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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


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] 




Register Online for 2023 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting

The CLDE conference brings together student affairs administrators, faculty, and students to further institutions' commitment to advancing democracy.

Register Online


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. 

*PLEASE NOTE that 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. 

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].



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

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. 

9:00 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. 



Joseph Zompetti, Illinois State University

Erin O’Hanlon, Stockton University

Paul Cook, Indiana University Kokomo



9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-conference session #5

These are optional sessions that are available for an additional $50 to be paid at the time of conference registration. 

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-conference session #6

These are optional sessions that are available for an additional $50 to be paid at the time of conference registration. 

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


On our way to lunch, we will visit 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. The majority of our walking tour will be exploring 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. and the Abiel Smith School, the oldest public school in the U.S. that was created exclusively to educate Black children. (Lunch included in price.)


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

CLDE Orientation

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ADP Meeting and Community College Meeting

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Opening Plenary

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Opening Reception and Poster Presentations

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast Available

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM

Concurrent Sessions

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Concurrent Sessions

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Concurrent Sessions

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Plenary Session

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Sponsored Receptions

7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Breakfast Available

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Workshop Sessions

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Closing Plenary and Meeting Adjournment


Boston Park Plaza

Boston Park Plaza

50 Park Plaza

Boston, MA 02116

(617) 426-2000

The conference group rate is $259 per night. The group rate will be available for booking in January 2023.

*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!