• Upcoming Events

    ADP hosts professional development opportunities for faculty, administrators, staff and students of participating campuses. These opportunities take the form of webinars, institutes and regional conferences as well as our annual Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting.

    Learn more about our upcoming events below: 

    Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meetings

    • 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA
      June 7 - 10, 2017 
      Baltimore Marriott Waterfront • Baltimore, Maryland 

      The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us from June 7-10, 2017 in Baltimore, Md. for our annual conference which brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students, and community partners. Together we will work to ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities--both public and private--prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need.  Read More

    • 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting
      June 6 - 9, 2018
      Hyatt Regency Orange County • Anaheim, California


    • Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement: Building an Impactful Assessment Process 
      Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. ET 

      Please join the American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment for the following webinar:
      Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement: Building an Impactful Assessment Process. While many institutions are seeking to develop civic competency and engagement (CCE) in their students, there are seemingly infinite permutations of learning outcomes, institutional actions, and assessment methodologies. Terms like civic engagement, civic responsibility, service learning, and community engagement (among a host of others) are used to mean varying things across institutions. Colleges and universities also employ a wide variety of programs, including civic learning courses, service learning programs, and community engagement efforts. How do we ensure alignment among these outcomes and these activities? What types of data can and should we gather to examine the effectiveness of our efforts? Perhaps most importantly, how do make sure that we use those data in order to demonstrate our effectiveness and guide continuous improvement? This session will present best practices in defining and assessing CLDE, as well as how assessment models can relate to the development of an institutional assessment plan.

      Speakers: Ross Markle, Ph.D., Senior Research and Assessment Director, ETS; H Anne. Weiss,  Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
      Register here.
    • Virtual Discussion Forum:What to do in preparation of receiving your institution’s NSLVE Data?
      Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET 

      With 2016 NSLVE data just around the corner, what can institutions do now to prepare to leverage this resource on this campus? This webinar will review existing resources from the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education that can support institutions as they plan to roll out 2016 data at their campus. We will review the data that campuses can expect to receive, including some new additions to the NSLVE report, the NSLVE report tools, and ideas for sharing the data on your campus. In addition, we will discuss some existing resources that campuses can implement this spring to further understand their campus climate for political learning. 

      Presenter: Ishara Casellas Connors, Associate Director,  Institute for Democracy and Higher Education
      Register here

    Workshops & Institutes

    • ADP/TDC Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training Workshop with The Kettering Foundation
      Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET
      AASCU Offices • 1307 New York Ave., NW | 5th Floor | Washington, DC 20005

      Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, American Democracy Project National Manager, AASCU
      Verdis LeVar Robinson
      , National Director, The Democracy Commitment

      John R. Dedrick
      , Vice President and Program Director, Kettering Foundation
      Kara Lindaman
      , Professor of Political Science/Public Administration, Winona State University (Minn.)
      William Muse
      , President Emeritus, National Issues Forum Institute
      John J. Theis
      , Director of the Center For Civic Engagement, Lone Star College (TX)

      Democratic dialogue and deliberation build civic capacities and consciences to tackle the highly salient and most complex wicked problems facing communities today.  It rejects the expert model of technical expertise and specialization towards a truly democratic framework of accessibility and empowerment. The practice of dialogue and deliberation cultivates student abilities necessary to explore enduring and multidisciplinary questions and solve persistent public problems. Thus, the capacities necessary for productive and meaningful dialogue and deliberation—critical thinking, empathic listening, creative problem solving, ethical leadership, collaboration, issue framing—are not only essential for sustaining a vibrant democracy, they are the best preparation for our students/citizens/graduates to be successful in the 21st century. 

      This training will guarantee your eligibility to be a moderator at our  2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting's Dialogue and Deliberation Plenary Session: " Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?" on Friday, June 9, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.

      Please join us for this free training by registering HERE by Friday, March 31, 2017.  Lunch will be provided.  Click  here  for the tentative agenda.

    • ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative | 2017 Student Summit on Social Mobility
      Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9 a.m. ET to Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3 p.m. ET
      Keene State College • Keene, New Hampshire

      This event, coordinated by students, staff and faculty from Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College, will provide opportunities for students across the Northeast region to participate in a Student Policy Summit, hear expert perspectives on social outcomes of economic inequality from multiple disciplines, and network with their peers.

      Over two days, summit participants will learn and deliberate about social mobility - how children, adolescents, and young adults can get on track to access economic independence and whether interventions during childhood can influence outcomes in adulthood. Participants will ask "what if" questions about factors that promote or impede success at different life stages and will also examine the economic value of graduating high school and pursuing higher education.

      Institutions may register up to 20 students each. All undergraduate students must be registered with an advisor from their institution. Requests for additional students may be made by contacting the event coordinators at 978-630-9435. A registration fee of $80/participant will be due before the event. Bills will be mailed after registration.

      More information. Register here.