The Campus Election Engagement Project has created a set of nonpartisan resources that may be useful to your campus curricular and co-curricular program efforts:
- HOW CAMPUSES CAN TALK ABOUT THE PROPOSED FEDERAL BUDGET
With President Trump’s proposed budget touching every aspect of American life, Campus Election Engagement Project has pulled together a nonpartisan resource on ways campuses can use this teachable moment to bring discussion of the budget’s implications into classes throughout the curriculum, and to distribute it in other ways. CEEP has included framing questions, links to key summaries, and examples of how different disciplines can weave it into the curriculum. Given how much the budget affects every community in America, CEEP hopes you’ll distribute it as widely as possible to Deans, Department Chairs, your faculty Senate chair, and faculty in general. You can also distribute it to the campus newspaper, and to student affairs staffers who might be able to arrange community discussions or discussions in dorms. Here’s a PDF version as well as this link to the version on the website.
- THE GORSUCH SUPREME COURT NOMINATION: A NONPARTISAN GUIDE
With the hearings on Judge Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination underway, CEEP created an updated nonpartisan guide based on his parallels with Justice Scalia. Please circulate to anyone who could use it in classrooms or other campus discussions, or anyone who’d be interested off-campus. You’ll find a mobile-friendly version here and printable PDF link here.
- WHAT IS AN EXECUTIVE ORDER? GUIDE
Give the number of executive orders released recently and the controversy and legal actions surrounding some, you may find the CEEP/Rock The Vote guide on presidential executive orders useful. You’ll find updated version here.
We had a record number of participants for our joint American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment Civic Competency & Engagement: Building an Impactful Assessment Process webinar, which was supported by ETS.
ETS is continually engaging in the research and practice of higher education student learning outcomes assessment, and has recently built assessment frameworks in the areas of Civic Competency and Engagement as well as Intercultural Competency and Diversity. To stay informed on the development of these unique assessment modules, and take advantage of early adopter offers, visit the ETS mailing list sign-up page and select “College Program Assessments (Student Learning Outcomes and Student Success).” You may also learn more about ETS’s work with institutions to support effective student learning outcomes processes by visiting their website: www.ets.org/highered.
SLIDES & RECORDING
You can access a pdf version of the webinar slides. The full recording can be viewed here (1 hour and 3 minutes).
In addition, here are two ETS publications that were mentioned during the webinar that may be useful as you reflect on how we assess civic competency and engagement.
ASSESSMENT PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS AT CLDE 2017
Wednesday, June 7th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Civic Engagement Assessment Pre-Conference Workshops with Networking Lunch
Organizers: H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Ross Markle, Senior Research & Assessment Director, Global Higher Education Division, ETS
Attend both half-day assessment pre-conference workshops for a reduced price and participate in our assessment networking lunch from Noon – 1 p.m. Alternatively, you can register for either the morning or afternoon session.
- 9 a.m. – Noon | Planning for Institution-Wide Data Collection on Civic and Community Engagement
- 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Measuring Civic Outcomes During College (see below)
You’ll find more information about the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference (CLDE17) here. Register by May 1 for our best rates.
Learn about upcoming ADP events.
We are excited to share that our colleagues at NASPA and the Campus Vote Project (CVP) announced their first inaugural class of Voter Friendly Campus Designees.
The Voter Friendly Campus Designation was developed in 2016 after the Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project partnered with NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education to support and recognize two-year and four-year, public and private institutions of higher education throughout the United States to engage college students by promoting voter registration and voting.
Campuses were evaluated on student voter engagement plans for the fall 2016 election, implementation of the plan and the results of their efforts. After careful evaluation, 83 campuses in 23 states were awarded the “Voter Friendly Campus” designation. Of those 83 campuses, 24 campuses are ADP campuses. This recognition will be effective from 2017-2018.
We are proud to endorse such an amazing project. We extend our congratulations to our colleagues at Campus Vote Project and NASPA as well as to all the designated campuses, especially the 24 ADP campuses:
- California State University, Chico
- California University of Pennsylvania
- East Carolina University
- Florida International University
- Fort Hays State University
- James Madison University
- Kennesaw State University
- Northeastern Illinois University
- SUNY College at Brockport
- SUNY Geneseo
- Texas A&M University – Central Texas
- Towson University
- The College of New Jersey
- University of Alaska Anchorage
- University of Central Florida
- University of Central Oklahoma
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- University of North Carolina at Pembroke
- Weber State University
- West Chester University of Pennsylvania
- Western Carolina University
- Winona State University
- Winthrop University
The 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting organized by the American Democracy Project (ADP), the Democracy Project (TDC) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, is continuing the conversation set forth during the #CLDE16 meeting by introducing our emergent theory of change adapted from elements of the 2012 A Crucible Moment report. We encourage attendees to reflect on how to build campus cultures that enhance the following threads of our work: civic ethos, civic literacy and skill building, civic inquiry, civic action and civic agency.
This year’s conference will feature CivEd talks by three practitioner scholars making waves in the CLDE space. CivEd Talks are dynamic, short, and quick-paced presentations by members of the civic learning and democratic engagement community intended to inspire and challenge our collective imagination and thinking. Each of the three CivEd Talks presented will actively engage participants in stretching our thinking and motivating us to action as we return to our campuses and communities following the meeting.
Join us for an opening plenary session that asks you to envisioning the work of our CLDE movement in higher education and consider how you can help us move the needle on democratic engagement on campus, in your communities, and in our civil society. Each of the CivEd Talks presented will actively engage participants to challenge the status quo and to move toward change and to take action upon returning to their campuses.
The opening plenary session will take place at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017.
Opening remarks by: Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
- Millennial Conservatism and Civic Engagement: No, Really, What Do Young Conservatives Want?
Young conservatives are here to stay, and in 2016, they voted in higher numbers — and exhibited higher engagement with candidates and issues — than they had in the past 20 years. But millennial conservatives aren’t social conservatives, and they aren’t necessarily fiscal conservatives, either. Jane Coaston will review the latest polling data and analytics to discuss what we’re hearing — and not hearing — from a demographic that will impact our politics, and our policies, for decades to come.
Speaker: Jane Coaston, political reporter, MTV News
- Doing Civic Engagement through a Wicked Problems Lens: The Case for Passionate Impartiality
Amid perhaps the most polarized time in our nation’s history, the quality of public discourse has also reached historic lows. Civic engagement practitioners must find ways to build capacity in our communities and campuses to change the dialogue, work against the overly adversarial climate, and support the kind of conversation democracy requires. Martin Carcasson will make the case for taking a “wicked problems” perspective on tough issues to work toward improving the quality of public discourse and building the necessary civic skill sets and mindsets in our students.
Speaker: Martín Carcasson, Founder and Director, Center for Public Deliberation, Colorado State University
- Citizen Power
Far too many Americans are illiterate in power – what it is, how it operates, why some individuals have more than others. As a result, those few who do understand power wield it disproportionately. How can you learn to activate your civic power to see problems through fresh eyes and bypass broken institutions, stale ideologies, and divisive politics? Eric Liu answered this question in his recent book You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen. In this talk about power and civic purpose, Eric Liu expounds the values, knowledge and skills of effective citizenship, and rejuvenates the meaning of being an active American.
Speaker: Eric Liu, CEO, Citizen University
Eric Liu will be signing copies of his book You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen (2017) after the plenary and everyone who registers will get a free copy of it onsite at the CLDE meeting registration desk.
Therefore will be plenty of additional engagement opportunities during this year’s meeting such as:
- CLDE Orientation on Thursday, June 8th prior to the start of the Opening Plenary.
- Campus & Friends Showcase at CLDE17 on Thursday, June 8th! Learn more here. Sign up here.
- Exploratory Session by Bus | Right to the City – Curtis Bay: Community Engagement through a Mobile App Sponsored by Towson University.
- Walking Tour 1 | Baltimore West Side Sponsored by University of Maryland Baltimore County.
- Walking Tour 2 | Baltimore “Untour” Sponsored by University of Maryland Baltimore County.
To learn more about the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting and to register by the May 1, 2017 early-bird deadline, visit the conference website.
ADP in the News is a compilation of brief updates about American Democracy Project (ADP) activities at participating colleges and universities and is a semi-regular news feature on our blog. Below you will find the latest edition of this series.
If you have an ADP event you’d like posted in this format, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IUSB’s ADP hosts Forums Designed to Help Identify ‘Fake News’
IUSB’s ADP along with St. Joseph County Public Library is hosting a Civic Leadership Academy over six consecutive Wednesdays starting March 22nd. Events are free and open to the public and speakers will include academics, political advisers, journalists, activists and politicians. Find more information, including specific topics here.
Georgia College ADP Events
Every Wednesday at noon, the Georgia College ADP organizes a Times Talk and the fist one of every month focuses on issues of diversity, equality and inclusion. On March 15, the talk is: Africa, Europe and Genocide: The German Genocide in Namibia and the Case for Reparations” facilitated by Dr. Aran MacKinnon and hosted by Dr. Jan Hoffman-Clark. The source article is “Germany Grapples With Its African Genocide,” and the link can be found here. Join the conversation via Twitter using #gctimestalk. Learn more here.
“How to Become an Engaged Citizen” was a brown bag discussion in the campus Black Box Theatre on Feb. 21, 2017 led by guest speakers: Dr. Jan Clark, associate professor of rhetoric; Dr. Stephanie McClure, professor of sociology and Andrew Robinson, president of the American Democracy Project at Georgia College. The discussion contextualized the Theatre and Dance Department production of “Green Day’s American Idiot.” Learn more here.
UNK Students Present Civic Projects
University of Nebraska at Kearney students will present their civic engagement projects during UNK Talks in early April. UNK Talks are organized by UNK ADP and are inspired by TED Talks. Learn more here.
AP Quotes MTSU ADP Campus Coordinator and Former Student
Middle Tennessee State University’s ADP Campus Coordinator Mary Evins and former student Brendon Holloway are quoted in an ADP News Brief on “As incivicliy hits new depths, many are working to combat it.” Read more here and here.
Illinois State University’s ADP Talk focuses on Power of Protest
A March 8th talk by Patrice McMahon focused on the power of protests and movement building. McMahon is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and presented “The Power of Partnerships: Transnational Organizations and Global Women’s Empowerment.” Learn more here.
Ferris State ADP’s Political Engagement Project: “From Russia, with Love”
A “Trump and Putin: A Permanent Reset in U.S. – Russian Relations” event was part of the Political Engagement Project’s “Passion for the Past” series and was hosted Tuesday, Feb. 21. Elena Gavrilova and Olga Zinnurova, who are professors at Kazan Federal University, joined Ferris history professors Tracy Busch and Christian Peterson in the panel. The Russian guests had their thoughts translated by Ferris adjunct English professor Lilia Caserta. Learn more here.
University of North Georgia’s ADP hosted Multi-Campus Discussion of Trump Presidency
“President Donald Trump has shown himself to have “thin skin” and be more conservative than Ronald Reagan early on in his presidency. Those were just some of the observations tossed out Monday at the University of North Georgia’s multicampus discussion of the Trump presidency one-third into its first 100 days. The Gainesville campus joined the Dahlonega and Oconee campuses in the discussion via a live video feed.” Learn more here.
University of Northern Iowa hosts the “Best of Enemies” Screening
In a screening ponsored by UNI’s ADP, the “Best of Enemies” film tells the story of Ann Atwater, a civil rights leader, and C.P. Ellis, a Klan leader in Raleigh/Durham North Carolina. They served on a desegregation committee together and although they started as enemies became friends. Learn more here.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s ADP Hosts Campus Roundtable Conversation
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh American Democracy Project hosted a roundtable conversation to discuss ethics, politics, voting and strategies for citizen engagement. The event–called Real Issues. Real Dialogue. Real Change.–took place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, at Reeve Union Ballroom, Room 227BC, on the UW Oshkosh campus. Learn more here.