Describing Transformative Engagement Practices

David Hoffman is UMBC’s Assistant Director of Student Life for Civic Agency.

David_Hoffman-2178 SquareGeorge Mehaffy, founder of the American Democracy Project and Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at AASCU, has said that too many of the campus civic learning and democratic engagement programs and activities inspired by ADP in its first few years were marginal, episodic, and celebratory.

When he repeated this observation at a recent ADP gathering in New Orleans, I responded by suggesting that we need equally clear and concise language to describe the positive attributes of profoundly valuable and effective engagement efforts.adp_newlogo_FINAL

Now, drawing on my experiences at UMBC, I’ve proposed four key attributes of initiatives that can build civic agency. Read my post on the American Democracy Project blog, and share your thoughts.

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