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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.

FOOD: Growing through Dialogue

A TDC member institution, Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) is hosting an event on “The Politics of Food” and it aims to create a continuous dialogue on the growing need for local, sustainable food and the politics behind that need. As the entire country continues to struggle with the issue of child malnutrition and food deserts, MVCC is taking a…

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Expanding on the Traditional College student

Community college students are usually considered “non-traditional” compared to their four year undergraduate peers; non-traditional, in the sense that they could be one, two, or all of the following: juggling 2-3 jobs, have kids, married, older, first in their family to pursue higher education, a minority, recent immigrant. (Due to economic changes this label identifying community college students is starting…

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COMMUNITY DAYS are a two-day event of workshops, community-based learning and academic service-learning involving all Guttman students. In conjunction with the Fall semester of the City Seminar course taken by all first-year students, “Sustainability and Climate Change” is the theme of this semesters’ COMMUNITY DAYS. With keynote speakers, workshop options and wrap up sessions all led by NY-based experts in…

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Taylor L. Willingham Legacy Fund – Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

Grant Applications Now Being Accepted – Taylor L. Willingham Legacy Fund Funding for deliberative forums work. Applications due by November 15, 2013. Applications are now being accepted for grants from the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) to enable individuals to develop an understanding of deliberative democracy and to launch one or more deliberative forums in their communities or organizations. Grants are…

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TDC Welcomes Shasta College

TDC is happy to welcome Shasta College as a new member institution! Shasta College has been making strides in incorporating civic engagement into their student community as well as through course curriculum. Shasta’s mission statement stating “students are provided opportunities to practice and improve critical thinking, effective communication, quantitative reasoning, information competency, community and global awareness, self-efficacy, and workplace skills,”…

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Glendale Community College – Civility Week

Civility Week at GCC, Oct. 21-25, will raise awareness about the functions and practices of a civil society by providing learning opportunities to gain knowledge and enhance understanding of a respectful, honest, just, fair and inclusive community. The week features themed events that involve students and employees including: 20 in-person sessions with integrated assignments, separate tracks for students and employees,…

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Inside Higher Ed Interviews Amee Bearne

The article entitled, “New Faces of Civic Learning” by Allie Grasgreen published by Inside Higher Ed on October 9, 2013 highlighted the important roles of non-traditional students civic learning. Colleges and universities who have high amount of commuter students, usually public schools and mostly community colleges, are likely the ones lacking in adequate support and infrastructure for student engagement. TDC…

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Webinar: Community Colleges and The Democracy Commitment Initiative

Webinar with TDC Co-Founder: Brian Murphy President De Anza College on Community Colleges and The Democracy Commitment Initiative October 23, 2013     12:00-1:30 PM (Eastern) About this Session: American community colleges are critical in preparing students for their roles as citizens and engaged members of their communities.  Community colleges are the gateway to education for millions who might not otherwise…

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Fall 2013 Virtual Think Tank Program

Fall 2013 Virtual Think Tank Program NERCHE’s Virtual Think Tanks are webinars, or virtual discussions, designed to engage higher education practitioners in the exploration of collaborative change processes which address social justice in a diverse democracy. These virtual discussions are intended to be useful whether participants are developing long-term strategic change efforts on their campuses or thinking about immediate programming…

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Democracy Wall: Who’s Ready to Do the Same?

From late 1978 to early 1979 a section of the walls in the Forbidden City were plastered with posters, right next to a bus station, a popular venue for people to hangout and exchange ideas. The posters contained cautiously expressed complaints on the prevalence of poverty and suffering among the Chinese citizens. It wasn’t until Wei Jingsheng posted his essay…

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