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January 8, 2024

Registration Opens

March 29, 2024

Early Bird Registration Deadline

May 27, 2024

Regular Registration Deadline

2024 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting

Division/Group Events

Each year, the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference 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 June 5 - June 7, 2024 in Detroit, Michigan. 

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 #CLDE24 to connect with other attendees at the conference and see what everyone is talking about! 

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About

Our 2024 CLDE (CLDE24) 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.

Venue

Most conference activities will take place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

NASPA is arranging special room rates for conference attendees that are yet to be determined. The cut-off to recieve the special rate will be annouced when the housing block opens. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Reserving a room within the conference block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you, it also helps to support the conference. When you book within our block, you help keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy, such as networking receptions, coffee breaks, and off-site pre-conference programs.

The conference room block closes on May 13.

Reserve a Room!

Additional Information

Travel

The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is serviced by the Detroit Metropolitain Wayne County Airport. The hotel is approximately 22 miles from the airport. Visit airport website for more information.  

Parking

Off-Site Parking: Beaubien Garage provides "in & out" privileges 0.1 Miles

On-Site Parking: Valet only, $40/day

Weather

The average temperatures in Detroit, MI are around 78 degrees F during the day and 60 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Please note, the hotel and meeting areas may have cooler temperatures. A sweater or jacket is recommended.

Registration

Registration for the 2024 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference (CLDE) is now open!

Regular Registration has been extended!

The registration fee includes all regular program sessions and meals. 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 Registration

Jan. 8 - Mar. 29, 2024

Regular Registration

Mar. 30 - May 27, 2024

Late Registration

After May 27, 2024

General Registration $550 $625 $695
Student Registration $380 $380 $380
Team Registration $500 $575 Not Available

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 13, 2024. 

**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. Pre-conference sessions and site visits will cost $50.

Refunds will be given for cancellations less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined. Please allow 30 business days for processing. To inquire about the status of a refund after 10 business days, please send an email to [email protected].

Schedule

Schedule at a Glance
Tuesday
June 4
Wednesday
June 5
Thursday
June 6
Friday
June 7
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Pre-conference Workshops

Details
The Power of Partnering with Election Officials

 

Working together with your local election officials is a great way to foster partnerships within civic learning and democratic engagement. This session will present a case study of the Michigan Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force where college students serve as liaisons between the Michigan Department of State and their campus populations to advise on department policies and their impact on student voters. Participants will receive strategies and resources to foster and/or strengthen relationships within their own municipalities and states.

Civic Engagement for a New Generation

 

Most of the civic engagement practices being used today were developed by other generations with a completely different technological and cultural landscape: rallies and marches, phone banking and door knocking, working with institutions like faith organizations. How relevant are these approaches today? In this session, you’ll learn about new innovations in outreach, coalition-building, and engagement. From working with artists and influencers to developing events that bring new, diverse people into movements, this is civic engagement for a new generation.

  • Simon Tam, The Slants Foundation
The Role of Students’ Voices in Equity and Democracy in Higher Education

 

As institutions seek to become more student-centered, a critically important question is how do we incorporate the students’ voices and experiences in higher education. Institutional outcomes and students’ educational experiences can be improved when students’ voices are included throughout the student life cycle and in decision-making. Join us as we explore approaches to capturing and operationalizing students’ voices to strengthen equity and democracy at our institutions.

  • Jacqueline Jones, AASCU
  • Melissa Rivas, AASCU
  • Lynn Brabender, AASCU
  • Andres Quitanilla, AASCU
  • Randy Bumpers, AASCU
4:15 PM - 6:00 PM

ADP Meeting

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

CLDE Orientation

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Site Visits

Details
The Motown Experience

 

Learn about the birth of Motown by exploring the original Studio A of Hitsville U.S.A. On this tour, we’ll take a bus to the Motown Museum, located in midtown Detroit, and enjoy a guided tour through one of the epicenters of musical creativity in America in the 1960s. We’ll see instruments, costumes, memorabilia, photos, and gold records from the Supremes, the Temptations, and the Jackson 5, among other artists. Motown helped to usher in significant cultural and social change as a prominent African American-owned label that achieved crossover success thanks to the unique combination of a soul music style with a mainstream pop appeal.

Detroit’s Underground Railroad

 

While the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was enforced, formerly enslaved peoples could be captured in the northern United States. Finding a pathway to Canada was critical and Detroit’s strong system of Underground Railroad routes aided formerly enslaved peoples. We will take a bus tour, guided by Jamon Jordan of Black Scroll Network, and explore 10-12 meaningful sites of the secret network of financial, spiritual, and material aid provided to formerly enslaved peoples. Learn Detroit’s code name on the Underground Railroad and learn how over 50,000 people found freedom through their Underground Railroad.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Opening Plenary

Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court

  • Simon Tam, The Slants Foundation
3:10 PM - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Session Block 1

Details
Building Strategic Cross-System Partnerships for Maximum Impact: Public Civics Education for Everyone

 

  • Anna C. Gersh, Eastern Michigan University
Pedagogy for Thriving Democracy: ‘Stories are Everything’ and other Civic Maxims

 

  • David Hoffman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Tess McRae, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Fostering Social Mobility through Civic Engagement: An Approach to Decolonizing Higher Education

 

  • Laura Rao, State University of New York, Buffalo State
Strengthening Democracy through Student-Community Partnerships

 

  • Otto Brown, Washington University in Saint Louis
  • Sarah Nash, Washington University in Saint Louis
Strengthening On-Campus Partnerships to Increase Civic Engagement Efforts

 

  • Kendra Lutes, Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Adam Smith, Bowling Green State University (OH)
Red and Blue: Universities as Agents of Democracy in Polarized States

 

  • Elizabeth Bennion, Indiana University South Bend
  • Elizabeth Parmelee, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
College of the Community: Delta Grows Deep Community Roots and National Recognition

 

  • Lisa Lawrason, Delta College (MI)
NIFI Session

 

  • Kara Dillard, James Madison University (VA)
  • Patty Robinson, College of the Canyons (CA)
4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Session Block 2

Details
Missouri State University’s Voter Education Initiative Cultivates Informed Democratic Engagement

 

  • Emily Fessler, League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri
  • Ava Taylor, Missouri State University
  • Suzanne Walker-Pacheco, Missouri State University
  • Liz Wertz, Missouri Jobs with Justice
Creating Environments for Sustainable Civic Work via an Institutionalization Audit

 

  • Chapman Rackaway, Radford University (VA)
National Voter Education Week: Bringing Campuses, Communities Together to Educate New Voters

 

  • Zoë Williamson Cretini, The Students Learn Students Vote Coalition
  • Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
  • Stephanie Rowden, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Hannah Smotrich, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Leading through Service: University-Community Partnerships in Urban Schools

 

  • Teranda Donatto, University of Houston
  • Stephanie Perez-Gill, University of Houston
Environmental Impact: A Strategic Guide for Campus & Community Partnerships

 

  • Sandy Pope, Salisbury University (MD)
  • Ryan Weaver, Salisbury University (MD)
Daring To Diversify: Rhetoric and Strategies in a Post-Affirmative Action World

 

  • Catherine Copeland, AASCU
  • Paul Cook, Indiana University Kokomo
  • Byron B. Craig, Illinois State University
  • Erin O’Hanlon, Stockton University (NJ)
Testifying for Civic Futures: We the People In and Beyond the Classroom

 

  • Ellen Zwarensteyn, Michigan Center for Civic Education
Empowering Students to Create and Lead Policy Issue Forums in the Classroom

 

  • Eric Gondella, Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • Cheryl Z. Kerchis, Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • David Kershaw, Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • Grace Klutinoty, Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • Sarah Luiken, Slippery Rock University (PA)
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Opening Reception and Poster Sessions

Details
Dialogue ACTS

 

  • Lane McLelland, The University of Alabama
Engaging Student Organizations Through a Co-Curricular Experiential Learning Program

 

  • Allison Sweet, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Angie Zill, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Combining Environmental Justice & Sustainability Themes with Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Skill Development

 

  • Laura Mulvey, Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • David O’Malley, Bridgewater State University (MA)
Involving Candidates in Campus Voter Guides, Town Hhalls, and Other Nonpartisan Efforts
Know Our Ballot: MTSU Students Educate Fellow Students About Our Legislators

 

  • Victoria Grigsby, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Marcus Rosario, Middle Tennessee State University
A “Feet First” Approach to Political Talk: A Civic Skill

 

  • A. Jackson Harris, The University of Alabama
Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Presents Captain Activate! And The Future Voters

 

  • Avery Xola, Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission
Student Created, Student Led: The Voter Advocacy Network at RIT

 

  • Grace Carlic, Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
Unmasking Deception in Voter Engagement– Informed Decision-Making with Nonpartisan Guides
Integrating GOTV Campaigns with the Curriculum
Expanding Democratic Participation with Educational Resources that Provide Relatable Civic Learning Experiences

 

  • Caroline Chance, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Big Ten Collaboration Virtual Policy Simulations: Experiential Civic Learning and Dialogue

 

  • Catherine Carver, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Briannon Cierpilowski, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Elisabeth Gerber, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Fiona Hayes, Viewpoint
  • Sophia Heller, University of Iowa
  • Hillary Poudeu Tchokothe, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM

Concurrent Session Block 3

Details
Civics Literacy and the Purdue Model

 

  • Fred Duttlinger, Purdue University (IN)
Encouraging Civility in Democratic and Election Engagement on Campus

 

  • Dave Dulio, Oakland University (MI)
  • Nolan Finley, The Detroit News
  • Stephen Henderson, Michigan Public Radio
Centering Equity: Developing Pathways to Equitable Community Engagement in Higher Education

 

  • Sara B. Moore, Salem State University (MA)
  • Andrea Robles, AmeriCorps
  • Cindy S. Vincent, Salem State University (MA)
Incorporating AI into the Classroom to Boost Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

 

  • Steve Hunt, Illinois State University
  • Lance Lippert, Illinois State University
  • Joseph P. Zompetti, Illinois State University
State-Level Voting Laws: Current Policy Landscape and Advocacy Strategies

 

  • Diana Ali, NASPA
Fund the Students; Follow the Students: Lessons from Campus Compact Student Engagement

 

  • Markya D. Reed, Johns Hopkins University
Going Beyond the Walls: Building Sustainable Partnerships to Grow Civic Engagement

 

  • Katherine Nordyke, Missouri State University
  • Stacey Trewatha-Bach, Missouri State University
  • Mary Ann Wood, Missouri State University
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Concurrent Session Block 4

Details
Gaining Academic Leadership Support For Assessing Civic Outcomes Across Degree Programs: Priorities, Programs & Partners

 

  • Jo Hoffman, Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • Laura Mulvey, Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • David O’Malley, Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • Maurice Williams Jr., Bridgewater State University (MA)
RU Running? Political Campaign Training for Undergraduates

 

  • Jessica Ronan-Frisch, Rutgers University New Brunswick (NJ)
Examining Institutional Responses to the California Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act

 

  • Alex Kappus, UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement
Integrating Community Engagement and Social Issues in a Preservice Teachers Mathematics Course

 

  • Jean Mistele, Radford University (VA)
Developing Civic Identities in Pre-Service Elementary Educators

 

  • Brigid Beaubien, Eastern Michigan University
  • Amanda Maher, Eastern Michigan University
Educating for the Public Good in California’s Community Colleges Through ‘Civic Dialogues’

 

  • Patty Robinson, College of the Canyons (CA)
Deliberative Dialogue: How Do We Grapple with Shifting, Outlawed, and Misunderstood Terminology

 

  • Catherine Copeland, AASCU
  • Steven Koether, Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • Kara Lindaman, Winona State University (MN)
AmeriCorps: A Pathway from Service to Success

 

  • Amy Albert, AmeriCorps
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Concurrent Session Block 5

Details
Reacting to the Past: A Voice for Marginalized High School Students?

 

  • Mark F. Whitters, Eastern Michigan University
Starting Strategically: Assessing Student Civic Knowledge and Skill Incomes at Radford University

 

  • Chapman Rackaway, Radford University (VA)
Integrating Political Ideology Diagnostics in your Civic Engagement Work

 

  • Patrick Dolenc, Keene State College (NH)
  • Leah Murray, Weber State University (UT)
  • Kim Schmidl-Gagne, Keene State College (NH)
State College Civic Engagement: An Exclusive NSLVE Report of AASCU Campuses

 

  • Victoria Tse, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education
Be HIP: Turn Your Civic Engagement Program into a High-Impact Practice

 

  • Romy Hübler, Towson University (MD)
  • Charis Lawson, Towson University (MD)
  • Heather Polonsky, Towson University (MD)
Strengthening Civic Literacy: Academic Libraries as Catalysts for Voter Education and Engagement

 

  • Ellen Knutson, AASCU
  • Nancy Kranich, Rutgers University New Brunswick (NJ)
Consolidating Engagement: Discovering and Highlighting Commonalities Between Civic and Community Engagement

 

  • Beth Merenstein, Central Connecticut State University
  • Christian Reyes, Central Connecticut State University
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Break

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Plenary Session

Details

Rethinking Democratic Responsibility through Equitable Access

  • Sarah Anthony, State Senator, Michigan
  • Brandy Johnson, Michigan Community College Association
  • Ryan Fewins-Bliss, Michigan College Access Network
  • Benjamin Frederick, Memorial Healthcare
  • Amelia Parnell, NASPA
  • Charles L. Welch, AASCU
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Concurrent Session Block 6

Details
Supporting Students in Times of Upheaval and Conflict

 

  • Clairissa Breen, State University of New York, Buffalo State
IDEA for Change: Infusing Social Justice into Community/Civic Engagement and Service

 

  • Dana Pursley, Denison University (OH)
  • Emily Vermillion, Denison University (OH)
Institutionally Articulating the Higher Purpose: Framing Civic Learning and Community Engagement

 

  • Mary A. Evins, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Lesley Graybeal, University of Central Arkansas
  • David Hoffman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Sandy Jacobs, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Willie Redmond, Southeast Missouri State University
Creative Collaboration: A Coalition Model for Student Voter Engagement

 

  • Jacqueline Beaudry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Catherine Carver, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Stephanie Rowden, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Hannah Smotrich, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
The Path to Finding and Developing your Civic Footprint

 

  • Tiffany Thornhill, Arizona State University
  • Avery Xola, Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission
Engaging History and Building Communities: Digitizing and Digitally Displaying WWII letters

 

  • Tammy Pike, University of South Carolina Upstate
Civic Empowerment: A Spectrum of Student Engagement and Learning

 

  • Brian Halderman, GivePulse, Inc.
  • David Kershaw, Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • Kendra Lutes, Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Jeffrey Rathlef, Slippery Rock University (PA)
  • Adam Smith, Bowling Green State University (OH)
At the Intersection of Sports and Civic Engagement

 

  • Lance Lippert, Illinois State University
  • Steve Hunt, Illinois State University
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Concurrent Session Block 7

Details
Identifying the Academic Learning Outcomes Embedded in Voter Engagement Programming

 

  • Allison D. Rank, State University of New York at Oswego
Building a Campus Climate that Meets the Challenges Facing Higher Education

 

  • Leah Murray, Weber State University (UT)
Civic Learning as a General Education Outcome
Campus Dialogue Programs With Real Impact: Exploring We Are Madison’s Legacy

 

  • Kara Dillard, James Madison University (VA)
Revitalizing and Centering Indigenous Voices

 

  • Elizabeth Parmelee, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • Deserea Richards, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
Deconstructing Silos: State Coalitions Illuminating Civic Possibilities – A Study of MiCivics

 

  • Ellen Zwarensteyn, Michigan Center for Civic Education
  • Brigid Beaubien, Eastern Michigan University
Driving Student Engagement within The New York Times

 

  • Kandace Fitzwater, The New York Times
Measuring and Employing Student Success Data in Civic Engagement Programming

 

  • Kassie Phebillo, Fair Elections Center
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Invited Receptions

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Concurrent Session Block 8

Details
Aggies Impact Policy: Strategically Developing a Policy Internship Program

 

  • James B. Palacios, Texas A&M University
Democratic and Election Engagement on Campus: The Presidents Panel

 

  • Dave Dulio, Oakland University (MI)
  • Ora H. Pescovitz, Oakland University (MI)
  • Josh Krau, Journalist
  • Kevin Guskiewicz, Michigan State University
Infuse Connections through Challenging Conversations: Enhancing Engagement Using the Fuse Card Game

 

  • Michael Frizell, Missouri State University
  • Katherine Nordyke, Missouri State University
ZINES! A Fun & Far-Reaching Way to Promote Voter Education & Engagement on Campus

 

  • Adriana Paez, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Building a Movement for Global Civic Engagement through Sustainable Development Goals

 

  • Riva Brown, University of Central Arkansas
  • Lesley Graybeal, University of Central Arkansas
Putting Bias Aside: Creating Inclusive Environments During the General Election

 

  • Markya D. Reed, Johns Hopkins University
  • Sophia Baleeiro, Johns Hopkins University
  • Meghna Chandrasekaran, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Nia Hopkins, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Musa Jafri, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Jacquelyn P. Slade, Johns Hopkins University
Nourishing Democracy: Student-Run Food Pantries, Public Work, and Democratic Culture-Building

 

  • Craig Berger, Kent State University
  • Kalena Speicher, Kent State University
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Closing Plenary

The Power of Partnerships: Working with State Officials to Increase Student Voter Engagement

  • Jocelyn Benson, Secretary of State of Michigan
  • Ora H. Pescovitz, Oakland University (MI)
  • Abdullah Aljanabi, Macomb Community College (MI)

Call for Programs

The call for programs is now closed. Please consider joining us in June for the event and submitting a program for next year's 2025 event.

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. 

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

Questions

Please contact the conference planning team members below if you have further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2024 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting or if you have registration questions. 

Cathy Copeland

Director, American Democracy Project (ADP)

[email protected]

202-478-7833

Jill Dunlap

Director for Research and Practice, NASPA

[email protected] 

202-719-1196

 

 

Sponsorship

The 2024 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].