May 31-Jun. 2, 2023
Boston, MA

2023 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting 

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CLDE 2023

Ensure that graduates are prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens our communities and democracies need.  

Our 2023 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (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. 

Who should participate?

  • Faculty 
  • Students 
  • Senior campus leaders 
  • Student affairs administrators 
  • Community partners 

How will you benefit?

  • Learn strategies to integrate equity, justice, diversity, inclusion and accessibility  
  • Connect with colleagues sharing best practices to incorporate experiential learning opportunities and enact pedagogical and programmatic strategies 
  • Hear from speakers focused on balancing voter engagement with broader civic engagement  
  • Discover ways to implement and assess institution-wide civic learning objectives  
  • Strengthen community and campus integration of civic engagement 
  • Connect with a community of students, faculty and campus leaders focused on democracy, social justice, belonging and equity minded leadership. 
Program Highlights

This event convenes a diverse range of stakeholders on 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. 

Schedule at a glance
9 a.m.–12 p.m.   Pre-conference session: Catalyzing Climate Action through Civic Engagement 

Thousands of college campuses across the globe are working to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Many campuses are reporting their sustainability impact through STARS, have made various climate commitments, and are working to embed sustainability throughout the curriculum. Despite this progress, there seems to be a significant disconnect between sustainability and civic engagement on many (most?) college campuses. This session will share the current state of sustainability and climate action in higher ed and showcase campuses that are not just prioritizing sustainability in the curriculum but also in civic engagement. The aim is to encourage more campuses to align their sustainability, climate and civic engagement work.   

9 a.m.–12 p.m.  Pre-conference session: From Hyperlocal to Global Civic and Community Engagement
A locally-rooted global movement is necessary to advance higher education civic and community engagement and create more just, sustainable, democratic societies. Participants will hear about efforts to build such a global movement, as well as learn from a few concrete examples of universities that are engaged in sustained, place-based, mutually beneficial partnerships with their local communities. Participants will be guided through individual reflection and small group discussion to think through how they could work with local, national, and global partners to advance such efforts across their own campuses. 
9 a.m.–12 p.m. 


Pre-conference session: Protests, Politics, and Participation: A Closer Look at Civic Engagement on HBCU Campuses  

The pandemic that gripped the world in the spring of 2020 directly impacted how institutions of higher education, HBCUs included, civically engaged students. Research conducted evaluated speech, activism, and civic engagement on the campuses of HBCUs, particularly during the social and racial unrest of the summer of 2020 and the polarizing general election in fall of 2020. Data collection and review activities were completed in June 2021 through March 2022 to (1) establish sociopolitical context, (2) understand HBCU institutional capacity, (3) identify strategies used for civic engagement, and (4) identify key findings. 


9 a.m.–12 p.m. 


Pre-conference session: Skill Development in Disinformation and Digital Literacy  

In line with CLDE’s core work of “theory and change,” this pre-conference workshop features an interactive workshop involving a discussion about mis/disinformation and digital literacy along with participant engagement. The goal of the session is to better understand mis/disinformation in order to identify it and integrate awareness and literacy into teaching moments. 

1 p.m.–5 p.m.  Site Visit: The Civic Legacy of the Kennedys
In one afternoon, explore both the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate! Our group will enjoy a box lunch served at the library cafe. After lunch, our group will have a private tour of the library, exploring President Kennedy’s time in the White House, the press conference and space race galleries, Mrs. Kennedy’s restoration work, Robert Kennedy’s role as attorney general, a new exhibit on World War II, and much more. Then, our group will walk next door to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate where, within the full-scale replica of the United States Senate Chamber, our group will participate in a U.S. Senate session and a live floor debate on a piece of legislation. (Lunch included in price.) 
1 p.m.–5 p.m.  Site Visit: Embracing Boston’s Black History
Our afternoon will begin with a visit to The Embrace, the new sculpture honoring the time that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King spent in Boston, a city where they met while pursuing degrees at Boston University and the New England Conservatory. We will continue on to a guided tour of The Black Heritage Trail, a 1.6-mile trail of 14 sites throughout Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. The trail showcases the homes, commemorations, and community buildings of Boston’s largest Black pre-civil war community, located primarily on the neighborhood’s northern slope. Highlights of the trail include the African Meeting House, the oldest extant Black church building in the U.S. We will end our afternoon with a guided tour of the Museum of African American History, which will begin at the Abiel Smith School, the oldest public school in the U.S. that was created exclusively to educate Black children. 
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  
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  
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  

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Registration Fees

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

Attendee type  Early Bird Rate
(Jan. 9–April 29) 
Regular Rate
(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. 

CLDE 2022  by the numbers


Number of attendees who  joined us for CLDE 2022. 


Attendees who reported learning new information during the conference.


Attendees who felt  the information presented during the conference would be immediately applicable to their campus and community work.    


“CLDE allows me to expand my imagination when it comes to what civic engagement and democracy can look like on a college campus. It has helped me see that students can also contribute their time, passion, and experiences to help build and strengthen our communities.”

Markya Reed

Graduate Student
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Boston Park PlazaBoston Park Plaza Hotel
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. 


AASCU is committed to the health, safety and well-being of all attendees at our gatherings. We follow all local rules and CDC guidance and closely monitor conditions related to COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Attendees at all AASCU events agree to adhere to the following health and safety protocols.

Before leaving home   

  • AASCU strongly encourages all participants to be fully vaccinated. The CDC Vaccines website provides definitions of “Fully Vaccinated” and “Up To Date”. 
  • Stay home if you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.  We recommend attendees wear masks while traveling to and from the event and follow COVID-19 safety practices in the days leading up to the event. 
  • We strongly encourage attendees to take a rapid antigen COVID-19 test before traveling and before arriving to AASCU convenings.

Onsite during the event  

  • Masks are recommended and will be available at the registration desk. 
  • If you are experiencing cold or COVID-19 symptoms please be respectful and wear a mask.  
  • Self-administered COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be available at the registration desk. We encourage participants test themselves upon arrival before joining the conference. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol  
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands  
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes. 
  • If you feel unwell, develop symptoms of COVID-19, or test positive for COVID-19 at any time during the convening, seek medical care and do not attend the meals or gatherings.  
  • If you test positive during the conference, please notify AASCU staff by emailing  

AASCU reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies. 

All meetings and conferences sponsored by AASCU are inclusive and accessible to all individuals, including individuals with disabilities. Please request accessibility services when you register and contact us if you need auxiliary aids or services.

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