ADP along with Metropolitan State University of Denver were honored last week at the first ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Awards Ceremony. More than 40 ADP campuses also earned seals of achievement.
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Our colleagues at Campus Compact of the Mountain West are co-hosting a webinar on November 2nd that features a set of AASCU campuses and will likely be of interest to many in the ADP network:
From Concept to Action:
Assessing Campus Contributions to Regional Civic Health and Equity
Thursday, November 2, 1-2:30 pm MST
Too often, campus officials point to input measures such as the number of volunteer hours and financial resources given and service-learning courses offered when assessing the contributions of community/campus engagement. While these input measures tell campus and community stakeholders a lot about a campus’s commitment to community engagement, they reveal little about the measurable contributions of campus/community engagement. Input measures also often fail to involve community members in assessing campus/community engagement. This yearlong, statewide Collective Impact project involving four Colorado universities, community leaders, and Campus Compact of the Mountain West created strategies for assessing the contributions of campus/community engagement to regional civic health and equity. Of particular importance was ensuring community stakeholders were closely involved in the development and dissemination of assessment tools.
During this webinar, representatives from Colorado State University-Pueblo, University of Colorado Denver, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Denver, and Campus Compact Mountain West present lessons learned and strategies used to assess campus contributions to regional civic health and equity. Webinar participants will have access to the final assessment tools created by each campus. Finally, CCMW presenters will connect these civic health and equity assessments to the work of the Civic Health Network, to national efforts that support institutional goals such as the creation of a Civic Action Plan, and to applying for the Carnegie Foundation’s elective Community Engagement Classification.
Facilitators: Liliana Diaz, University of Denver; Megan Frewalt, University of Colorado Denver; Katie Kleinhesselink, CCMW; Cecilia Orphan, University of Denver; Deborah Romero, University of Northern Colorado; Stephanie Schooley, CCMW; David Volk, Colorado State University-Pueblo. This initiative was made possible by a generous grant from the Public Good Fund of DU’s Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning.
Free to Campus Compact Members, $75 for Non-Members
On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, National Voter Registration Day, James Madison University officially launched it’s new James Madison Center for Civic Engagement.
The James Madison Center for Civic Engagement will provide critical support for the University’s efforts to be a national model for civic engagement and to advance the legacy of James Madison; ensure strategic visibility for the University’s civic engagement efforts; track and record curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular civic engagement activities; funnel data to and from different units on camps as a one-stop civic engagement resource center; and disseminate information broadly to both internal and external constituents.
More than 50 guests — faculty, staff and students — gathered in Madison Union to hear remarks from inaugural executive director and associate professor of political science Abe Goldberg; JMU president Jon Alger; ADP’s Jen Domagal-Goldman; the Center’s associate director, Bill Wilson; and student Samantha Cantrell from the student government association. Samantha and President Alger then registered a student to vote during the ceremony.
JMU has played an increasingly prominent role in our American Democracy Project and is being awarded one of AASCU’s three inaugural Civic Learning and Community Engagement Awards this fall. We look forward to continued collaborations with JMU and its new Center.
JMU and the new James Madison Center for Civic Engagement truly are Madison’s legacy. He was an ardent advocate for higher education and wrote in an 1822 letter, “Learned institutions throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty….What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable than that of liberty and learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support.”
Liberty and learning do indeed go hand-in-hand and we at ADP look forward to watching both flourish at JMU.
ADP’s Digital Polarization Initiative is led by ADP Civic Fellow Mike Caulfield of Washington State University, Vancouver. WSUV’s Fall 2017 magazine Northwest Crimson & Gray features a cover story about Mike and this important work.
In part the story suggests that “In the internet era, it is more difficult than ever to be able to separate fact from fiction” (p. 2). The article suggests a set of websites for fact-check on the web, tells the story of Mike’s interest in this work and shares a set of strategies for fast fact-checking (from reading laterally to going upstream to the original source).
As Mike suggests, “The web is both the largest propaganda machine ever created and the most amazing fact-checking tool ever invented. But if we haven’t taught our students those capabilities, is it any surprise that propaganda is winning? (p. 5).
Learn more about Mike, WSUV and ADP’s Digital Polarization Initiative in this News and Misinformation article.
FSU was designated a Voter Friendly Campus by the Campus Vote Project for its efforts to engage students in the 2016 election — one of just two Maryland schools named to the list of 83 American campuses. Now FSU is joining a national network to complement existing efforts to engage students in the democratic process.
“ADP is a very good fit with the direction we are moving in — especially the partnership between my office, the J. Glenn Beall Institute and the Student Government Association,” said Patrick O’Brien, director of FSU’s Office of Civic Engagement, which spearheads democratic engagement efforts. “Our three entities have really been working together to get students more engaged in our democracy.”
Participating in ADP will give Frostburg faculty, staff and students access to a national network of peers and resources related to civic learning and community engagement.
“The American Democracy Project will be both a resource and an opportunity for FSU students seeking to grow into future civic leaders,” said SGA President James Kirk. “For many students, college is the period in our lives when we learn the immense value in becoming active and informed citizens, allowing us to witness the positive impacts we can make in our communities.”
Over the past two years, Frostburg’s SGA and the Beall Institute co-sponsored a series of events with O’Brien’s office to encourage engagement with the 2016 election. A campus-wide voter registration drive ensured every eligible student was able to register before the election. Town hall meetings fostered discussion and debate of pressing issues and potential solutions, including a caucus night where students experienced an Iowa-style caucus. Other events included a presidential debate viewing series, debates about foreign and domestic issues and a mock election night.
Participating in ADP will connect Frostburg with resources to boost democratic participation, such as guides to engaging students, online tools to check voter status and facilitate registration, informational webinars, national civic learning and democratic engagement meetings, special days of action and reflection, speaker series and award programs.
“ADP’s values are very much aligned with what Frostburg wants to do with democratic engagement,” said O’Brien.
AASCU founded the American Democracy Project in 2003 to produce college and university graduates with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences needed to be informed, engaged community members. ADP member institutions can be found in 46 states and Washington, D.C.
For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu/sci/civic-engagement-home.