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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.

[#ADPTDC14 Meeting Update] Proposals Reviewed; Registration Open

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator

[UPDATE]: All proposals have been reviewed, and notifications of acceptances (not session specifics) have been sent. More details, including session type, slot, and co-presenters, will be forthcoming.

ADP National Manager Jennifer Domagal-Goldman and I have spent today finalizing the review of our first round of proposals; acceptance notifications for proposals submitted by the original mid-February deadline went out this afternoon. We will be conducting the second and third round reviews in the next couple of days and will be sending out notifications this week.

I would like to remind you that registration for this year’s national meeting, June 5-7 in Louisville, KY, is still open, and Early Bird Registration rates expire on April 30th. You can read more about what this year has to offer, including TDC Day and the Day of Service, here; to get registered, click here.

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: http://www.aascu.org/meetings/adptdc14/


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:

OPTION 1:
Click here to register online
NOTE: Please click this LOGIN HELP if you have trouble using the online registration form.

OPTION 2:
Register via the Download TDC Reg Form (pdf) to be mailed or faxed in.

OPTION 3:
You may also contact Felicia Durham at (202) 478-4673 to register for this meeting.


Accommodations

Hotel

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.

TDC Announces New Partnership for Engage the Election 2014

By Stephanie R. South,  TDC National Coordinator

The Democracy Commitment (TDC) is pleased to announce a new partnership for Engage the Election 2014– a continuance of our first signature initiative, Engage the Election: 2012, that focuses on the midterm elections:

FELN LogoCVP Logo The Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) is a national nonpartisan voting rights organization dedicated to reducing barriers to voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies, including students. FELN started Campus Vote Project (CVP) in early 2012 to institutionalize reforms on college campuses that will empower students with the tools they need to register and vote.

Students are often new voters who lack basic information about how and when to register and vote. CVP provides resources to school administrators (presidents, student affairs officers, registrars, service learning programs, etc.) to facilitate programs supporting student registration and voting.

Through this partnership, CVP will work with TDC member institutions to provide the following election resources:

  • State guide to student voting
  • Student voting information website that includes links to registration forms and information about deadlines, early and absentee voting options, ID requirements, and anything else likely to trip up student voters in your state.
  • Assistance in connecting students to voter registration and election awareness efforts in the surrounding community to develop their leadership and job experience
  • Social media plan for your campus, including tweets and Facebook status updates timed strategically to remind students of important dates and deadlines
  • Co-branded palm cards that summarize the most essential information a student needs to know in the last few weeks before Election Day
  • Op-eds and ads designed for campus or local newspapers that provide voting  information to students and a simple check list for voting
  • Help with the creation of a student poll worker project with local elections officials to give your students hands-on experience with democracy and an opportunity to serve their community

If you are interested in taking advantage of CVP’s free election resources to help your school increase student voting rates, contact Kristen Muthig at (202) 331-0114 or kmuthig@fairelectionsnetwork.com. Please copy me, TDC National Coordinator Stephanie South at souths@aascu.org, on your email.

Video of Live Webcast with Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich Now Available

On February 20, 2014, the Democracy Commitment and its four-year institution sister initiative, The American Democracy Project, organized a national screening of former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s documentary film “Inequality for All.” That Thursday afternoon, at 5 p.m. EST, nearly 100 of our institutions across the country participated.  Following the film, Robert Reich answered questions via a national webcast hosted by ADP Campus San Francisco State University.  A lively conversation occurred simultaneously on Twitter.

You can view a recording of the Reich webcast here.

To read more about the event, click here.

[Campus Sphere] Guttman Students Attend 43rd NYSABPRL Conference

By Omairys Rodriguez, College Assistant, Communications & Public Relations, Guttman Community College

During the weekend of February 14th, six Guttman students, along with over 100 CUNY students, attended the 43rd Annual New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus (NYSABPRL) Conference in Albany, New York. Among the Guttman participants was second-year student Talia Arif and six student leaders from Guttman’s Student Government Association (SGA): SGA President Alfajo Jallow, SGA Treasurer Samuel Van der Swaagh, SGA Secretary Reina Osorio, and SGA Senators Edgar Gomez, Gabby Rosario and Jessica Leung.

Students traveled to Albany to meet state legislators and city officials to advocate for funding to support public education at CUNY. This year the state operating budget priorities for CUNY students are: ASAP ($1.7 M); Single Stop ($1 M); Black Male Initiative ($2.5 M); DREAM Act Reform ($20 M); CUNY LEADS ($1.5M); Restorations to SEEK/College Discovery ($1 M) and CUNY Start and College Now ($5 M).

Second-year Guttman student Talia Arif, who was selected as a Caucus CUNY Scholar and will participate in the Edward T. Rogowsky Internship program , will be interning with Assemblyman Francisco P. Moya from district 39 in Queens, New York. Talia’s policy interests include access to education, the DREAM Act and workers’ rights.

 

About the Annual New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus 2014 Conference:
The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. (The Association) held its 43rd Annual Legislative Conference on February 14 – 16, 2014 in Albany. This annual statewide event allows The Association to raise scholarship funds for the educational advancement of African-American, Hispanic, and other minority youth. The theme this year was “Reclaiming Our Sons and Daughters!”

The vision of The Association has been to maintain and expand the existing programs that benefit our statewide constituency while at the same time partnering with corporate America to achieve this goal. The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. (NYSABPRL) was founded by legislative caucus members as a non-political, charitable organization, incorporated under section 402 of the New York Not-for-Profit Incorporation Law on October 11, 1985. The purpose of the NYSABPRL is to promote the common good, social and general welfare of the community; foster and maintain an interest in racial tolerance in the world; to encourage the development of the community and promote economic growth.

The proceeds of the three-day weekend conference benefit the Scholarship Fund for youth entering college. The weekend included the Chairman’s Reception, a Career and Business Expo and Craft Exhibition Fair, a youth summit, concert, awards ceremony, and the annual Gala Scholarship Dinner.

[TDC Events] Bridging Cultures Webinar Tomorrow, 3.13 @ 3:30pm EST

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 13, 2014, there will be a Bridging Cultures project webinar at 3:30pm EST.

These webinars are not only open to Bridging Cultures team members, but to any faculty that might benefit, so please share with your campus colleagues and regional hub partners (or pass their names on to me). If possible, please let me know if you and/or your colleagues plan to join. You will find the webinar description and the log-in instructions below:

“Bridging Cultures to Bring the World Home”
Facilitated by Caryn McTighe Musil,
Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy
at the Association of American Colleges and Universities

Our NEH grant has focused on what it means to form a nation from such multiple groups of people over time. How can what helps students form a nation across differences also help students build bridges to the world beyond US borders?  Come ready to share what you are already doing or hope to do–and how.

Participant Instructions

  1. 5-10 minutes prior to the start time, follow this link to log in: https://aacu.webex.com/aacu/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=663375743
  2. You will be asked to enter a password. Please enter the word bridging in all lowercase.
  3. Once you have logged into the system, follow instructions on the screen to join the audio portion of the webinar. Here are the call-in details:

Dial this toll-free number: 1-650-479-3208

Enter this access code: 663 375 743

  1. Please note that if this is your first time using WebEx to join a webinar, you may be requested to install their software on your computer to run the program. This is a quick process, and should only take a few minutes.
  2. Troubleshooting: Chad Anderson of AAC&U will be available to help if you have connection problems. Please e-mail anderson@aacu.org should you or your colleagues have trouble connecting.

[TDC Action Alert] Sign Up to Be Part of NSLVE; Upcoming Webinar to Learn More

CIRCLE-Logo-4cWe promoted this last year, but another opportunity for TDC campuses to participate and learn important details about students’ voting behaviors has come up this spring.

The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) recently received a grant to study college student voting rates.  260 universities and colleges have already signed up, including 32 members of TDC, which is one of the largest percentages of a specific association/initiative (44%), and 43 American Democracy Project member institutions.

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) presents an unprecedented opportunity for your campus to learn in aggregate numbers:

  • How many of your students are eligible to register to vote
  • How many registered and/or voted, and where (locally or elsewhere)
  •  The way your students voted (regular or absentee ballot)

To see a sample of a report you would receive, click here.

By participating in this study, your campus will also help build a national database for future research. CIRCLE will be working with de-identified student lists, so your students’ privacy rights are fully protected. This is not a survey!

If you are interested, you can also correlate voting with specific demographic information such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, field of study, and class level. CIRCLE has also been able to provide peer comparisons by Carnegie classification.

To join the study, you must sign up by April 10th 2014 (click here for more details).

NSLVE is offering a TDC and ADP campuses the chance to learn more about what you can do with this data and share what information you would like to know in the future. Take advantage of this opportunity and join this conversation by attending a free webinar, part of TDC’s Engage the Election series, on Friday, March 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

To join the webinar:

For additional specifics, go to the NSLVE FAQ page and/or contact Nancy Thomas, NSLVE director, for more information.

[#ADPTDC14 Meeting Update] First-Round Proposals Reviewed; Registration Open

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator

ADP National Manager Jennifer Domagal-Goldman and I have spent today finalizing the review of our first round of proposals; acceptance notifications for proposals submitted by the original mid-February deadline went out this afternoon. We will be conducting the second and third round reviews in the next couple of days and will be sending out notifications this week.

I would like to remind you that registration for this year’s national meeting, June 5-7 in Louisville, KY, is still open, and Early Bird Registration rates expire on April 30th. You can read more about what this year has to offer, including TDC Day and the Day of Service, here; to get registered, click here.

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: http://www.aascu.org/meetings/adptdc14/


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:

OPTION 1:
Click here to register online
NOTE: Please click this LOGIN HELP if you have trouble using the online registration form.

OPTION 2:
Register via the Download TDC Reg Form (pdf) to be mailed or faxed in.

OPTION 3:
You may also contact Felicia Durham at (202) 478-4673 to register for this meeting.


Accommodations

Hotel

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.

2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting CFP Deadline Approaching

2014 CFP deadline image2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting Call for Proposals (CFP)

The deadline for presentation proposal submissions is Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern. All proposals will be reviewed and notification of proposal status will be sent out no later than Monday, March 10, 2014.

You’ll find more information here about our CFP.

If you are interested in making a presentation at the ADP/TDC 2014 National Meeting, please complete and submit this online proposal form at proposalspace.com/calls/d/312

IMPORTANT NOTES

With the online submission form you can:

  • Save partially completed proposals to finish later and
  • Print your proposal and access it once completed.

Through the online submission form you must:

  • Have the primary presenter submit the proposal and
  • Create a username and password in the ProposalSpace system for each presenter included in the proposal. (All presenters’ information must be entered before submitting a proposal. They cannot be added after the proposal is submitted.)

Individuals may submit no more than two proposals as a primary presenter. Given time and space limitations, presenters should not expect to present more than once during the course of a conference, though there may be some exceptions. Once a proposal is submitted no changes may be made in ProposalSpace. If your proposal is accepted you will be offered a chance to make changes before the final program is complete.

Reminder: Early-bird registration rates for the ADP/TDC National Meeting expire on April 30! Register now!

[Campus Sphere] Guttman Hosts Community Engagement Institute for Two-Year Colleges

By Omairys Rodriguez, College Assistant, Marketing & Public Relations, Guttman Community College

Scott-Laurie-Worrall-Bob-FrancoOn January 27, Guttman Community College hosted in partnership with New York Campus Compact Community Engagement Institute for Two-Year Colleges, a one-day community engagement institute for two year colleges. Over 60 attendees from community colleges and non-profit organizations learned practical approaches to promoting and measuring the effectiveness of service-learning for students.

Civic engagement scholar Dr. Robert Franco, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Kappi’olani Community College, University of Hawaii, led the workshop. He explained how a new ecology of learning can enhance student civic engagement, retention and graduation through the creation of more community-linked curricular and co-curricular activities. Participants explored ways to assess service-learning and civic engagement initiatives more effectively and how to contextualize civic engagement activities within the mission of higher education and the professorate of community colleges.

“Dr. Franco’s work underscores the importance Guttman places on the pedagogies of engagement that utilize the City of New York as a rich text. for,” says Dr. Claire King, Assistant Professor, Experiential Learning at Guttman. “As faculty, we’re fortunate to have institutional support and resounding endorsement for high impact practices such as service-learning and undergraduate community-based research that positively impact student achievement.”

About Robert Franco, Ph.D.:
Dr. Franco has been a Senior Faculty Fellow for Community Colleges at Campus Compact since 1995. He has been provided training, technical assistance and research dissemination in 5 to 10 states per year (40 states in all). In this capacity, he also assisted in the development of the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification of Community-Engagement. Kapi’olani was Carnegie classified as Community Engaged in 2006. He provides community college, university, and conference audiences with research-based training designed to improve student engagement, learning, degree completion, and transfer through service-learning, undergraduate research, industry internships, and authentic partnerships.

About New York Campus Compact:
New York Campus Compact (NYCC) is a membership association of college and university presidents committed to promoting “active citizenship as an aim of higher education.” Two-year and four year campuses, public and independent institutions, from Buffalo to New York City, Southern Tier to the North Country, have joined to promote civic engagement, campus/community partnerships and service-learning. The NYCC provides statewide leadership in advocating for, supporting, and increasing student involvement in academic and co-curricular based public service, in order to strengthen the capacity of member institutions to serve society; to enhance student learning; and to develop in individual students the knowledge, values, skills, and habits of civic responsibility and democratic participation. For more information, visit http://www.nycampuscompact.org/

#ADPTDC14 Update: Teacher Education Effort

 Democracy has to be born anew in every generation,
and education is its midwife.
-John Dewey

The Democracy Commitment and the American Democracy Project are pleased to announce a new teacher education effort and strand at their national meeting established to forge and strengthen democratic education and civic engagement in teacher preparation at two- and four-year member institutions.

Educators are the primary stewards of democracy. Since the birth of the republic, we have charged schools with preparing students for lives of democratic citizenship. This charge has regrettably devolved into the “mechanics” of citizenship, and even this narrow approach is increasingly crowded out of the classroom by accountability mandates. Nonetheless, citizenship is more than elections. Democracy, as Dewey stated, is first and foremost a form of associational life, not a system of government. Teaching and learning in our schools must address this rich vision.

This challenge is exacerbated by the way future teachers are taught. The “science” of teaching, advanced by Thorndike and others, has come to dominate the American classroom, undermining a more learning-centered, developmental paradigm advanced by Dewey. The relentless quest for accountability drives Teacher Education programs, just as it dominates American classrooms.

A unique opportunity to ameliorate these trends can be found in two national civic engagement projects: The Democracy Commitment (TDC) of community colleges and the American Democracy Project (ADP) of state colleges and universities. These two sectors of American higher education are making a concerted re-commitment to democratic education and civic engagement. This commitment must be pursued in Teacher Education. State comprehensive colleges are the largest providers of trained teachers for American classrooms, and fully half of their graduates transfer into their programs from their local community college. Currently, at least 50% of teachers have taken courses at community colleges.

An alliance between teacher educators in these two systems can help to recalibrate the way classroom teachers are educated in this country, with great promise for reinvigorating democracy in our classrooms, and in our communities. Four domains are ripe for organizing, and for projects and interactions among the partners:

  • Programs: lower division and upper division Teacher Education programs in local communities can collaborate to provide rich engagement experiences for the pre-service teachers they share in serving
  • Partnerships: articulation agreements and field training partnerships with PK-12 districts can foster and enhance teacher education for democracy
  • Pipelines: recruiting and mentoring prospective candidates from local communities, especially minority populations who increasingly represent the majority in the locales served by state colleges and community colleges, can create a pipeline through which future teachers can successfully pass
  • Policies: the two sectors can link arms in addressing federal, state and local policies that mitigate against the vision of educating P-12 students and their prospective teachers for lives of democratic engagement

We are seeking faculty and staff in TDC and ADP institutions who will join in this work.  Two levels of involvement are requested:  participation in a national dialogue on these issues, including participation in an ongoing workgroup and in the annual ADP/TDC meeting and partnership development at the local level through 2+2  interactions.

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2014 American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment Joint National Meeting Thursday, June 5 to Saturday, June 7, 2014

Marriott Louisville Downtown, Louisville, Kentucky.
Theme: “Forging Civic Pathways for Students between Our Institutions.”

This theme is made for us! We invite teacher education faculty and staff at TDC and ADP institutions to join us in Louisville. Better yet! We invite teacher education faculty and staff to submit presentation proposals that address any of the Teacher Education Joint Initiative four domains: programs, partnerships, pipelines, and policies.

Information about the meeting theme, call for proposals and logistics and other information go here.

Note: The deadline for presentation proposal submissions is Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern.

We would be happy to talk with you about this exciting new initiative, to learn about your work and ideas and how you might join us in this work.

Please be in touch, and see you in Louisville!

Jolanda Westerhof, Ph.D.
Director of Teacher Education
American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
202-478-4649
westerhofj@aascu.org

Bernie Ronan, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor, Public Affairs, Maricopa Community Colleges
Co-Founder, The Democracy Commitment
480-731-8092
bernie.ronan@domail.maricopa.edu