America's Community colleges Educating for Democracy


Creating, developing, and expanding community college programs, projects, and curricula aimed at engaging students in civic learning and democratic engagement.

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 Opportunities

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.

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 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

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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