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What’s New with ADP | October 2015 Edition

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October 2015 Edition

     • #CLDE16: Mark your calendars! Join us in Indianapolis from June 2-4, 2016 for the 2016 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting co-sponsored by ADP, The Democracy Commitment (TDC) and NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The Call for Proposals will open in November and registration will open soon!

Economic Inequality Student Summit: The Keene State College (N.H.) ADP in partnership with Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.) is planning a two-day regional Student Public Policy Summit on March 4th and 5th, 2016 focused on funding for public higher education. This summit grows out of our work with on the ADP/TDC initiative on Economic Inequality.

Civic Engagement & Economic Inequality Conference: Lone Star College, Kingwood (T.X.) as a part of the ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative, is holding this conference to share pedagogies and activities that colleges and universities are using to talk about inequality on November 6th and 7th in Houston. Find out more here.

Voter Engagement Resources: Together, ADP and TDC have curated a set of new Electoral Engagement Resources to assist participating campuses in engaging students in the democratic process. The resources include links, toolkits and materials designed to engage student voters across the political spectrum.

Economic Inequality Initiative Campus Grants
Thanks to Weber State University’s (Utah) generosity under Provost Emeritus Michael Vaughan’s leadership, we are able to offer campus mini-grants of up to $1,000 to ADP/TDC Economic Inequality participating campuses for the purpose of advancing the work of this initiative. Applications are due by November 6, 2015 (extended deadline). Find more information here.

Constitution Day 2015
Constitution Day can be viewed as a celebratory event; and in many cases it is a celebration of an experiment in democratic governance that continues to balance rights to equality and liberty. On most of our campuses, however, Constitution Day is not (only) celebratory, but a day to spur people to think more deeply, to consider opposing perspectives, to spur citizens to action and to wrestle with complex issues facing our civic life and democratic institutions. Learn about what our campuses did here.

National Civic Learning Rubric Development
The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, along with faculty and academic professionals from across the country are collaborating on the development of a national Civic Learning Rubric. ADP’s director Jen Domagal-Goldman has been selected to serve as one of the project team members to develop the rubric. Learn more here.

• Fort Hays State University’s (K.S) ADP Poster Contest
• Middle Tennessee State University’s Bridging Cultures Grant from NEH
• Stockton University’s (N.J.) Activist in Residence Program
Strong Cities, Strong Communities grant at the University of North Carolina Greensboro
• You’ll also find a roundup of other campus ADP news here.

• CIRCLE’s latest research
• Lyon Software’s Community Impact Reports whitepaper

Rethinking Preparation for Work: A Civic-Enriched Liberal Education
The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

• November 3: Election Day
• November 11th: Veteran’s Day
• November 14th-15th: Lynton Colloquium on Scholarship and Engagement, Boston
• November 16th – 18th: Inter. Assoc. for Research on Service-Learning & Community Engagement Conference, Boston
• January 18th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
• March 20th-23rd: National Campus Compact – 30th Anniversary Conference, Boston
• June 2-4: ADP/TDC/NASPA #CLDE16 Meeting, Indianapolis
• August 1-6: ADP Stewardship of Public Lands Seminar, Yellowstone

Economic Inequality Initiative: Student Summit planned for March 2016

The Keene State College (N.H.) American Democracy Project (ADP) in partnership with Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.) are planning a two-day regional Student Public Policy Summit on March 4th and 5th, 2016 focused on funding for Higher Education. This summit grows out of our work with on the ADP/TDC initiative on Economic Inequality.

As currently planned, the summit would incorporate educational opportunities through keynote speakers — including Tamara Draut — and program sessions, networking with faculty/staff and students from the Northeast, and experiential learning through participation in Congressional-style debate and engagement in “action” after the summit.

The first day of the summit will focus on providing students with opportunities to become acquainted with their peers, gain knowledge regarding the history and current issues involved in funding for public higher education as well as the functions, processes and procedures of Congress. Students will be provided with information to support role playing as an actual member of Congress in the weeks preceding the summit to model the current elected government representative political ideological perspectives.

Day two will engage students in a mock legislative session, beginning with the presentation of a bill regarding funding for higher education, followed by a time to caucus with their ideological colleagues leading into a congressional debate.  Debate will resume after lunch and the day will close with voting on the proposed and perhaps amended legislation.  A keynote speaker will bring the event to a close and help students process their experiences.

The following day, students will be invited to attend a session debriefing their experiences to assist in refining a model that will be shared with ADP/TDC institutions across the country in the hopes of encouraging similar regional summits throughout the 2016-2017 academic year and ending in a culminating event at the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting sponsored by ADP/TDC/NASPA in Baltimore.

Save the date and contact Kim Schmidl-Gagne, Program Coordinator at Keene State College at for more information.


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