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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.

National Blog

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.

Opportunities for TDC Members | Global Health Crises, Pandemics, and Policy Challenges Seminar & A Week in Washington

By Gabriel Arteaga, TDC National Manager The Democracy Commitment would like to share with its members, two opportunities that are being debuted by the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Institute for Public Service (ISP). We strongly encourage those interested to apply. A Week in Washington NOVA would like to host approximately 25 students this summer, from around the country, to…

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StrongReturns.org to Organize Millennials Around Prison Reform on College Campuses and Communities Nationwide

Courtesy of the American Democracy Project Blog by Pete Davis, StrongReturns.org Co-Founder Americans care about the rehabilitative mission of prisons. In poll after poll, a vast majority of respondents assert that “the criminal justice system should try to rehabilitate criminals, not just punish them.” We want strong returns: prisoners reentering their communities with a second chance at life with the necessary connections and…

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AASCU & The New York Times in Education Produce Teaching Toolkit

Courtesy of the American Democracy Project Blog The Democracy Commitment encourages its members all to read and share AASCU’s (TDC’s fiscal agent and physical host) latest free publication, The New York Times in Education Teaching Toolkit. This toolkit builds on a long and productive partnership between AASCU and the Times—one that produced the American Democracy Project. This toolkit showcases some…

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Opportunities for TDC Members | Frontiers of Democracy 2015

Courtesy of the American Democracy Project Blog The Tuft’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service (Mass.) will be hosting the Frontiers of Democracy in Boston, Mass., this year. The conference will take place June 25-27, 2015. Each year Frontiers of Democracy focuses on how to improve citizens’ engagement with their government, communities and the people around them. This year,…

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Updates & Announcements | Two New Best Practices User Guides Now Available

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator The Democracy Commitment is pleased to share with our members two new best practices user guides–one on Public Achievement and one on deliberative dialogues. As you may recall, we previously published best practice user guides for Engage the Election 2012 and 2014. These best practice user guides are available for download in PDF…

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#CLDE15 Update | Volunteer to Review Program Proposals

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator We are seeking volunteers to review program proposals for the 2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (#CLDE15) Meeting. Specifically, we need faculty and staff members interested in and willing to review submitted proposals in the following categories: Stewardship of Place – A Civic Mission of Higher Education Partnerships between Academic and Student…

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TDC Welcomes New Interim National Manager

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator As TDC National Coordinator Stephanie R. South prepares to transition out of the role, TCD is excited to welcome a new interim national manager (the title change makes this position equivalent to the staff management of the American Democracy Project)–Gabriel A. Arteaga. You can learn more about him below. Please note: a national…

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Service Year + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge

Courtesy of the Franklin Project @ the Aspen Institute The Franklin Project, the National Conference on Citizenship and the Corporation for National & Community Service announced the Service Year + Higher Ed Challenge on January 15th. The effort challenges higher education institutions to create innovative new service year opportunities connected to academic credit for their students. All post-secondary education institutions are welcome…

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2015 Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone National Park

Courtesy of the American Democracy Project Blog Announcing the American Democracy Project’s 2015 Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone National Park: Stewardship of Public Lands: Politics and the Yellowstone Ecosystem July 27 – August, 1, 2015 How does a democracy manage competing but often equally legitimate positions over public resources? How are the rights of all citizens protected in conflicts over public…

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