2014 American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment National Meeting

2014 ADP and TDC National Meeting

Thursday, June 5, 2014 to Saturday, June 7, 2014
Marriott Louisville Downtown • Louisville, Kentucky

“Forging Civic Pathways for Students Between Our Institutions”

Please join us in Louisville, Kentucky for the American Democracy Project’s (ADP) 12th annual national meeting and The Democracy Commitment’s (TDC) 4th annual national meeting at the Marriott Louisville Downtown.

The meeting begins on Thursday, June 5 with a series of meetings and workshops, a day of service, our campus and friends showcase, a late afternoon opening plenary and a reception; it concludes with a closing reception at O’Sheas on Saturday evening, June 7.

About the Conference

The ADP/TDC National Meeting is an annual conference that brings together over 600 attendees, including provosts, other administrators, faculty members, students and community partners. The focus of each annual meeting is on sharing civic learning and engagement ideas, best practices, research and curricular and co-curricular programs.

The conference structure includes four plenary sessions, a poster session, a series of concurrent sessions, workshops, lightning rounds, teaching demonstrations, panels and roundtable discussions with multiple presenters.
Each year a meeting theme is chosen 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 engagement topics. The 2014 meeting theme is “Forging Civic Pathways for Students Between Our Institutions” and addresses the many ways in which we foster and might build more coherent civic learning and engagement experiences for students on our own campuses and transferring between our two-year and four-year institutions.

Meeting Theme

The 2014 meeting theme is “Forging Civic Pathways for Students Between Our Institutions” and addresses the many ways in which we foster and might build more coherent civic learning and engagement experiences for students on our own campuses and those transferring between our two-year and four-year institutions.
Both the American Democracy Project (ADP) and The Democracy Commitment (TDC) share a deep commitment to ensuring that our students are prepared not only for careers but for lives of informed, engaged citizenship. We also share many of the same students—more than 50 percent of AASCU's graduates began their college careers in local community colleges. Our two-year and four-year campuses share not only the same students but also serve the same communities.

However, far too often, our two sets of institutions—two-year and four-year schools—do not share the same civic resources, do not offer articulated academic programs, and do not pursue the same strategies to help our students become and remain civically engaged during their college education. As a result, our shared students often experience a disconnected set of civic learning and engagement programs as they move from our two-year to four-year institutions. The challenge of articulation between lower-division and upper-division also impacts civic education.

As partners in the work of preparing citizens, ADP and TDC are committed to bridging these gaps between our institutions by intentionally building programs and processes designed to create clear pathways by which students can connect civic learning and community engagement through their baccalaureate program of study. To achieve that goal, beginning this year, ADP and TDC will collaborate in the design and development of civic programs that work. In the process of building smoother, more articulated civic pathways through college we will learn from one another about high impact civic learning and engagement practices and improve our own programs and practices.

Creating Civic Pathways:
  • helps students experience a non-disjointed education
  • fosters collaboration in working with community organizations and partners
  • assists two-year and four-year institutions to learn from each other in developing programs that are highly effective without reinventing the wheel
  • enhances transfer and articulation relationships between and among our schools
Potential topics based on the meeting theme might include:
  • two-year/four-year articulation/transfer agreements in civic education
  • joint community partnerships and agreements
  • shared civic learning and engagement programs and curricula
  • civic partnerships with K-12
  • discipline-specific 2+2 (+3) programs
  • civic learning and engagement programs that enhance certificate or degree completion
  • methods of developing civic pathway programs and approaches
  • challenges and barriers to building civic pathways

Join us in Louisville and share your ideas, projects and experiences that bridge the gap between the civic work of our two-year and four-year campuses. We look forward to seeing you there!

We are happy to announce that ACPA’s Symposium on Service Learning is being co-located with our ADP/TDC National Meeting. ADP/TDC  members will enjoy member pricing for the ACPA’s Symposium, held directly before our meeting in the same hotel.  Likewise, ACPA attendees receive AASCU member rates for the ADP/TDC National Meeting. If you are an ACPA attendee and would like to register for our ADP/TDC meeting, choose the Individual Member rate if you are the only representative from your campus.  If more than one person from your campus is attending than choose the Team Member Rate. For more detail information visit  www.myacpa.org/event/2014-symposium-service-learning


The Democracy Commitment (TDC) Day

TDC's 3rd annual meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 5. Thursday will be focused on TDC projects, before joining our university colleagues for our annual joint TDC/ADP meeting. TDC Day will include organizing for our initiative, Engage the Election 2014, networking with colleagues, and opportunities for deeper learning about TDC and ADP civic programs. Special focus will be on our three-year National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant project, " Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation," which has been a partnership with AAC&U. Lunch will be provided as part of regular registration. TDC Day will conclude at 3 p.m. on Thursday when TDC will join our ADP colleagues for the start of the annual conference. If you are registering as a member of a TDC institution, please be sure to arrive in Louisville on Wednesday evening.

Day of Service

ADP TDC 2014 Day of ServiceADP and TDC are consistently focused on sustainability—both in the way we do the work we do and the habits we create—and although we advocate a life of citizenship that goes beyond episodic days of action, this year, meeting attendees will have the opportunity to touch the Louisville community during a pre-conference service opportunity. Preceding the opening plenary session on Thursday, June 5th, ADP and TDC will partner with a local company, O’Shea’s Irish Pub (also the site of our closing reception), to offer those who sign up a chance to spend the morning and early afternoon, alongside O’Shea’s staff, volunteering at The Family Scholar House. Download ADP/TDC Day of Service Volunteer Form (pdf)

Book Bag Donation!

In an effort to give back to the community, we are asking that all participating institutions donate a book bag from their university full of supplies for families at The Family Scholar House. Supplies to consider are pencils, pens, erasers, pencil cases, glue sticks, scissors (remember that you cannot carry scissors on the plane, so put them in the bag you check or do not pack them), rulers, notebooks, folders, binders, etc. Feel free to include kids and teenage-sized university t-shirts and/or sweatshirts, stickers, etc. Book bags will be donated to The Family Scholar House. With the ADP/TDC meeting occurring before the start of the school year, this would be a perfect gift for a student in need and a way to leave our footprint in our host city. Please bring the book bags with you to the meeting and drop them off at the registration desk or ship them to:

Louisville Marriott Downtown
For: ADP/TDC meeting starting June 5th
Attention: Jill Gately FOR BOOK BAG DONATION
280 West Jefferson
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Phone: 502-627-5045

Please have your shipment arrive no earlier than June 3rd and no later than June 5th.

We will display all the book bags in our registration area and deliver them to the Family Scholar House after the meeting.

Did you Know?

Louisville was named one of the ten most compassionate cities in America according to the Compassionate Action Network. “It’s about more than just encouraging volunteerism,” said Andrew Himes, executive director of Charter for Compassion. “A city of compassion works consciously, intentionally, and publicly to shine a spotlight on compassionate actions in every sphere of public and private life.” Greg Fischer, mayor of Louisville said, “Being a compassionate city is both the right thing and the necessary thing to do to ensure that we take care of all of our citizens”. His city’s Metro Council signed onto the program and has watched it grow over the past year and a half. “There’s a role for all of us in making sure no one is left behind or goes wanting.” Since taking office, Mayor Fischer has pursued three top goals: making Louisville a city of lifelong learning, a much healthier city and an even more compassionate community.

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Contact Us

For logistical (e.g., hotel accommodations, audio-visual needs) questions about the ADP/TDC National Meeting, please contact:
Jill M. Gately
Manager, ALC Meetings and Outreach Programs
(202) 478-4668

For ADP programmatic questions, please contact:
Jen Domagal-Goldman
National Manager, American Democracy Project
(202) 478-7833

For TDC programmatic questions, please contact:
Stephanie South
National Coordinator, The Democracy Commitment
(202) 478-4675

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Preliminary Schedule

Download full DRAFT schedule here (pdf)

Schedule Outline

Thursday, June 5 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
NEW! Day of Service
 at the Family Scholar House.  (RSVP Required)

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
NEW! TDC Day (all community college and two-year conference attendees)
Breakfast on own, lunch and refreshments served

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Pre-conference:  Civic Health Summit and Working Lunch (open only to Civic Health Initiative participants, Registration Required)
($25 reg fee for lunch) 
ADP’s Campus & Community Civic Health Initiative, in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), will convene its 2014 civic health summit. This pre-conference session provides representatives from the 25 participating schools with the opportunity to learn about national civic health research and models, present on their campus models and action plans, and work together to plan for future publication and presentation opportunities.

Noon – 3 p.m.
Campus & Friends Showcase Setup

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Pre-conference Session: Global Engagement Knowledge Exchange
(no charge for registered attendees)

ADP’s Global Engagement Scholars share exciting new elements of their Global Challenges curriculum and participants exchange ideas and information about best practices and lessons learned. If you’re currently teaching about the seven global challenges on your campus or are interested in doing so, this is the session for you! 

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
Economic Inequality Initiative Organizing Meeting (open to all )
An open planning meeting and organizing session for the first ADP/TDC joint national initiative surrounding economic inequality.
Facilitators:  Teams from ADP campus Keene State College (N.H.) and TDC member Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.).

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
ADP Kettering Dialogue & Deliberation Monograph Workshop (by invitation)
A meeting for ADP participants involved in developing a joint AASCU/Kettering Foundation monograph about democratic dialogue and deliberation efforts at state colleges and universities.
Facilitator:  Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation: Difference, Community and Democratic Thinking (open to all TDC attendees, required for Bridging Cultures Grant participants, rsvp via email to Stephanie South requested)
Co-sponsored by AAC&U and TDC, this interactive pre-conference symposium convenes Bridging Cultures project participants to share their progress, including successes and challenges and to trade insights about best practices and resources for sustaining their campus work in the last year of the project and beyond. Although this pre-conference session has been designed with our current Bridging Culture grantees in mind, we welcome others who have a high interest in NEH’s Bridging Cultures program to attend.
If you would like to attend this session, please email Stephanie South at souths@aascu.org.

Presenters:  Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives
David Paris, Vice President, and Chad Anderson, Program Associate, AAC&U

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
TDC/ADP Teacher Ed & Democracy steering committee (by invitation)
Initial meeting of the steering committee working to develop a new TDC/ADP joint venture on teacher education and democracy.
Facilitators:  Bernie Ronan, Associate Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs, Maricopa Community Colleges 
Jolanda Westerhof, Director of Teacher Education, AASCU

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Election 2014 and Beyond: An i3 (Information, Ideas, and Innovation) Conversation (open to all)
Join ADP and TDC for a conversation designed to exchange information, ideas and innovations about advancing student electoral and political engagement in this year’s mid-term election cycle and beyond.
Facilitators:  Mary Evins, Associate Professor, Center for Historic Presentation and Department of History; ADP Campus Coordinator, Middle Tennessee State University
Alberto Olivas, Director, Center for Civic Participation, Maricopa Community Colleges (Ariz.)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Organizing Workshop on Citizen Alum (open to all)
A hands-on introduction to organizing Citizen Alum (CA) campus teams, facilitated by members of CA teams at ADP/TDC institutions. This is an orientation for those interested in alumni as partners in building multi-generational communities of active citizenship and active learning.
Facilitator:  Julie Ellison, Citizen Alum Founder and Professor of American Culture and English, University of Michigan

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Community Learning Partnership: Forging Civic Pathways (open to all, rsvp via email to Stephanie South requested)
To date the Community Learning Partnership (CLP) has developed eight Community Change Studies programs—civic pathways—across the country. This session presents CLP’s approach to establishing civic pathways that engage TDC and ADP campuses in Phoenix, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Detroit.  Participants learn about how CLP programs are established and about CLP resources and tools available for developing similar programs among TDC and ADP campuses.
If you would like to attend this session, please email Stephanie South at souths@aascu.org
Presenters:  Ken Rolling, Executive Director, and Sydney Beane, National Field Director, Community Learning Partnership; and CLP Teams from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix and Detroit

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Campus & Friends Showcase Preview

3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
ADP Orientation (open to all ADP Attendees)

3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
TDC Orientation:  What’s New with TDC? (open to all TDC Attendees)

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary

Forging CivicPathways on Our Campuses and in Our Communities: Helping Students Navigate andSucceed in Higher Education 
Reflecting the conference theme, this session offers a vision for the creation of a set of curricular and co-curricular civic pathways designed to help students navigate through our two- and four-year colleges and universities and their surrounding communities. Existing pathways and partnerships are introduced, and meeting participants engage in a facilitated conversation designed to envision and develop new pathways on our campuses, in our communities and across public higher education. 

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Opening Reception & Campus and Friends Showcase

7 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own

Friday, June 6

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

7:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Networking Breakfast and Breakfast Breakout Sessions

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Plenary Session
#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
SueyPark, Writer, Comedian and Activist
Student Respondent:  MonicaBustinza, Student, Miami Dade College (Fla.)
10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Committee Lunches TBA

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Poster Session

2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Lightning Rounds

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Panel Discussions

5:15 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, June 7

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Breakfast on Your Own

7 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Student Breakfast (students only, rsvp requested)
We know it’s early, but all ADP and TDC student attendees are invited to attend this breakfast session for a chance to get to know their peers, network and share ideas about how to organize themselves 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. Remember, we’re engaged—civically! Please note, we promise this session won’t be as corny as this description.


7 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Breakfast Meeting:  How Students and Educators Can Use The New York Times to AchieveInstitutional Learning Outcomes (byinvitation)
In this presentation, we will share our College's institutional outcomes and some ways that we have used The New York Times to prompt students to demonstrate them. As institutions move to develop institutional goals, The New York Times can facilitate students' transitions between social/civic roles and work/school learning contexts.
Presenters:  CarraLeah Hood, Associate Professor of Writing, Director of Essential Learning Outcomes and Daniel Fidalgo Tomé, Assistant Director of Service Learning, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Lynn Hall and  Kevin Cappallo, National Education Directors, The New York Times

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Plenary Session
Untold Stories of the Connected World: Journalism as an Instrument for Citizenship

A healthy news diet is critical for effective citizenship, yet information floods at us in increasingly chaotic forms. Quality journalism projects on the under-told stories that bind us to the world can help us make sense of it at a time when it has never been more important for Americans to do so.
Presenter: Mark Schulte, Education Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

9:45 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.
Teaching Demonstrations

10:35 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Teaching Demonstrations

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Plenary and Awards Lunch

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Featured Sessions

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
TDC/ADP Teacher Ed and Democracy Committee Meeting (by invitation)

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Closing Plenary

Social Media Listening Center Findings
Presenters:  Joe Mazer, Director, and Brandon Boatright, Graduate Student, Social Media Listening Center, Clemson University (S.C.)

Reflections and Closing Remarks by ADP and TDC faculty and students 
Invited faculty and students from ADP and TDC will reflect on the national meeting and our vision for advancing civic pathways work between our organization and campuses. 
Facilitators:  Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU and Stephanie South, TDC National Coordinator
Presenters:  Nathan Fell, Student in Life Sciences Teaching and the Urban Teacher Program, Metropolitan State University (Minn.) and ADP Student Advisory Council Board Member
Vilma Fuentes, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Sante Fe College (Fla.)
Benjamin Pacho, Student, De Anza College 
Amelia Ross-Hammond, Professor and Director of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, Norfolk State University (Va.) 

Closing Remarks
Presenters:  Brian Murphy, President, De Anza College (Calif.)
George L. Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, AASCU

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Closing Reception at O’Sheas

Sunday, June 8

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
ADP Implementation Committee Meeting and Breakfast (by invitation)

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
TDC Steering Committee Meeting and Breakfast (by invitation)

11 a.m. – Noon
ADP/TDC Joint Committee Meeting (by invitation)

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Registration Fee includes all program sessions and materials; reception on Thursday evening; breakfast on Friday; and lunch and a closing reception on Saturday. 

Individual Fee: $625
Team Member Registration Fee: $545
Student Registration Fee: $425 (only pertains to undergraduate students)
Non-Member Registration Fee: $725

Individual Fee: $625
Register as an individual if only one person from your ADP/TDC campus is attending.

Team Member Registration Fee: $545
If more than one person from your ADP/TDC campus is attending the meeting, you may use the Team Member Registration Fee.

Student Registration Fee: $425
Registration rate for full-time undergraduate at AASCU/ADP/TDC colleges and universities.

Non-Member Registration Fee: $725
Register as a non-member if you or your organization are not AASCU/ADP/TDC campus members.

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How to Register
Please select among the three options below:

ADP Members - Click here to register online
TDC Members - Click here to register online

NOTE: Please click this LOGIN HELP if you have trouble using the online registration form.

ADP Members:
Register via the downloadable registration form, to be mailed or faxed in.
Download ADP Reg Form (pdf)

TDC Members:
Register via the downloadable registration form, to be mailed or faxed in.
Download TDC Reg Form (pdf)

You may also email Felicia Durham or call (202) 478-4673 to register for this meeting.

Not sure if your campus is a member of ADP or TDC? Click on the below links and find out!
APD Members (Visit www.aascu.org/programs/adp/participantsbystate/)
TDC Members (Visit thedemocracycommitment.org/tdc-membership/member-institutions/)

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Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 West Jefferson
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Phone: 502-627-5045
Fax: 502-627-5044
Toll-free: 800-533-0127

Room Rate
The special conference rate is $169 for a single/double room plus 15.01% tax (current tax rate may change)
A triple occupancy room is $ 179.00 and a quad occupancy room is 189.00 plus 15.01% tax (current tax rate may change)
To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Wednesday May 14, 2014.
Please book in the room block to receive complimentary Wi-Fi in your guest room. AASCU will be providing Wi-Fi in the meeting space as well.

Check- in time is 4 p.m.
Check-out time is 11 a.m.


All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit, or guaranteed with a major credit card or by American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Any reservation canceled within (24) hours of the arrival date, will be charged for one (1) night’s room and tax.

Transportation and Parking
You will want to fly in to Louisville International Airport (SDF). The hotel is 8 miles from the airport. Taxi fare is $19 one way from the airport to the hotel.
If you plan on driving to the hotel and parking, we do have discounted parking for up to 30 vehicles. This will take the daily onsite parking rate of $22 a day down to $11 a day. The discounted rate is only for self-parking.  If you are interested in discounted parking, please email or call Jill M. Gately ( gatelyj@aascu.org; 202-478-4668). For more transportation information, go to www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/sdflm-louisville-marriott-downtown/



An overflow block of rooms has been made at the Hyatt Regency Louisville which is connected via a walkway to the Marriott.
There is a city-wide convention going on that week, so hotel space is limited in the area.
The rate at the Hyatt is $179 plus 15.01% tax (Complimentary Wi-Fi is included)

If you would like a room at this hotel, you must call Jill Gately at (202) 478-4668 with your credit card information.

Hyatt Regency Louisville
311 South 4th Street
Louisville, Kentucky, USA, 40202

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellation Fee: $150
If you must cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund if the cancellation is before 5 p.m. EST on Friday, May 31. There will be a $150 cancellation fee after that date. Special circumstances will be handled on an individual basis. Guest meals should be cancelled by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, May 31 for a full refund; no refund is available after that date.


  • Felicia DurhamStaff Associate, Academic Leadership and Changedurhamf@aascu.org(202) 478-4673


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