Jun. 21-24, 2022

2022 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting 

2022 CLDE

A unique opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and administrators to come together, reflect on recent lessons learned, and formulate opportunities for future work. 

Our 2022 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE22) will facilitate exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work.

Who should participate?

  • Faculty 
  • Students 
  • Senior campus leaders 
  • Student affairs administrators 
  • Community partners 

How will you benefit?

  • Learn strategies to integrate equity, justice, diversity, inclusion and accessibility  
  • Connect with colleagues sharing best practices to incorporate experiential learning opportunities and enact pedagogical and programmatic strategies 
  • Hear from speakers focused on balancing voter engagement with broader civic engagement  
  • Discover ways to implement and assess institution-wide civic learning objectives  
  • Strengthen community and campus integration of civic engagement 
  • Connect with a community of students, faculty and campus leaders focused on democracy, social justice, belonging and equity minded leadership. 
Program Highlights

Join us as we work to advance the civic learning and democratic engagement movement across higher education.  

CLDE22 facilitates exchanges of knowledge and develops 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:

  • Purpose: What are the key features of the thriving democracy we aspire to enact and support through our work?
  • Learning Outcomes: What knowledge, skills, and dispositions do people need in order to help create and contribute to a thriving democracy?
  • Pedagogy: How can we best foster the acquisition and development of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for a thriving democracy?
  • Strategy: How can we build the institutional culture, infrastructure, and relationships needed to support learning that enables a thriving democracy?

Participants will have opportunities to network and develop their civic-minded thinking and practices through plenary sessions, site visits, concurrent sessions, workshop sessions, posters, receptions, pre-conference sessions, and working meetings.

Schedule at a glance
9 a.m.–12 p.m.   Pre-conference session: How to Combat Racism and Misinformation Using Digital Literacy

The current historical moment demands accountability. To understand the racialized misinformation and disinformation surrounding current events—the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson and the spread of the QAnon conspiracy, to take just two recent examples—knowledge workers must be able to account for the history of mediated representation of racism that informs and sustains these tropes, these frames for viewing race in today’s hyper-partisan, polarized climate. This workshop takes seriously the assumption that to effectively recognize, analyze, and intervene in information pollution in all its multifarious guises, including those that traffic in racist tropes and narratives, students and teachers and others who are fighting for racial justice must become more attuned to the mediated representations of the past: the narratives, images, tropes, and memes, including those found in media and advertising, that everywhere and always color Black Americans’ experience of the American democratic experiment.

Over the course of this interactive pre-conference workshop, we will (1) offer examples of these mediated representations of racism and delve into their history; (2) explore images and discuss how these representations shape what Phillips and Milner (2021) call the “deep memetic frames” of contemporary information disorder (i.e., disinformation, misinformation, and malinformation) (Wardle & Derakhshan, 2017); and (3) provide annotated writing prompts and project assignments that help students develop critical thinking and digital literacy skills that can help them not only recognize contemporary examples, but also unpack the historical roots of racist misinformation in American public life. A portion of our time together during this workshop will be used to view a short documentary on representations of race in media and advertising. Presented by Paul Cook (Indiana University Kokomo) and Byron Craig (Illinois State University).

9 a.m.–12 p.m.  Pre-conference session: Deploying Deliberative Dialogues on Campus

AASCU’s The American Democracy Project presents a pre-conference session to help democracy thrive through deliberation. The session will explore and practice deliberative dialogues and moderation. Deliberative dialogues are guided conversations on a political, controversial, or wicked topic; they aim to push beyond polarizing positions, find common ground and shared values, humanize stakeholders, uncover nuance, and potentially provide a solution-focused approach to addressing complicated issues. In this workshop, participants will learn what deliberative dialogues are and aren’t, practice moderating a session, and explore some resources to bring back home. This is a 3-hour workshop for faculty, staff, and students at higher education institutions led by Steven Koether (Sam Houston State), Kara Lindaman (Winona State), and Harriett Steinbach (Illinois State).

1 p.m.-4 p.m. 


Pre-conference session: The Extending Empathy Project: Creating an EDI Culture on Campus

Are you concerned about the growing lack of empathy we are witnessing across multiple levels of our culture, including personal interaction, group communication, and political discourse? This workshop will expose participants to various aspects of Illinois State University’s sponsored colloquia series, and the impacts they had on viewers. The final, culminating colloquium took place as commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre of 1921. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss colloquium speakers and how this information collected can be used to create a national movement to expanding empathy in a collective movement. An online diary system will allow participants to record their reactions to the YouTube video prior to the workshop, and then keep track of their views on empathy following the workshop. Participants will explore (1) extending empathy into infrastructures and the neuroscience of empathy, (2) the dangers and pitfalls of extending empathy to traumatized persons, (3) empathy and racial identity development, (4) reducing the moral empathy gap in political conversation, (5) why we often find it hard to listen to others, (6) the difficulty of extending empathy to those we would rather avoid, and (7) the first-person experience of extending as well as being denied, empathy. Led by the Illinois State University team of J. Scott Jordan, Stephen Hunt, Byron Craig, and Nathan Carpenter.

1 p.m.-4 p.m. 


Pre-conference session: 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 AASCU colleagues as we explore approaches to capturing and operationalizing students’ voices to strengthen equity and democracy at our institutions.

8:45–9:45 a.m.   CLDE Orientation  
10 a.m.–1 p.m.   Site visits (optional; additional $50 cost)

Indigenous Peoples & the Wakan Tipi Center    

Lower Phalen Creek Project (LPCP) staff, led by executive director Maggie Lorenz (Turtle Lake Band of Ojibwe/Spirit Lake Dakota) will guide a tour of the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. This habitat restoration site contains the now-desecrated and ancient cave Wakáŋ Tipi, which means Dwelling Place of the Sacred in the Dakota language. LPCP will share its vision for reclaiming the sanctuary as a sacred site and creating a new gathering place for cultural learning, celebration and exchange, also named Wakáŋ Tipi Center. We will visit Gatherings Café, a restaurant inside the American Indian Center in Minneapolis, on the return to the hotel; lunch not included in price.

Generating Campus and Community Food Security

This exploration of food security partnerships in and around Metropolitan State is aimed at inspiring ways to build similar connections in participants’ home campuses and communities. The visit will feature walks through produce gardens managed by faculty, students and our lead community partner Urban Roots, discussion of the campus Food for Thought Food Pantry and food distribution partnerships, and a tour of the recently-completed GROW-IT Center facility, which has served as a hub for community-university learning and exchange on urban food production, healthy food access and environmental restoration. Urban Roots youth interns, guided by a local chef, will prepare our meal!

This site visit is sponsored by the generous contribution of Chartwells Higher Ed.

10 a.m.–12 p.m. Special Topic Workshops (available to all participants at hotel)
12–1:30 p.m.    Sponsored lunches
1:30–3 p.m.   ADP Meeting and Community College Meeting
3:30–5 p.m.   Opening Plenary  
5:15–6:30 p.m.   Opening Reception and Poster presentations  
7–8:30 a.m.   Breakfast available  
8:30–9:20 a.m.   Concurrent sessions  
9:30–10:20 a.m.   Concurrent sessions  
10:30 am..–12 p.m.   Workshop sessions  
12–1:30 p.m.   Lunch  
1:30–2:20 p.m.   Concurrent sessions  
2:20–4 p.m.   Concurrent sessions  
4:15-5:30 p.m.   Plenary Session  
6–7 p.m.   Sponsored Receptions  
7–8:15 a.m.   Breakfast available  
8:30–9:20 a.m.   Concurrent Sessions  
9:30–20:20 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
10:30–11:30 a.m.   Closing Plenary and Meeting Adjourns  
Registration Fees

The registration fee includes all regular program sessions. There is no difference in registration rates for AASCU or NASPA members. 

Attendee type  Early Bird Rate
(Jan. 20–May 31) 
Regular Rate
(June 1–16) 
(after June 17) 
Individuals  $525  $595  $665 
Students*  $360  $360  $360 
four or more individuals from the same institution 
$475 per person  $545 per person  Not Available 

*Registration rate for students is for undergraduates and full-time graduate students.

**Team registration fee available until May 31, 2022. To register your team members, contact Jill Dunlap. 

CLDE 2022  by the numbers


Number of attendees who  joined us for CLDE 2022. 


Attendees who reported learning new information during the conference.


Attendees who felt  the information presented during the conference would be immediately applicable to their campus and community work.    


“CLDE allows me to expand my imagination when it comes to what civic engagement and democracy can look like on a college campus. It has helped me see that students can also contribute their time, passion, and experiences to help build and strengthen our communities.”

Markya Reed

Graduate Student
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

$209 USD per night. Last day to book (to get the group rate): Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

AASCU is committed to the health, safety and well-being of all attendees at our gatherings. We follow all local rules and CDC guidance and closely monitor conditions related to COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Attendees at all AASCU events agree to adhere to the following health and safety protocols.

Before leaving home   

  • AASCU strongly encourages all participants to be fully vaccinated. The CDC Vaccines website provides definitions of “Fully Vaccinated” and “Up To Date”. 
  • Stay home if you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.  We recommend attendees wear masks while traveling to and from the event and follow COVID-19 safety practices in the days leading up to the event. 
  • We strongly encourage attendees to take a rapid antigen COVID-19 test before traveling and before arriving to AASCU convenings.

Onsite during the event  

  • Masks are recommended and will be available at the registration desk. 
  • If you are experiencing cold or COVID-19 symptoms please be respectful and wear a mask.  
  • Self-administered COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be available at the registration desk. We encourage participants test themselves upon arrival before joining the conference. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol  
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands  
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes. 
  • If you feel unwell, develop symptoms of COVID-19, or test positive for COVID-19 at any time during the convening, seek medical care and do not attend the meals or gatherings.  
  • If you test positive during the conference, please notify AASCU staff by emailing meetings@aascu.org.  

AASCU reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies. 

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