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.
Created and Designed Specifically For 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.
Members have exclusive opportunities to participate in national initiatives creating an interconnected web of students, campuses, and communities committed to democracy.
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.
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.
Member institutions become “stewards of place” aimed at revitalizing democracy in the communities in which they are based and from which their students come. TDC nationally supports the fact that community colleges are committed to and responsible for their communities, and assist in providing opportunities to achieve their missions rooted in democracy.
Benefits to Membership Include:
- Discounted Rates on Sponsored Events
- Access to Relevant Resources
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Networking Opportunities
- National Partnerships
- Campus Visibility
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
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.