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
TDC is modeled after the American Democracy Project (ADP), a national coalition of public, four-year colleges and universities committed to civic and democratic work, sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in partnership with The New York Times. The goal of the American Democracy Project is to produce graduates who are committed to being knowledgeable, involved citizens in their communities.
AAC&U/TDC Joint Projects
TDC has partnered with AAC&U on serval projects to create more informed, engaged, and socially responsible citizenry among our community colleges. Through projects, publications, and collaborations with AAC&U, TDC builds national awareness of civic learning and social responsibility so essential for life, work, and citizenship.
Partner Programs are opportunities vetted by TDC at the local, state, or national levels in which – through partnerships or approval of the coordinating entity – we anticipate and encourage our colleges to participate. They generally require more sweat equity and collaboration than actual funds, and are excellent opportunities for all levels of the college to engage students and the community in civic life.
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 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
John J. Theis
CivicLEADS: Civic Learning, Engagement and Action Data Sharing Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)’s Education and Child Care Data Archives at the University of Michigan is proud to announce the launch of Civic Learning, Engagement, and Action Data Sharing (CivicLEADS). Funded by a grant from the Spencer Foundation, CivicLEADS provides a centralized repository for data produced by the multi-disciplinary research surrounding civic education and action. CivicLEADS provides access to quantitative and qualitative data for secondary analysis and promotes data discovery through our data, variable, and publication search tools. Beyond facilitating the sharing and discovery of data, CivicLEADS seeks to[…]
Our partners and friends at the Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project are holding a set of upcoming webinars to get up-to-date on state-specific election laws and the current best practices for voter engagement on campus. They’ll also share useful tools and how they can support your work. The “Best Practices for Voter Engagement” webinars will cover: Why Student Voting Matters, Best Practices for Student Democratic Engagement, Tools to Guide Your Work, And State-based Election Law. Florida Best Practices for Voter Engagement When: August 25 at 1:30pm ET | RSVP HERE Michigan Best Practices for Voter Engagement When: August 30th at 1pm ET/12pm CT | RSVP HERE Pennsylvania[…]
The Association of American State Colleges and Universities’ American Democracy Project (ADP), and The Democracy Commitment (TDC), in partnership with NASPA and its Lead Initiative are proud to announce its committee members for the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, from June 7-10, 2017. Below you’ll learn more about each committee member and their contributions to higher education’s civic work. Staff Leadership Jennifer Domagal-Goldman directs AASCU’s American Democracy Project. She earned her doctorate in higher education from the Pennsylvania State University. She received her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the[…]
Don’t Miss this week’s Engage the Election Webinar! Webinar 6: Voter Registration & Campus Technology: Engaging Student Voters by the Thousands Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST Offered in partnership with TurboVote, this webinar will explore the research and subsequent implementation of an innovative (yet, easy!) voter engagement strategy: integrating voter registrati on and resources into campus IT infrastructure. The TurboVote team and their campus partners will share success stories and their personal experiences with engaging the necessary stakeholders and turning web-based student portals and pass-throughs into “online voter registration tables.” Just in time for this[…]