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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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The quarterly newsletter from TDC’s National Office is published at least once every semester and contains updates on TDC’s latest work, announcements, opportunites, and news from member institutions.  See below for the most recent issues and archives of previous issues.

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Our national blog contains important news, updates, announcements, and opportunities from TDC National’s Office on a weekly basis.  Sign up for the mailing list to receive notifications when they posted and check it out frequently to stay up to date.  Contact the national director for opportunities to contribute.

New ADP/TDC Electoral Engagement Resources

The Democracy Commitment has launched a new Electoral Engagement tab on the TDC website. Together, ADP and TDC have created five Electoral Engagement Resources to assist participating campuses in engaging students in the democratic process. In addition to the ADP/TDC compilations, the webpage also includes links, toolkits and materials designed to engage student voters. The collection of resources address: Voting Registration Election Education Student Engagement…

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Public: A Journal of Imagining America

“Recognizing Knowledge in Arts and Design Practice” The Submission Deadline for Vol. IV, Issue I has been extended to September 15, 2015 By Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager This issue will challenge assumptions and politics that do not recognize knowledge production in arts and design practice.  Contributions will demonstrate instances of the arts and design as forms of creative research,…

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On This Day | Voting Rights Act

By Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager From the Civics Renewal Network: 50 years ago today — on Aug. 6, 1965 — President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed vote-suppression tactics adopted in much of the South after the Civil War. It also provided a legal avenue for court challenges of future voting restrictions. In the summer of 1964,…

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National Civic Learning Rubric Under Development

Note: ADP’s director Jen Domagal-Goldman has been selected to serve as one of the project team members to develop a new national civic learning rubric.  In 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, along with faculty and academic professionals from universities and colleges across the country will collaborate to create a national Civic Learning rubric. Following the VALUE Rubric Protocols developed by Wende Garrison…

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Meeting in Review | Breaking Through: Increasing civic engagement before, during, and after elections

By Gabriel Arteaga, TDC National Manager Here at AASCU and at our TDC/ADP member institutions, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to increase our students’ interest in civic and political engagement. It is why last week’s convening of experts in technology, journalism, civics, and elections at the University of Texas at Austin for a one-day conference was…

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ADP/TDC Joint Initiative | Achieving the American Dream – Economic Inequality in the 2016 Presidential Election

  By Renee Baharaeen, AASCU Civic Engagement Intern and Truman State University Student With the upcoming 2016 presidential election approaching, several politicians have recently declared their candidacy for President of the United States. Although it is still early, it is important to pay attention to the ideas each candidate holds in regard to their vision for the country. A pressing…

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What We’re Reading | Research on Low Youth Turnout and Registration Rates

CIRCLE: The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement recently released an analysis of Millennial voter registration and turnout rates after the 2014 midterm election yielded the lowest number of ballots cast by 18-29 year-olds in U.S. history. Based upon data from the November 2014 midterm elections released from the United States Census, CIRCLE examined the “under-mobilization”…

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Reach for College! College Readiness Institute

By Renee Baharaeen, AASCU Civic Engagement Intern and Truman State University Student The College Readiness Institute – hosted in Washington, DC by Reach for College! – brought together educators and community organizers this past week to learn about preparing students for college success. The first day of the institute featured influential guest plenary speakers including Terry Reed (George Washington University),…

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