2018 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 to Saturday, June 9, 2018
Hyatt Regency Orange County • Anaheim, California

The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us in Anaheim, California for our annual conference which brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students and community partners. Together we will 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.

About the Conference

Our 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE18) is a conference intended to facilitate exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. This meeting is designed around our emergent theory of change which poses four important questions:

  1. Purpose: What are the key features of the thriving democracy we aspire to enact and support through our work?

  2. Learning Outcomes: What knowledge, skills, and dispositions do people need in order to help create and contribute to a thriving democracy?

  3. Pedagogy: How can we best foster the acquisition and development of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for a thriving democracy?

  4. Strategy: How can we build the institutional culture, infrastructure, and relationships needed to support learning that enables a thriving democracy?  

The theory of change also suggests that campuses consider how best to construct campus cultures and contexts that foster:

  • Civic Ethos of campus: The infusion of democratic values into the customs and habits of everyday practices, structures, and interactions; the defining character of the institution and those in it that emphasizes open-mindedness, civility, the worth of each person, ethical behaviors, and concern for the well-being of others; a spirit of public-mindedness that influences the goals of the institution and its engagement with local and global communities.   

  • Civic Literacy & Skill Building as a goal for every student: The cultivation of foundational knowledge about fundamental principles and debates about democracy expressed over time, both within the United States and in other countries; familiarity with several key historical struggles, campaigns, and social movements undertaken to achieve the full promise of democracy; the ability to think critically about complex issues and to seek and evaluate information about issues that have public consequences.   

  • Civic Inquiry integrated within the majors and general education: The practice of inquiring about the civic dimensions and public consequences of a subject of study; the exploration of the impact of choices on different constituencies and entities, including the planet; the deliberate consideration of differing points of views; the ability to describe and analyze civic intellectual debates within one’s major or areas of study.  

  • Civic Action as lifelong practice: The capacity and commitment both to participate constructively with diverse others and to work collectively to address common problems; the practice of working in a pluralistic society and world to improve the quality of people’s lives and the sustainability of the planet; the ability to analyze systems in order to plan and engage in public action; the moral and political courage to take risks to achieve a greater public good. 

  • Civic Agency involves the capacities of citizens to work collaboratively across differences like partisan ideology, faith traditions, income, geography, race, and ethnicity to address common challenges, solve problems and create common ground; requires a set of individual skills, knowledge, and predispositions; also involves questions of institutional design, particularly how to constitute groups and institutions for sustainable collective action. 

Participants will have opportunities to network and develop their civic-minded thinking and practices through engaging plenary sessions, informative general interest sessions, interactive workshops, research and program-based poster sessions, roundtable discussions as well as in working groups and in informal expert led forums. 
The meeting begins for all attendees in the early morning of Thursday, June 7 and ends on Saturday, June 9 at approximately 3 p.m. Pre-conference workshops and meetings are planned for Wednesday, June 6 beginning at 9 a.m. Please plan on arriving in Anaheim no later than Wednesday, June 6 (Tuesday, June 5th for pre-conference participants). You can plan to depart Anaheim on Saturday in the late afternoon; know that the conference hotel rate will be available June 5 and extended through Sunday, June 10, for those who would like to stay longer to explore the Disneyland and the Anaheim/Los Angeles. 

Be sure to watch the #CivEdTalks from the 2017 CLDE meeting in preparation for CLDE18 in Anaheim:

Join us in Anaheim as we work to advance the civic learning and democratic engagement movement across higher education. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Proposals

Proposals are due January 29, 2018. Submit your proposal(s) here.

Learn more about the CLDE Emergent Theory of Change in our December 13 webinar. Register here.

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Contact Us

For logistical (e.g., hotel accommodations, audio-visual needs) questions about the 2018 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting, please contact:      

For registration questions, please contact:  
Felicia Durham
durhamf@aascu.org  |  (202) 478-4673        

For ADP programmatic questions, please contact:   
Jen Domagal-Goldman
National Manager, American Democracy Project   
domagalj@aascu.org  |  (202) 478-7833 

For TDC programmatic questions, please contact: 
Verdis Robinson
National Director, The Democracy Commitment 
robinsonv@aascu.org  |  (202) 478-4656

For NASPA programmatic questions, please contact:  
Stephanie King
Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA
sking@naspa.org  |  (202) 719-1193

For Exhibitor/Sponsorship questions, please contact: 
Adrienne Vincent
AASCU Program Manager
cldesponsorships@naspa.org | (202) 478-4645, or

Kristie Jacobsen Jerde
NASPA Advertising and Exhibits Coordinator 
cldesponsorships@naspa.org |  (202) 265-7500 ext 1247

Sponsorship Prospectus and Registration Form

Download Form (pdf)

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Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, June 6

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
9 a.m. - Noon
Half-day Pre-conference Workshops
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Full-day Pre-conference Workshops
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Half-day Pre-conference Workshops

Thursday, June 7

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
NASPA Lead Initiative Institutions Breakfast and Workshop (for NASPA Lead Initiative campuses)

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
ADP Organizing Meeting (All ADP campus participants encouraged to attend; includes ADP awards presentations and planning for the 2018-2019 academic year)
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
TDC Organizing Meeting (All TDC campus participants encouraged to attend)
Noon - 1 p.m.
Lunch on Own

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Networking session by topic (TBA)
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Senior Leadership Meeting
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception and Poster Sessions/Campus & Friends Showcase

Friday, June 8

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast Sessions
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
11 a.m. - Noon
Concurrent Sessions
Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Saturday, June 9

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast Sessions
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
10:30 - 12:30

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
12:30 p.m.

1:30 - 3:30
ADP Steering Committee Meeting

1:30 - 3:30  
TDC Steering Committee Meeting

1:30 - 3:30 
Voter Friendly Campus Institute

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Registration Fee includes all program sessions and materials; reception on Thursday; and breakfasts on Friday and Saturday. For our lowest, early-bird rates, be sure to register by Tuesday, May 1.  

Individual Fee: $525 early-bird / $595 regular
Register as an individual if only one person from your ADP/TDC/NASPA campus is attending. 

Team Member Registration Fee: $465 early-bird / $545 regular
If more than one person from your ADP/TDC/NASPA campus is attending the meeting, you may use the Team Member Registration Fee. 

Student Registration Fee: $350
Registration rate for undergraduate and full-time graduate students at AASCU/ADP/TDC/NASPA colleges and universities.  

Non-Member Registration Fee: $625 early-bird / $725 regular
Register as a non-member if you or your organization is not AASCU/ADP/TDC/NASPA institutional member.

Guest Registration Fee: $95
Only registered attendees can register a guest.  A guest is considered someone who will NOT be participating in the program, but will be attending the opening reception on Thursday and breakfast on Friday. If you are bringing an individual from your campus you will want to select the Team Registration.

Pre-conference Institute Fees: 

  • Full-Day Institute: $120/individual
  • Half-Day Institute: $65/individual
  • Afternoon Student Pre-conference Workshop (half-day afternoon, students only): No additional fee

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Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Phone: (714) 750-1234

Book your room here: https://aws.passkey.com/go/AASCandU2018

Room Rate

The special conference rate is $169 for a standard room plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 14.5% occupancy tax, 2.5% GGTIID Assessment Fee and a $0.05 CA Tourism Tax). Note: room rate is for single or double occupancy. Triple occupancy is $194/night plus taxes and quadruple occupancy is $219/night plus taxes.
Rate is good three days prior and three days after the meeting dates.
To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Tuesday May 15, 2018.

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 25. 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 25 for a full refund; no refund is available after that date.



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