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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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[#ADPTDC14 Update] Earlybird Registration Rate Ends 4.30

 It's Coming

Proposals have been reviewed and accepted.

Specific dates and times for sessions will be going out by the end of April.

Pre-con sessions have been finalized (more information coming soon).

Plenary speakers are soon to be announced.

And, on April 30th, Earlybird Registration Rates for this year’s national meeting, held June 5-7 in Louisville, KY, will expire, so if you haven’t already, you should get registered by clicking here.


You can read more about what this year has to offer, including TDC Day and the Day of Service here, and you’ll find important information below about dates and registration fees and how to reserve a room at the Marriott Louisville Downtown.

Additional information can be found here:

Registration Fees:
Registration Fees include all program sessions and materials; reception on Thursday evening; breakfast on Friday; and lunch and a closing reception on Saturday.

Earlybird Fee (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

Fee 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

How to Register

Please select among the three options below:

Click here to register online
NOTE: Please click this LOGIN HELP if you have trouble using the online registration form.

Register via the Download TDC Reg Form (pdf) to be mailed or faxed in.

You may also contact Felicia Durham at (202) 478-4673 to register for this meeting.



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.

Hotel reservations can be made online

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

AASCU and NASPA Partner with TurboVote to Expand On-Campus Voter Outreach

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator

As mentioned in an email to TDC campus coordinators earlier this week, because of our special relationship with AASCU, TDC member institutions have been included in a partnership between AASCU, NASPA, and TurboVote. The following is a press release issued by the three organizations.



Washington, DC —Today, two of the nation’s leading higher education associations—the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)— announced a partnership with TurboVote. Through this partnership, TurboVote, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, will bring its innovative “one-stop-shop” voter engagement platform to students at college and university campuses across the country.

Made possible by a grant from the Rita Allen Foundation, this partnership will support AASCU and NASPA member institutions in their on-campus voter outreach efforts, help them promote civic learning and foster habits that will lead to life-long civic engagement.

“TurboVote’s platform represents an important and innovative piece of the effort to increase civic literacy and engagement through digital technology,” said Elizabeth Good Christopherson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rita Allen Foundation. “In partnering with NASPA, AASCU, TurboVote will vastly increase access to a key voting demographic while making significant improvements in voter engagement efforts at colleges and universities across the country.”

TurboVote’s platform helps colleges and universities meet federal mandates that require institutions provide students with voter registration information. With help from NASPA and AASCU, TurboVote hopes to support institutions in meeting these mandates and set a new standard for voter engagement in higher education.

“This partnership sends an important message to institutional leaders that democratic engagement should be a part of every student’s college education,” said George Mehaffy, AASCU’s Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change.

NASPA and AASCU’s access to key players in higher education will help TurboVote integrate its platform into established systems and student interactions. TurboVote’s tool makes it possible to conduct voter engagement without collecting or submitting a single form. Simply by sharing a link, schools can embed voter engagement into existing processes such as freshman orientation and class registration.

“NASPA members have a unique opportunity to promote democratic engagement across the many channels of the co-curriculum,” says NASPA President Kevin Kruger. “We are excited to add TurboVote to the tools used to educate students for citizenship both inside and outside the classroom.”

With help from AASCU and NASPA, TurboVote — already working with over 80 campuses across the country—will expand its reach to at least 100 new colleges and universities this year, with the hope that this effort will yield an additional 110,000 new users each year, starting in 2014.

12 institutions have already signed on to launch the service under the AASCU/NASPA partnership.


AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association of nearly 420 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Our work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 14,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. territories.

TurboVote is a project of Democracy Works, a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, N.Y., that is passionate about building the democracy of the future. TurboVote is a service that makes voting easy. When students sign up, TurboVote keeps track of all their elections—local, state and national. If students wish to register, update their addresses or request absentee ballots, TurboVote sends them all the forms and information they need with pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelopes. For every election, TurboVote sends text message and email reminders to all users with important election information, dates and deadlines, to ensure that they never miss another election.

Participating Campuses
Alvernia University
Arizona State University
Chatham University
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Illinois State University*
Missouri State University*
Northeastern Illinois University*
Stanford University
Texas A&M University-Central Texas*
The College at Brockport: State University of New York*
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nebraska-Kearney*

*ADP Campuses

TurboVote: Adrienne Lever, (202) 321-5796,


Campusphere: Naturalization Ceremony at Moraine

Provided by Moraine Valley Community College
MoraineMoraine Valley Community College hosted its first Naturalization Ceremony on Friday March 21, 2014. We are the first community college in the state of Illinois to host such an event! 100 individuals from 28 different countries became U.S. citizens at our college. The Keynote Remarks were given by President Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins and a reception followed for family and friends of the newly naturalized Americans.

This event was an opportunity for the Moraine Valley community to witness an important process in our democracy. There were students, faculty, staff and other community members in attendance on this special day.

To see a slideshow of the event, click here.

[Campus Sphere] De Anza College Awarded National Civic Engagement Grant

As Taken from a De Anza College News Release

De Anza College is one of seven U.S. community colleges selected to share in a $270,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation, a New York-based institution dedicated to improving undergraduate student learning. The Institute of Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE) at De Anza will will use the funding to create the Civic Capacity Scholars Program, designed to build students’ commitment to civic and moral responsibility.

The other community colleges involved in the project are Kapi’olani in Hawaii; Delgado in Louisiana; Mesa in Arizona; Raritan Valley in New Jersey; and Kingsborough and Queensborough in New York. The colleges will work collaboratively on the three-year project, “Student Learning for Civic Capacity: Stimulating Moral, Ethical and Civic Engagement for Learning that Lasts.”

“We’re proud to receive this grant, and very pleased that we’ll be working closely with fellow colleges committed to civic engagement,” said De Anza President Brian Murphy. He noted that De Anza, Mesa, and Kingsborough colleges are members of The Democracy Commitment, a national organization to engage community college students in civic learning and democratic practice.

Grant funds will be used to develop 70 courses in the humanities and related disciplines; create communities of faculty, staff, students, and administrators on each campus to build institutional commitment to civic and moral responsibility; develop an assessment methodology for campus use and national dissemination; and leverage additional resources from various sources. The goal is to build commitment to civic and moral responsibility to foster diverse, equitable, healthy and sustainable communities. De Anza’s ICCE is currently recruiting faculty members to participate.

“This grant will help with our work to develop civic capacity in our students,” said Cynthia Kaufman, faculty director of the ICCE. “We will be able to support faculty in developing strategies for growing a sense of moral agency and a belief that they can make a difference among our students.”

De Anza College, established in 1967, is located on a 112-acre site in Cupertino, the heart of Silicon Valley. The college provides more than 22,000 students each quarter with outstanding general education and vocational courses, including online classes. The college is committed to equity, social justice and multicultural education, as well as civic and community engagement. There are more than 80 student clubs at De Anza and an active student government. Sustainability is a hallmark of the campus, which features seven LEED-certified buildings, including Platinum and Silver. The college’s Institute of Community and Civic Engagement was established in 2006 to empower students to become agents of change in their communities and beyond. For more information, visit and

Campusphere: Democracy Week at San Diego Miramar College

Provided by Miramar College

MiramarMarch 18th to 20th marked a very important experiment at San Diego Miramar College. It was the first time that multiple consecutive days were devoted to the important subject of Democracy. A variety of events took place. Serious films on Women’s suffrage such as Iron Jawed with Hillary Swank and a comedy entitled Election with Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon were provided to students. Free popcorn is always nice. The main focus of the week was to increase engagement; and a very spirited led students in a free speech activity highlighting the importance if this constitutional right. Information was also gathered by a faculty and staff team regarding what activities would like to see in the future to expand their exposure on the topic of democracy. Lately students raised their hand for democracy by outlining their hand and choosing one or two works about what democracy means to them.

All in all it was a great starting point and wonderful to support student engagement regarding democracy.


Campusphere: Lone Star College-Kingwood Hosts Deliberative Dialogue Moderator and Deputy Voter Registrar Trainings

Provided by Lone Star College – Kingwood

001On March 18th, Alberto Olivas from Maricopa Community College in Arizona, was invited to host a Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training. The event was very successful. They discussed the topic of “Shaping Our Futures: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?”  There were about 50 people in attendance which spurred more conversation and made the event lively! We now have them doing Deliberative Dialogues in class and as part of our research.

On March 19th, we invited the Harris County Tax Assessor’s Office to come and do a Deputy Voter Registrar training here at Lone Star College-Kingwood. We had about 20 people in attendance including several students and local community members. The students are now getting prepared to host voter registration drives here on campus and some are teaming up with community members to host some voter registration drives within the community. Their drive is very encouraging to our work as we move forward to aid in the accomplishment of the “2-3-4 Goal.”

[Campus Sphere] News from Guttman Community College: TNU Student Named Frank Newman Civic Fellow Award Recipient, TNU Representatives Join Fox Political Focus Group

By Carolee Ramsay, Student Engagement Specialist, Guttman Community College


Guttman’s Gibsy Lino is Frank Newman Civic Fellow

Gibsy Lino
Gibsy Lino, 2014 Campus Compact Frank Newman Civic Fellow Award Recipient

Second-year Guttman Community College student Gibsy Lino received the 2014 Campus Compact Frank Newman Civic Fellows Award. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is named for Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for student civic learning and engagement.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. The Newman Civic Fellows Award is generously sponsored by the KPMG Foundation. Through this award, Gibsy is recognized for her public involvement and motivation to create lasting change. Gibsy’s nomination indicates that she is a leader who inspires not only other students, but also the entire campus and community.

TNU Club's Gibsy Lino (left) serves her peers at the Inaugural Guttman International Food Fest last Fall.
TNU Club’s Gibsy Lino (left) serves her peers at the Inaugural Guttman International Food Fest last Fall.

Ms. Lino has consistently dedicated her time and talents to serving those in need throughout New York City. During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2013, for example, she helped to rebuild houses in Far Rockaway, Queens. She also coaches senior high schools students at the Manhattan International High School to help them enroll successfully in college and volunteers with cerebral palsy patients.

Gibsy helps to paint " Mural to Our Mothers" as a dedication to mothers and a learning experience for children in Bronx NY.
Gibsy helps to paint ” Mural to Our Mothers” as a dedication to mothers and a learning experience for children in Bronx NY.

At Guttman Community College, Ms. Lino serves as an Academic Success Peer Mentor to support fellow students on academic matters and is an executive member of the Trending News Update Club (TNU) that engages students in discussions about current issues. Additionally, she is a member of the CUNY Malave Leadership Academy in New York City. At the college’s 2013 Convocation Ms. Lino was included on the Honors List 2012-2013 for high academic achievement and received the Leadership and Service Award. Gibsy Lino also received the prestigious Student Leadership Award from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Frank D. Sanchez for outstanding leadership through academic and service-related activities during the 2012-2013 academic year. As a Human Services major, Gibsy Lino aspires to further her studies to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in order to continue serving her community.

TNU Representatives Join Fox Political Focus Group

TNU-Club-Member-Sherine-SmithGuttman’s Trending News Update Club (TNU) member, Sherine Smith, and Club Adviser, Carolee Ramsay, visited Fox News Studio to be part of the conversation on current events affecting the United States. Focus Group Facilitator, Frank Luntz posed the critical questions dealing with:

– Privacy and National Security
– American Exceptionalism and its Challenges
– Affordable Care Act
– International Terrorism and the Missing Malaysian Airline
– Mayor DeBlasio’s Charter School Plans

It was a lively debate, which Sherine believed became less challenging and overwhelming because of her experience with these topics in TNU’s Roundtable discussions. She reports that she would have preferred if she were given more time to frame her responses as Luntz’s fast-paced, high-energy strategies will take some getting used to. Nonetheless, she learned from the experience and would be happy to participate again.

Part of TNU’s mission is to facilitate students’ engagement with intellectual conversations about pervasive issues in the news, and to this extent, Fox Focus Group was one forum where members could accomplish this goal. The group will air at various times on “The Kelly File” on Fox News.

Engage the Election 2014 Webinar with NSLVE Recording and Presentation Now Available

By Nancy Thomas and Margret Brower with CIRCLE’s NSLVE

Thank you to all the participants who attended our webinar today. A recording of it is available here, and you can download the PDF of the presentation slides by clicking here (as a reminder, the Engage the Election 2014 webinar and presentation archives are available at

We are excited to share this unique opportunity for campuses to learn details about their students’ voting behaviors.  As we mentioned,  over 260 campuses have signed up and received a tailored report in aggregate numbers, their student registration and voting rates.  To see a sample of this report, click here.

There is still time to join the study and receive your 2012 voting rates. Signing up is free and easy (No survey!).  To participate, you simply need to sign an authorization form (access form here) and send to

To participate, you must sign up by April 14th, 2014.

To learn more about NSLVE you can join an information session via phone (click here to sign up) or see our website.

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact Margaret Brower at Thanks again for your interest, we are looking forward to working with you.


[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.