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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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Students Integrative Learning beyond the Classroom

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By: Carolee Ramsay
Student Engagement Coordinator & Asst. to Asst. Dean
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College (CUNY)
 

Moderator Gibsy Lino (standing) directs discussants Dycota Robinson and Alfajo Jallow into a more focused dialogue on US involvement in Syria. 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 national economies, they must be conversant in local and national issues in and beyond the news.

Students cannot formulate opinions on current issues if they are not fully engaged with the conversations and exchanges that underlie a given report. Furthermore, students have to be aware that there are multiple perspectives on any given issue in the news.

The main goal of the club is to educate and to spread awareness among Guttman students by critically thinking about the news through roundtable discussions of current news items, both locally and internationally. The club will widen and expand student’s ability to express their opinions in a well thought-out respectable manner. In addition, the club will in turn cause its members to become more critical thinkers not only within new issues but in life as well.

Moderator Gibsy Lino (standing) directs discussants Dycota Robinson and Alfajo Jallow into a more focused dialogue on US involvement in Syria.
Moderator Gibsy Lino (standing) directs discussants Dycota Robinson and Alfajo Jallow into a more focused dialogue on US involvement in Syria.

Since spring 2013, club members have met as a group to engage in intellectual conversations about pervasive issues in the news. This monitored space has allowed students to delve into issues that go well beyond political, historical, and socioeconomic issues addressed in the classroom. The forum allows students to deepen their broad integrative knowledge, builds intellectual skills for lifelong learning, promotes civic learning, engagement and social responsibility, and provides opportunities for applied learning.

TNU club was started as a student forum in Fall 2012 and has been facilitated by Professor Nicola Blake, Student Engagement Coordinator, Carolee Ramsay, and Professor Tracy Daraviras. It officially became a school club on September 11, 2013.

Guest Moderator, Professor Marcus Allen probes thoughts on gun control from student panelists Daquan Allison, Henesse Molina and Fatumata Barrie.
Guest Moderator, Professor Marcus Allen probes thoughts on gun control from student panelists Daquan Allison, Henesse Molina and Fatumata Barrie.

Students have delved into scintillating discussions so far, which include: Gun Control; National Security vs. Individual Freedom & Privacy; Stockholm Syndrome in the Cleveland Kidnappings; RacialJustice in the Trayvon Martin Case; US Involvement in Syrian Conflict; Human Rights and American Outsourcing; Women’s Rights and Freedom; and Sexuality in American Sports. Students’ feedback so far has been generally positive with comments such as, “I have learned to see issues through multiple lenses rather than my own cultural view” and I have better learned to support my own views with tangible evidence in my research papers.”

With 18 members, the group meets weekly during the Fall at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College during common hour and is currently planning to visit CBS “Face the Nation” and other media houses in NYC and Washington D.C.

Key contacts are:

Voter Registration Training at Lone Star College – Kingwood

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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

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By: Kimberly Buchholz

SF College - VoterRegistratonDay2Santa 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.

Santa Fe College attends keynote talk by Pat Schroeder

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Student Government Treasurer Kentucky Costellow asks Schroeder about her proudest accomplishments.
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 the keynote speech. Schroeder was first woman elected to Congress in Colorado, re-elected time and again, ultimately serving 24 years as a U.S. Representative. During her address, Schroeder discussed current political issues facing Florida an the nation, and spoke briefly about her experiences in U.S. politics over the course of her career. For a short video outlining Pat Schroeder’s contribution to U.S. politics, visit http://www.makers.com/pat-schroeder. Admission to this TDC@SF College event was sponsored by The Office of Civic Engagement and Service and the  Honors Program at Santa Fe College.

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Sixteen Santa Fe students attending the luncheon included Student Government President Daniel Freed, Vice President Amber Gale, Treasurer Kentucky Costellow, Senate President Rupa Bose, Parliamentarian Edward Baker, Programming Finance Chair Sabrina Newman; and at-large and academic senators Bernardo Forcelini, Isabelle Wasiliewski, and Fatima Baterna. Student club senators, members and officers included Catherine Barrios, Davoye Reid, Samantha Crosby, Miguel Guiterrez, Vanessa Paul, Michelle Villavicencio. Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Vilma Fuentes and Civic Engagement & Service specialist Kimberly Buchholz, and UF graduate assistant Olivia Sangermano served as advisors at this event.

Community College of Allegheny County – Constitution Day

The U.S. Constitution Day/Citizenship Day at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), located in Southwestern Pennsylavnia, was celebrated by hosting a Naturalization Ceremony.  Forty-nine individuals from thirty different countries became citizens at the 11:00 A.M. ceremony held at the Allegheny Campus of CCAC.

The attached photo shows from left to right, Dr. Donna Imhoff, President of CCAC’s Allegheny Campus, Todd Fine, Immigration Services Officer, and Valerie Tobias, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Pittsburgh Field Office Director, immediately before Ms. Tobias administered the Oath of Allegiance to everyone becoming citizens.

Constitution Day Celebration

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By: Professor David Bodary
 
Federal Judge Walter Rice addresses the students and staff of Sinclair Community College.
Federal Judge Walter Rice addresses the students and staff of Sinclair Community College.

Federal Judge Walter Rice helped the faculty, staff and students of Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17th, 2013.

Organized by members of the political science department the annual event brings focus on various aspects of the US Constitution. Judge Rice shared his observations on the delicate balance between individual rights and the powers of a national government. Members of the Young Libertarians Club shared copies of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. More than 100 students attended the event.

Federal Judge Walter Rice speaking at Sinclair Community College.
Federal Judge Walter Rice speaking at Sinclair Community College.

Past Constitution Day events have included panel discussions and debates focusing on historic and present issues impacted directly or indirectly by the Constitution. Student clubs and fa

culty from Political Science, History and Communication collaborate to plan and implement the event each year.

This event is working well but are we missing other opportunities, anniversaries or occasions to celebrate our democracy? What else can we do?

 

 

 

 

Sinclair Community College hosts U.S. Federal Judge Walter Rice on Constitution Day

The 226th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution was well celebrated at  Sinclair Community College located in Dayton, OH.

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Sinclair Community College hosted a speaker for Constitution Day. This year U.S. Federal Judge Walter Rice spoke to students faculty and staff.
Pamphlet of Sinclair Community College's Constitution Day event with a foreword written by Congressman Ron Paul.
Pamphlet of Sinclair Community College’s Constitution Day event with a foreword written by Congressman Ron Paul.

Check out the event page on our website here.

Constitution Day 9/17

 

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Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787. The document memorialized the inalienable rights enjoyed by citizens of the United States of America, and has since set a precedent for countries around the world to form similar documents and manifestations. This day gives light to the young and hard fought beginnings of the world’s longest standing democratic republic, and stands as a witness to our many freedoms that cannot be denied.

Like our Founding Fathers, we continue our involvement in the process of democracy. We vote for representatives, we challenge their policies, and we make ourselves and our beliefs heard through active participation in our communities.

On September 17th, take a moment to reflect on your freedoms and celebrate the document that continues to protect them to this day. We encourage you to organize or participate in an event that educates and informs your fellow citizens about the Constitution. If you need ideas, check out the official website for Constitution Day here.

What does your college have planned for Constitution Day?

Mount Wachusett Community College: 9/11 Remember to Remember, & Call to Action

MWCC-logoBy: Fagan Forhan, Director
Experiential Learning Opportunities & Civic Engagement
Mount Wachusett Community College

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Friend and fellow MWCC alumna Jacqueline Richard placed flowers, a photograph and a charcoal impression of Carrie’s name from the 9/11 Memorial in NYC at the Gardner campus remembrance day event.

In honor of MWCC Alumna Carrie Progen, who was lost in the attack on the Twin Towers, we hosted a series of events yesterday, including a ‘Call to Action’ where students heard from our own police Chief Karen Kolimaga about her experiences as a first responder, and then were provided with materials and the opportunity to make Thank You cards for first responders in our own community. 173 students attended, and nearly 75 cards were made for us to send out to local firehouses, police stations and emergency response teams.

Our Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success hosted a

Kristine Larkin, second from left, Director of the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, joins Devens Campus Director Julie Crowley, right, and members of the Patriot Riders at the Devens campus 9/11 remembrance. The Patriot Riders include Tammi Lloyd of MWCC's Business Office, fourth from left. — with Denise Gary, Bryan Wickman, Andrew Woodard, Tammi Hietala Lloyd, Ron LeBlanc, Jack McGrath, Steven Gray, Michael Flagler and Kristine Larkin.
Kristine Larkin, second from left, Director of the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, joins Devens Campus Director Julie Crowley, right, and members of the Patriot Riders at the Devens campus 9/11 remembrance. The Patriot Riders include Tammi Lloyd of MWCC’s Business Office, fourth from left. — with Denise Gary, Bryan Wickman, Andrew Woodard, Tammi Hietala Lloyd, Ron LeBlanc, Jack McGrath, Steven Gray, Michael Flagler and Kristine Larkin

Moment of Silence at the Gardner Campus, and were then joined by the Patriot Riders at the Devens Campus for a 9/11 Remembrance and reading of the names of those who lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Students issued a challenge in the form of a call to action to their fellow students – to become “Ambassadors of Positive Mojo” this year. In other words, to find their “mojo” – their passion, their purpose, what drives them, and to use to benefit our community.

Santa Fe College Announces Fall 2013 TDC Events

Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL announced their fall 2013 events with an array of lectures, luncheons, and panel discussions based on current political hot topics. They are also celebrating Constitution Week with bang. Check out what they are doing here.

Also check out our Calendar of Events for more information on each of these events.