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The Democracy Commitment is the leading national organization focused on the civic education of community college students.   To such an end, TDC  is an excellent source of information on community college curricular change, how community colleges are educating and engaging students in our democracy, and ensuring that community college voices are heard and do matter in our society.  TDC National Office aims to expand public and student civic knowledge and understanding. Welcome to the National Newsroom

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#CLDE16: Early-bird Registration Extended to Friday, April 29, 2016

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Don’t forget to register for the 2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA (#CLDE16) on June 2-4, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Now Early-Bird Extended to Friday, April 29, 2016

Register Online | Early-bird deadline is Friday, April 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Registration Fee includes all program sessions and materials; reception on Thursday; and breakfasts on Friday and Saturday. Register Online by April 29th for our best rates. Please register early to help us best plan this conference! Individuals from AASCU/ADP/TDC member campuses or with individual membership to NASPA have the following registration rates: Individual: $525 early bird / $595 regular; Team Member: $465 early-bird / $545 regular; Student Registration Fee: $350; Non-Member Registration Fee: $625 early-bird / $725 regular; and Guest Registration Fee: $95.

Book Your Hotel Room by May 10 | Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
The CLDE 2016 meeting will take place at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown (350 W. Maryland St. Indianapolis, IN 46225). The special conference rate is $175 for a single/double room, $185 for a triple room, and $195 for a quad, plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 17%). To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Tuesday May 10, 2016. You can reserve your room online here. Please Note: You must choose first what type of room you need (single/double, triple, or quad occupancy) and then the link will take you to choose the dates and enter your information.

Free 4/27 Webinar with CIRCLE

Reminder to RSVP Now: ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 Webinar on “Demystifying Youth Voting-Why Some Young People Vote and Some Don’t” | Wednesday April 27th, 2016 (Tomorrow)

This is the 3rd of our ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 webinar series powered by icitizen. There will be six total webinars between now and November 2016 — all will be open to faculty, staff, tudents and friends.

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ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 Webinar on “Demystifying Youth Voting – Why Some Young People Vote and Some Don’t” |Wednesday, April 27th

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life. CIRCLE’s scholarly research informs policy and practice for healthier youth development and a better democracy. It is based at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

In this webinar, CIRCLE’s Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and Abby Kiesa will present research that will help the audience learn more about youth voting trends, particularly focusing on the 2016 election, what research tells us about why young people do or don’t vote, and what barriers, if any, young voters face at the polls.  The presenters will also facilitate a discussion about some promising practices on how to engage college students to get mobilized and mobilize others.  Some of the practices will go outside of the college campuses, for example, by connecting college students with high schools.  Audience participation is highly encouraged, both through questions and sharing ideas.

  • Speakers:
    Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director from CIRCLE and
    Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator & Researcher from CIRCLE
  • When:
    Wednesday, April  27, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST
  • RSVP here.

#CLDE16: Early-bird Registration Ends Today

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Don’t forget to register for the 2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA (#CLDE16) on June 2-4, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Register Online | Early-bird deadline is today, Monday, April 25, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Registration Fee includes all program sessions and materials; reception on Thursday; and breakfasts on Friday and Saturday. Register Online by April 25th for our best rates. Please register early to help us best plan this conference! Individuals from AASCU/ADP/TDC member campuses or with individual membership to NASPA have the following registration rates: Individual: $525 early bird / $595 regular; Team Member: $465 early-bird / $545 regular; Student Registration Fee: $350; Non-Member Registration Fee: $625 early-bird / $725 regular; and Guest Registration Fee: $95.

Book Your Hotel Room by May 10 | Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
The CLDE 2016 meeting will take place at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown (350 W. Maryland St. Indianapolis, IN 46225). The special conference rate is $175 for a single/double room, $185 for a triple room, and $195 for a quad, plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 17%). To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Tuesday May 10, 2016. You can reserve your room online here. Please Note: You must choose first what type of room you need (single/double, triple, or quad occupancy) and then the link will take you to choose the dates and enter your information.

Your Questions Answered about the Voter Friendly Campus designation

naspa_and_cvp_logo__largeGood Housekeeping has their seal as a stamp of approval and indication of good products. Campus Vote Project and NASPA are teaming up to offer our own recognition for campuses that help students register and vote.

The Voter Friendly Campus Designation program is a brand new opportunity and we want to answer some basic questions to help administrators decide if they should sign up. Voter Friendly Campus Designation Interest Forms due May 13, 2016.

Q. What is the Voter Friendly Campus designation program?

This program helps institutions develop a plan that will coordinate administrators, faculty, and student organizations in civic and electoral engagement. After colleges and universities execute their plan to help students register and vote in the 2016 elections, campuses will be evaluated and designated as an official Voter Friendly Campus.

Q. Why should my college or university sign up to be designated a Voter Friendly Campus?

A. In addition to educating students, fostering civic learning is a goal of many colleges and universities. By helping students register and vote, campuses will help students be active participants in our democracy. The Voter Friendly Campus designation helps administrators develop a plan using our checklist and set clear goals so a path can be created well in advance of November. These activities can be institutionalized for the following years, keeping students engaged as they enter, and move through their time at school.

Q. What happens after we are designated a Voter Friendly Campus?

A. Campuses that follow through on their plan to register students and help them cast a ballot will be recognized and sent materials that can be used on the college or university’s website and on social media.  CVP and NASPA will maintain and promote an Honor Roll of the institutions that receive the designation.

Q. Does the designation have to be renewed?

A. Yes, designations awarded in early 2017 will be valid through 2018, with an updated round of Voter Friendly Campuses designations in early 2019.  The development of the initial plan will put your campus in a good position to continue these activities for years to come. After seeing the results from 2016, plans can be modified and adapted to best suit the campus and its students and lead the campus’ efforts to maintain the designation in future cycles.

Q. If I sign up for the interest form am I committed to participating?

A. We hope you continue with the program after you learn more about expectations and activities that can help students register and vote, but there is no penalty if you don’t follow through with the program.

Q. Are there any fees associated with participating in this program?

A. There is no cost to join the Voter Friendly Campus designation program. Many of the tools we recommend in the checklist use existing communications tools like email, social media, and the current website. We also recommend working with student groups and campus volunteers to help spread the word. It is your choice if you decide to spend additional funds to engage student voters.

Voter Friendly Campus Designation Interest Forms due May 13, 2016. Sign up today.

This program is endorsed by our colleagues at the American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment, and Young Invincibles. We hope to have a long list of campuses participating in this effort and educating student voters on registration and voting.

If you have any questions please contact:
Mike Burns
Director, Campus Vote Project Director
P: (202) 331-0114 E: mburns@campusvoteproject.org

Stephanie Reynolds
Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE Initiatives, NASPA
P: (202) 719-1193 E: sreynolds@naspa.org

#CLDE16: Opening Plenary CivEd Talks

We are kicking off the opening plenary on Thursday, June 2, 2016 in a new way for the2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting organized by the American Democracy Project (ADP), the Democracy Project (TDC), and NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. We will begin our meeting for the first time using a format that we are calling, “CivEd Talks.” These talks are dynamic, short, and quick-paced presentations by members of the civic learning and democratic engagement community intended to inspire and challenge our collective imagination and thinking. Stories shared in this format should reflect the individual’s genuine experience with and relevant knowledge of their selected topic. Each of the CivEd Talks presented here will actively engage participants in stretching our thinking and motivating us to action as we return to our campuses and communities following the meeting.

Join us for an opening plenary session that asks you to envisioning the work of our CLDE movement in higher education and consider how you can help us move the needle on democratic engagement on campus, in your communities, and in our civil society.

Meet our CivEd Talks Speakers:

Justice WorkJustice Works: Why Student Engagement on Social Justice Issues is Good for Democracy
Can student engagement on issues of social justice and inclusion help to restore higher education’s sense of civic purpose and produce the kind of active citizenry we need to support an effective democratic society? While passion about injustice is a good start, students need the skills, knowledge and capacity to translate their hunger for justice into positive social change. This talk will consider the role of higher education, philanthropy, and government in fostering positive student engagement on criminal justice reform, college access and equity as well as other issues.
Speaker:  Austin Belali, Director, Youth Engagement Fund

KeiConnecting the Dots – Why We Need to Care about Civic Learning on and Off of College Campuses
What would it be like if college-based civic and political learning takes into account what students are learning before they enter college?  What would it be like to build a cohesive learning theory of civic learning and engagement within local and regional communities? This talk will ask us to think beyond our campus boundaries by pointing to the value of building a cohesive set of learning activities, objectives, along the developmental continuum. Together we can engage the entire community surrounding each campus in building a generation of youth and students who start learning how to become engaged citizen have important long-term consequences.
Speaker:  Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director of CIRCLE, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University

DavidA Brief History of U.S. Democracy, 2016-2046
What can we achieve together in the next 30 years if people in higher education concerned about civic learning and democratic engagement pull together to move an ambitious collective agenda forward? Building on experiences fostering democratic culture at his own institution, David Hoffman will take a “retrospective” look at a future history we can create together.
Speaker: David Hoffman, Assistant Director of Student Life for Civic Agency, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)  

This conference promises to catalyze a more intentional academic and student affairs collaboration and to enhance institutional commitments to excellence in civic education and development. Take advantage of the early-bird rate and register by April 25.

We hope you will take advantage of this year’s conference to continue our civic missions!

Register for the 2016 CLDE Meeting Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA before the early-bird deadline, April 25

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ADP, TDC, and NASPA announces the 2016 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting to be held June 2-4, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN.  This conference promises to catalyze a more intentional academic and student affairs collaboration and to enhance institutional commitments to excellence in civic education and development. Take advantage of the early-bird rate and register by April 25.  This year we are excited to offer a set of pre-conference institutes on Wednesday, June 1st about topics from assessment to political engagement, dialogue and deliberation, and economic inequality as well as one pre-conference institute especially for students. When you register for the meeting, you’ll also have the opportunity to choose one of our pre-conference institutes:

  •  9 am – 5 pm | CLDE Assessment Institute with ETS (encouraging teams): $85 team members / $150 individual
  • 10 am – 4 pm | Political Engagement Institute with icitizen (encouraging teams): $85 team members / $150 individual
  • 1 – 4 pm | Dialogue and Deliberation Institute (half-day): $75
  • 1 – 4 pm | Student Pre-conference Symposium (half-day, students only): No cost
  • 1 – 4 pm | ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative Institute (EI campuses only): $75

Stay connected and engaged with the meeting by:

  • Signing up to be a mentor and/or mentee as part of your conference experience.
  • Book Your Hotel Room by May 10 | Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
  • Connect on social media with the hashtag #CLDE16 or #FacesofCLDE.

Learn more about CLDE and registration by visiting the 2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting page. We hope you will take advantage of this year’s conference to continue our civic missions!

RSVP Now: ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 Webinar on “Demystifying Youth Voting-Why Some Young People Vote and Some Don’t” | Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

This is the 3rd of our ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 webinar series powered by icitizen. There will be six total webinars between now and November 2016 — all will be open to faculty, staff, students and friends.

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ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 Webinar on “Demystifying Youth Voting – Why Some Young People Vote and Some Don’t” | Wednesday, April 27th

CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life. CIRCLE’s scholarly research informs policy and practice for healthier youth development and a better democracy. It is based at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

In this webinar, CIRCLE’s Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and Abby Kiesa will present research that will help the audience learn more about youth voting trends, particularly focusing on the 2016 election, what research tells us about why young people do or don’t vote, and what barriers, if any, young voters face at the polls.  The presenters will also facilitate a discussion about some promising practices on how to engage college students to get mobilized and mobilize others.  Some of the practices will go outside of the college campuses, for example, by connecting college students with high schools.  Audience participation is highly encouraged, both through questions and sharing ideas.

  • Speaker: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director from CIRCLE and Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator & Researcher from CIRCLE
  • When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST

RSVP here.

You can access a recording of the first Engage the Election 2016 Webinar on Becoming a Voter-Friendly Campus here:  https://aascu.adobeconnect.com/p77vf4kyq1c/

Also recoding of the second Engage the Election 2016 Webinar on National Study of Learning, Voting & Engagement here: https://aascu.adobeconnect.com/p7yghzkroka/

In Loving Memory of Dr. Bernie Ronan

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Bernie Ronan, our friend and TDC co-founder, has died in Arizona after a long struggle with cancer.  Bernie passed away surrounded by his family and the love of his extended community.

Bernie was tireless in his work for democracy, and every element of The Democracy Commitment network bears his imprint. He was an organizer, advocate, leader, and an eloquent spokesman for community college students. He was also a profound theorist of democratic culture, and wrote about the significance of democratic engagement in the lives of students.

Bernie had a long and distinguished career as a public servant, after an earlier career as a theologian. Earlier this year he retired as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs of the Maricopa Community Colleges. He oversaw the Division of Public Affairs, which includes government relations, marketing, media relations, communications, as well as the Center for Civic Participation.  He had been an administrator in the Maricopa Colleges for the past 20 years, including serving as the Acting President of Mesa Community College in 2007-8.

Prior to his service in the Maricopa Colleges, Bernie was Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce, and Deputy Associate Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education.

Over his career as a public administrator, he had developed numerous community partnerships and did research and analysis on public policy issues. An Arizona native, he received a doctorate in public administration from Arizona State University.

In honor of his tremendous devotion and commitment to TDC and the national civic engagement movement, we renamed our TDC student scholarship award after him last year.  The “Bernie Ronan Award” will stand as a living testimony to this good and loyal friend. We will miss him deeply.

Meet the 2016 CLDE Student Interns: Angelo, Maryam & Manisha!

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We are very excited to introduce you to our three student interns for the 2016 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting. Angelo, Maryam, and Manisha introduce themselves below and represent the capacity of students in our network to engage meaningfully on our campuses, in our classrooms, and in our broader communities and democracy. In the coming weeks they will work with the meeting planning committee on the program, arranging a student symposium and specifically on creating networking, learning, and organizing opportunities for the students that attend the conference in Indianapolis from June 1-4 and for students committed to civic learning and democratic engagement in higher education to continue to connect with each other and to push us to become the best faculty, administrators, campuses, and communities we’re capable of being. 

Please join us in welcoming Angelo, Maryam, and Manisha!

Jen, Gabriel & Stephanie

Angelo Knapp

Angelo Knapp

My name is Angelo Kapp. I am currently a sophomore attending Delta College (Mich.) and plan to transfer to Northwood University (Mich.) pursuing a degree in advertising and marketing. I previously worked in the automotive industry for seven years. In 2014, my plant closed and I decided to go back to school. I am a member of six different clubs at school and serve as vice president for Citizens In Action, a student-led club that promotes student civic engagement around campus and local communities. Recently I was awarded from the Michigan Campus Compact, Commitment to Service Award.

 

Maryam Sarhan

Maryam Sarhan

My name is Maryam Sarhan and I am a junior attending Stockton University (N.J.) pursuing a degree in political science with a minor in international studies. For the past two years, I have served as the student trustee on Stockton’s Board of Trustees and advocated for my fellow peers’ needs and concerns, while also  helping to establish a $30,000 fund to address food insecurity on campus. This past year, I was part of Stockton’s UptoUs team, a national bipartisan campaign that raises awareness about the national debt crisis. My team and I placed first nationally against 44 other schools and earned recognition from former President Bill Clinton.

 

 

Manisha Vepa

Manisha Vepa

My name is Manisha Vepa, and I am a sophomore economics and global studies double major at theUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) (Md). I am a Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar, which is a program at UMBC that supports talented undergraduates aspiring to careers in service of the public interest in government, non-profit organizations, corporations, and the community; and am working towards a career in public service and government affairs. I am part of a number of civic engagement efforts on campus both formal and informal. In the student government association, I advocate for student interests to be reflected in mandatory fee changes. I am also involved with the UMBC BreakingGround Initiative and collaborate with other students, faculty, and staff to provide grants and suggest projects that would strengthen the campus community.

It is an honor to be selected to represent students and be a voice on the 2016 CLDE Planning Committee. We believe that this opportunity will be an invaluable experience to share our experiences and to learn from others. Together, we plan to create an environment at the meeting where students can better network and share ideas for engaging their peers in their communities. We want to encourage students to commit to building national and community partnerships now and in their future endeavors. Furthermore, we hope to build a strong national network to collaborate on larger civic learning and democratic engagement initiatives. After the conference, we will take the lessons we have learned during the meeting and share them on our home campuses. We will also continue to engage with students across the nation to continue the conversations and work started at the 2016 CLDE. We are looking forward to helping empower students and make strides in creating a more civically engaged population.

To learn more about the 2016 CLDE Meeting visit the event website today.

TDC’s Miami Dade College to Host Democratic Presidential Debate

TDC’s Miami Dade College to Host Democratic Presidential Debate

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By The Democracy Commitment on March 7, 2016

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will face off for the final Democratic candidate debate in South Florida at Miami Dade College (Fla.) on Wednesday night.

The Democratic National Committee and debate organizers Univision and The Washington Post are hosting this debate in the Building 7 Gymnasium at the Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus. The Kendall campus is the largest of MDC’s eight campuses, and has hosted other presidential hopefuls and candidate forums in the past.

Below you will find information on how to tune-in to the debate either live or via livestream. For more information about the debate or the venue itself, please visit: http://news.mdc.edu/mdc-hosts-presidential-debate-on-wednesday/.

Watch the Debate Live at 9 p.m. EST

Spanish: The Univision Network English: CNN and FUSION

Watch the Livestream:

Univision.com
The Washington Post
CNN.com
Fusion.net
MDC TV