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eCitizenship Institute: November 4-5, 2010

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is pleased to announce the 2010 eCitizenship Institute, taking place November 4-5, 2010, in Detroit, MI. This is an opportunity to learn more about eCitizenship and to become formally involved in this growing and exciting ADP initiative. The three-year initiative, now in its second year, is a partnership of AASCU and the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University. The participating institutions are working together to study how emerging technologies, particularly social networking tools, support and facilitate civic and political engagement. The main goal of the initiative is to provide insights and strategies for engaging undergraduates in the use of social networks and technology tools for civic purposes. Those strategies can then be broadly employed to prepare undergraduates for lives of engagement and participation. For more information about the initiative, please visit this website.


Please contact Cecilia M. Orphan to receive a registration form for this exciting institute.


The program begins on Thursday, November 4 with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 5th (in time for people to make flights home).

Organizing Your Team

We strongly encourage campuses to bring a team to the Institute. On Friday of the Institute we will be offering structured team time for campuses to begin planning for their on-campus work. A team ideally consists of one student, a member of the campus’s IT team, and a faculty member/administrator. If it is not possible to bring a team, single representatives are, of course, welcome. Teams have been proven to make more dynamic change on campuses, though, which is why they are encouraged.

Hotel Information

The conference is being held at the Westin Book Cadillac.  We have negotiated a special room rate of $129 plus 15% tax for single and double rooms at this historic hotel.

To make a reservation and receive the conference rate, please call 1-888-627-7150 and refer to the AASCU eCitizenship Group. Please note than an early departure fee of $75 will apply to the guest charges if the guest does not notify the hotel of the early departure the day before arrival.  Also, if you must cancel your room please do so one day before your scheduled arrival.

Check in time is 3 p.m.  Check out time is Noon.

The hotel cut-off date to receive this rate is Friday, October 8th.  After that date you will be subject to the hotel’s regular rates.

For program information contact Cecilia Orphan at or call 202-478-7833.

For hotel and other logistical information contact Jill Gately at or call 202-478-4668.

What people said about the first eCitizenship Institute.

“I felt motivated to learn about, understand, and use these tools that were taught to us to become more a part of the world I live in and help others do the same. Every ADP/ AASCU conference I have attended has left me feeling more informed, motivated and empowered in knowing that everyone can do something – and that these social media tools are free and only a click away.” Joy D. Britt, Grad Student, University of Alaska, Anchorage

“After attending the ecitizenship institute last November, I found new ways to use social networking tools to engage and inspire fellow students to become more involved in our College’s community. I realized that social networking could be used to mobilize people into action quicker than other mediums. It was an experience that has changed my view of being a citizen and has opened new avenues to express myself as an active member of my community through social networking tools.” Lauren Rohrer, Student, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

See you in Detroit!

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