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What’s New with ADP | April 2016

 April 2016 Edition

In Loving Memory

Dr. Bernie Ronan, co-founder of The Democracy Commitment (TDC), died late last month in Arizona after his struggle with cancer. Bernie passed away surrounded by his family and the love of his extended community. In honor of his tremendous devotion and commitment to TDC and the national civic engagement movement, TDC renamed its student scholarship award after him. The Bernie Ronan Award will stand as a living testimony to his tireless work for democracy and community colleges. We will miss him deeply.


  • Have you registered yet for our annual meeting? #CLDE16: 2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting
    Thursday, June 2, 2016 to Saturday, June 4, 2016 | Indianapolis Marriott Downtown • Indianapolis, Indiana
    Note that all ADP participants are encouraged to attend the ADP Organizing Meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 2. During this session we will review the last year, welcome new participating campuses, present awards and plan the upcoming year together!Plenary speakers includeAustin Belali, Director, Youth Engagement Fund; Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director of CIRCLE, Tufts University; David Hoffman, Assistant Director of Student Life for Civic Agency, University of Maryland,Baltimore County (UMBC); Elizabeth A. Bennion, Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Political Science, Indiana University South Bend and Host, Politically Speaking, WNIT Television; and Nancy L. Thomas, Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University (Mass.)Make sure to check out the pre-conference institutes on Wednesday, June 1st when you register for the meeting:

    • CLDE Assessment Institute with ETS (encouraging teams) | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Political Engagement Institute with icitizen (encouraging teams) | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Dialogue and Deliberation Institute | 1 – 4 p.m.
    • Student Pre-conference Symposium (students only) | 1 – 4 p.m.
    • ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative Institute (EI campuses only) | 1 – 4 p.m
      Register online here
      . Early-bird deadline is April 25! Book your hotel room by May 10 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown here. Become a mentor/mentee,submit your interest here.
  • Apply for the 2017 CLDE Meeting Planning Committee by May 20th.
    #CLDE17 will be in Baltimore, Md. from June 8-10, 2017. Interested applicants should send a current resume and a brief statement of interest to Jen Domagal-Goldman at by May 20, 2016.  Selected participants will be notified of their participation on the 2017 CLDE Meeting planning committee by May 31, 2016. To learn more, click here.
  • RSVP for our ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 Webinar on “Demystifying Youth Voting-Why Some Young People Vote and Some Don’t” | Wednesday April 27th, 2016
    In this webinar, researchers from CIRCLE  will present research that will help the audience learn more about youth voting trends, particularly focusing on the 2016 election, what research tells us about why young people do or don’t vote, and what barriers, if any, young voters face at the polls

    • Speakers: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director, CIRCLE and Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator & Researcher, CIRCLE
    • When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST
    • RSVP here.
  • Is your campus participating in NSLVE? | Due: May 13, 2016
    By now, you know about Tufts University’s National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). A free service, NSLVE measures student registration and voting rates and provides each participating campus with a tailored report containing those rates broken down by age, class level, race/ethnicity, gender, voting method, and voting location. See a sample report. This is your last chance before the 2016 election to join more than 800 colleges and universities nationwide that have already learned their rates for 2012 and 2014. Over 150 ADP campuses are currently participating.This is not a survey! All you need to do is submit this authorization form. For more information, visit the NSLVE website. Submit your form byMay 13, 2016.


  • California University of Pennsylvania: Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta, made a point during a discussion of the 2016 presidential election at an event sponsored by ADP at Cal U. He believes this year’s contest will be similar to those in 2012 or 2004 – that two candidates will end up separated in the popular vote by about three or four points, and the Electoral College tally will hinge on the results in swing states like Ohio, Florida and Virginia.
  • Fort Hays State University (Kan.): Anna Hand, an Ellsworth senior majoring in political science at Fort Hays State University, is a recipient of the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award, which honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders.  She has worked with the American Democracy Project and presidential campaigns. She has dedicated a lot of her time to get-out-the-vote efforts, which informs people on how to vote and when elections happen. To read more about Anna Hand and the award, click here.
  • Georgia College: Dillon Johnstone is a Truman Scholar finalist. The Texas native served in the Army for five and a half years and is currently still in the Reserves and has always thought of his community first. Johnstone was nominated by Anna Whiteside, who attended the community forum on the proposed unification of Milledgeville and Baldwin County which Johnstone helped organize; the event was sponsored by the American Democracy Project.
  • Indiana State University: Students like Michael Shepard are working on an effort to register new voters in a demographic group that will be crucial to Indiana’s primary elections on May 3. Signing up students to vote is a key first step, said Indiana State University political scientist Carly Schmitt, who oversees the university’s American Democracy Project and over the past few weeks has registered 500 new voters on campus. To learn more how students are registering, click here.
  • ISU’s American Democracy Project , asked the Election Board to allow ISU to serve as an early-voting site and voting center for the upcoming May 3 Indiana primary and the Nov. 8 general election. With university president Dan Bradley presenting the idea, the college offered to provide the necessary voting equipment and  free parking to a university  that has more than 13,500 students attend the university and another 1,500 people work there. To learn more about the story, click here.
  • Indiana University South Bend (Ind.): The League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area has published its nonpartisan 2016 Primary Election guide,, a one-stop shop for election information on key races for St. Joseph County voters at all levels, including president, Congress, county council, commissioner, surveyor, treasurer and recorder.
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney: University of Nebraska at Kearney students presented their civic engagement projects during UNK Talks on April 6, 2016. Organized by the UNK American Democracy Project, UNK Talks were inspired by TED Talks. Five students presented their projects for 8 to 12 minutes in front of a panel of judges. To learn more about the presenters and the winner, click here.


  • The Edit bi-weekly newsletter by The New York Times for students. Sign up here.


  • The recording of the first ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 webinar on Becoming a Voter-Friendly Campus can be accessed here.
  • The second ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 webinar on National Study of Learning, Voting & Engagement (NSLVE) is available here.



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