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#ADPTDC14 Meeting in Review: Forging Civic Pathways for Student Success

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Our recent 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville, Ky. brought together a collection of faculty, students, administrators, community partners and representatives from our national sponsor and partner organizations committed to advancing civic learning and engagement through public higher education. Collectively, we considered how to advance civic pathways for student success—by identifying existing pathways and forging new ones. We also contemplated the role of social media in our work and the relationship between journalism and our democracy. Together, we celebrated another year of doing hard and important work by sharing stories and strategies for scaling up and focusing our efforts to drive civic learning and engagement into the core of higher education. We committed ourselves to continuing to work to equip all students with the civic knowledge, skills, experiences and dispositions they need to be successful throughout their careers and as citizens.

Highlights of our time together:

By The Numbers

493 participants, representing 156 different campuses and organizations

  • 67 ADP Campuses
  • 44 TDC Campuses
  • 125 Students
  • 8 Sponsors
  • 27 Partner & Friends Organizations

Social Media Use and #ADPTDC14


  • More than 2,500 mentions on both Facebook and Twitter
  • Overall 90% of those posts were positive in sentiment
  • The peak in social media conversation was on Thursday morning during the #Online plenary session
  • Discourse, Dialogue, and Deliberation was the most popular subtopic, accounting for 40% of all social media posts

Selected Tweets:

Program Overview

  • The full program agenda is available for download here (pdf).
  • New this year was a National Community College Organizing day for TDC and a Day of Service at Family Scholar House.
  • After being welcomed to Louisville by Mayor Greg Fischer, national participants considered ways to create and scale-up civic pathways for student success on their campuses and in their communities.

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  • During Friday morning’s “#Online: Democracy Gone Digital” plenary session, Suey Park and The Harry Potter Alliance’s Lauren Bird discussed civic participation and activism via social media.

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  • The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting’s Mark Shulte spoke about “Untold Stories of the Connected World: Journalism as an Instrument for Citizenship” and shared two thought-provoking examples of video journalism: Sean Gallagher’s The Toxic Price of Leather and Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden trek from Ethiopia to Patagonia.
  • Four awards for civic learning and engagement were presented during Friday’s awards lunch. Read more about the awards and their recipients here.

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  • In our closing plenary session, faculty and students from ADP and TDC campuses reflected with us about the national meeting and challenged us to further advance the roles of civic learning and engagement on our campuses over the course of the next year.

Comments from National Meeting attendees:

  • “This is THE place to network with civic engagement movers and shakers!”
  • “I was so impressed (again) with the depth and quality of the participation of our student members. They give me great hope for the future.”
  • “The tone of this conference is one of the best I have ever encountered.  The blend of faculty, campus leaders and engaged students is terrific.  There’s also a clear sense that everyone is there with common work in mind.”

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We hope to see you in New Orleans, Louisiana June 4-6, 2015, for the next ADP/TDC National Meeting where we will continue our important work of preparing informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.

PowerPoints and other handouts from the meeting are available through the meeting’s QuickMobile mobile app for the next year.

Finally, to see more pictures from the meeting, visit the ADP Facebook Page and AASCU homepage; please send any photos you took to so that we can upload them to Facebook.

ADP/TDC Day of Service Recap

By Caitlin Reilly, Program Associate, American Democracy Project

Today about 20 of our meeting attendees, along with representatives from our sponsor GiveGab and O’Sheas, the host of our closing reception, volunteered at the Family Scholar House for our first ever ADP/TDC Day of Service.  The Family Scholar house is an organization that works with single parents to break the cycle of poverty by nurturing both the parent and the child. The program is organized around a closed campus where single parents and their children are encouraged to build a sense of community,while the parents work toward their college degrees.  The Family Scholar House provides a home for families, mentorship for parents and daycare for their children.

Our volunteers participated in a number of different activities around the campus.  Several attendees planted flowers in decorative pots around campus.  They also planted an herb garden for residents to use in the cooking classes organized by the Family Scholar House or on their own.

Other volunteers spent the day cleaning a the children’s “sensory playroom,” writing “egg-firmations” (affirmations put in Easter eggs for residents to pick up when they need a little inspiration or encouragement), or reading to and playing with kids at a campus day-care.

We had a wonderful day at the Family Scholar House and were so excited to be a part of the wonderful work that they do.  We’re looking forward to continuing to give back next year in New Orleans!

Check out some more pictures from our inaugural Day of Service!

#LovinLouisville #10 |Crossing the Finish Line

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator
Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.
Reason #10? The closing reception…
…Because if there is anything we know how to do besides put on one energy-filled, content-packed conference agenda, it’s celebrate our efforts and spend some quality time with our ADP/TDC peeps after all the hard work is done.
This year, our closing reception is even more special to us as we are hosting it atPatrick O’Shea’s on Main Street—for those of you who don’t know, Patrick O’Shea’s does phenomenal work in the Louisville community and donated some of its staff to our first annual Day of Service.
Things you need to know about the closing reception:
  • There will be awesome food, including Kentucky-themed goodness (e.g., hot browns) in the Whiskey Cellar.
  • Also in the Whiskey Cellar, a bluegrass band; yes, we got a band, and you can preview them by clicking here.
  • If bluegrass isn’t your thing, no worries—we have a DJ and a dance floor; if it’s anything like last year, I would expect some Cupid’s Shuffle.
  • On the third level of the venue (did we mention we have the whole place to ourselves?), we have a Mexican-themed menu and a patio waiting for you.
  • It’s gonna be awesome.
So put on your favorite elastics waistband jeans and dancing shoes.  You’re in for a ENGAGING (civically that is) night!

#LovinLouisville #8│eCitizenship Strand

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU

Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.

Reason #8? The eCitizenship Strand!

Throughout the conference, you’ll notice an emphasis on eCitizenship and how social media and other technologies can help bolster on-the-ground, in-person community organizing, activism and engagement. We’ll be using #ADPTDC14 to discuss meeting themes on Twitter (make sure to follow @ADPaascu and @TDCnational) and are thrilled that Clemson University’s Social Media Listening Center (SMLC) will be providing live analysis of the social media surrounding this national gathering of two-year and four-year folks committed to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement.

You can learn more about eCitizenship via the themed (eC) sessions below and read more about Clemson’s SMLC on the ADP National Blog here .  We covered the eCitizenship-themed plenary #Online: Democracy Gone Digital earlier in our #LovinLouisville series; if you missed it, you can read about it here. You can also learn more about the eCitizenship Initiative, one of ADP’s civic engagement in action national initiatives in collaboration with Wayne State University’s (Mich.) Center for the Study of Citizenship on the ADP website here.

(eC) eCitizenship-themed Sessions to Note:

  • (eC) Breakfast Session: Smart, Digital Organizing for Coordinated & Powerful Civic Engagement (open to all)
    To leverage the power of new digital tools and take civic engagement and community organizing efforts online, a new approach to organizing is essential. Learn how to leverage key principles of digital organizing to build and scale effective campus and civic community engagement efforts.
    Presenter:  Hilary Doe, Director of Business Development, NationBuilder.


  • Breakfast Session:  Connecting your Campus Community through Service—How to Leverage Social Media to Achieve Your Civic Engagement Goals (open to all)
    Chances are, thousands of students and alumni are performing volunteer work on your campus, but those hours are going unreported. GiveGab, the Social Network for Volunteers, enables schools and their community partners to collaborate online to recruit and manage volunteers. Learn how GiveGab focuses on community to expand and promote your civic efforts.
    Presenters:  Jed Shireman, Development Executive, Higher Ed; and Tonyehn Verkitus, Executive Director of Community Citizenship, GiveGab


  •  (eC) (Pol) Breakfast Session:  
    This session introduces participants to TurboVote, an online voter engagement platform, and outlines an exciting new partnership between AASCU, NASPA and TurboVote. TurboVote staff reviews the technical nuts and bolts of the system and answer questions about how it works and best practices for implementation.
    Presenters:  Sam Novey, Director of Partnerships and Adrienne Lever, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, TurboVote;
    Vilma Fuentes, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Cody Patton, Student Government Director of External Affairs, Santa Fe College (Fla.);
    Samantha Figueroa, SGA Director of Civic Engagement, Towson University (Md.)


  • Friday Plenary: #Online: Democracy Gone Digital
    We carry the Internet in our pockets, and it has changed the way we work, shop, play and interact with each other. It’s also changing the way we teach and learn as well as how we organize and mobilize for or against the causes we care about. But are the connections and communities we build online authentic? Can anything worth saying be said in 140 characters? Does online activism actually start revolutions? What does it mean to be an eCitizen? What are our responsibilities in these new public spaces? And how can we harness the power of emergent technologies to advance civic learning and engagement efforts on our campuses? Join us for a moderated conversation about a world online and how we share within and shape it.
    Moderator:  Mike Stout, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Missouri State University
    Presenters:  Lauren Bird, Spokesperson & Digital Content Strategist at the Harry Potter Alliance;
    Suey Park, Writer, Comedian and Activist
    Student Respondent:  Monica Bustinza, Student, Miami Dade College (Fla.)


  • (eC) Featured Session: Clemson University’s Social Media Listening Center: Exploring Avenues for Connection, Collaboration and Assessment
    This session explores Clemson University’s Social Media Listening Center (SMLC) as an avenue to promote and assess civic engagement via social media.
    Presenters:  Joseph P. Mazer, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Director, Social Media Listening Center; and Brandon Boatwright, Lecturer and Assistant Director, Social Media Listening Center, Clemson University (S.C.)


  • (eC) (Stu) Featured Session: Dumbledore’s Army: Now Recruiting
    The Harry Potter Alliance uses popular culture to empower fans to be like the heroes they read about. Using the power of story, the HPA educates and mobilizes non-traditional activists towards social justice. Come learn how fan activism works and how you can become a member of Dumbledore’s Army.
    Presenter:  Lauren Bird, Spokesperson, Harry Potter Alliance


  • (eC) Roundtable Discussion:  Academic Freedom and Free Speech—Not in Kansas with the Regents’ new Social Media Policy
    If I use social media to post this, I risk suspension or even termination as a tenured professor at a Kansas Regents’ university if it impairs “harmony among co-workers” among several other things.  The Kansas Board of Regents newly enacted social media policy may have a chilling effect on eCitizenship.  Join this roundtable to discuss similar challenges in your state.
    Presenter:  Rob Catlett, Director, Centers for Economic Education and Community Research, Emporia State University (Kan.)


  • (eC) Social Media 101 (open to all)
    #ADPTDC14 attendees, need the 411 on how to be an #eCitizen who engages digitally in the Twitterverse? If these words sound like Greek to you, join us for this brief but informative crash course on today’s hottest social media channels, what is trending, and what you need to know to effectively engage online. Digital novices welcome!
    Presenter: Stephanie South, National Coordinator, The Democracy Commitment


  • (Stu) (CL) (eC) Lightning Round: Variety
    Moderator:  Leah Jacobs, Program Advisor, Grants Resource Center, AASCU


  • (eC) (CL) Teaching Demonstration: Online Pathways to Community-Engaged Leadership: Preparing Students to Understand the Purposes and Processes of Democratic Engagement
    Colleges and universities are now facing increased pressures to deliver courses online. This theoretically informed and practice focused session highlights basic strategies to integrate service-learning teaching methods into online courses that adhere to the principles of community engagement and embody the methods of democratic engagement.
    Presenter:  Brandon W. Kliewer, Assistant Professor of Civic Engagement & Director of Community-Engaged Scholarship, Florida Gulf Coast University & Points of Light


  • (eC) (CP) Teaching Demonstration: Creating Civic Pathways through eService-learning
    Have you ever wondered how to take that wonderful service-learning you do in face to face class and use it online?  Come and learn about eService-learning, the ways you can incorporate it into your class, tools you need and how to get your community partner involved.
    Presenter:  Kathy Nordyke, Director, Service Learning, Missouri State University


  • (eC) (Pol) Mini-Featured Session: Tweet Up: Watching the State of the Union Address
    Multiple ADP and TDC institutions were involved in a State of the Union National Tweet Up, a live political discussion via Twitter. Students from these institutions had a lively national conversation about the speech. Hear how to conduct a Tweet Up as well as data analysis of the conversation.
    Presenters:  Leah A Murray, Associate Professor of Political Science, Faculty in Residence of the Center for Community Engaged Learning, Weber State University (Utah) and
    Steve Hunt, Professor, School of Communication, Illinois State University


  • Closing Plenary: Social Media Listening Center Findings
    Presenters:  Joseph P. Mazer, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Director, Social Media Listening Center; and Brandon Boatwright, Lecturer and Assistant Director, Social Media Listening Center, Clemson University (S.C.)


You can download a Word Document containing all of the sessions designated as part of the eCitizenship strand.

#LovinLouisville #6│Students Only

By Caitlin Reilly, Program Associate, The American Democracy Project

Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.

Reason #6? Student-focused programming!

We’re super excited by the student participation we get at ADP/TDC national meetings. Thus, we wanted to take a minute to highlight some of the student-specific programming and ideas we have planned for Louisville, Ky.

[Stu] The Student Strand: Introducing thematic strands this meeting has allowed us to point out sessions that might be of particular interest to students.  Watch out for programming labeled with “Stu.”  This indicates that the session especially created with you, the students, in mind.  Of course, as with all other strand designations, the student strand is merely a suggestion—all are welcome to come to these sessions. That said, here are some student-focused sessions we think you should look out for:

Student Breakfast on Saturday, June 7 @ 7 a.m. Get an early start on Saturday June 7 with the Student Breakfast from 7:00 to 8:15 a.m.  This is session provides a great chance to get to know your peers, network and share ideas about how to organize for our movement. Also, we’re not saying there will be a speed-dating like exercise, but…we’re not saying there won’t be.

Please note: We request an RSVP for this event. You likely checked this box when you registered, but if not, please send an email to Cait Reily at to RSVP.

Mini-Featured Sessionon Saturday, June 7 @ 2:45 p.m.

Student Journalism Fellowships:  Global Reach, Local Resonance            

Join our Saturday Plenary speaker, Mark Schulte, for this session on student journalism fellowships.  College students interested in training as journalists or just sharpening their communications skills in an exciting global context can apply for Pulitzer Center student reporting fellowships as part of our campus consortium. Come learn more about how you can cover the world with our help!

Presenter: Mark Schulte, Education Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Concurrent Session on Saturday, June 7 @ 3:30 p.m.

Student Feedback Laboratory: Student Review & Critique Session for Proposed Civic Workshop        

Student input is solicited to refine structure and content for a new workshop on service and volunteerism. This workshop is intended to help disenfranchised students consider how their own interests and lived experiences can be applied in a powerful way to meet community needs.

Presenter: Alberto Olivas, Director of the Center for Civic Participation, Maricopa Community Colleges (Ariz.)

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