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The Democracy Commitment

America's Community Colleges Educating for Democracy

The Democracy Commitment (TDC) is a national organization dedicated to advancing democracy in America’s Community Colleges, and to make democratic skills more available to all 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.

About TDC

The Only Civic Engagement Organization Dedicated Solely to Democracy's Colleges

TDC is celebrating its 5th anniversary as it was launched on November 11, 2011, at The New York Times headquarters in New York City.  Presidents and chancellors from 30 community colleges and districts were early signatories, and  we have nearly doubled our network of committed institutional members advancing democracy on their campuses.  We are striving together to realize of goal of TDC—that every community college student graduates with an education in democracy.  

Benefits to Membership

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.

TDC benefits, resources, programs, networking opportunities, and partnerships outlined below are distinctive and designed to be competitive for your membership dollars.  They include: Universal Campus Benefits, Access to Relevant Resources, Professional Development Opportunities, Networking Opportunities, Partnerships, and Campus Visibility.

Universal Campus Benefits

Administrators, faculty, staff, and students alike can take advantage of member rates when registering for TDC and TDC-sponsored summits, workshops, and meetings.  Additionally, everyone within your campus community can take advantage of selected publication discounts and exclusive permission to copy and distribute selected publications at no additional charge for faculty development and other internal campus activities.

Access to Relevant Resources

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.  TDC membership provides ongoing access to resources in areas such as Electoral and Political Engagement; Civic and Democratic Education and Engagement;  Community Engagement; Global Citizenship; and Professional Training and Development. Members have exclusive permission to copy and distribute resources at no additional charge for faculty development and other internal campus activities.

Professional Development

TDC summits, workshops and meetings, programs, publications, and projects allow your institution to engage with the educational community at large.  Individuals on your campus can use these forums to share your institution’s experiences and accomplishments with others and learn best practices from our network of democracy’s campuses.  Additionally, TDC members can partner with other TDC campuses as well as in AASCU’s national initiatives focused on civic and democratic learning and engagement.

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Programs for TDC Members

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 programs come by way of Professional Development; Initiatives and Projects; Awards and Recognition; Events; Opportunities; and Resources. Click on the tabs above to learn more.

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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.

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Initiatives and Projects

Members have exclusive opportunities to participate in national initiatives creating an interconnected web of students, campuses, and communities committed to democracy.

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Awards and Recognition

TDC annually recognizes exceptional work of students and faculty who have advanced the work of democracy on their campuses and in their communities.

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Events

Members have exclusive opportunities to participate in national, regional, and campus events creating an interconnected web of students, campuses, and communities committed to democracy. Members institutions become “stewards of place” aimed at revitalizing democracy in the communities in which they are based and from which their students come.

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Opportunities

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.

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Resources

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

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Join TDC!

To join The Democracy Commitment, simply submit the following form to the National Director:

TESTIMONIALS

“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.”

Dr. Eduardo Pardon, President of Miami Dade College

“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.”

Dr. Anne Kress, President of Monroe Community College

Most Recent News

Meet the National Leadership Team

TDC is led by a National Director and three advisory boards: The Board of Directors, National Advisory Board, and the Campus Coordinator Advisory Council.

Brian Murphy, president of De Anza College, and co-founder of The Democracy Commitment, addresses the conference.

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Co-Founder & Senior Advisor

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Verdis L. Robinson

National Director
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John J. Theis

Chair of the Board of Directors