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[#CLDE16] Plenary Sessions & Registration Reminder

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It’s hard to believe we’re less than two months away from the upcoming 2016 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting in Indianapolis, In.

This year, the CLDE Meeting planning committee is excited to kick-off our convening with an opening plenary of short and engaging CivEd Talks on Thursday, June 2 at 2:30 p.m. featuring:

  • Austin Belali, Director, Youth Engagement Fund
  • David Hoffman, Assistant Director of Student Life for Civic Agency, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director, Center for Information & Research on Civic Leadership and Engagement (CIRCLE)

On Friday, June 3 at 9:30 a.m. we will jump-start our morning with a plenary session featuring Politically Speaking, Indianapolis Edition: Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights in Indiana.  Modeled after the live television weekly TV program Indiana University South Bend’s Elizabeth Bennion moderates on WNIT-TV (South Bend), this session will highlight diverse perspectives on the issue of LGBT rights and religious freedom in Indiana. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the debate and the host city and state, as well as ways to moderate difficult dialogues on controversial political issues. Please note that while we believe strongly in the political processes of our democracy, from advocacy to protest, and from deliberation to voting, and in our responsibility in the CLDE community to teach about and with these tools, we also stand on the side of social justice and the full inclusion of all our participants and community members in our meeting, our programs, and our democracy.

In closing, on Saturday, June 4 at 8:45 a.m. our CLDE partners at the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University (Mass.) will explore their work with the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) and how our campuses are utilizing this data to engage students, faculty, and administrators in voter education, registration and turnout. In this session on Fostering Campus Climate for Political Learning & Engagement, panelists will share a unique perspective on how our campuses have a responsibility to support a robust campus climate for nonpartisan political learning and engagement in our democracy 365 days a year.

The meeting is rapidly approaching and we would like to take a moment to remind you to register by April 25th for our best rates and that the hotel reservation deadline is May 10. You can register here. If you haven’t booked your room yet, please be sure to take advantage of the discounted room rate and reserve your room at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown by Tues., May 10.

There’s an excellent lineup of plenary speakers and experts who are champions of CLDE work, as such, we look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis to experience this meaningful professional development opportunity. For more information on speakers, the conference schedule, and to register if you haven’t already, please visit the 2016 CLDE website.

The 2016 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting Planning Committee


For specific inquiries use the contacts below:

For ADP programmatic questions, please contact:
Jen Domagal-Goldman
National Manager, American Democracy Project | (202) 478-7833

For TDC programmatic questions, please contact:
Gabriel Arteaga
National Manager, The Democracy Commitment
 | (202) 478-4675

For NASPA programmatic questions, please contact:
Stephanie Reynolds
Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA | (202) 719-1193

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