Call for Proposals

The American Democracy Project (ADP) at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and NASPA are excited to announce the call for proposals is now open for the 2024 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE24) meeting which will take place in Detroit, Michigan from June 5–7, 2024.

Submit a proposal by Monday, Feb. 5
Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting - June 5-7, 2024 - Detroit, MI

CLDE is the only conference that brings together higher education professionals from both student affairs and academic affairs each year in order to advance the civic learning and democratic movement in higher education.

Together, students, faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, and community partners, come together to ensure that students who graduate from colleges and universities, both public and private, are prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens our communities and democracy need. We encourage teams–faculty, staff, and students at colleges and universities and especially multiple campus teams–to submit proposals; proposals that include outside partners will be referred to our sponsorship prospectus. Individual submissions from students, staff, and faculty are also encouraged.

  • Cathy Copeland, Director of the American Democracy Project, AASCU
  • Jill Dunlap, Senior Director of Research, Policy, and Civic Engagement, NASPA

Submission Guidelines:

Submit a proposal by Monday, Feb. 5

Proposals are invited for two session types:

  • Concurrent Sessions (50 minutes)
  • Poster Presentations

Proposals need to include the following:

  • Session Title (10-12 words)
  • Program Abstract (80 words)
  • Program Outline/Description
  • Presenter Bios & Contact Information

Proposals will need to indicate a preference on Emphasis Area and tags. Please use the Emphasis Areas and tags to inspire and inform, but not limit, your proposal.

Please choose ONE Emphasis Area:

  • Integrating justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Incorporating experiential learning opportunities
  • Ensuring sustainable campus-wide voter education and engagement
  • Assessing institution-wide civic learning objectives
  • Implementing curricular and pedagogical strategies
  • Implementing co-curricular and programmatic strategies
  • Expanding civic engagement beyond the institution

Please choose up to TWO Tags:

  • Aligning institutional mission/values with civic engagement
  • Building a civic skill set/ethos
  • Building leadership support for civic engagement
  • Bringing curricular/co-curricular efforts together
  • Campus/community partnerships
  • Communicating about civic engagement with stakeholders
  • Deliberative dialogue/civil discourse
  • Envisioning multiple campus partnerships
  • High impact practices
  • Higher education’s democratic responsibility
  • Incorporating student voice
  • Increasing civic engagement beyond social science disciplines (STEM, business, etc.)
  • Information literacy
  • Institution-wide collaboration
  • Navigating state legislative challenges
  • Redefining political engagement
  • Voter education
  • Voter engagement
  • Other