Pre-conference Sessions


Pre-conference Sessions

Transit + Community: intersections of place, economy, culture, and art

Sunday, March 25, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

This interactive and mobile session will focus on narrative place-making through public transportation, encouraging participants to critically examine intersections of place, economy, culture, education, and art as a means to shape public policy and strengthen communities. Participants will examine and experience collaborations between the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) and community nonprofit and education partners as they travel around the urban core of Indianapolis courtesy of IndyGo. The learning experience is designed to encourage practices that produce equitable places and support meaningful change through community partnerships and service learning initiatives.

Presenters: Mark Latta, Writing Center Director, English Instructor, and Public Literacy Coordinator, Marian University; Ellen Forthofer, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, IndyGo–Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation; and Allison Potteiger, Communications Specialist, IndyGo–Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation.

Immersive Civic Learning through Historical Role-Playing Games
Especially for community colleges

Sunday, March 25, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

This session will demonstrate how to engage community college students through an immersive civic learning experience using Reacting to the Past (RTTP) historical role-playing games.  RTTP consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. This immersive pedagogy enhances history and political science courses and features civic skill building which is embedded in the games. Pioneered by historian Dr. Mark C. Carnes, RTTP has been implemented at over 350 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.  The Democracy Commitment (TDC), a non-partisan national organization dedicated to advancing democracy and citizenship in our community colleges, is adapting this pedagogy for community colleges in collaboration with the Reacting Consortium. This interactive session will immerse attendees in a journey to colonial Virginia and the era of Bacon’s Rebellion demonstrating a democratized classroom and how historical role-playing games can be used in community colleges to build civic skills and promote democratic learning.

Presenter/facilitator: Verdis Robinson, National Director, The Democracy Commitment

Engaging race: building our capacity to listen, reflect, and discuss how race impacts communities, both on campus and off

Sunday, March 25, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Given the current challenges our diverse democracy faces, we are called upon to build our collective capacity to discuss race and racism, both on campus and in community. As professionals in the field of community engagement we recognize that many aspects of identity, including race, play a significant role in our day to day work. In this interactive workshop, we will share strategies to address issues of race and racism; discuss what support and professional development can lead to the recruitment and retention of staff of color; share examples of successes and failures at addressing the topic of race; provide space for participants to reflect on and discuss where they are in their process of understanding their racial identity development.

Presenters/Facilitators: Karin Cotterman, University of San Francisco; Marisol Morales, Director of Civic and Community Engagement University of La Verne; Kent Koth, Center for Community Engagement, Seattle University; Elaine Ikeda, Executive Director, California Campus Compact

Strategies for building healthy civic cultures

Sunday, March 25, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Institutions of higher education have a role to play in building democracy. This session is designed to support faculty, administrators, and others working to create space for bringing people together across lines of difference on campuses and in communities. Participants will think through characteristics and components of healthy civic cultures, consider strategies for building these environments, and expand and deepen their knowledge of tools available to support this work.

Presenter/facilitator: Rhonda Fitzgerald, Managing Director, Sustained Dialogue

Preparing for the 2020 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement

Sunday, March 25, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

This pre-conference offering will assist campuses preparing for the Carnegie Community Engagement classification. It is appropriate for both first-time applicants and campuses that are reclassifying (those classified in 2010). Content includes: an orientation to both the classification and reclassification frameworks, an overview of the 2020 process, additions and changes to the documentation framework, review of the documentation framework and complete application, and strategies that have been effective for successful application. There will be opportunities to work though aspects of the application and time for participants to ask questions. Both individuals and teams are welcome to attend.

Presenters/facilitators: John Saltmarsh, Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston; Gail Robinson, Higher Education Consultant; Mathew Johnson, Associate Dean, Engaged Scholarship and Executive Director, Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service

Strengthening American Democracy: A Workshop for developing an action plan to increase civic learning, political engagement, and voting rates among college students

Sunday, March 25, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

This interactive preconference will feature a discussion led by representatives of the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition with reflections and lessons learned from the 2016 election and on the importance of creating campus-wide democratic engagement action plans to complement broader Civic Action Plans. Presenters will also demonstrate strategies for using data from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) to set goals and to inform your campus’ planning process. Participants will receive individualized support and presenters will provide space for participants to discuss challenges and opportunities for supporting each other as each campus begins the action planning process for 2018.

Presenters/facilitators: Michael Burns, National Director, FELN’s Campus Vote Project; Zaneeta Daver, Director, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge; Amy Ludwig, National Director, Campus Election Engagement Project; Dr. Lisa-Marie Napoli, Indiana University Bloomington; Anjelica Smith, TurboVote Campus Outreach Lead, Democracy Works; Clarissa Unger, Director of Civic Engagement, Young Invincibles