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 www.everyvote.org, or email contactus@everyvote.org 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 eevans@fairelectionsnetwork.com.

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 eevans@fairelectionsnetwork.com.

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 Info@ServiceforPeace.org.

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.

CAMPUS & FRIENDS SHOWCASE

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RD87RVP, 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 souths@aascu.org.

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

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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 http://publicaffairs.missouristate.edu/conference/ or download the conference app (available in iOS and Android format).


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