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Follow the eCitizenship Institute This Week!

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

This Thursday we kick off the eCitizenship Institute in Detroit, MI. We have 60 faculty members, students, and administrators joining us in Detroit. The Institute is the annual event of the eCitizenship Initiative: New Tools, New Strategies, New Spaces. In eCitizenship, we are exploring how social networking tools are changing citizenship behaviors. Additionally, we are experimenting with strategies for engaging undergraduates in the use of social networks and technology tools for civic purposes. The long-term goal of eCitizenship is to spread these methods out to all 230 ADP institutions so that each campus in the project is making sure that their civic work has both an online and offline presence.

We have an exciting line-up of speakers including Melissa Helmbrecht, CEO of Splashlife, Lucas Cioffi of Online Townhalls, and Antoine Dubeauclard of MediaG. These speakers will present tested strategies for online engagement and they will also help us think about how we might structure the online dimension of our civic engagement work.

During the Institute, many of our campus representatives will be showcasing the groundbreaking work they are doing to engage students online. For me, eCitizenship is one of the most important dimensions of our work. In fact, just as I believe universities should be deliberate about preparing citizen professionals, I also think they need to be asking themselves, “How are we reaching them online?” This is of paramount importance because that’s where students are: online. And that’s not to say they aren’t connected offline – because they are – but it is to say that any effective civic engagement strategy must have online dimensions.

I will be live blogging and Tweeting from the meeting. Follow along on this blog and by using the eCitizenship Hashtag: #eCit10.

Question: How have you infused online strategies into your civic engagement work?

Institute Agenda

Thursday, November 4

8:30 a.m.          Introduction to eCitizenship: New Tools, New Strategies, New Spaces

Woodward B

George L. Mehaffy, Vice President, AASCU

Marc Kruman, Director, Center for the Study of Citizenship

Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Kevin Deegan-Krause, Associate Professor of Political Science, Wayne State University

9:15 a.m.          Opening Keynote

Woodward B

A Conversation with Melissa Helmbrecht, CEO, Splashlife

Launched in September 2010, Splashlife is devoted to empowering youth by working with nonprofit and corporate partners to enable its members to take action for social change. Before founding Splashlife, Melissa founded the Youth Investment Project, an intensive mentoring program for middle school students in Denver, Colorado, and Champions of Hope. Champions of Hope, along with Youth Service America, sponsored the United Day of Service, which was designed to promote youth-led service learning projects across the country. To read more about Melissa, please visit this website.

10:00 a.m.         Questions and Answers with Melissa Helmbrecht

Woodward B

10:15 a.m.         Break

Woodward Prefunction

10:30 a.m.         Workshop Breakout Sessions

Session Details Room
Institutionalizing eCitizenship: The Fort Hays State University Story  

Larry Gould,  Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Fort Hays State University, Kansas

Tiger Talkback: A Bipartisan Approach to Enhancing Civic Engagement on Campus and Online

Tyler Thompson, President, Student Government Association, and Jacob Kessler, Director, American Democracy Project, Fort Hays State University

Woodward B
eCitizenship 101: Using Social Networking Tools for Civic Engagement 

Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Woodward C
The Splashlife Story: Youth Empowerment and Social Change 

Melissa Helmbrecht, CEO, Splashlife

Woodward D

11:45 a.m.         Lunch and Campus Strategizing Time

Woodward A

1:00 p.m.          Workshop Breakout Sessions

Session Details Room
Bringing it All Home: Web Design, Social Media and Database Strategies 

“eStrategies for Civic Engagement Courses”

Christine Kelly, Professor, Political Science, William Paterson University of New Jersey

“Web Design for Millennials”

Sebastien Jean-Baptiste, Student Web Designer, William Paterson University of New Jersey

“Institutional Strategies: Build or Buy?”

Yuri Marder, University Web Manager, William Paterson University of New Jersey

“Experience.com: A Solution for Community-University Interface”

Eileen Wisnewski, Experience.com, William Paterson University of New Jersey

“The Youth Vote and Social Media: How I Won a Seat on the School Board”

Ace Antonio, Student and School Board Representative, William Paterson University of New Jersey

Woodward B
Creating an eCitizenship Journal: Working Group 

Molly Kerby, Assistant Professor of Women Studies, Western Kentucky University and Michael Stout, Assistant Professor of Sociology Anthropology and Criminology, Missouri State University

Woodward C
Using Social Networking Tools to Engage Students: The Emporia State University Story 

Rob Catlett, Director, Center for Economics Education and Community Research, Emporia State University

Woodward D

2:15 p.m.          Break

Woodward Prefunction

2:30 p.m.          Workshop Breakout Sessions (Descriptions on Page 3)

Session Details
The eMagic of Working with Students 

“Building Student Partnerships and Engagement through eCitizenship”

Kristin J. Jacobson, Associate Professor of American Literature and Women’s Studies, and Lauren Rohrer, Student, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

“eCitizenship and Student Empowerment at Keene State”

Michael Caulfield, Instructional Designer, Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching, Mel Netzhammer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Therese Seibert, Professor of Sociology, Keene State College

Woodward B
eCitizenship in the 21st Century University: Planning and Implementation 

Rich Halstead-Nussloch, Professor of Information Technology, and Zvi Szafran, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Southern Polytechnic University

Woodward C
Research and eCitizenship: Assessing Impacts and Understanding Online and Offline Behavior 

“Citizenship Online and in the Community”

Jo Arney, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, and Julie Kildahl, Student, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

“Anatomy of an eCitizenship Initiative: Assessing Impact, Finding Funding and Emphasizing Citizenship”

Michael Stout, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Missouri State University

Woodward D

3:45 p.m.          Break

Woodward Prefunction

4:00 p.m.          Voices of Students: A Student Panel

Woodward B

For many of us the distinction between online and offline has all but disappeared, and engagement in our communities involves the complex interaction between face-to-face, voice, video and text, one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-many. In this realm more than in others, it is university-level students who are the pioneers, who know what works and what does not. In this session students offer their perspectives and advice on the use of social media, mobile computing and other technologies in building an engaged community.

Facilitator:

Kevin Deegan-Krause, Associate Professor of Political Science, Wayne State University

Panelists:

Mariah Brothe, Student, University of Northern Colorado

Julie Kildahl, Student, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Ace Antonio, Student, William Paterson University of New Jersey

Tim Pipp, Student, Keene State College

Tyler Thompson, Student, Fort Hays State University

4:45 p.m.          Q & A with Students

Woodward B

5:00 p.m.     Proposing a Network for Engagement

Antoine Dubeauclard, Owner, MediaG

The Center for the Study of Citizenship and Media Genesis propose the use the Media Genesis’ Power of Peace Network (PPN) platform (developed for UNESCO) as a model and a prototype to create a civic engagement network.  A civic engagement version of PPN would provide a space for faculty, leaders in student services, and students themselves to meet, share, collaborate and promote civic engagement among ADP colleges and universities. In Providence, a rump group of eCitizenship schools proposed to make a network a key eCitizenship initiative. This presentation is the next step in its development.

5:30 p.m.          Adjourn

Friday, November 5

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Book Cadillac Hotel

8:30 a.m.          Notable Examples of eCitizenship

Woodward B

Lucas Cioffi, Bridge Builder, Online Townhalls

Kevin Cappallo, National Sales Director, The New York Times

Tyler Thompson, President, Student Government Association, Fort Hays State University

Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manger, American Democracy Project

Campus Demonstrations

9:30 a.m.          Bringing it Home: Organizing Your Team

Woodward B

George L. Mehaffy, Vice President, AASCU

10:15 a.m.         Break

Woodward Prefunction

10:30 a.m.         Campus Planning and Team Strategizing Time

Please go to the room assigned to your campus. We have grouped those who are the

sole representative from their campuses together. We will hand the group listings.

Noon                Working Lunch

Woodward B

12:45 p.m.        Presentations of Highlights from Campus Plans

Woodward B

George L. Mehaffy, AASCU

Marc Kruman, Center for the Study of Citizenship

2:00 p.m.          Conclude

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