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What’s New with ADP? October 2014 Edition

SAVE THE DATE

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

REMINDERS

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOG

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

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

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

Save the Date: #ADPTDC15 National Meeting | June 4-6 in New Orleans

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Mark your calendars! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone for the 2015 American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana from June 4-6, 2016! 

Please note: The meeting schedule will be a bit different this year — we’ll start sessions bright and early on the morning of Thursday, June 4th and will finish by 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 6th. Make plans accordingly! Everyone will want to schedule their flights to arrive by the evening of Wednesday, June 3rd in order to attend the full program.

We’ll be ending the program with a closing plenary session featuring Danielle Allen speaking about her book Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014) -you won’t want to miss it! So schedule your flights to leave after 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 6th. However, the room rate will be available through Saturday evening.

Also, stay tuned for the call for proposals in early October — proposals will be due by the end of the calendar year in December. 


2015 ADP/TDC Meeting Theme

Each year we choose a meeting theme around which a variety of speakers and sessions are dedicated. Please note, however, that while we seek proposals that address the meeting theme, we also welcome all proposals related to broader civic learning and democratic engagement topics.

The 2015 meeting theme is “Stewardship of Place: A Civic Mission of Higher Education.”

Public higher education has a number of distinct yet overlapping civic missions, including: creating informed, engaged citizens; engaging in research on topics such as civic learning and development; serving as spaces for democratic dialogue and deliberation; and identifying and addressing community needs in partnership with other community members and organizations (The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CIRCLE, 2006).

Each of these civic missions involves the “place” where our institutions operate, and our meeting theme this year focuses on this: What role does place play in public higher education? How are our institutions involved in the multi-layered communities in which they are situated? How are our colleges and communities dependent on each other? What does it mean to act as stewards of these places, in teaching, research and service? How do we teach students to serve as stewards of their current and future communities?

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)—ADP’s parent organization and host of TDC’s national office—defines its member institutions as Stewards of Place, framing the work of these institutions as inexorably linked to the well-being of the communities, regions and states in which these colleges and universities are situated (AASCU, 2002). In a recent publication, AASCU asked its member institutions to consider their work as stewards of their communities in four distinct yet overlapping areas—economic and community development, k-12 education, internationalization, and—most relevant to our ADP and TDC work—civic learning and engagement (AASCU, 2014 – available soon!). Likewise, TDC’s member institutions, for which community is not just part of their title but their legacy, share a similar commitment to stewardship.

As we come together in June 2015 in New Orleans, we cannot think of a better location in which to explore this definition and focus on our work collectively and in alignment with this civic mission. Both the American Democracy Project (ADP) and The Democracy Commitment (TDC) share a deep commitment to ensuring that our institutions and our students are thoughtfully and meaningfully engaged in our often overlapping communities. 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.

Potential topics based on the meeting theme might include:

  • Role of place in public higher education
  • Campus/community partnerships
  • Examples of mission-driven community-based work
  • Community-based learning and research
  • Economic and community development efforts
  • Ways of mapping and measuring community impact
  • Shared institution/community events and spaces

Join us in New Orleans as we consider the meaning of place in public higher education and our role(s) as stewards of the spaces and places with which our campuses are so deeply entwined.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2014 – 2015 Civic Learning & Engagement Conferences and Events

2014 – 2015
Civic Learning and Engagement Conferences & Events

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SEPTEMBER

September 15
NERCHE’s 2014 Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement
University of Massachusetts, Boston | Boston
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-lynton-colloquium-on-the-scholarship-of-engagement-tickets-11916214719

September 17
Constitution Day
http://www.aascu.org/programs/adp/constitutionday/

September 28
National Voter Registration Day
http://www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org/
September 27 & 28
Citizen Alum Institute
University of Minnesota | Minneapolis MN
http://www.citizenalum.org/save-the-date-2014-citizen-alum-minnesota-institute-927-928/

September 28 & 29
ADP/TDC/MNCC Minnesota Civic Summit
Realizing the Civic Mission of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
St. Cloud State University | St. Cloud, Minnesota
http://www.aascu.org/meetings/adptdcregional14/

September 29–October 1
2014 International Association for Research on Service-Learning & Community Engagement Conference
“Reaping What We Sow: Growing a Culture of Community Engagement”
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
http://www.researchslce.org/conferences/

 

OCTOBER

October 2 & 3
2014 Campus Compact Heartland Conference
Lincoln, NE
http://associations.missouristate.edu/heartland

October 5–7
2014 CUMU (Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities) Conference
“Universities as Anchor Institutions: Driving Change”
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
http://www.cumuonline.org/conference/index.aspx

October 5–9
15th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference
“Rewarding Community-Engaged Scholarship: Transforming University Policies and Practices”
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
http://engagedscholarship.ca/news_events/save-the-date-15th-annual-engagement-scholarship-consortium-conference-oct-5-9-2014/

October 9–11
2014 Imagining America Conference
“Organizing. Culture. Change.”
Atlanta, GA
http://imaginingamerica.org/convenings/national-conference/

October 10
2014 National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)
“Connect. Empower. Act.”
American University, Washington, DC
http://www.ncoc.net/conference

October 15–17
4th Annual Eastern Region Campus Compact conference
Jacksonville, FL
http://ercompact.org/

October 17–19
National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation national meeting
“Democracy for the Next Generation”
Washington, DC
http://ncdd.org/events/ncdd2014

 

NOVEMBER

November 4
Election Day
http://www.aascu.org/programs/ADP/resources/voting/

November 6 & 7
ADP’s 2014 Global Challenges Institute
Educating Globally Competent Citizens
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

http://www.aascu.org/meetings/globalchallenges14/

November 18
Anchor Institutions Task Force annual conference
Chicago, IL
http://www.margainc.com/initiatives/aitf/2014_aitf_conference_agenda


JANUARY

January 19
Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service
http://www.mlkday.gov | http://www.aascu.org/programs/ADP/MLKDay/

January 20–22
2015 Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) – Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement (SoTE) Conference
“Reaching the Summit: Explorations in Meaningful Learning Through Community”
Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah
https://www.hetl.org/events/2015-hetl-sote-utah-conference/

 

FEBRUARY

February 17–18
NC Campus Compact’s 2015 Civic Engagement Institute and PACE Conference
“A Common Agenda, Collective Impact: Campus, Community, Compact”
Elon Unversity | Elon, NC
http://www.elon.edu/e-web/org/nccc/confMeet-civEngageInst.xhtml
http://www.elon.edu/e-web/org/nccc/confMeet-PACE.xhtml

February 19–22
2015 IMPACT Conference
Loyola Marymount University | Los Angeles, CA
http://www.impactconference.org/

 

MARCH

March 11–13
Gulf-South Summit
“Building Bridges between Education and Engagement”
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Little Rock, AR
http://www.gulfsouthsummit.org/

 

APRIL

April 8–11
2015 National Service-Learning Conference
Washington, D.C.
http://www.nylc.org/national-service-learning-conference

 

JUNE

June 4–6
ADP/TDC National Meeting
Stewardship of Place: A Civic Mission of Higher Education
New Orleans, Louisiana

 

What’s New with ADP? July 2014 Edition

SAVE THE DATE

  • #ADPTDC15 National Meeting in New Orleans June 4-6, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOG

Minnesota ADP/TDC/CC Civic Summit
September 28-29, 2014, St. Cloud State University (Minn.) will host a collaborative regional civic engagement conference, designed by two partner organizations, AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and Minnesota Campus Compact, and now joined by a new community college civic education organization, The Democracy Commitment (TDC).  The conference brings together administrators, faculty, staff, students and community partners to further advance the progress we have made together at a regional summit at on September 28 and 29, 2014. Read more here.

#ADPTDC14 Meeting in Review: Forging Civic Pathways for Student Success
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. Read more here. You can also read about the 2014 ADP/TDC Day of Service

What We’re Reading: The Impossible Will Take a Little While
Paul Loeb, founder of the Campus Election Engagement Project, has an updated edition of his political hope anthology, The Impossible Will Take a Little While. Loeb distributed free exam copies at June’s 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting. Read more here.

Economic Inequality: Announcing a Joint ADP/TDC National Initiative
This joint national initiative is being organized by teams at ADP’s Keene State College (N.H.) and TDC’s Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.). We are looking to identify two- and four-year institutions interested in helping us engage and begin to form civic pathways around this topic. A formal call for participation will be forthcoming. Read more here.

Massachusetts Adopts Policy on Civic Learning for Public Higher Education
In May, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) became the first in the nation to adopt a policy on civic learning for public college and university students. With the new policy, public two- and four- year higher education institutions in Massachusetts will be required to incorporate civic learning as an “expected outcome” for undergraduate students. Read more here.

Student Spotlight: CSU Fresno’s Elizabeth Olenchalk
California State University, Fresno junior Elizabeth Olenchalk was named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow in recognition of her commitment to community service and civic leadership. Read more here.

Partners & Friends

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

August 4-8:  ADP’s 2014 Stewardship of Public Lands Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone
September 17:  Constitution Day
September 28:  National Voter Registration Day
September 28-29: Minnesota ADP/TDC/CC Civic Summit
October 10: NCoC’s National Conference (Washington, DC)
November 4:  Election Day

2014 Important ADP Dates and Deadlines

Here are some important dates on our calendar for the upcoming year. What other civic engagement related events are on your calendar?

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January

February

March

  • March 10: ADP/TDC National Meeting proposers notified

April

May

June

July

  • July 4: Independence Day

August

September

  • September 1: Labor Day
  • September 17: Constitution Day
  • September 29: Minnesota Regional ADP Meeting

November

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