America's Community colleges Educating for Democracy


The Democracy Commitment was created to address the many obstacles community colleges face in preparing future Americans to be informed, active, and mobilized citizens in their communities, states, and the nation.   We are here to support our members while offering a series of valuable connections with national organizations along with a network of American community college campuses that are also intentionally engaging in civic work for the benefit of their students.  Our Declaration proclaims our dedication to the cause of democracy in higher education, and to make democratic skills available to all individuals who desire a voice and a seat at the table of local, state, and national discourse and action.

Professional Development

Through workshops, regional summits, and national meetings, our members have professional opportunities to develop skills in civic learning and democratic engagement and to learn from others across the country exchanging ideas on best practices to advance this work.

Initiatives and Projects

Members have exclusive opportunities to participate in national initiatives and projects creating an interconnected web of students, campuses, and communities committed to advancing democracy and civic engagement on our campuses and in our communities.

Resources and Publications

TDC has amassed a national clearinghouse of program designs, curricula, and project development strategies for community colleges. Member institutions have access to these materials and ideas which extend beyond volunteerism embracing civic work broadly to include the democratic practice.

Opportunities and Partnerships

Partnerships formed between TDC and national organizations give our members access to a myriad of opportunities to develop, participate, and communicate the results of their collaborative civic work and democratic learning efforts.

About TDC

America's Community Colleges Educating for Democracy
We are dedicated to advancing democracy in higher education.

The Democracy Commitment (TDC) is a national initiative providing a platform for the development and expansion of community college programs, projects, and curricula aimed at engaging students in civic learning and democratic practice across the country. The goal of TDC is that every student of an American community college receives an education in democracy. This includes all of our students, whether they aim to transfer to university, achieve an associate degree or obtain a certificate. America’s community colleges have enormous talent and capacity with faculty and staff committed to the success of our students, and with students bright with ambition and passion. All of us share a commitment to a democratic nation. Now is the time to fulfill that commitment.

TDC National Leadership Team

Meet the National Leadership of TDC dedicated to democracy and student success.
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Verdis Robinson

Interim National Manager
Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, NY. Member of the original TDC National Steering Committee.
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Brian Murphy

Co-Founder of TDC
President of De Anza College in Cupertino, California. In 2011, he was instrumental in the development of The Democracy Commitment founding it with the Late Bernie Ronan.
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John J. Theis

Executive Committee Chair
Director of the Center for Civic Engagement and professor of political science at Lone State College in Texas. Member of the original TDC National Steering Committee.


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