America's Community colleges Educating for Democracy


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TDC Signature Initiatives

Our Signature Initiatives are programs and projects created or commissioned by The Democracy Commitment for the purpose of enhancing civic engagement participation on member institutions’ campuses.

ADP/TDC Joint Initiatives


AAC&U/TDC Joint Projects


Partner Opportunities


About TDC

America's Community Colleges Educating for Democracy
We are dedicated to the cause of 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 aiming at engaging students in civic learning and democratic practice across the country. The goal of TDC is that every graduate of an American community college shall have had 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. The Democracy Commitment is modeled after the American Democracy Project (ADP), a national coalition of public state colleges and universities committed to civic and democratic work, sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU.) TDC is headquartered in Washington, DC at the offices of AASCU. This partnership enriches both 2-year colleges and 4-year colleges and universities in their efforts to enhance civic engagement on campus and in student life by creating complementary projects and goals.

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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