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IUPUI selected as consulting institution for civic learning, democratic engagement initiative


INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has been selected as a Lead Consulting Institution member of the Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement by NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education for 2014-15. 

The initiative includes 92 selected higher education institutions nationwide that are committed to a series of strategies to make civic learning and democratic engagement an integrated and core component of the division of student affairs through planning, partnerships and assessment.

As one of 10 campuses serving as a Lead Consulting Institution, IUPUI will act as a mentor, support and resource for other Lead Institutions, said Lorrie A. Brown, associate director for the Center for Service and Learning at IUPUI.

The selection reflects the “long and well-respected history of implementing educationally meaningful service,” Brown said. “The Lead designation complements the IUPUI Strategic Plan and builds upon an ongoing collaboration between the IUPUI Division of Student Affairs and the Center for Service and Learning, focusing on co-curricular student development outcomes.”   

For its work, IUPUI will receive tailored and unique professional development opportunities, discounted conference registration, special recognition through the NASPA website and a formal recognition letter from NASPA’s president.

Through the Lead Initiative, the association is focusing attention on the contributions that student affairs professionals are making to democratic engagement. In a time of concern about civic society, it is critical that college administrators do all they can to present students with opportunities to help them develop as productive and engaged citizens, said NASPA President Kevin Krueger.

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession.