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ADP Reminder: Upcoming Deadlines

Happy Tuesday!

ADP has some big deadlines approaching, and we just wanted to take a moment to remind you of the following:

The extended deadline for our Call For Proposals is fast approaching, so be sure to get your submissions in. Remember, we have new session formats this year with lots of opportunities for many different presentation styles. Click here to read them.

Click here to submit a proposal online.

Two ADP students (4-year) and two TDC students (2-year) will also have the opportunity to keynote one of our plenary sessions on a panel at the ADP/TDC National Meeting if they are selected as our Student Plenary contest winners. The four students will receive free registration to our conference and national notoriety! It’s free; it’s easy; it’s fun. Read more about how to enter here.

AASCU’s American Democracy Project, established in 2003, is commemorating its 10th anniversary during the 2012-2013 academic year. To celebrate this milestone, we’re inviting submissions for a student-designed logo competition for a new ADP logo.

Be sure to catch the Pres. on prime time tonight (coverage begins at 7:00pm EST with the address starting at 9:00pm EST) and join ADP for our tweet-up of the SOTU address (#ADPSOTU), set to begin just before the address airs (9:00pm EST).

ADP and The Democracy Commitment mentioned in ACPA Summer Newsletter “The Pipeline”

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

The American Democracy Project and our new sister community college civic engagement initiative The Democracy Commitment were recently included in ACPA’s Commission on Student Development in the Two-Year College’s Summer 2011 newsletter “The Pipeline.”

ACPA: College Student Educators International’s Commission for Student Development in the Two-Year College is “is directly concerned with issues relevant to student development programs at two-year institutions.”

In her “From the Chair” introduction, Dr. Lisa Kelsay, the current chair of the Commission for Student Development in the Two-Year College, wrote, “Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the American Democracy Project National Meeting and The Democracy Commitment planning meeting in Orlando, FL. The American Democracy Project began in 2003 as an initiative of the 4-year colleges and it has grown extensively since day one. The goal according to the ADP is to “produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities.” The Democracy Commitment was created to focus on democracy at the 2-year college level. The excitement level by faculty, staff, and students from the 2- and 4-year colleges in attendance was incredible. Keynote speakers such as Erica Williams (Civic Engagement Laboratory) and Andrew Rosenthal (New York Times) brought such a depth to the information shared. Through conversations with attendees and at various workshops, I learned about many projects and programs that we could implement on our campus through collaboration between academic and student affairs. I believe that participating in this initiative would be good for all 2-year colleges. To learn more about this program and how your college can become a part of this new initiative, go to”

The newsletter also includes a portion of Cecilia Orphan’s earlier interview with The Democracy Commitment co-founder Dr. Bernie Ronan from this blog’s March 2011 post, “The Democracy Commitment: Community Colleges in the Mix.”

You can view the Summer 2011 edition of “The Pipeline” electronic newsletter here.

For more information about ACPA’s Commission for Student Development in the Two-Year College, go here.

Getting Civic in Orlando: Highlights from the ADP National Meeting, June 2-4

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

“The ADP National Meeting is the Super Bowl of civic engagement events. I look forward to it all year long!” – Gregg Kaufman, ADP Coordinator at Georgia College

Photo Credit: FHSU

More than 350 faculty members, students, administrators, and representatives from our national partner organizations gathered in Orlando, Florida for the ADP National Meeting, June 2-4, 2011.The theme of the meeting was “Beyond Voting: Active Citizenship in the New Era.”

At this year’s meeting, attendees reported enjoying the dynamic energy created by the

Students from Fort Hays State University

large number of that attended the ADP conference. All told, 75 students attended and presented at the ADP National Meeting. We kicked off the conference with pre-conference meetings and workshops on Thursday, June 2. During the pre-conference meetings, participants in a number of our national initiatives met and assessed their progress in the last year and planned for the next year (eCitizenship, Civic Agency, America’s Future, Political Engagement Project, and We the People).  We also hosted a series of pre-conference workshops including an exciting Game of Politics Simulation and institutes for two of our initiatives: 7 Revolutions: Educating Globally Competent Citizens and the Political Engagement Project.

We officially launched the conference with an opening plenary session which featured a conversation between Harry C. Boyte, Yasmin Karimian, Alberto Olivas, and Mel Netzhammer about how universities can reshape on-campus culture to facilitate opportunities for students, staff, non-tenure track faculty, and tenure-track faculty to grow as active, engaged citizens. We also hosted a live filming of the 7 Revolutions Epsilen Course, Theater and Global Change. This course was taught by William Payne who is a professor of theater at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Photo Credit: FHSU

We began the day on Friday with a series of breakfast breakout sessions that included a student-led presentation on the Citizen Tool Box conference.  Robert Cavalier from Carnegie Mellon University   unveiled his plans for a national Deliberative Poll ® on climate change and recruited over a dozen ADP schools to participate in the project. Gregg Kaufman, ADP Coordinator for Georgia College, and Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini,  directors of the How Democracy Works Documentary Series, hosted a breakfast workshop that explored methods for using documentary film in civic education.

Following Friday’s breakfast sessions our keynote speaker, Erica Williams, offered meeting attendees an inspiring and thought provoking set of remarks that helped us think through how the civic engagement movement can be more inclusive to people of color. Erica made a lot of very helpful comments and observations and one in particular stood out to me: “We are now aware of possibilities that weren’t imaginable 30 years ago, and that changes our schema for how we ‘do’ civic engagement. Diversity is not a goal – it’s an inevitability.” Yup. I couldn’t agree more!

Campus and Friends Showcase - Photo Credit: FHSU

Campus and Friends Showcase - Photo Credit: FHSU

After Erica’s remarks, we broke into a series of concurrent and featured sessions while the Campus and Friends Showcase was taking place during the lunch and refreshment breaks. The Showcase is always a great opportunity for our campuses and partner organizations to share their work and network with one another, and this year was no exception. Bill Muse of National Issues Forum (NIF) and John Dedrick of the Kettering Foundation also kicked off the three-part “We the People” NIF that was part of the conference.

On Saturday morning we featured another set of breakfast breakout sessions including sessions focused on the eCitizenship project at Keene State College and the Kentucky Advocates for Civic Education project. The organizers of the eJournal of Public Affairs also held an informational breakfast session. This session was open to those interested in publishing in and serving as a reviewer for ADP’s eJournal of Public Affairs.

After the breakfast sessions, Russell Dalton, professor of political science at UC Irvine, offered his thoughts on the Millennial Generation’s civic behaviors. In Russ’s view, the good news about this generation is that the bad news is mostly wrong. During his remarks, Russ helped us understand that the Millennial Generation’s civic impulses are very strong but are also different than those felt by older generations. Following Russ’s remarks, we announced the winners of the William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement (Vince Magnuson, Provost of the University of Minnesota, Duluth) and the Political Engagement Project Program of Excellence Award (Illinois State University). Watch for upcoming blog posts describing each of the award winners.

After a set of concurrent and featured sessions, meeting attendees reconvened as a group for a set of humorous and

Andrew Rosenthal and Carolyn Campbell, the FHSU who introduced him

provocative closing remarks given by Andrew Rosenthal, Editorial Page Editor for The New York Times. Andy spoke about the purpose newspapers serve in a democracy. What follows are two memorable quotes from his remarks: “Scanning a Facebook news feed is not enough to become an informed, engaged citizens. Young people must be reading in depth about the issues of the day,” and this quote in response to the question from an audience member: are the columnists under your direction? “Sure, in the same way my cat sits when I tell it to.”  After Andy helped everyone think about and discuss the importance of a free press for democracy, we celebrated the end of the conference with a poolside BBQ and reception.

During this year’s meeting, we worked with the leaders of The Democracy Commitment to officially launch this civic engagement project for community colleges. I am delighted to report that representatives from 13 colleges were present at the meeting. The TDC leaders guided those in attendance through a set of conversations that will eventually provide context for the work of the TDC and the initial first set of activities and initiatives for the project.

This was by far our most successful ADP National Meeting to date. 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 because of the tireless dedication of the 352 souls gathered in Orlando.

We hope to see you in San Antonio, June 7-9, 2012, for the next ADP National Meeting where we will celebrate 10 years of preparing informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.

To view the 40+ resources uploaded by meeting participants including PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and conference papers, visit the ADP Meeting Wiki.

To read what participants Tweeted about the meeting, visit this website.

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

The ADP National Meeting in Orlando is Virtual – June 2-4, 2011 #ADPS11

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

The theme of this year’s meeting, Beyond Voting: Active Citizenship in the New Era, poses the following set of questions: What does it mean to be an active citizen? How does online technology shape our citizenship behaviors? Are there generational differences in how we think about citizenship? What are the key citizenship behaviors and skills that students should possess by the time they graduate? What are the signature pedagogies and practices that encourage students to become active citizens? During our meeting in Orlando, we will explore effective strategies to engage citizens in civic work with these questions in mind.

The 2011 American Democracy Project National Meeting will host featured sessions, small and large workshops, a new “View from 30,000 Feet” series, spectacular keynote addresses, a Game of Politics Simulation, a National Issues Forum, and a robust set of concurrent sessions.

In addition to these special program features and because of the success of our eCitizenship: New Tools, New Strategies, New Spaces initiative, we have added online dimensions to the ADP National Meeting in Orlando. We are using a suite of online tools to share resources and connect people at the meeting. Please see below for a list of our social networking tools and remember to  connect with your colleagues! And if you are not able to join us in Orlando, use these tools to follow the meeting.

ADP Meeting Wiki:  You will find the full meeting program, suggested pre-reading, and PowerPoint presentations on this wiki on the ADP Meeting Wiki. To view the wiki, visit this website.

ADP National Meeting Twitter Hash Tag:  #ADPS11 Follow the ADP National Meeting on Twitter: #ADPS11 . Go to Twitter and search “#ADPS11” (don’t forget the pound (#) sign!). If you feel inspired, sign up for a Twitter account and Tweet your comments and questions. Remember to include the #ADPS11 in your comment and it will show up in our ADP National Meeting stream. People who aren’t able to join us in Orlando will be following along remotely using Twitter. While you’re at it, follow ADP on Twitter!

ADP YouTube ChannelWe are encouraging participants to upload portions of the meeting that they capture. If you capture video of the ADP National Meeting, remember to link it to the ADP YouTube page.

ADP Facebook: Become a fan of ADP on Facebook and connect with your colleagues before the meeting! Post comments and thoughts about the meeting on our wall. Be sure to use the meeting hash tag when you post comments on our wall (#ADPS11).

ADP Blog: I will also do some live blogging during the meeting so be sure to check the blog June 2-4, 2011, for blog stories about the meeting.

See you in Orlando!

Introducing Jennifer Domagal-Goldman – The New National Manager of ADP!

By Cecilia M. Orphan

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I will be going to graduate school in the fall and leaving ADP.  After this summer I will no longer serve as the National Manager of the American Democracy Project.  I have spent five years in this position and I am deeply grateful for the opportunities I have had to grow as a professional and to take part in higher education’s struggle to protect and improve American democracy. This fall I will be attending the University of Pennsylvania where I will pursue a Ph.D. in higher education with an emphasis in civic engagement. The program is a perfect fit with my professional and academic interests and I will be advised by Matthew Hartley, a long-time leader in and champion of the civic engagement movement.

I am pleased to announce that we have identified the new National Manager of the American Democracy Project. Jennifer Domagal-Goldman will take over leadership of ADP in late July. Jennifer comes to us with years of experience with on-campus civic engagement work and doctoral research focused on civic engagement in higher education. Jennifer has been a long-time supporter of ADP and has attended two of our events.  She is very familiar with our work and brings to the Project a passion for higher education’s role in preparing informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. We simply could not have found a better person to head ADP.

Jennifer will  join us in Orlando next week. If you plan to attend the ADP National Meeting (#ADPS11), please be sure to introduce yourself to her.

I will take my leave in late July so you will continue to hear from me until then. It is a great comfort to know that I can pass the Project off to someone who is not only extremely capable of leading ADP but is also deeply committed to our work.  Please see below for a brief introductory message from Jennifer.

See you in Orlando!

Jen and her dog Bailey

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

I am honored to be selected as Cecilia’s successor. Though new to this position, I am no stranger to the American Democracy Project. My introduction to ADP occurred during the first semester of my doctoral studies. While writing a policy brief on the mandate that educational institutions celebrate Constitution Day, I researched efforts by national associations to strengthen democratic education and engagement efforts at colleges and universities. As part of that research, I interviewed Mary-Kathryn McKenna, ADP’s first program coordinator, and was impressed by what I learned. Later in my graduate career, I attended ADP’s 2007 Stewardship of Public Lands seminar in Yellowstone and delivered a presentation on Penn State’s Civic and Community Engagement Minor at the 2007 ADP National Meeting in Philadelphia.

I earned my doctorate in higher education from Penn State University last August. I also have a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of Vermont, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Rochester.

While at Penn State, I worked as a graduate fellow in the Office of Undergraduate Education with the Minor in Civic and Community Engagement and the Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy. My dissertation research focused on how faculty members learn to teach for civic purposes and with community-oriented pedagogies in their undergraduate courses.

I am deeply committed to ADP’s mission to prepare the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy, and I am honored to be able to continue to advance the work of this important and innovative initiative. While I don’t officially begin work until July, I will be attending next week’s annual meeting in Orlando and look forward to meeting many of you there!

The Pathways to Civic Engagement of College Alumni Research Study Will Hold a Special Meeting at #ADPS11

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project.

I am pleased to announce ADP’s involvement in an important research project called “Pathways to Civic Engagement of College Alumni.” The two principal researchers for this project, Alberto Cabrera of the University of Maryland and David Weerts of the University of Minnesota, will conduct a longitudinal study that views adult civic behaviors as the result of a pathway. This pathway considers how family background, academic and co-curricular experiences in high school and college, and career outcomes/choices collectively shape civic behaviors in adulthood.

The researchers will hold a special informational meeting about the research student at the ADP National Meeting in Orlando on Friday, June 3, 10:45 am – 12 pm. RSVP is required for this meeting. To RSVP, please send an email to me.

The research proposed by Professors Weerts and Cabrera fits squarely with ADP’s goal of producing graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities. Their work promises to provide important insights into the role that college plays in facilitating civic participation among our students and future alumni. Through their research, we hope to make more informed decisions about ways that campuses can promote civic involvement for future generations.

We have a multi-year plan to engage ADP participants with the work of Professors Weerts and Cabrera. As part of our new partnership, I have invited Professors Weerts and Cabrera to share the scope and goals of the project at the ADP National Meeting in June.  At this meeting, they will solicit feedback from participants about analyses that would be most useful to ADP campuses. In subsequent years, the researchers will return to annual ADP meetings and share findings from their research.  Most importantly, these forums will be used to dialogue with campus leaders about practical steps that might be taken to improve the civic outcomes among our graduates.

I would like to invite participants of the ADP National Meeting in June to join this special meeting with Professors Weerts and Cabrera. Space is limited for and RSVP is required. To RSVP for the meeting, send me an email. Please see below for additional details.

To register for the ADP National Meeting, please visit this website.

Special Meeting at #ADPS11: Pathways to Civic Engagement of College Alumni: RSVP Required

Friday, June 3

Presenters: Alberto Cabrera, University of Maryland and David Weerts, Associate Professor and Co-Director, Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education, University of Minnesota

10:45 a.m. – Noon

In this session, presenters engage the audience in a discussion about their new research project underway entitled, Pathways to Civic Engagement of College Alumni. The purpose of this project is to examine pre-college, college, and post-college behaviors, attitudes, and experiences that best explain civic behaviors among college and university alumni.  Drawing on data from American College Testing (ACT), this longitudinal study consists of 17,000 records of individuals who hold degrees from 267 colleges and universities.  The majority of institutions in the sample are AASCU members.

Preliminary research questions driving this study include:

1) To what extent are civic behaviors among college graduates correlated with pre-college, college, and post-college behaviors, attitudes, and experiences?

2) How and to what extent do academic and co-curricular experiences in high school and college explain civic engagement after college?

3) How do students from diverse economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds vary in their pathway to civic engagement after college?

The professors seek input from participants about the project and how they might proceed with their research. Have the researchers captured key questions that are of interest to leaders of civic engagement? What have they missed?  What studies from the data would be most helpful to you in your role?

Top 10 Desired Learning Outcomes for Participants of the ADP National Meeting

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Below you will find the “Top 10 Desired Learning Outcomes” for participants of the ADP National Meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 2-4, 2011. I know some of you who read the ADP Blog  on a regular basis will not be able to join us in Orlando. I thought I’d share these Desired Learning Outcomes, though, because they reflect the progress we have made in ADP and the major lessons we have learned over the past nine years.

As many of you know, the ADP National Meeting is not a traditional academic conference. At the Meeting we hope to engage in a process of national cross-pollination. We have the goal of showcasing individual campus lessons learned and challenges faced throughout the ADP network. To this end, we encourage our presenters to compose presentations that give an assessment of what has worked on their campuses, what has not worked, and how challenges to doing civic work have been overcome.

I sent the list of learning outcomes to all presenters yesterday and I encouraged them to think outside of the PowerPoint presentation box. It will be exciting to see the types of presentations and sessions are created that will meet these desired learning outcomes.

Please plan to join us for the 9th Annual American Democracy Project National Meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 2-4, 2011. Registration, conference and hotel information can be found on this website.

Top 10 Desired Learning Outcomes for Participants of the ADP National Meeting

Ways of Knowing

1. Understand the field of civic engagement. What contributions has higher education made to the civic engagement movement? Get to know the major players in the American Democracy Project and where we are heading as a project.

2. Understand your community through engagement. Get to know the root causes of community problems and how universities might leverage their resources to solve these problems.

3. Understand higher education’s role in American democracy. What role does higher education play in ensuring we improve on and protect American democracy? Think about the major successes of the civic engagement movement and think about the important next steps for the movement.

Ways of Thinking

4. Think in terms of culture change. Much of the focus in ADP is on institutional intentionality. How might the culture of your campus be changed to create a focus on preparing students as citizens?

5. Think in terms of student learning outcomes. What are the best strategies for equipping undergraduate students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need to be informed, engaged citizens? How can we effectively assess student learning outcomes?

6. Think in terms of networks. How might the ADP network aid you in your work on campus? What contributions can you make to the civic engagement movement through your involvement with the ADP network? How might you tap the networks in your community to solve public problems and activate student citizen leaders? Use the ADP National Meeting as a time to mine for program ideas and strategies that will help you institutionalize civic engagement on your campus.

Ways of Interacting

7. Think in terms of student leadership. How might students be activated as civic leaders on campus? How might faculty and students form equitable partnerships to prepare informed, engaged citizens?

8. Think in terms of reciprocity. How might university leaders create equitable partnerships with community leaders to address and solve community-based problems? What are the different types of expertise needed to do public work?

9. Think in terms of “We the People.” How might the university be used as a civic space for public work? How might university and community leaders partner with elected officials to solve public problems?

Ways of Being

10. Think in terms of Civic Agency. How might we activate our students and ourselves to be civic agents and architects of democracy? What does authentic civic leadership look like and how might we embody it on our campus and in our communities?

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