2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting

June 06 – June 09, 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. For more information, visit the official conference website here.


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:

·        Millennial Conservatism and Civic Engagement: No, Really, What Do Young Conservatives Want? | Jane Coaston

·        Doing Civic Engagement through a Wicked Problems Lens: The Case for Passionate Impartiality | Martín Carcasson

·        Citizen Power | Eric Liu

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!


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If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting, please fill out the exhibitor and sponsor application form and e-fax back all 3 pages to 202-204-8443 or e-mail to kjerde@naspa.org by April 2, 2018.

 Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org or Adrienne Vincent at AASCU at 202.478.4645 or via email at vincenta@aascu.org

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