2023 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting

CLDE 2023

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 to Friday, June 2, 2023
Boston, MA

AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us for the 2023 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting in June; this is the only annual conference that brings together students, faculty, staff, and community partners to advance the civic learning and democratic engagement movement in higher education. Together, AASCU’s ADP and NASPA 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 2023 CLDE (CLDE23) will facilitate exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. As a community we have adopted the CLDE Theory of Change and strive to create effective strategies and models that strengthen civic learning and democratic engagement. Participants will have opportunities to network and develop their civic-minded thinking and practices through plenary sessions, site visits, concurrent sessions, posters, receptions, pre-conference workshops, and working meetings.

Conference proposals and activities will align with the following areas of focus: 

  1. Integrating equity, justice, diversity, inclusion and accessibility
  2. Incorporating experiential learning opportunities
  3. Balancing voter engagement with broader civic engagement
  4. Implementing and assessing institution-wide civic learning objectives
  5. Enacting pedagogical and programmatic strategies
  6. Strengthening community and campus integration of civic engagement



Cathy Copeland
Director, American Democracy Project (ADP)

Jill Dunlap
Director for Research and Practice, NASPA



Schedule top

Tuesday, May 30

9 a.m.–12 p.m. Pre-conference sessions (optional; additional cost)
1–5 p.m. Site Tours (optional; additional cost)

Wednesday, May 31

8:30–9:30 a.m. CLDE Orientation
10 a.m.–12 p.m. ADP Meeting and Community College Meeting 
1:30–3 p.m. Opening Plenary 
3:10–4 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
4:10–5 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
5:15–6:30 p.m. Opening Reception and Poster presentations

Thursday, June 1

7–8:30 a.m. Breakfast available
8:30–9:20 a.m. Concurrent sessions
9:30–10:20 a.m. Concurrent sessions
10:30–11:20 a.m. Concurrent sessions
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch
1–1:50 p.m. Concurrent sessions
2–2:50 p.m. Concurrent sessions
3-4:30 p.m. Plenary Session
5–6:30 p.m. Sponsored Receptions

Friday, June 2

7–8:15 a.m. Breakfast available
8:30–10 a.m. Workshop Sessions
10:15–11:30 a.m. Closing Plenary and Meeting Adjourns

Registration Information top


The registration fee includes all regular program sessions. There is no difference in registration rates for AASCU or NASPA members.

Early Bird
Jan. 9–April 29
April 30–May 20
After May 20
Individuals $525 $595 $665
Students* $360 $360 $360
four or more individuals from
the same institution
$475 per person $545 per person Not Available

*Registration rate for students is for undergraduates and full-time graduate students. 
**Team registration fee available until May 20, 2023. To register your team members, contact Jill Dunlap.

Accommodations top

Boston Park Plaza
50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116

$259 USD per night.The group rate will be available for booking in January 2023. The last day to book the group rate will be Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

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