Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement: What Does It Mean?
Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) means promoting the education of students for engaged citizenship through democratic participation in their communities, respect and appreciation of diversity, applied learning and social responsibility. The CLDE focus area supports discussion, educational programming, and professional development to help student affairs professionals provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make a difference in their communities (NASPA).
We have included information below about how to engage yourself in the democratic process year-round.
How Can I Get Involved?
- This student-led organization strives to create a society of active citizens who make community a priority in their values and life decisions.
Campus Democratic Engagement Coalition
- This team meets regularly to organize student democratic engagement activities. Everyone is welcome! If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Baker-Boosamra at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Community Service Learning Center located in the Office of Student Life.
Coffee and Conversations
- This student-led series of conversations is aimed at promoting community building and public dialogue.
- "Be the Change" is produced by the Community Service Learning Center. We believe that every student at Grand Valley deserves to have their voice heard. This podcast aims to do just that by giving voices to issues of community and democratic engagement that matter to the Grand Valley Community.
- Do you have a topic that you're passionate about and want discussed on our podcast? Submit your idea on Laker Link here. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Johnston at email@example.com.
- This series of co-curricular lectures, panel discussions and workshops focuses on the idea and practice of democracy.
- As the official student government, Grand Valley State University's Student Senate works to ensure that the voice of the students is continually heard by the University. General Assembly meetings of the Senate occur every Thursday of the fall and winter semesters at 4:30pm and are held in Pere Marquette (Room 2204) of the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus.
Which Organizations Help?
- A national nonpartisan project that helps administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders at America’s colleges and universities engage students in federal, state, and local elections. Working with us, schools help their students to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves on candidates and issues, navigate voting laws, and turn out at the polls.
- CVP works with universities, community colleges, faculty, students and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. Our goal is to help campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote.
- CIRCLE formed a distinguished, nonpartisan, scholarly commission that investigated rigorous data on young Americans’ civic knowledge and voting, and then issued recommendations for how to improve both.
- Citizen University works with a national array of partners to help Americans cultivate the values, systems knowledge, and skills of effective citizenship.
- A leading venue for research, resources, and advocacy on college student political learning and engagement in democratic practice. Through research, resource development, and convening, we strive to inform and shift college and university priorities, practices, and culture to strengthen democracy and advance social and political equity.
Check Out These Articles!
- A Crucible Moment by The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
- How to be Civil in an Uncivil World by James Ryerson for the New York Times
- It's Time to Get Out and Vote by Rihan Issa and Larenz Rivero for Forbes Magazine
- Practicing Civic Courage by Martha McCoy for Everyday Democracy
- Rethinking Nonpartisanship in an Increasingly Divisive Era by Jane Johnston at Grand Valley State University
- Students are Ready to Engage in Politics Again by Jane Johnston at Grand Valley State University
- Students Embracing Democracy: Democratic Engagement & Difficult Dialogues at GVSU by Melissa Baker-Boosamra at Grand Valley State University
- The Power of Civic Engagement by Leah Katz-Hernandez for Forbes Magazine
- Why Should College Students--or Anyone Else--Bother Voting? by Collin Sullivan and David Hoffman at the University of Maryland Baltimore County
- 4 Myths About College Students And Voting by Courtney Rozen for NPR
- A Global Perspective on Youth Voter Participation in the United State by Suhwan Kim for Forbes Magazine