Posts Tagged 'Campus Opportunities'

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

Friday, March 21, at 2 p.m. EST.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To join the webinar:

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

New Tool for Your Campus’ Student Elections

EveryVote ScreenshotEveryVote University is a free service that makes it easy for any student organization to post election information and candidate biographies online. The goal is to increase voter turnout in university elections by helping student organizations improve their outreach over social media.

EveryVote election pages are fully-functional on computer, tablet, and mobile devices, and no web design skills are needed to create a page.

To see a sample EveryVote election page, click here.

EveryVote was recently used by Northern Illinois University’s Student Association, and will be used for NIU’s Homecoming King and Queen election, to be held on October 9th. To view the NIU Student Association election page, click here.

If your school or student organization would like to share election information online, you can create your own pages now at, or email to find the personalized help to get you get started.

An Opportunity for Tomorrow: The State of Student Voting

The State of Student Voting: From Shelby County to North Carolina
Tuesday, September 10
2 to 3 p.m. ET

 We are organizing a call to examine the state of student voting.
Please RSVP to

Student participation was strong in 2012, but going forward there will be a number of challenges to maintaining or increasing youth participation. In 2014, new restrictions will be in place, there won’t be the election buzz of a presidential election, and fewer resources will be devoted to turning out students. To avoid the dramatic drop off we saw in 2010, students need information about rule changes, how to comply, and registration and voting procedures. To effectively communicate all of this information, institutions of higher education and student organizations also need to join the effort.

Please join the Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project tomorrow, Tues., Sept. 10 from 2 – 3 p.m., EDT for a discussion on the state of student voting. The call will feature speakers from Fair Elections Legal Network, Campus Vote Project, the Bus Federation and Rock the Vote and will highlight:

  • A review of Shelby County, other major court decisions, and recent legislation impacting student voters;
  • What may be on the horizon;
  • Successful efforts by colleges and students to promote and protect student voting; and
  • Messaging and other efforts, such as National Voter Registration Day, that will help engage students during the off year while preparing for an important 2014 election cycle.

This call is intended to move the conversation toward 2014. Campus Vote Project is planning a strategy meeting, early next year, to explore different topics concerning student voters. Through your participation in this presentation and discussion, we hope to identify the issues and topics that would be most useful to address at the 2014 winter conference.

To RSVP or if you have questions, please email Erica Evans at

MLK Day Grants and Partnership Opportunities Available

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has provided grants to Campus Compact, Cesar Chavez Foundation, HOPE worldwide, Points of Light, Service for Peace, and Youth Service America to plan and carry out projects that bring Americans together to serve in their communities in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. These MLK Day grantees are making available sub-grant funds to organizations that plan service activities for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

Below is information on some of the available MLK Day grants, including who can apply, the topical focus of each Request for Proposal (RFP) and the deadline date.  For more information on each RFP, please click the grantee’s name below.

Service for Peace

Service for Peace has closed its grant competition, but there are still opportunities to partner for the 2014 MLK Day of Service.

Service for Peace has a comprehensive plan for MLK Day 2014 that aims to achieve the following:

  • Implementation of MLK projects and the 40 Days of Peace in at least 10 states engaging larger numbers of volunteers and partners than past years;
  • Recruitment of veterans, military families & students to service;
  • Improvement of the lives of disadvantaged youth & military families;
  • Strengthening of communities engaged in service through “Communities of Peace”;
  • Growing the impact of the MLK Day connected to Dr. King’s teachings.

For more information, please contact Service for Peace at

Youth Service America

Target audience/who can apply: 

  • Volunteer centers
  • Nonprofits and  community organizations
  • K-12 schools / school districts
  • Colleges and universities
  • Youth development  organizations
  • Organizations working with veterans and military families

RFP focus area(s): 

  • Engaging 3,000 volunteers;  including at least 1,000 youth volunteers, ages 5-25, and their families
  • Partnering with organizations, including:
  • schools
  • youth development organizations
  • local businesses
  • veteran and military family organizations
  • Veterans and military families
  • Education (reading, tutoring, mentoring)

Due: September 30, 2013

HOPE worldwide

Target audience/who can apply:

At-risk neighborhoods and statistically at-risk populations for home fires as determined by local fire departments, local data, or US Census data. Applicants may include, but are not limited to:

  • HOPE worldwide chapters
  • American Red Cross chapters or other local affiliates of disaster preparedness and/or response organizations
  • AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs
  • Local emergency management agencies or fire departments
  • Institutions of higher education

RFP focus area(s): 

  • Disaster Preparedness (specifically fire prevention activities)

Due: October 1, 2013

Calling All Students (And Faculty)! ADP National Student Advisory Council Info Session @ #ADPTDC13

By Mandie Barnes, Student, Weber State University (Utah)

The American Democracy Project is all about by the people, for the people. Students are a lot of ADP’s people, and ADP National wants to give them a voice.

After attending last year’s national meeting in San Antonio, I, along with other students present, realized that we did not have many opportunities to share our opinions on what we were doing on our campuses and our ideas with other students. There weren’t many workshops that allowed us to learn specifically from other students and really relate to one another. ADP wants to inform and engage students, and we thought that should be something that occurs not only throughout the academic year through the work on our campuses, but at the national meeting as well. And we decided to see if we could help make that happen.

While I was at the conference I remember talking with other students in the workshops, in the elevator, even at dinner, about how we wished students could play a bigger role at this conference. These discussions stuck with me after I left San Antonio, and I began discussing it with my adviser at Weber State University (Utah). She encouraged me to make it happen, and ADP National Manager Jennifer Domagal-Goldman was ready to help.

Since that initial conversation occurred, the idea about creating more opportunities for students at the national meeting has morphed and propelled a greater vision forward:

Our goal is not only to reach students more at the annual conference but throughout the entire year.

The American Democracy Project is looking to establish a National Student Advisory Council that will offer students’ voices a conduit from their campuses to the program’s national manager. The council will be comprised of current undergraduate/graduate students at AASCU member institutions participating in ADP, and it will be steered by an executive board, made up of a smaller group of the same students, who will offer leadership to their ADP peers across the country and facilitate exchanges of ideas on current issues, various ADP-related topics and campus and national initiatives, programs and events.

We invite students and faculty to attend the ADP National Student Advisory Council Info Session at #ADPTDC13 in Denver to learn more about how you can get involved, and in true ADP fashion, tell us how we can better inform and engage students on your campus. This session will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Denver Ballroom, Suites I/II.

Also, rumor has it they’re throwing a mixer for students following our session–stay tuned for more on that. And, if you are an ADP student and have not already done so, be sure to join the Facebook group!

Have we got a show for you!

By Stephanie South, Program Associate, AASCU

A Showcase that is: The 2013 Campus & Friends showcase at the ADP/TDC National Meeting.

And this is your reminder that if you are an ADP campus coordinator who wants to share your campus activities or an ADP partner organization that would like to promote their work, you can and should sign up to host a table.

If you need a refresher, the details are below, and if you’re ready to register now, click here.


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, April 26, 2013.

The Campus and Friends Showcase will take place on Saturday, June 8th 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.

9th Annual Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference


9th Annual Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference
Inclusive Excellence
April 9-12, 2013
Missouri State University
Free and open to the public

The 9th Annual Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference will explore the theme of Inclusive Excellence.  The 2012-2013 theme is rich with opportunities to engage the campus community in discussions that will help to clarify the complications we all face as we reach beyond borders.

In the discussion of Inclusive Excellence, what does “inclusive” mean?  Is it merely a synonym for “diversity”?  No, there is a broader meaning.  Inclusion implies more than the presence of ethnic and cultural diversity.  According to the American Association of Colleges and Universities, inclusion is “the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities.”

As citizens of a global society, how do we practice Inclusive Excellence in education, in healthcare, business, in social and political interactions, in the arts, and in the sciences?  Are we focusing on inclusive engagement or merely on the presence of diversity? To what extent is inclusion important?  Necessary?  Desired?  Join us in a yearlong dialog as we discuss, debate, and explore the many aspects of Inclusive Excellence.

For more information, visit our website or download the conference app (available in iOS and Android format).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We need IRB approval.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carnegie Invites Institutions to Apply for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

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The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching invites colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement to apply for the elective classification, first developed and offered in 2006 as part of an extensive restructuring of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The elective Community Engagement Classification provides a way for institutions to describe their identity and commitments to community with a public and nationally recognized classification.

A total of 311 institutions have been successfully classified in the Community Engagement Classification since 2006. Campuses that received the Classification in 2006 and 2008 will undertake re-classification application and review in order to retain the Classification. Campuses classified in 2010 do not need to apply for re-classification at this time.

“The Community Engagement Classification represents a significant affirmation of the importance of community engagement in the agenda of higher education,” said Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk.  “The Foundation believes that the Classification provides campuses of every institutional type an opportunity to affirm a commitment to community engagement as an essential aspect of institutional mission and identity.”

The Foundation defines community engagement as “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.” That definition and the documentation frameworks for the classification and re-classification are intentionally inclusive to honor the diversity of institutions and their approaches to community engagement.

Those institutions interested in the 2015 Classification, either as first-time applicants or campuses seeking re-classification, are urged to review the application process, timeline, documentation frameworks, and other information on the Carnegie website before making a decision to apply. Applications are available between May 1 and July 1, 2013, and will be due on April 15, 2014.

2015 Community Engagement Classification Timeline
January 2013 Announcement about the 2015 process
May 1, 2013 Deadline for registering
September 9, 2013 Release of applications
April 15, 2014 Applications Due/Reviewing begins
December 2014 Review Process completed/ campuses notified
January 2015 2015 classification results announced

2015 Classification: Campus Classification and Re-Classification

  • First Time Classification
    For the 2015 classification, campuses that have not previously received the classification will need to submit an application using what is referred to as the “first-time documentation framework.” A PDF version of the Documentation Framework to be used for planning purposes only is available here. There is also a guide attached to this version to assist institutions in the documentation planning process.
  • Re-Classification
    For the 2015 classification, institutions that received the classification in 2006 and 2008 and are seeking to retain the classification will be able to re-apply through a reclassification process. A PDF version of the application for reclassification to be used for planning purposes only is available.
  • 2010 Classified Institutions
    Institutions that received the classification in 2010 will not need to do anything in 2015. 2010 classified campuses will retain the classification until 2020. To be reclassified in 2020, the 2010 campuses will need to reapply through a reclassification process announced in 2018.

Inquiries about the Community Engagement Classification should be directed to John Saltmarsh at ( or Amy Driscoll (

John Saltmarsh, Director
New England Resource Center for Higher Education
617 287-7743

Amy Driscoll, Consulting Scholar
Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
503 227-9443

NEA announces Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design

The National Endowment for the Arts Announces Leadership of Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design

Partnership of federal agencies, public and private organizations supports small communities

June 28, 2012

Washington, DC – In the Mississippi Delta — a region plagued by poverty, illiteracy, and geographic isolation — local history and culture can often become buried beneath the area’s woes. And yet, it is these unique assets that can revitalize local pride and make the difference between community survival and decay.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is dedicated to helping communities like the Delta rediscover their identity and reshape their cultural landscape. Beginning July 1, 2012, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) will be a partnership among the NEA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Project for Public Spaces, along with the Orton Family Foundation and the CommunityMatters® Partnership.

CIRD works to enhance the quality of life and economic viability of rural areas. CIRD does this through design workshops that gather local leaders together with experts in planning, design, and creative placemaking to assist with locally identified issues. Since the program’s inception in 1991, CIRDhas convened more than 60 workshops in all regions of the country, empowering residents to recognize and leverage their local assets to build better places to live, work, and play.

“The future of many rural towns will be shaped by how well they can create vibrant communities where people want to be,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development Doug O’Brien. “Arts investments in small towns can be an integral component of driving economic vitality by attracting residents and visitors alike to the main streets which are an enduring symbol — and critical to the future — of rural communities.”

As I travel around the country, I see more and more evidence of how creative assets can stimulate local economies,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “In rural areas there is a particular need to bring people physically together, and the arts and good design can be the catalysts for that. In its new configuration, CIRD will build on 20 years of experience and expand its work in rural settings by creating a strong knowledge network, providing access to innovative tools, and disseminating best practices.”

The new group of partners leading CIRD offers a depth and breadth of expertise along with additional initiative components that together will allow CIRD to help more American towns find better design solutions to the challenges of growth and development. Those new program components include pre-workshop training calls, post-workshop follow-up, and online resources.

Program Partners

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a planning, design, and educational organization dedicated to helping people build stronger communities by creating attractive and vital public spaces. Their mission of supporting placemaking meshes closely with the NEA’s emphasis on helping communities shape their physical and social character through the arts.

The Orton Family Foundation’s pioneering Heart & Soul Community Planning approach puts people and their attachment to place at the center of the planning process, and gives towns the know how to steer their future. The Foundation’s success building capacity in rural communities will enhance CIRD’s ability to create lasting change.

The CommunityMatters Partnership, initiated by the Orton Family Foundation, is a network of programs and experts working to support community development. The partnership champions the idea that people have the power to solve their community’s problems and shape its future.

The Department of Agriculture will use its staff, in particular its rural development network across the country, to increase the number and quality of applications to the program and to serve on panels to select communities for workshops.

“Rural communities across the country are expressing demand for new models for planning, design, community engagement, and creative placemaking. By supporting local capacity-building on an ongoing basis, we can help CIRD evolve as the network that rural communities need,” said President of Project for Public Spaces Fred Kent.

“Over recent decades too many small towns have gone from unique to uniform, subject to cookie-cutter design and development,” said Bill Roper, president and CEO of the Orton Family Foundation. “But people have the power to weave a new community narrative, one that enhances their town’s own heart and soul. We are excited to bring together all the resources of this partnership to help America’s rural communities thrive.”

Prior to Project for Public Spaces, CIRD was managed in partnership with the State University of New York at Syracuse and the school’s landscape architecture faculty led by Richard S. Hawks and Shelly S. Mastran. The NEA extends its sincere thanks to SUNY Syracuse and Mr. Hawks and Ms. Mastran for their leadership, and for strengthening the program and extending its reach.

More on CIRD

CIRD works with communities with populations of less than 50,000. This includes towns located in a non-metropolitan county or in a metropolitan county on the urban fringe. The focus of CIRD design workshops include

  • downtown revitalization
  • arts-based development
  • heritage preservation
  • land and agricultural conservation
  • growth management
  • transportation

Over the summer of 2012, CIRD partners will assemble a task force to develop guidelines for communities to apply to host a workshop. Guidelines will be distributed in Fall 2012 with a deadline expected in December 2012.  A panel will review the applications and selected communities will be announced in early January 2013.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at

About Project for Public Spaces

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design, and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities.  Through a Placemaking approach we help citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. Founded in 1975, PPS has completed projects in over 2,500 communities and all 50 US states.  PPS has become an internationally recognized center for resources, tools, and inspiration about Placemaking.

About the Orton Family Foundation

The Orton Family Foundation, founded in 1995, helps small cities and towns harness the inherent ability of citizens to imagine and achieve a culturally and economically vibrant future for their community. The Foundation’s Heart & Soul approach supports citizens in steering their town’s future by discovering the characteristics and attributes valued most in their communities and, then, by placing those shared values at the center of local decision making.

About CommunityMatters

CommunityMatters is a national partnership of seven organizations with the common goal of building strong communities through the improvement of local civic infrastructure. The CommunityMatters partners aim to equip community members to strengthen their places and inspire change. The partners are: Deliberative Democracy Consortium; Grassroots Grantmakers; National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation; New America Foundation; Orton Family Foundation; Project for Public Spaces; and Strong Towns.

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