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: 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. 

  • Rita A. Hodges, University of Pennsylvania
  • Marisol Morales, Carnegie Elective Classifications
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. 

  • Teri Platt, Clark Atlanta University (GA)
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. 

  • Paul Cook, Indiana University-Kokomo
  • Erin O’Hanlon, Stockton University (NJ)
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. This session is generously sponsored by GivePulse.
8 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement CLDE Focus Group

  • Lauren Bartshe, American Council on Education
  • Marisol Morales, Carnegie Elective Classifications
8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. CLDE Orientation
10 a.m.–12 p.m. Community College Civic Engagement Open Forum

  • Brian Tatum, Tarrant County College District
  • Kristan Foust, Tarrant County College (TX)
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ADP Meeting + 20th Anniversary Lunch
1:30–3 p.m. Opening Plenary
3:10–4 p.m.


Building Blocks: Civic Engagement + Community

  • Reza Rezvani, Stanford University (CA)
Extending Empathy and Trust: Who to Let In, Who to Keep Out?

  • Steve Hunt, Illinois State University
  • J. Scott Jordan, Illinois State University
  • Byron Craig, Illinois State University
  • Steve Rahko, Illinois State University
  • Nathan Carpenter, Illinois State University
Ripples Through Time: Hawaii’s History of Weaponized Education and its Impact on Community Engagement Today

  • Julie Mowrer, University of Hawaii-Hilo
Rutgers-Camden Public Health AmeriCorps: Best Practices Engaging in Social Determinants of Health

  • Daniel Tome, Rutgers University-Camden (NJ)
  • Donna Nickitas, Rutgers University-Camden (NJ)
  • Thomas Dahan, Rutgers University-Camden (NJ)
Structurally Dynamic Public Spheres: A New Practical Theory for CLDE

  • A. Jackson Harris, The University of Alabama
Student-Centered Civic Research Communities: How Student Research Supports Campus Civic Initiatives

  • Mike Burns, Campus Vote Project
  • Kassie Phebillo, Campus Vote Project
  • Adam Gismondi, Tufts University (MA)
  • Connie Jorgensen, Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Emily Sydnor, Southwestern University (TX)
  • Marissa Farmer, Campus Vote Project
The Dialogue Dilemma on Campus

  • Jake Fay, Constructive Dialogue Instiitute
Training Future Community Leaders: A Project-Based Approach at Rutgers-Newark

  • Epiphany Munz, Rutgers University-Newark (NJ)
  • Michelle Curry, The Citizens Campaign
  • Joanna Kenty, The Citizens Campaign
  • Diane Hill, Rutgers University-Newark (NJ)
When Students Lead: Supporting and Investing in Pathways for Civic Engagement

  • Alannah Glickman, Washington University in St Louis (MO)
  • Sophie Devincenti, Washington University in St Louis (MO)
  • Otto Brown, Washington University in St Louis (MO)
  • Elijah Beal, Washington University in St Louis (MO)
4:10–5 p.m.


Ask the Class:  Are you ready for Business Entities to Vote?

  • Lara Daniel, Middle Tennessee State University
Building Campus Culture for Civic Engagement: Structures and Planning

  • Laura Hill Rao, SUNY Buffalo State College
Culture Shift: Engaging All Stakeholders Through Deliberative Dialogues

  • Walteria Tucker-Rolle, University of The Bahamas
Developing a Statewide Partnership to Enhance Democratic Engagement

  • Lisa-Marie Napoli, Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Elizabeth Bennion, Indiana University South Bend
  • Mark Fraley, Indiana University
  • Chris Anderson, Wabash College (IN)
  • Margot Morgan, Indiana University Southeast
Helping Students Become Confident Voters: A Conversation Guide

  • Jill Dunlap, NASPA
  • Mike Burns, Campus Vote Project
  • Marissa Farmer, Campus Vote Project
  • Stephanie King, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
  • Katie Montgomery, Cuyahoga Community College (OH)
  • Bianca Rosales, Students Learn Students Vote Coalition
Journalism and Democracy: The role of a vibrant press across our nation

  • Kandace Fitzwater, The New York Times
  • Madeline Felix, The New York Times
Lonely Classroom: Building an Online Community for Digital Literacy and Narrative Justice

  • Paul Cook, Indiana University-Kokomo
  • Erin O’Hanlon, Stockton University (NJ)
Re-Envisioning Civic Engagement in Promotion and Tenure

  • Elaine Ikeda, LEAD California
  • Lauren Wendling, Collaboratory
  • Timothy Eatman, Rutgers University-Newark (NJ)
  • David Donahue, University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Leslie Garvin, North Carolina Campus Engagement
Working Toward Anti-racist Community Engaged Pedagogy: A Case Study

  • Megan Schumaker-Murphy, Salem State University (MA)
  • Christopher Mark, Salem State University (MA)
5:15–6:30 p.m.


A Pathway for Undergraduate Civic Learning at UNC Charlotte

  • Tamara Johnson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Saliseah Scales, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Mikala Harvey, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Civic Solutions: Student Policy Proposals

  • Rob Catlett, Emporia State University (KS)
Counternarratives of Service Learning and Community Enagement

  • Varsha Ghosh, Harvard University (MA)
Creating Experiential Civic Learning Opportunities in Social Work Field Education

  • Adriana Paez, University of Missouri, Kansas City
Diversifying Civic Engagement on Campus

  • Anusha Natarajan, Arizona State University
Engaging the Emotions in Civic Education

  • Keith Boeckelman, Western Illinois University
How CSUSB Utilized Three Divisions and Friendly Competition to Encourage Civic Engagement.

  • Camelia Fowler, California State University-San Bernardino
Information Literacy, Active Learning and Civic Education at a Federal Courthouse

  • Nattawan Junboonta, Rutgers University (NJ)
Inspiring Us, Compelling Us: Historic Tennessee Women’s Stories Push Students to Action

  • Elliot Certain, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Elaf Alkazzaz, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Victoria Grigsby, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Kayla Jenkins, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Kalea Jackson, Middle Tennessee State University
Institutionalization of ADP at AASCU Institutions: A First Look

  • Chapman Rackaway, Radford University (VA)
Promoting Connection of International Students through Community Based Tutoring in Houston

  • Jalil Cantarero, University of Houston (TX)
  • Stephanie Perez-Gill, University of Houston (TX)
RU Running?: Hosting a Political Campaign Training for Undergraduate Students

  • Jessica Ronan, Rutgers University (NJ)
Spotlight on Shelter Crew: A Housing Focused Experiential Learning Program

  • Teri Mueller Dorn, University of St Thomas (MN)
Weaving Civic Engagement into the Campus Culture: Modeling a Voter Education Initiative

  • Suzanne Walker-Pacheco, Missouri State University
  • Emily Fessler, Missouri State University
  • Liz Wertz, Missouri State University
“How Nonpartisan Voter Guides Can Help Your Students Overcome Voter Apathy and Cynicism” by Payge Hardy (Nonpartisan Voter Guides)
8:30–9:20 a.m.


A place to call home: Anchoring institution-wide CLDE/ADP initiatives in Honors programs

  • Mary Evins, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Timothy Eatman, Rutgers University-Newark (NJ)
  • Molly Kerby, Western Kentucky University
Creating and Supporting Intentional Voter Engagement Plans executed by Empowered Student Leaders

  • Dana Pursley, Denison University (OH)
  • Emily Vermillion, Denison University (OH)
To Persuade or Not Persuade? Determining Productive Forms of Rhetorical Engagement

  • Bruce Bowles Jr., Texas A&M University Central Texas
DemCap Analytics: Exploring the Relationship between Democracy and Capitalism through Data

  • Chrissy Linsinbigler, University of Virginia-Main Campus
  • Thomas Roberts, University of Virginia
Designing a Student Leadership Program to Increase Civic Skills and Advocacy Education.

  • Katelyn Adams, Salem State University (MA)
  • Lizabeth Davis, Salem State University (MA)
  • Norah Conway, Salem State University (MA)
Engaging students in mental health advocacy by collaborating with state-level advocacy groups

  • Andrea Kalfoglou, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Experiential Learning is Not Just an Activity!

  • Stephanie Alsbrook, University of Central Arkansas
Removing Barriers: Crafting UndocuFriendly Civic Engagement Opportunities

  • Diana Garcia Rodriguez, San Jose State University (CA)
State-Level Voting Laws: Current Policy Landscape and Advocacy Strategies

  • Diana Ali, NASPA
  • Mike Burns, Campus Vote Project
9:30–10:20 a.m.


Advancing Civic Dispositions Through Discipline-Specific, Active Civic Learning and Exploration

  • Jo Hoffman, Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • Angela Bailey, Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • Karen Hamilton, Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • Michael Zimmerman, Bridgewater State University (MA)
Alleviating Faculty Concerns about Civic Learning in a Contentious Environment through Policy

  • Amber Handy, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Rob Ducoffe, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Debra Karp, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Breaking the Controversy: Integrating Civil Discussion on Campus and in Classrooms

  • Sanne Rijkhoff, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Candidates in Our Backyard: Transforming Candidate Forums into Mutual and Reciprocal Spaces

  • Musa Jafri, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
  • David Hoffman, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
  • Candace Dodson-Reed, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Meghna Chandrasekaran, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Creating and Using Shared Values to Guide Community-Engaged Work

  • Cara Scharf, Drexel University (PA)
Institutionalizing Civic/Community Engagement: Reflections from an ADP Cohort

  • Kristin Norris, Indiana University System
  • Lauren Wendling, Collaboratory
Strategies for Implementing the Constructive Dialogue Institute’s Perspectives into Undergraduate Courses

  • Tara Parsons, James Madison University (VA)
  • Alexander Pope, Salisbury University (MD)
  • Taine Duncan, University of Central Arkansas
  • Jean Mistele, Radford University (VA)
  • Jennifer Cox, Salisbury University (MD)
  • Jeremy Cox, Salisbury University (MD)
The Power of Collaborations: A Multi-Perspective Conversation

  • Arielle del Rosario, Project Pericles
  • Bernadette Ludwig, Wagner College (NY)
  • Dorcas McCoy, Bethune-Cookman University (FL)
  • Lauren O’Neill Shermer, Widener University (PA)
Up to Us Case Competition: Students Solving Complex Policy Challenges Through a Fiscal Lens

  • Suzannah Whitlatch, Up to Us/Net Impact
10:30–11:20 a.m.


2013-2023: 10 Years of the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement

  • Adam Gismondi, Tufts University (MA)
  • Duy Trinh, Tufts University (MA)
  • Mari German, Tufts University (MA)
  • Victoria Tse, Tufts University (MA)
  • Nancy Thomas, Tufts University (MA)
A Conversation with the Core Curriculum

  • Thomas Lilly, Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Elisabeth Javazon, Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Kristene McClure, Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Steven Jones, Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Michael Fournier, Georgia Gwinnett College
A Public Act of Love: Re-imagining Community-Campus Partnerships to Strengthen Democracy

  • Joshua Dineros, University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Angeline Vuong, University of San Francisco (CA)
Bridging the Divide for Students through Unify America

  • Matt Pollard, Unify America
  • Arielle Mizrahi, Unify America
  • Josh Young, Miami Dade College (FL)
Developing Equitable Community Partnerships through Critically Engaged Civic Learning (CECL)

  • Cindy Vincent, Salem State University (MA)
  • Lisa McFadden, LEO Inc.
  • Kathleen Schlenz, Salem State University (MA)
  • Cynthia Lynch, Salem State University (MA)
Empowering Relationships to Serve the Public Purpose

  • Donnette Noble, Fort Hays State University (KS)
How Cross-Campus Deliberative Dialogues Can Bridge Divides, Improve Student Reasoning Abilities

  • Kara Dillard, James Madison University (VA)
  • Annika Thompson, James Madison University (VA)
  • Angelina Clapp, James Madison University (VA)
Institutionalizing Social Justice: Examples of Collaborative Approaches at Towson University

  • Romy Hübler, Towson University (MD)
  • Kathleen Crostic, Towson University (MD)
  • Shannon Cheek
  • Adrian Marston, Towson University (MD)
  • Elyshia Aseltine, Towson University (MD)
Powerful Symbioses: Identifying Partners for a More Dynamic Civic Education Ecology

  • Lane McLelland, University of Alabama System Office
  • A. Jackson Harris, The University of Alabama
  • John Miller, University of Alabama
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.


Lunch (provided by conference)
Leaning into Politics: A Discussion with Authors

  • Abraham Goldberg, James Madison University (VA)
  • Caroline Lee, Lafayette College (PA)
  • Leah Murray, Weber State University (UT)
  • Allison Rank, SUNY Oswego (NY)
  • Terri Taylor, Lumina Foundation
1–1:50 p.m.


A National Imperative: Reclaim the Civic Mission of California Community Colleges

  • Patty Robinson, College of the Canyons (CA)
  • Kimberly Rosenfeld, College of the Canyons (TX)
  • Verdis Robinson, Kettering Foundation
Balancing Civic and Community Engagement: A North Carolina Public and Private Approach

  • Leslie Garvin, Elon University (NC)
  • Bob Frigo, Elon University (NC)
  • Alex Dennis, Eastern Carolina University (NC)
Bridge Building in Higher Education: Teaching Skills for a Thriving Diverse Democracy

  • Becca Hartman-Pickerill, Interfaith America
  • Amena Khan, Interfaith America
  • Ian Mevorach, Bentley University (MA)
Centering Equity in Policy Analysis: Racial Equity Dividends in Healthcare Policy

  • Cheryl Kerchis, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • Brooklyn Graham, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • Hillary Twiford, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Maximizing Student Leaders through Autonomy: Faculty Development Strategies

  • Daniel Tome, Rutgers University-Camden (NJ)
  • Erin O’Hanlon, Stockton University (NJ)
Navigating the Network of National Voter Engagement Resources Together

  • Hilary Sullivan, Northeastern University (MA)
  • Lisa Morde, Northeastern University (MA)
  • Stephanie King, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
  • Rachel Winters, Northeastern University (MA)
  • Elizabeth (Lizzy) Cantor, Northeastern University (MA)
The Symbiotic Relationship between Reinventing Democracy and Academic Freedom

  • Nancy Thomas, Tufts University (MA)
  • Mari German, Tufts University (MA)
This is Real: Two Civics Courses Grounded in Students? Everyday Experiences

  • David Hoffman, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
  • Tess McRae, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Simon Stacey, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
We are Citizen Scholars: Strengthening Community and Civic Engagement

  • Lee Miller, Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • Joyce McCauley, Sam Houston State University (TX)
2–2:50 p.m.


Building Community through Dialogue

  • Wendy Rohleder-Sook, Fort Hays State University (KS)
  • Gemma Punti, Metropolitan State University (MN)
  • Lesley Graybeal, University of Central Arkansas
Communities of Practice to Address Dilemmas of Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

  • David Donahue, University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Elaine Ikeda, LEAD California
  • Patrick Furlong, Loyola Marymount University (CA)
Dinners for Democracy: A Peer-to-Peer, Issue-Based Approach to Student Voter Education

  • Phoebe Henninger, University of Michigan
Engaging K-12 Teachers in Civic Engagement Programming

  • Alison Rios, Towson University (MD)
  • Millett McCartney, Towson University (MD)
From Knowledge to Praxis: Student Barriers and Catalysts to Critical Thinking

  • Steven Koether, Sam Houston State University (TX)
From Voters to Volunteers: Expanding On-Campus Civic Engagement Through Voter Registration Efforts

  • Sean Simonini, Student Public Interest Research Groups
  • Isabel Rojas, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Gent Haviari, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
  • Serene Omran, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Generating Organic Relationships: Integrating DEI into Community Engagement Work

  • Ryan Weaver, Salisbury University (MD)
  • Alexander Pope, Salisbury University (MD)
Trends and Approaches in Supporting College Student Mental Health and Wellness

  • Amaura Kemmerer, Campus Christie Health
The End of Service Learning

  • Elizabeth Gish, Kettering Foundation
  • Kara Lindaman, Winona State University (MN)
3:30–5 p.m. Innovations in Democracy

  • Rajiv Vinnakota, Institute for Citizens & Scholars
  • Janett Cordovés, Institute for Citizens and Scholars
  • Felice Nudelman, AASCU
  • John Smith, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
  • Rene Mardones, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
  • Penn Loh, Tufts University (MA)
5:15–6:30 p.m. Private Reception: Civic Solutions
Private Reception: Constructive Dialogue Institute
8:30–10 a.m.


AAPI Student Empowerment: Creating the Conditions for Student Organizing and Democratic Participation

  • Christine Chen, APIA
  • Victoria Tse, Tufts University (MA)
Building Resilient, Inclusive Communities of Knowledge (BRICK) Workshop

  • Cynthia Miller-Idriss, American University (DC)
Civic Solutions: Student Videos of their Fiscal Policy Proposals

  • Rob Catlett, Emporia State University (KS)
Deliberative Dialogue Leadership Training

  • Steven Koether, Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • Kara Lindaman, Winona State University (MN)
  • Catherine Copeland, AASCU
Equity-Centered Community Engagement: Enacting Strategies for Justice, Solidarity, & Advocacy

  • Stephanie Stokamer, Pacific University (OR)
Hosting Successful Local, State, & National Candidate Debates & Voter Guides

  • Elizabeth Bennion, Indiana University-South Bend
In Their Own (Photo)Voice: Juntos Luchamos – Latinx Student Civic Engagement

  • Elizabeth Parmelee, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • Liliana Diaz Solodukhin, WICHE
  • Belen Garcia Vasquez, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
Integrating Equity-based Community Engagement in Media Literacy Education

  • Cindy Vincent, Salem State University (MA)
Reframing Political Discourse: The 4Quad Ideology Diagnostic

  • Kim Gagne, Keene State College (NH)
  • Patrick Dolenc, Keene State College (NH)
  • Leah Murray, Weber State University (UT)
  • Teresa Martinez, Weber State University (UT)
10:15–11:30 a.m. Closing Plenary

  • Imari Paris Jeffries, Embrace Boston
  • Timothy Eatman, Rutgers University-Newark (NJ)
  • John Saltmarsh, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Featured speakers
Menelik Cooper-Caraballo




Rutgers University Newark (NJ)

Janett Cordovés



Senior Program Director of the Presidents Consortium

Institute for Citizens & Scholars

Tim Eatman



Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community

Rutgers University-Newark (NJ)

Abe Goldberg



Associate Professor, Political Science

James Madison University (VA)

Imari Paris


Executive Director

Embrace Boston

Steven Koether



Assistant Professor – Biological Sciences; ADP Coordinator

Sam Houston State University (TX)

Caroline Lee



Professor of Sociology/Faculty Director, Landis Center for Community Engagement

Lafayette College (PA)

Penn Loh



Associate Chair, Senior Lecturer

Tufts University (MA)

Rene Mardones



Director of Community Organizing

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

Na'Tisha Mills



Program Manager

Embrace Boston

Leah Murray



Professor, Political Science and Director, Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service

Weber State University (UT)



Associate Vice President of Academic Innovation and Transformation


Noe Ortega




Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

Allison Rank

Allison D.


Associate Professor and Chair, Political Science

State University of New York at Oswego



Professor of Economics, Chair of the Department of Marketing, and Director of International Business Programs

Southeast Missouri State University

Markya Reed



Graduate Assistant With the Center for Democracy and Civic Life

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

John Saltmarsh



Visiting Fellow

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Avery Spranger



Graduate Teaching Assistant

Illinois State University

Terri Taylor



Strategy Director for Innovation and Discovery

Lumina Foundation

Rajiv Vinnakota




Institute for Citizens & Scholars

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. 

Please note that you must register your team together using one credit card per institution to access the team rate.
No refunds will be given for individuals that purchase their registration individually in order to apply the team rate at a later date.

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“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

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