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February 5, 2023

Call for Programs Deadline

April 29, 2023

Early Bird Registration

May 9, 2023

CLDE Hotel Room Block Deadline

May 20, 2023

Regular Registration

2023 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting

Division/Group Events

Each year, the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement brings together faculty, student affairs administrators, students,  senior campus leaders, and community partners to advance institutions' commitment to advancing democracy. This is the only event that convenes this diverse range of stakeholders 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 democracies need. 

This year's event will take place from May 31 - June 2, 2023 in Boston, Massachussetts. 

Participants will have opportunities to network and develop their civic-minded thinking and practices through engaging plenary sessions, informative general interest sessions, interactive workshops, and roundtable discussions. 

Use the hashtage #CLDE23 to connect with other attendees at the conference and see what everyone is talking about! 

Presented By

AASCU Logo with Tagline: Delivering America's Promise


Our 2023 CLDE (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. 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.



Call for Programs

We welcome your submission and invite you to help shape the conversation about the future of civic learning and democratic engagement at this moment in our country's history. The CLDE planning committee encourages collaborative proposals that feature the work of more than one campus and that are data-driven in their approach. We also strongly encourage proposals that include significant audience engagement as part of the session. 

Conference proposals should align with one of the following areas of focus:

  1. Integrating equity, justice, diversity, inclusion and accessibility
  2. Incorporating experiential learning opportunities
  3. Balancing voter engagement with broader civic engagement
  4. Implementing and assessing institution-wide civic learning objectives
  5. Implementing pedagogical and programmatic strategies
  6. Strengthening community and campus integration of civic engagement


Submit your proposal here

The deadline for program proposals is 11:59 PM ET, Sunday, February 5. 


Please contact NASPA if you have further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2023 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting or if you have registration questions. 


Cathy Copeland

Director, American Democracy Project (ADP)

[email protected]


Jill Dunlap

Director for Research and Practice, NASPA

[email protected] 





Registration is now open for the 2023 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE23) conference!

Register today, using this link.

The registration fee includes all regular program sessions. The registration site requires you to create a NASPA account in order to register for the conference. There is no cost to create an account. The registration rate is the same for AASCU and NASPA members as well as non-members. 

Registrant Type Early Bird Rate
(Register by April 29, 2023)
Regular Rate
(Register by May 20, 2023)
Late Rate
(Registration after May 20, 2023)
General Registration $525 $595 $665
Student Registration $360 $360 $360
Team (4 or more individuals from the same institution) $475 per person $545 per person  


Registration rate for students is for undergraduates and full-time graduate students at AASCU/ADP and NASPA colleges and universities. 

*In order to obtain the team rate, you must contact Jill Dunlap at [email protected] with the names of the team members you wish to register, AFTER you have confirmed that each team member has an established NASPA account (separate from membership and free to create). Team members must all be from the same institution to qualify for the team rate and the team rate registration must be paid with one payment online using a credit card. The team rate is available until May 20, 2023. 

**Please note that you must register your team together using one credit card per institution to access the team rate. The team rate cannot be retroactively applied. No refunds will be given for individuals that purchase their registration individually in order to apply the team rate at a later date.**

We encourage you to register for pre-conference sessions and site visits during the registration process. Details of the pre-conference sessions and site visits are listed in the Schedule section. 


The 2023 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference is the only conference in higher education that brings together students, faculty, student affairs administrators, senior campus leaders, and community partners to advance democratic engagement work. 

Click below to download the exhibitor and sponsorship application. Please send the completed application and any questions to Fred Comparato at [email protected].


Thank You to Our Sponsors!


All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. To explore sessions and the schedule from CLDE22, please click here. The CLDE23 full schedule will be posted in late March 2023. 

The PowerPoint template for CLDE23 presenters can be found here

May 30
May 31
June 1
June 2
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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, M.S.Ed.
Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
Executive Secretary, International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility, and Democracy

Marisol Morales, EdD/
Executive Director of the Carnegie Elective Classifications, American Council on Education (ACE)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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, Ph.D.
Director, Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program
Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration
Clark Atlanta University
223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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. 



Erin O’Hanlon, Stockton University

Paul Cook, Indiana University Kokomo



1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Site Visit #1: 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.)


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Embracing Boston’s Black History Tour (Sponsored by Give Pulse)


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. 


8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement CLDE Focus Group

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

CLDE Orientation

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Community College Civic Engagement Open Forum

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

ADP Meeting & 20th Anniversary Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Opening Plenary

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Session Block 1


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 Institute

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 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Session Block 2


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

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 PM - 6:30 PM

Opening Reception and Poster Presentations


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

  •          Eliott 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

  •          Payge Hardy, Nonpartisan Voter Guides
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM

Morning Wellness Run (Sponsored by Christie Campus Health)

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast Available

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM

Concurrent Session Block 3


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)

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

To Persuade or Not Persuade? Determining Productive Forms of Rhetorical Engagement

  •          Bruce Bowles Jr., Texas A&M University Central Texas
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Concurrent Session Block 4


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 AM - 11:20 AM

Concurrent Session Block 5


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

  •          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

Lunch Session

  •          Carah Ong Whaley, University of Virginia
  •          Abe Goldberg, James Madison University (VA)
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM



Enjoy your lunch while listening to "Leaning into Politics: A Discussion with Authors," presented by, Abraham Goldberg (James Madison University - Virginia), Caroline Lee (Lafayette College - Pennsylvania), Leah Murray (Weber State Unviersity - Utah), Allison Rank (SUNY Oswego - New York), and Terri Taylor (Lumina Foundation).

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Concurrent Session Block 6


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)

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)
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Concurrent Session Block 7


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)

Session from Christie Campus

  •          Representative(s) from Christie Campus

The End of Service Learning

  •          Elizabeth Gish, Kettering Foundation
  •          Kara Lindaman, Winona State University (MN)
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Plenary Session

Innovations in Democracy

  • Rajiv Vinnakota, Institute for Citizens & Scholars
  • Janett Cordovés, Institute for Citizens and Scholars
  • Felice Nudelman, AASCU
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Sponsored Receptions

Private Reception: Civic Solutions

Private Reception: Constructive Dialogue Institute

7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Breakfast Available

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Workshop Sessions


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

  •        Christine Chen, APIA Vote.org
  •        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 AM - 11:30 AM

Closing Plenary and Meeting Adjournment

Closing Plenary

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


Boston Park Plaza

Boston Park Plaza

50 Park Plaza

Boston, MA 02116

(617) 426-2000

Reservations for the conference dates may be made at the group rate of $259.00 via this link. Please note, the best experience making reservations is on a laptop or desktop computer. Please note that only the official conference dates of Monday, May 29, 2023 to/including the evening of Friday, June 2, 2023 are bookable vial the dedicated conference link.  Please make your reservation for the conference dates via this link.  Any requests for reservations for pre of post conference dates must be made by contacting the hotel’s reservations department directly.  Please reference the name of the meeting in your email.  Requests are subject to availability and must be emailed to [email protected].

*The deadline to book the group rate will be Tuesday, May 9, 2023.* Group rates are available for room stays between May 30 and June 4. 

All conference activities, other than the site visits, will take place at the Boston Park Plaza

Reserve your room today!