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#ADPFF: 8.30.2013

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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!

#ADPTDC13: Connect via Social Media

ADPTDCsocialmediaflyer 2013We’re in Denver and ready for #ADPTDC13 to begin! A record 575 people are registered for the national meeting and we’ve created the above flyer to help everyone connect!

Mobile App: The program this year is on a mobile app which can be downloaded by scanning the QR Code above with your smartphone or tablet.

Twitter: Use #ADPTDC13 to participate in the ongoing conversation in the Twitterverse about the meeting! You can follow us at @ADPaascu.

You’re already reading the blog, but do you subscribe? You can subscribe in the upper right-hand corner of the blog’s main page by entering your email address.

Did you know that ADP has it’s own YouTube Channel? Follow us and link your own civic engagement campus videos to our stream!

Finally, make sure to “like” us on Facebook for all the latest and greatest ADP news!

To download a larger, printable PDF version of the Social Media flyer, click here:
ADP/TDC Social Media Flyer

What We’re Reading: The Volunteering and Civic Life in America Fact Sheet

By Stephanie South, Program Associate, AASCU

CNCS_Brand_newNCoC LogoThe Volunteering and Civic Life in America website, sponsored by a partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and ADP partner the National Conference on Citizenship (NCOC), has just released new research in the form of a volunteering and civic engagement fact sheet. The site hosts the most comprehensive annual collection of information on Volunteering and Civic Life in America.

A summary of the information reports the following:

Volunteering and civic engagement are the cornerstone of a strong nation. Citizens working together and talking to each other help solve problems and make their communities better places to live and work. In 2011, the number of volunteers reached its highest level in five years. 64.3 million Americans volunteered approximately 7.9 billion hours, valued at $171 billion. Two out of three citizens (65.1%, or 143.7 million citizens) served their communities by doing favors for and helping out their neighbors; more than half (56.7%) trusted all or most of the people in their neighborhood. The Volunteering and Civic Life in America data is the most comprehensive source of volunteering and civic engagement information assembled, thanks to a partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Volunteering and Civic Life in America Fact Sheet covers the key findings and highlights from the most recent 2011 data.

Download the fact sheet here.

Also, given that we recently wrote about data visualization, it is worth nothing that this website hosts a fabulous data graphic (“infographic”). Its interactive map of the United States allows users to view state-by-state report data regarding how often residents of a state volunteer, eat dinner with their families, and discuss politics.

Being a fairly recent transplant to the East Coast, I am always interested to see how my native state is doing, both on its own and comparatively. The interactive map of the United States provided on the site offers a state-by-state highlight of report data.

For example, in Colorado—where our June 6-8, 2013 national meeting will also occur—in 2011:

  • 32.6% of residents volunteer, ranking them 13th among the 50 states and Washington, DC
  • 36.5 volunteer hours per resident
  • 69.1% do favors for their neighbors
  • 92.5% eat dinner with their family a few times a week or more
  • 56.7% discuss politics a few times a month or more
  • 1.29 million volunteers
  • 144.9 million hours of service
  • $3.4 billion of service contributed

Meanwhile, in D.C.:

  • 27.2% of residents volunteer, ranking them 26th among the 50 states and Washington, DC
  • 32.7 volunteer hours per resident
  • 61.5% do favors for their neighbors
  • 78.2% eat dinner with their family a few times a week or more
  • 68.9% discuss politics a few times a month or more
  • 138,170 volunteers
  • 16.6 million hours of service
  • $423.3 million of service contributed

Head to the site to download the fact sheet and check the state of your state’s civic health today.

Data Gets a Makeover

By Stephanie South, Program Associate, AASCU

Whether you are doing it to help your students better grasp course material or telling the story of a project’s impact in your community, chances are you’re using data to convey information.

Understanding this, as well as the fact that data by itself can often be difficult to comprehend and unappealing to digest, we attended a webinar this fall regarding data visualization. Data visualization is a way to make all those facts and figures a bit sexier and perfectly packaged to persuade.

Presented by the Knight Digital Media Center, Lisa Williams’ webinar (she’s the founder and CEO of Placeblogger) was entitled, “Diving Into Data: A State-of-the-Art Tour in Civic Data Visualization.”

While Williams’ presentation did in fact make a case for the use of data visualization, its real worth was found in the myths it debunked and the inspiration and resources it provided.

For those of you who may not be aware of what we mean by “data visualization,” the Sunlight Foundation’s Tumblr offers both excellent examples and inspiration.

Before further pursuing this blog entry and perusing the resources offered in this webinar, it is important to remember that the following things are not true:

  • Data visualization is new.
  • Regular people don’t want data.
  • Data is boring.
  • Data visualization is too hard for regular folks to learn.

Below you will find some resources referenced in the webinar, followed by a brief description. They are useful for finding data, visually representing information, and sharing that with others.

Find it. can help you locate a variety of information. The site aims to be the most comprehensive list of open data catalogs in the world. It is curated by a group of leading open data experts from around the world—including representatives from local, regional and national governments, international organizations such as the World Bank, and numerous NGOs.  Faculty and students alike may find this useful for research.

Create it. Many eyes is a data visualization tool from IBM. The site allows users to upload data and then produce graphic representations for others to view and comment upon. Tableau Public allows a user create interactive graphs, dashboards, maps and tables from virtually any data and embed them on your website or blog in minutes

Share it. Buzz data is a place on the web to store and share important spreadsheets, other files, and artifacts like links and data visualizations in a way that makes them come alive. They offer a fresh way to communicate knowledge and insight, rather than just sharing files.

Interested in learning more? Visualize Thisis a practical guide on visualization and how to approach real-world data.

Happy visualizing!

Tag and Share Tomorrow with ADP: Instagram Your Election Day Pics #ADPelect12

By Stephanie South, Intern, American Democracy Project

ADP I Voted Sticker Instagrammed

As The American Democracy Project proudly announced via Facebook and Twitter this morning, you can now find us on Instagram. Be sure to follow @adpaacscu on your Instagram app today because you won’t want to miss how we are celebrating our new social media channel and the 2012 election.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, as you get your democracy on at the ballot boxes, make sure you keep your smartphone, fully-loaded with the Instagram app, ready to go because we want you to tag and share in the name of #ADPelect12. ADP wants to showcase how our member campuses across the country are promoting voting and civic engagement this Election Day, and we are asking you to help by snapping a picture of democracy in action and sharing it via Instagram with the hashtags #ADPelect12 and #ADPcampus. Also, don’t forget to mention your school or ADP (@adpaascu) when you are Instagram-ing your Election Day spirit.

Later this week, we will be picking and announcing our favorites, as well as a reminding you all to visit our #ADPelect12 Instagrid hashtag gallery here to view in full all of the ADP Election Day Instagram pics.

Remember to snag your ADP Election Day Facebook Flare here  and head to the polls tomorrow.

Happy Voting!

Not sure how Instagram works? Check out these quick tips and tricks here.

More ADP Election Flare Available — Get yours now!

By Stephanie South, Intern, American Democracy Project

vote. i dare you.

Last week, Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager for AASCU’s American Democracy Project, shared with us her early voting experiences and flaunted ADP’s new flare—an electronic “I Voted” sticker—on her Facebook page.

This week, ADP is pleased to announce that it has just uploaded an entire Facebook album filled with ways to display your Election Day spirit, including that sticker as well as some rockin’ democratic timeline cover photos.

To get the sticker for your profile pic or to download one of our new timeline cover photos, check out our Election Flare Facebook album here.

And remember, Tuesday, November 6th, get yourself and your friends to the polls if you have not already done so. Have your say. Cast your vote.

You’ll find other Voting Resources on the ADP website here.

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