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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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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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Guttman Experiential Learning in Far Rockaway

  By: Carolee Ramsay Student Engagement Coordinator Stella and Charles Guttman Community College (CUNY)   Guttman Community College’s (formerly known as New Community College) second Community Days kicked off on Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18, 2013. Students participated in on-campus workshops and off-campus service activities hosted by partners from around New York City. In keeping with its commitment…

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Students Integrative Learning beyond the Classroom

  By: Carolee Ramsay Student Engagement Coordinator & Asst. to Asst. Dean Stella and Charles Guttman Community College (CUNY)   The goals of Trending News Update Club are aligned with the Stella and Charles Guttman Learning Outcomes (GLO). The group is focused on deepening integrative learning beyond the classroom. In order for students to actively participate in local, regional, and…

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Voter Registration Training at Lone Star College – Kingwood

Lone Star College Kingwood celebrated National Voter Registration Day  by hosting a Voter Registrar Training.  Representatives of Harris County Texas Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan conducted the training on the Kingwood Campus in cooperation with LSC-Kingwood’s Center for Civic Engagement.  15 people became voter registrars by completing the training and this caps off a voter registration drive that registered 200 students.

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National Voter Registration Day at Santa Fe College

By: Kimberly Buchholz Santa Fe College Student Government representatives hosted an information table on the main campus in Gainesville, Fla., throughout the day providing voter registration applications and handing out sunglasses donated by the SF College Office of Civic Engagement & Service. Approximately 250 students visited the booth to learn how to register to vote in Alachua County.

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Santa Fe College attends keynote talk by Pat Schroeder

  By: Kimberly Buchholz Civic Engagement & Service Specialist Santa Fe College Gainesville, Fla. – Sixteen Santa Fe College students and three advisors attended a luncheon featuring former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder Tuesday in downtown Gainesville. Schroeder, the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee and prime mover behind the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 presents…

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