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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.

[Campus Sphere] Glendale Community College Lauds Civic Leaders

As taken from Glendale Community College’s news release; the original story can be found here.

Selected for outstanding achievements in promoting civic engagement in, and awareness of, community and public policy issues, nine GCC students received the 2014 Chancellor’s Civic Leadership Medallion in May.

The 2014 Chancellor’s Civic Leadership Medallion winners from Glendale Community College are Diane Galindo, Frankie Candia, Rebecca Velez, Paulene Garcia, Wendy Respardo, Maria Garcia, Prince Murray (with distinction), Karla Respardo, and Rona Salas-Hernandez.

The award highlights and promotes student accomplishments related to civic activity. Recipients must document and accumulate 100 points through various eligible civic leadership activities. Those activities range in difficulty and time commitment: students may attend a public meeting, contact an elected official, run for student government or elected public office, to name just a few.

Wendy Respardo worked all year to reach her 100-point goal. She completed a year of Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF), a year-long of class about political issues and policies; she lobbied for higher education in Washington D.C.; she served as president of GCC Associated Student Government; and she attended a MCCCD Governing Board meeting as well as the 3-day Arizona Town Hall conference.

“I would encourage more students to become civically involve, not just for the medallion, but for the art of helping the community. I had a great time going all the things I did to complete my 100 points,” said Respardo.

While each student individually accumulated points, they worked in tandem with the Student Leadership Center and Associated Student Government to host civic engagement events like a National Day of Voter Registration and awareness programs. Some logged hours well above the requirement.

Connie Greenwell, Director of Student Life & Leadership, is quite proud of these nine award recipients, not only for the educational opportunities they created for themselves, but also for the many hours of service donated to the campus and community. “They serve as shining examples of the very best of what Glendale Community College is capable of producing,” she said.

Civic participation–a cornerstone of Maricopa Community College’s educational mission­­–teaches students to recognize their individual responsibility to democracy, discourse and voter education as they become more engaged global citizens. From that idea, the Maricopa Center for Civic Participation and Chancellor Rufus Glasper created the Chancellor’s Civic Leadership Medallion award in 2013.

[TDC Events] #E214 Webinar on Wednesday

On Wednesday at 2 p.m. EST, our Engage the Election 2014 Webinar Series will continue with Paul Loeb, founder of the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) and author of the classic civic engagement books Soul of a Citizen, and The Impossible Will Take a Little While (Paul will have free copies of the new edition available at the ADP/TDC meeting).

CEEP is a national non-partisan voter-engagement project that helps America’s colleges and universities get their students to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves on issues and candidates, navigate challenging voting laws, and turn out at the polls. They work through administrators, faculty and staff plus student leaders, helping them use their key positions to engage their campuses. CEEP reached 750 schools in 2012 and just finished a highly successful Virginia pilot for off-year elections, nearly doubling student turnout in key precincts at some of their participating schools.

Paul will talk about CEEP’s specific lessons for off-year elections where 80% of students stayed home in some of the most contested states in 2010. His webinar will include how to overcome student cynicism (see this article of his for InsideHigherEd), how to make elections salient on your campus even without a presidential race, how to give academic credit for nonpartisan engagement teams, and how to work with outside community groups, like Virginia Commonwealth’s partnership.

To join the webinar:

Enter the virtual room via this URL at 2 p.m. EST: https://aascu.adobeconnect.com/ete-ceep/

AND

Dial in to the audio conferencing at the following numbers, using Participant Code: 499385

US (Toll): 1-719-387-8317
US (Toll Free): 1-866-642-1665

 

[Campus Sphere] GCC’s Spring Community Days Focus on Immigration

By Omairys Rodriquez, College Assistant at Guttman Community College

IMG_4598The spring 2014 Community Days focused on the topic of immigration. Linked to the City Seminar course, Community Days are becoming a Guttman tradition. Students learn from the rich community of New York City and apply what they have learned in the classroom and from service opportunities as a way to give back to New York City. This semester, the Community Days experience was designed by First-Year students to create the workshops offered on the first day of the event.

On April 23, 12 concurrent workshops provided students opportunities to participate in interactive sessions to explore and learn more about the immigrant experience. In “The Games We Played” workshop, for example, House 3, Cohort 2 students engaged in recreational activities that immigrant groups brought to America from their home countries as they learned to adapt to life in America, including Scopa, a card game from Italy, and Chinese checkers. Students from House 1, Cohort 1 focused on telling moving stories of the immigrant experience through video, pictures, and personal biographies. With impressive artistic vision, students from House 1, Cohort 2 utilized fabric, paper, markers, and data to illustrate their perceptions and depictions of immigration in New York City. Three separate U.S. maps were sewn together from burlap fabric and adorned with artwork, personal observations and statements from famous individuals such as John F. Kennedy and President Obama. In another workshop students from House 1, Cohort 3 held an art festival to celebrate the immigrant experience through dance, music and the spoken word. Students also had an opportunity to view several documentary videos, including “American Gypsy,” about the lives of the Romani (Gypsies) who live in the U.S. today.

On April 24, students volunteered with numerous non-profit organizations across the city, providing service while learning about the work and advocacy roles of the agencies with whom they worked.

Continuing students also were invited to participate in Community Days. On April 24, they reflected with Peer Mentors IMG_4612on the people and places that were influential in their journey to becoming a college student. Guest speaker Rodney Fuller, Executive Director of Public Allies in New York, led a session providing students with practical strategies on how to develop new leadership to strengthen communities. Mr. Fuller emphasized that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together. Students ended the day by creating an action plan for “giving back” to their place using ePortfolio and the data they collected from their Street Analysis.

“Each semester we’re evolving in how we can best offer students the focused opportunity of two days specifically devoted to learning from and contributing to the city of New York in ways relevant to what they are studying here at Guttman and to their academic and career paths after Guttman. Civic engagement, social responsibility, and applied learning are key learning outcomes in our educational model,” says Dr. Claire King, Assistant Professor of Experiential Learning at the college.

The Community Days experience is part of the required City Seminar course and provides practical learning and community-based activities around topics connected to New York City. Group activities facilitate broad discussion and engage students to take action to improve the community. Guttman Community Days are an important dimension of the community-based learning that is the foundation for the college’s model of teaching and learning in which the city becomes an extension of the classroom. During the fall 2013 semester, the Community Days focused on the City Seminar I theme of climate change.

[TDC Opportunities for Members] Announcing Nominations for Student Scholarships for #ADPTDC14 and the TDC Student Action Award

By Stephanie South, TDC National Coordinator

Calling all TDC Campus Coordinators–we have opportunities for your students! Please see below for more information about student scholarships for the 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting and nominating a team of students for the first annual TDC Student Action Award.

TDC STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS BEING OFFERED FOR THE 2014 ADP/TDC NATIONAL MEETING:
TDC has just received funding for student scholarships from a donor interested in some of the work that we are doing. We currently have 10 scholarships available for TDC students; these scholarships cover registration for the 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting and three nights at the conference hotel.

The only requirements are that the student 1) be enrolled in a TDC institution for the coming fall and 2) attend the Election 2014 and Beyond pre-conference session at 1 – 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, following TDC Day.

If you have a student in mind, you and the student must contact me via email prior to May 14, 2014, so we can get the student registered and a hotel room reserved for him or her.

Please note that only one student per TDC institution is eligible to receive a scholarship.

First Annual TDC Student Award Call for Nominations:
On Saturday afternoon, the 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting will feature an awards lunch. For the first time ever, TDC will be giving an award, and we are currently accepting nominations for this award. For more details, please see the attachment, but this is what you need to know:

Each TDC campus coordinator is invited to submit for consideration one student project from his or her institution that meets the following criteria:

  1. A student project or program aimed at addressing a significant political and/or social issue
  2. A project that involved a team of students (2+)
  3. A project with student leadership, where faculty and staff served mainly in an advisory or supporting role
  4. A project that demonstrated the democratic organizing skills of students

These submissions must be sent via email to Stephanie South, the TDC National Coordinator, at souths@aascu.org and include the following information:

  • Students’ names and contact information (email addresses and phone numbers)
  • Name of the project or program they were/are involved in
  • A paragraph explaining the reason for the nomination and why they should be selected

The deadline for these submissions is May 16, 2014

The award includes the following:

  • A recognition plaque for the team
  • $1,000.00 to be divided equally between the students identified by the campus coordinator as the effective participants in the project or program (If ten students were included in the nomination, each gets $100; if it is two students, each gets $500, etc.)
  • A perpetual traveling trophy for the awardees’ institution that will have the winning team’s name inscribed in it each year

For more information on the award, click here.

[TDC Partners & Friends] Nominate Your Campus for TWC’s Higher Education Civic Engagement Award

By Stephanie South, TDC National Coordinator

We want to take just a moment of your time this morning to tell you about one of our partners and share with you an opportunity for your community college campus to be recognized.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, an independent nonprofit educational organization, invites nominations for the 2014 New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Award.  The award recognizes institutions that are achieving breadth and depth of civic engagement through mutually transformational partnerships that address issues of public concern at any level from the local to the global.

In reviewing nominations, The Washington Center and the selection committee will consider the extent to which institutions are building strategic partnerships that demonstrate the following:

  • Leadership and innovation in defining and addressing issues of public concern;
  • Vision for change that is systemic and sustainable;
  • Depth and breadth of institutional commitment.

The Washington Center has presented the Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards each year since 2009.  Past awardees have reflected a broad diversity of institutional profiles.

Learn more about past recipients and how to nominate an institution at twc.edu.

Nominations are due Friday, May 23, 2014.

The 2014 New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards are sponsored by the New York Life Foundation.  Five winners will receive $20,000 in scholarship funding to help their students participate in The Washington Center’s Academic Internship Program in the nation’s capital during the following year.

The Democracy Commitment offers a sincere thank you to The Washington Center for its support of our civic learning and engagement work and sponsorship of our upcoming 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville, KY on June 5-7 and encourages our campuses to submit their nominations.

 

[#ADPTDC14 Update] Hotel Deadline Approaching

Just a friendly reminder…

Book your hotel room at the Louisville Marriott Downtown for the ADP/TDC National Meeting by Wednesday, May 14th to receive the special conference rate!

If you haven’t registered for the meeting yet, you can do so here.

Louisville Marriott Downtown
Louisville Marriott Downtown

Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 West Jefferson
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Phone: 502-627-5045
Fax: 502-627-5044
Toll-free: 800-533-0127

Room Rate

  • The special conference rate is $169 for a single/double room plus 15.01% tax (current tax rate may change)
  • A triple occupancy room is $ 179.00 and a quad occupancy room is 189.00 plus 15.01% tax (current tax rate may change)
  • To obtain this rate, you must book your room by Wednesday May 14, 2014.
  • Please book in the room block to receive complimentary Wi-Fi in your guest room; AASCU will be providing Wi-Fi in the meeting space as well
  • Check- in time is 4 p.m.
  • Check-out time is 11 a.m.

Hotel reservations can be made online
All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit, or guaranteed with a major credit card. Any reservation canceled within (24) hours of the arrival date, will be charged for one (1) night’s room and tax.

Transportation and Parking

  • You will want to fly in to Louisville International Airport (SDF). The hotel is 8 miles from the airport. Taxi fare is $19 one way from the airport to the hotel.
  • If you plan on driving to the hotel and parking, we do have discounted parking for up to 30 vehicles. This will take the daily onsite parking rate of $22 a day down to $11 a day. The discounted rate is only for self-parking.  If you are interested in discounted parking, please email or call Jill M. Gately ( gatelyj@aascu.org; 202-478-4668).
  • For more transportation information, go to www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/sdflm-louisville-marriott-downtown/

[#ADPTDC14 Update] TDC Overview & Logistics

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator

Last week, we began sending out session details (i.e., specific dates, times, and session types) to those of you who will be presenting at the TDC/ADP National Meeting on June 5-7 in Louisville, KY.  Given that many of you have probably begun to make your preparations for attending our annual meeting, we wanted to make sure that you are all aware of a few things.

  • TDC Day
    This year, TDC’s annual gathering will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 5. In the morning, we will focus solely on our community college initiative and its projects. At 1 p.m., a series of pre-conferences will take place on TDC and ADP programs and topics of interest. At 3:30 p.m., all TDC and ADP members will join in the official start of the conference.

Travel Arrangements
We would like all community college registrants to participate in TDC Day. Please make sure that you plan to be at the hotel by 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, which means that many of you will need to arrive in Louisville on Wednesday night.

Agenda
The agenda for the 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. TDC Day plenary session is being finalized and will be sent to you in the coming weeks. More information regarding the pre-conference agenda (1 p.m. – 3 p.m. sessions) can be found on the conference website under the Schedule section.

  • Earlybird Registration Rate Expires Wednesday
    On April 30th, Earlybird Registration rates for this year’s national meeting will expire, so if you haven’t already, you should register by clicking here. We will not be extending the Earlybird Registration rates.

Earlybird Fees (register by Wednesday, April 30)
Individual Fee: $545
Team Member Registration Fee: $485
Student Registration Fee: $395 (only pertains to undergraduate students)
Non-Member Registration Fee: $625

Fees starting May 1

Individual Fee: $625
Team Member Registration Fee: $545
Student Registration Fee: $425 (only pertains to undergraduate students)
Non-Member Registration Fee: $725

  • Campus & Friends Showcase Deadline Extended
    Again this year, the national meeting will feature the ever-popular Campus & Friends Showcase. There is no cost to participate. Simply complete the registration form by the new and extended deadline– Monday, May 5, 2014. For more information about the 2014 Campus & Friends Showcase or to get registered, click here.

As we have said before, we are excited about the new features that this year’s national meeting has to offer TDC attendees, and we hope you are looking forward to it as well.

See you in Louisville!

[#ADPTDC14 Update] Campus & Friends Showcase DEADLINE EXTENDED to 5.5

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Are you an TDC campus coordinator?
Do you want to share your campus activities?
Are you a TDC partner organization?
Do you want to promote the work of your organization?
Consider hosting a table at the Campus & Friends Showcase at the 2014 American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.

CAMPUS & FRIENDS SHOWCASE

Thursday, June 5, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (preview 3 p.m-3:30 pm)

Again this year, we will feature the ever-popular Campus & Friends Showcase—a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate your work and help others learn how to promote civic learning and engagement on their own campuses.  There is no cost to participate.  Simply complete the registration form, which available hereno later than Monday, May 5, 2014.

The Campus and Friends Showcase will take place on Thursday, June 5th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (preview 3 p.m-3:30 pm).  The Showcase is designed as an exhibit area with tables available for presenters. People love to see what other campuses are doing with TDC/ADP, and the Showcase also serves as an important networking opportunity for project participants to connect with national leaders in the civic engagement movement.

It is important to note that the Campus & Friends Showcase is different than the poster sessions, which were solicited during the Call for Proposals. The poster session is designed to be more research-oriented, and the Showcase is set up as an exhibit to provide opportunities for information, networking, and collaboration.

More information about the purpose and structure of the Showcase, registration, the materials you should provide, and set-up details can be found here.

If you have any questions, please email Cait Reilly at reillyc@aascu.org.

And, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for the 2014 American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting, June 5-7, 2014; to register for the meeting visit our website. Note: Earlybird registration rates end on April 30!

ADP Campus Coordinator Shares Insight on Experience with NSLVE

The deadline to sign up for the National Study on Learning Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) is approaching quickly (Monday, April 14).  To participate and receive  free, confidential information about your student registration and voting rates, all you need to do is sign an authorization form (click here to access) and send a scanned copy to charlotte.ringle@tufts.edu.

One of the  ADP campuses, Emporia State University has already participated and Rob Catlett, Emporia’s ADP Campus Coordinator, would like to share his experience going through this process and how his institution plans to use their report.  His email is below.

You’ll find additional information about CIRCLE’s NSLVE study in previous blog posts here and here.

 —

Colleagues,

Sometimes it is challenging to participle in a study, especially when we are uncertain of the costs and benefits , both explicit and implicit.   (Is that a giveaway that I am an economist?)  The greatest cost for ESU to participate was the ten minutes it took for me to go to the dean’s office and explain what Nancy Thomas, Margaret Brower, and others at Tufts were doing with the NSLVE study.  We had no financial obligation and none is expected in the future from participating.  All it takes is completing a simple form and a signature followed by the Institutional Research (IR) office providing some data (and that may take some time depending on your IR office); NSLVE does the rest.

The benefits are significant and I wish we had this when we came back from the first national meeting of the American Democracy Project as a baseline.  At that point all we knew was that less than ten percent of ESU students were registered to vote; we had no focused data on age, major, gender, race, or the like.  We could have accomplished so much more with a report like the one we just received.

We plan to include our report in our self-study materials for HLC re-accreditation among many other things.  We look forward to future opportunities to participate in NSLVE studies because it will allow comparison with our current report as a baseline.  Seldom do we find authoritative external direct assessment-type of data related to ADP, and to find it without charge is fantastic.  Let me know if I can answer any questions.

Best regards,

Rob

Rob Catlett
Director, Centers for Economic Education and Community Research
Department of Mathematics and Economics
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS 66801-5087

[#ADPTDC14 Update] Campus and Friends Showcase

 

adptdc14
Are you an TDC campus coordinator?
Do you want to share your campus activities?
Are you a TDC partner organization?
Do you want to promote the work of your organization?

Consider hosting a table at the Campus & Friends Showcase at the 2014 American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.

CAMPUS & FRIENDS SHOWCASE

Thursday, June 5, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (preview 3 p.m-3:30 pm)

Again this year, we will feature the ever-popular Campus & Friends Showcase—a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate your work and help others learn how to promote civic learning and engagement on their own campuses.  There is no cost to participate.  Simply complete the registration form, which available hereno later than Monday, April 28, 2014.

The Campus and Friends Showcase will take place on Thursday, June 5th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (preview 3 p.m-3:30 pm).  The Showcase is designed as an exhibit area with tables available for presenters. People love to see what other campuses are doing with TDC/ADP, and the Showcase also serves as an important networking opportunity for project participants to connect with national leaders in the civic engagement movement.

It is important to note that the Campus & Friends Showcase is different than the poster sessions, which were solicited during the Call for Proposals. The poster session is designed to be more research-oriented, and the Showcase is set up as an exhibit to provide opportunities for information, networking, and collaboration.

More information about the purpose and structure of the Showcase, registration, the materials you should provide, and set-up details can be found here.

If you have any questions, please email Cait Reilly at reillyc@aascu.org.

And, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for the 2014 American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting, June 5-7, 2014; to register for the meeting visit our website. Note: Earlybird registration rates end on April 30!