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#CLDE15: Volunteer to Review Program Proposals for the ADP/TDC/NASPA Meeting

There is still time to be a part of the 2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (#CLDE15) Meeting. There are many ways to participate in this meeting, which is a unique collaboration of ADP, TDC, and NASPA as we work together to facilitate true exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and engagement work.

This year’s conference theme is “The Stewardship of Place – A Civic mission of Higher Education. Program proposals are invited on any topic related to CLDE, particularly those concerning the following themes:

  • Stewardship of Place – A Civic Mission of Higher Education
  • Partnerships between Academic and Student Affairs
  • Civic Pathways
  • Engaging Diverse Students
  • Developing Community Partnerships
  • Assessment of Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

More details about the conference can be found online.

We look forward to seeing you at the New Orleans Marriott on June 4-June 6th. As we join the people of New Orleans in commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the 50th anniversary of the Higher Education Act, we will explore our individual and institutional responsibilities and contributions to our democracy both in New Orleans and in the communities in which our institutions reside.


What’s New with ADP │January 2015


  • State of the Union Watch Event and Tweet-Up, January 20, 2015
  • The ADP/TDC National Meeting is now #CLDE15 with NASPA and will be held in New Orleans, La., June 4-6, 2015
  • Yellowstone Faculty Seminar, July 27-August 1, 2015


ADP, TDC and NASPA Announce New Partnership for 2015 Civic Learning Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment (TDC) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education announced a partnership to strengthen and deepen both public and private institutional commitments to advancing the civic learning and democratic engagement of college students. Leaders from AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP), TDC and NASPA will provide direction for the partnership and the combined national meeting, to be held June 4-6 in New Orleans, La. Read more here.

Note:  Registration and Call for Proposals for #CLDE15 are now open. Read more here.

AASCU Spearheads National Initiative Focused on Economic Inequality

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is spearheading a national effort to engage students in the topic of economic inequality and its impact on democracy through a three-year initiative. Leading the 31 participating institutions in this effort are Keene State College (N.H.) and Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) of Gardner, Mass.; all participants are members of AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) or The Democracy Commitment (TDC). Read more here.

2015 Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone National Park

2015 marks the 11th summer of our Yellowstone seminar, part of the American Democracy Project’s Stewardship of Public Lands Initiative. The seminar, a partnership with the Yellowstone Association, is open to faculty members from any academic discipline. Read more here.


Reflections from White House Civic Summit on Higher Education

Harry Boyte from the American Commonwealth Partnerships reports on the White House Civic Summit on Higher Education. The summit took place at Tufts University (Mass.). The White House, working with the Department of Education, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Tuft’s Tisch College of Citizenship, organized a gathering on higher education’s civic purposes. Read more here.

2014 Midterm Elections Tweet-Up

ADP and TDC teamed up to cultivate a multi-campus digital dialogue about the 2014 Midterm Elections during a week-long period in November.  ADP and TDC encouraged student and faculty to engage in a discussion via Twitter about issues addressed in this important election cycle—including the domestic policy issues most affecting higher education. Read more here.

ADP in the News

What We’re Reading

Partners & Friends


January 6-9: ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Organizing Institute
January 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 20: State of the Union Address Watch Event and Tweet-Up
February 8: Deadline for CLDE proposals
February 16: Presidents Day
April 27: Deadline for CLDE early-bird registration
June 4-6: ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting
July 27-August 1: Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone National Park


Common Cause Writing Competition on defining a “Gerrymander Standard”


Common Cause is pleased to announce its inaugural “Gerrymander Standard” Writing Competition. The U.S. Supreme Court has long suggested there is a limit for what is acceptable partisan gerrymandering, but like obscenity, so far the line is undefined and left to courts to know it when they see it. The Court has said that it is willing to hear constitutional challenges to partisan gerrymandering, but existing legal theories have been insufficient to empower citizens with the tools they need to overturn partisan gerrymanders in court. This is your chance to change that.

Common Cause invites legal and social science practitioners, scholars, and students to submit papers proposing a new definition of partisan gerrymandering or further developing an existing standard. Winning papers will be selected by a distinguished panel of former State Supreme Court Justices, litigators, and election scholars.

Prizes will be as follows:

  • 1st place – $5,000
  • 2nd place – $3,000
  • 3rd place – $2,000

The top entries will also be published in Election Law Journal, the leading academic publication in the elections field. Common Cause will cover expenses for winners to travel to Washington, DC in the fall of 2015 to present their papers.

How to Submit a Paper
Please review the 2015 “Gerrymander Standard” Writing Competition Submission Requirements before submitting your entry. Submissions must be sent to by Friday, February 27. Do not include any information identifying yourself in the paper. Include your name, phone number, and address only in the body of the cover email. Feel free to email us at with any questions.

Flyer about this writing competition.





What’s New with ADP? October 2014 Edition


  • #ADPTDC15 will be held in New Orleans, La., June 4-6, 2015


Addressing Campus Sexual Assault: AASCU’s Partnership with Culture of Respect

AASCU President Muriel Howard sent a message to AASCU Presidents describing a new AASCU partnership with an organization called Culture of Respect. This organization, which was founded by a group of concerned parents, is an independent, nonprofit organization. We believe this is an opportunity to effect change through a collaborative and transformative process, one that provides resources to all involved in campus sexual assault response and prevention. Read more here.



Civic Science and the Grand Challenges of the 21st Century
The “Civic Science” field emerges out of an initiative of the American Commonwealth Partnership, which in turn spun out of ADP’s Civic Agency initiative with Harry Boyte and the Center for Democratic Citizenship. Civic science, developed over a number of years, is a mode of inquiry and action which integrates scientific approaches and other ways of knowing with civic agency and democratic practices. It seeks to address “grand challenges” like climate, health, early childhood education, and sustainable agriculture while simultaneously deepening democracy. Read more here.

100 AASCU and NASPA Member Institutions Partner with TurboVote

In September, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education announced that 100 member institutions have adopted TurboVote, an innovative “one-stop-shop” voter engagement platform, thanks to a partnership between two higher education associations and the nonpartisan nonprofit technology organization, Democracy Works. Read more here.

Constitution Day 2014

Every year American Democracy Project campuses across the country celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. Constitution Day falls on September 17th each year, and this year we are celebrating the 227th anniversary of the document’s signing. Read more about campuses’ celebrations here.

ADP Schools Commemorate 9/11

ADP schools across the country are commemorating the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Read more here.

Campus Spotlights:

  • Community Engagement at the University of Alaska Anchorage This campus spotlight feature’s the University of Alaska Anchorage’s CCEL or Center for Community Engagement & Learning. CCEL “serves as the intersection of student learning, faculty research and creative activity, and community engagement.  Our mission is to connect academic programs with community needs to use scholarship and action for the mutual benefit of the University and the State, its communities, and its diverse people.” Read more here.
  • Georgia College Teach-In: Events in Ferguson, Missouri A standing room only crowd of nearly 150 students, faculty, staff, and community citizens attended a teach-in at Georgia College that addressed the events in Ferguson, MO and the related issues of race, class, and inequity in American society. Read more here.
  • UMBC’s New Kiva U. Chapter: Microlending for Social Impact Thanks to a grant from OneMain Financial, UMBC will join Loyola University in launching the first two formally designated Kiva University chapters in Maryland. Kiva U seeks to engage students and educators in a global effort to expand financial inclusion, foster community, and have a tangible positive impact on issues that matter to them. Read more here.

ADP in the News: Brush up on what’s been happening on ADP campuses.

 What We’re Reading

 Partners & Friends


November 4:  Election Day
November 6 & 7: Global Challenges Institute (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey)

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