Civic Engagement Collaborative Program

Civic Engagement Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
Award Type: knowledge community

The Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Knowledge Community is a space for professional development, idea generation, scholarship, and discussion related to the field of civic education and public service. The CLDE KC supports student affairs professionals as they promote engaged citizenship and student development, encourage democratic participation in their communities, respect and appreciate diversity, and advocate applied learning and social responsibility.

The Civic Engagement Collaborative Program award recognizes an institution that has demonstrated collaboration in the area of civic learning and democratic engagement. The successful organization for this award exhibits excellence in the areas of leadership and service and seek to apply these abilities in innovative was to improve the lives of others.


Presented By

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement


2023 Recipient:

University of Denver FSL/CLDE Summer Series


Past Recipients:

  • momentum - Rochester Institute of Technology (2022)
  • Office of Civic and Community Engagement’s Summer Non-Profit Immersion Program - Wake Forest University (2020)
  • Westside Welcome - Grand Valley State University (2019)
  • Frosh Fusion: Memphis Starts with ME - University of Memphis (2018)

Award Criteria

This award is available to institutions that have implemented a program or cultivated a strong partnership relating to civic education. Nominees for this award will have illustrated commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement during the academic year in which the award is presented. Collaboration with the American Democracy Project, Campus Compact, The Democracy Commitment, NASPA LEAD Initiative, and TurboVote as well as partnerships formed across campus are indicators of an effective program. The following materials are required to nominate a Collaborative Program: one-page nomination letter, a minimum of two supporting letters and supporting evidence of the program in the form of advertising materials, press coverage, testimonials and any other relevant documentation of the collaboration. 

  • Program enhanced the campus community by utilizing a creative and unique approach.
  • Explored and fostered innovative and efficient ways of reaching and involving diverse student audiences.
  • Program includes at least one partner in developing activities that are designed to develop civic knowledge, skills and values.
  • Identified and acted on community or campus issue(s).
  • Developed a plan for sustainability and continued work on identified problems or issues.
  • Program includes two or more partners in developing activities that are designed to develop civic knowledge, skills and values.
  • Duration of the program is ongoing
  • Assessment results provided clearly illustrate an influence on student learning.
  • Action was taken that had a direct impact on the quality of life in the community.
  • Created public policy change or other positive change for the campus or community.