TDC Action Alert

Opportunities for TDC Members | NEH & ALA Offering Grants of $3,000 to $10,000 to Screen and Discuss the History of Latinos in America

By Gabriel Arteaga, TDC National Manager

In early February, the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) announced their plan to bring a film screening and discussion program on the history of Latinos in America to 200 libraries and cultural institutions across the nation. As part of a new NEH initiative, The Common Good: Humanities in the Public Square – is offering grants of $3,000 to $10,000 to foster discussion about the history of Latinos in the United States. This project will feature an award winning six- part documentary series created for PBS titled, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.

Latino Americans

TDC strongly encourages its campuses to apply, and would also like to keep track of TDC schools that have applied, or will apply. Please email our National Manager, Gabriel Arteaga at or you may call him at 202.478.4656 to indicate your campuses level of interest.

Applications are due by Friday, May 1, 2015. Only 200 sites will be awarded a Latino Americans grant, so what are you waiting for?

To apply visit,                 

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TDC Action Alert | ADP/TDC Query RE: MLK Day of Service 2015

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service—a “day on, not a day off.”

Many American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment colleges and universities organize and sponsor MLK Day educational and volunteer activities, and we want to know what it is that your campus has planned for this year.

Please take a moment to fill out this survey.  Please note, information provided may be featured in upcoming ADP and TDC blog posts.

You’ll find more information on and resources for MLK Jr. Day of Service here:

REMINDER: TDC/ADP Seek Applications for Economic Inequality Initiative

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator

This is just a reminder….

TDC and ADP are seeking a small cohort of two- and four-year member institutions to join us in a three-year initiative to understand the impact of economic inequality on our democracy. The goal of this initiative is to help students think about and take action to confront the complex causes of growing economic inequality. We envision developing, implementing and documenting innovative, interactive curricula and experiential learning modules that can be adapted across our campuses and communities. Participating institutions will work together to study the relationship between public policy, economic inequality, economic opportunity and social mobility to prepare undergraduates for lives of informed civic engagement.

Participation in the initiative is open to any TDC or ADP member institution.

To read the call for participation in its entirety and access the application to join the initiative, click here.

If you have questions, please feel free to email me at

Help TDC Recruit New Members; Pass This Along

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator

The Democracy Commitment has grown to 78 members with some 200 campuses across 21 states, and we are looking to continue to expand.

In the annual update that TDC Co-Founder and De Anza College President Brian Murphy recently distributed to all member presidents,  he encouraged each of them to reach out to one other community college president who is not yet a TDC member, and we would hope that each of you, as TDC Campus Coordinators and friends, will do the same this upcoming academic year.

In the coming weeks, we will be updating some of our promotional materials to include a fresh TDC FAQ sheet and a one-pager on the importance of civic engagement in higher education. Already, we have worked to create a TDC testimonial sheet featuring TDC member chancellors, presidents, faculty members, and students.

TDC Testimonial Sheet Screenshot

We intend to make these productions available to you as they are completed, and we hope that these resources will be helpful to you as you reach out to your colleagues and connections about the value of educating today’s community college students for democracy.

[TDC Action Alert] Sign Up to Attend Regional Workshop in AZ

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator

I wanted to take a moment to make you aware of an opportunity that faculty members of TDC member institutions have to attend a regional meeting at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona.

Examining Genocide and Violence through a Peacebuilding Lens: A Two-Day Workshop for Educators will take place on Friday, April 11th, and Saturday, April 12th. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday; faculty members can choose to attend one or both sessions.

There is no fee to attend, but interested faculty members do need to register here.

To learn more about the opportunity that is being extended to TDC members, as well as to sign up, read below or visit this website:

To learn more about Scottsdale Community College’s Genocide Awareness week, of which this event is a part, visit this website:

I would encourage you to consider joining many of your TDC colleagues for a workshop on and to network around a topic that is resonating throughout the country and across many of our campuses.

Global Forum: Examining Genocide and Violence through a Peacebuilding Lens – A Two Day Program for Educators

Friday, April 11, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 Scottsdale Community College
Scottsdale, AZ

This Global Forum, Examining Genocide and Violence through a Peacebuilding Lens, will provide an opportunity to raise awareness among faculty of genocide, oppression and violent conflict both globally and in the U.S. through a two-day seminar that will focus on responses to violence based in peacebuilding approaches.  Faculty will learn about humanitarian law, refugee placement, peace education, human rights, and nonviolence from key peacebuilding experts in the field. The program has been planned as part of Scottsdale Community College Genocide Awareness Week.

This program will impart approaches that can be used to respond to atrocities and violence, and ways to better prepare students, educators and community members to become global peacebuilders.  This program will be facilitated by David Smith, JD, a leading peacebuilding trainer who has been conducting seminars and workshops across the country on this topic. Also presenting with him will be a strong team of professionals with expertise in this area including: Stephanie Knox Cubbon from Teachers Without Borders and the Metta Center for Nonviolence; Daniel Rothenberg from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University; Jon Vosper from the International Rescue Committee; Dr. Cindy Epperson from St. Louis Community College; Lindsay Padilla and Jeramy Wallace from the Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative; and Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, from the University of California, Fresno, who will provide a case study on the Armenian Genocide.

The broad focus of this workshop is targeted to provide faculty with content to address the Governing Board Outcomes in the area of Global Engagement:

  • Students will have access to global learning opportunities.
  • Students will develop the competencies to analyze and participate in democratic processes through global learning activities.


[TDC Action Alert] Sign Up to Be Part of NSLVE; Upcoming Webinar to Learn More

CIRCLE-Logo-4cWe promoted this last year, but another opportunity for TDC campuses to participate and learn important details about students’ voting behaviors has come up this spring.

The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) recently received a grant to study college student voting rates.  260 universities and colleges have already signed up, including 32 members of TDC, which is one of the largest percentages of a specific association/initiative (44%), and 43 American Democracy Project member institutions.

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) presents an unprecedented opportunity for your campus to learn in aggregate numbers:

  • How many of your students are eligible to register to vote
  • How many registered and/or voted, and where (locally or elsewhere)
  •  The way your students voted (regular or absentee ballot)

To see a sample of a report you would receive, click here.

By participating in this study, your campus will also help build a national database for future research. CIRCLE will be working with de-identified student lists, so your students’ privacy rights are fully protected. This is not a survey!

If you are interested, you can also correlate voting with specific demographic information such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, field of study, and class level. CIRCLE has also been able to provide peer comparisons by Carnegie classification.

To join the study, you must sign up by April 10th 2014 (click here for more details).

NSLVE is offering a TDC and ADP campuses the chance to learn more about what you can do with this data and share what information you would like to know in the future. Take advantage of this opportunity and join this conversation by attending a free webinar, part of TDC’s Engage the Election series, on Friday, March 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

To join the webinar:

For additional specifics, go to the NSLVE FAQ page and/or contact Nancy Thomas, NSLVE director, for more information.

[TDC Action Alert] Inequality for All

By Stephanie R. South
Interim National Coordinator

Inequality for All Flyer

The Democracy Commitment has been working with the American Democracy Project and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and his staff to organize a simultaneous screening of his Inequality for All film at college campuses across the country.

The event will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2014, when institutions all over the United States will simultaneously screen the film at 5 p.m. EST. Following the showing, Robert Reich has agreed to do a national webcast from an ADP institution—San Francisco State University—this will take place at 6:30 p.m. EST.

We are very excited about the opportunity that this event presents to raise awareness about economic inequality in America and give our students a chance to come together for dialogue and deliberation on the subject. Several other groups (i.e., Democracy Matters, Generation Alliance, Generation Progress, NASPA and U.S. Students Association so far) have also signed up. We really hope your campus will also sign on to be a part of this event, which has been a catalyst for developing the first joint initiative between TDC and ADP–you will be hearing more about this in the coming months. You are also welcome to forward this to other campus networks as well. It would be wonderful to make this a truly monumental national event, and with your help, we can do that

The only cost for a campus to participate is to have the institution’s library purchase the Reich film at a special reduced rate ($250, as compared to $400), which can then be used anytime on campus later on for classes, special showings, etc. We’ll also be organizing a variety of means (e.g., through Facebook, Twitter and video) of collecting questions from participating campuses to be asked of Reich during the webcast. Participating campuses will be provided with further details, as well as a screening toolkit, which includes a discussion guide and promotional materials.

National screening of Inequality for All, followed by live conversation with Robert Reich via webcast

On your campus; live webcast from San Francisco State University (Calif.)

Thursday, February 20, 2014 beginning at 5 p.m. EST with the webcast at 6:30 p.m. EST

Please contact me if you are interested in participating in this national effort, so that I can get you in touch with the right people.