The Democracy Commitment (TDC) is a non-partisan national organization dedicated to advancing civic engagement and democracy in America’s Community Colleges. We strive to make democratic skills more available to all community college students who desire a voice and a seat at the table of local, state, and national discourse and action. To such end, TDC provides a platform for the development and expansion of community college programs, projects, and curricula aimed at engaging students in civic and democratic education and engagement.
TDC is celebrating its 5th anniversary as it was launched on November 11, 2011, at The New York Times offices in New York City. We work passionately to realize of goal of TDC—that every community college student graduates with an education in democracy and civic responsibility.
Dedicated to the Unique Challenges and Opportunities of Community Colleges
TDC annually recognizes exceptional work of students and faculty who have advanced the work of democracy on their campuses and in their communities.
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.
Members have exclusive opportunities to participate in national projects and initiatives creating an interconnected web of students, campuses, and communities committed to democracy.
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.
National, Regional, and Local Announcements
September 11th National Day of Service and RemembranceThe September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the nonprofit 9/11 Day with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations.
The 17th International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Annual ConferenceThe annual IARSLCE conference is scholarly venue to disseminate new knowledge on service-learning and community engagement.
Constitution and Citizenship DayConstitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.
2017 Street Law Community College Faculty Development SeminarStreet Law, Inc.—in collaboration with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the ABA Division for Public Education, and The Democracy Commitment—is offering a faculty development seminar for community college professors who are interested in developing a law-based civics program at their colleges. The program involves innovative classroom instruction and community-based learning.
National Voter Registration DayNational Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since. Held on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will be observed on Tuesday, September 26th this year. Read more
Inaugural California Community Colleges Civic Engagement SummitThe two-day event will seek to foster a shared understanding of non-partisan civic engagement across the California Community Colleges. Conference strands will address strategies to increase voter participation, civic knowledge, and community volunteerism.
Imaging America Annual National ConferenceThe members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society.
ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Awards CeremonyThe ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge works towards making democratic engagement a defining feature on college campuses. They currently have 570 campuses signed up! Now is the time to recognize these campuses for the great work they are doing in increasing student voting and making democratic participation core values on their campuses.
2017 Annual Conference on CitizenshipJoin national civic health network partners and other individuals and organizations in taking an honest look at challenges facing our nation and our communities today—from a dearth of civic learning, to the raging opiate epidemic, to the persistent opportunity gap confronting our nation’s youth.
SUNY Applied Learning ConferenceThe theme of the Fourth Annual Applied Learning Conference will be taking effective Applied Learning to scale and sustaining it. Campuses and universities across the nation are working to better understand the positive impacts of high-quality applied learning experiences on students, but what becomes the responsibility of higher education institutions when these experiences prove to enhance the student learning outcomes? How can we engage specific student populations to make these experiences accessible to all?
TDC Immersive Civic Learning InstituteReacting to the Past (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 also features civic skill building embedded in the games.
what people say about us
Monroe Community College is honored to have been an initial signatory to the Democracy Commitment. TDC has been embraced by our faculty seeking a way to link the classroom to the community, resulting in increased participation by students in meaningful civic engagement and service projects. I would strongly recommend all community colleges join the Democracy Commitment; it has been invaluable for us.
Our membership in The Democracy Commitment at Tarrant County College has created a new and exciting culture within our campus. Our students are energized to become more civically engaged with our community and empowered to make a difference as we envision an ever-changing democratic society.
The Democracy Commitment has helped refocus our civic work on the importance of preparing students to be involved in the democratic process—from volunteering on political campaigns to exploring the role of civility to working on skills needed to bridge differences. Our faculty, staff, and students are inspired with new ideas and best practices from the ADP/TDC annual meeting, and Miami Dade College’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy has become the driving force for service learning and engagement with our community.