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Reminder to RSVP Now: ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 Webinar on “Demystifying Youth Voting-Why Some Young People Vote and Some Don’t” | Wednesday April 27th, 2016 (Tomorrow)

This is the 3rd of our ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 webinar series powered by icitizen. There will be six total webinars between now and November 2016 — all will be open to faculty, staff, students and friends.


ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 Webinar on “Demystifying Youth Voting – Why Some Young People Vote and Some Don’t” |Wednesday, April 27th

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life. CIRCLE’s scholarly research informs policy and practice for healthier youth development and a better democracy. It is based at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

In this webinar, CIRCLE’s Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and Abby Kiesa 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.  The presenters will also facilitate a discussion about some promising practices on how to engage college students to get mobilized and mobilize others.  Some of the practices will go outside of the college campuses, for example, by connecting college students with high schools.  Audience participation is highly encouraged, both through questions and sharing ideas.

  • Speakers:
    Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director from CIRCLE and
    Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator & Researcher from CIRCLE
  • When:
    Wednesday, April  27, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST
  • RSVP here.

[#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

Your Questions Answered about the Voter Friendly Campus designation



naspa_and_cvp_logo__large1Good Housekeeping has their seal as a stamp of approval and indication of good products. Campus Vote Project and NASPA are teaming up to offer our own recognition for campuses that help students register and vote.

The Voter Friendly Campus Designation program is a brand new opportunity and we want to answer some basic questions to help administrators decide if they should sign up. Voter Friendly Campus Designation Interest Forms due May 13, 2016.

Q. What is the Voter Friendly Campus designation program?

This program helps institutions develop a plan that will coordinate administrators, faculty, and student organizations in civic and electoral engagement. After colleges and universities execute their plan to help students register and vote in the 2016 elections, campuses will be evaluated and designated as an official Voter Friendly Campus.

Q. Why should my college or university sign up to be designated a Voter Friendly Campus?

A. In addition to educating students, fostering civic learning is a goal of many colleges and universities. By helping students register and vote, campuses will help students be active participants in our democracy. The Voter Friendly Campus designation helps administrators develop a plan using our checklist and set clear goals so a path can be created well in advance of November. These activities can be institutionalized for the following years, keeping students engaged as they enter, and move through their time at school.

Q. What happens after we are designated a Voter Friendly Campus?

A. Campuses that follow through on their plan to register students and help them cast a ballot will be recognized and sent materials that can be used on the college or university’s website and on social media.  CVP and NASPA will maintain and promote an Honor Roll of the institutions that receive the designation.

Q. Does the designation have to be renewed?

A. Yes, designations awarded in early 2017 will be valid through 2018, with an updated round of Voter Friendly Campuses designations in early 2019.  The development of the initial plan will put your campus in a good position to continue these activities for years to come. After seeing the results from 2016, plans can be modified and adapted to best suit the campus and its students and lead the campus’ efforts to maintain the designation in future cycles.

Q. If I sign up for the interest form am I committed to participating?

A. We hope you continue with the program after you learn more about expectations and activities that can help students register and vote, but there is no penalty if you don’t follow through with the program.

Q. Are there any fees associated with participating in this program?

A. There is no cost to join the Voter Friendly Campus designation program. Many of the tools we recommend in the checklist use existing communications tools like email, social media, and the current website. We also recommend working with student groups and campus volunteers to help spread the word. It is your choice if you decide to spend additional funds to engage student voters.

Voter Friendly Campus Designation Interest Forms due May 13, 2016. Sign up today.

This program is endorsed by our colleagues at the American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment, and Young Invincibles. We hope to have a long list of campuses participating in this effort and educating student voters on registration and voting.

If you have any questions please contact:
Mike Burns
Director, Campus Vote Project Director
P: (202) 331-0114 E:

Stephanie Reynolds
Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA
P: (202) 719-1193 E:



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