener: Andy Lokie, Editor, eJournal of Public Affairs, Missouri State University

kettering logo1:30 – 3 p.m.
The Civic Curriculum: Exploring Learning Objectives for Civic Literacy and Engagement(open to all)
This pre-conference session will explore one of the central themes of this ADP conference. Many conversations about preparing engaged citizens focus on co-curricular activities such as service learning experiences, or convening deliberative forums regarding specific issues. Our focus in this session will be on how, as educators, we need to be clear about the intent of civic education. What knowledge, attitudes and skills do college students need to prepare them for informed engagement? What learning and teaching objectives frame our civic education efforts? Where in the curriculum are these learning goals addressed?  This pre-conference discussion will be an occasion for us as educators to talk about civic learning objectives and how we explore them in the curriculum. The session co-presenters are co-authors of a college-level civics text entitled The Democracy Project, which is a work in progress. They invite others who are actively working on the civic curriculum to join us in talking about what you regard as key learning objectives, how you incorporate these objectives in their courses, and what we are learning about our students’ experience with civic learning.
Co-chairs: Elizabeth Gish, faculty member, Honors College, Western Kentucky University; Keith Melville, Kettering Foundation and Fielding Graduate University and John Dedrick, Vice President and Program Director, Kettering Foundation

adpnewlogo2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
ADP Orientation (open to all)
Is your campus new to ADP? Is this your first ADP meeting? This session introduces you to ADP and gives you a chance to meet and talk with George L. Mehaffy, ADP’s founder, and Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP’s national manager. Come learn what ADP is all about!
Facilitators: George L. Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change and Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU

The Place: Reason #5 You Should Come to #ADPTDC13

By Stephanie South, Program Associate, AASCU

As a born-and-raised-in resident of Colorado for 23 (and a half) years, I cannot tell you how excited I am to travel back to my home state in June for this year’s ADP/TDC National Meeting. But as anyone who has ever been to Colorado will tell you, no connection is needed to be enthusiastic about paying a visit to the Mile High City, and the location of #ADPTDC13 could stand alone as a reason to come. Allow me to share with you a few very different reasons and hope that one of them strikes your fancy.

#1) Speaking of strikes, Denver is home to a national baseball team (Go Rockies!) as well as a football team that formerly boasted of Tim Tebow but is now making headlines with Peyton Manning. Conference accommodations at Denver Marriott City Center put #ADPTDC13 attendees conveniently near Denver’s Coors Field and Sports Authority Field at Mile High. And if sports don’t do it for you, the hotel is also near the Pepsi Center, the trendy LoDo (lower downtown Denver) District, and just a block away from the 16th Street Mall. Entertainment (in the form of sports or anything else you could imagine), fabulous food, bumpin’ nightlight, and sensational shopping are just a few steps away.

#2) Rumor (or The Washington Post) has it that Denver was the inspiration for Panem—the Capitol from the Hunger Games’ trilogy. However, if you need more than post-apocalyptic fame, other things that make Denver well-known include the following: The capital of Colorado is exactly 5,280 feet (that’s a mile) above sea level, hence the Mile-High City nickname. It is one city of a handful of known places in the U.S. that print currency. There is more beer brewed in Denver than any other American City. And Denver International Airport (DIA) is the largest airport in the United States and known for a unique design that not only allows it to more easily expand its capacity over the years but is made to visually mirror its surrounding landscape, which brings me to reason #3…

#3) The Rocky Mountains.  Enough said. You have to see them.

Denver Skyline Panoramic Daytime

Denver Skyline Panoramic Daytime
Photo by Matt Santomarco

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