The Democracy Commitment was created to address the many obstacles community colleges face in preparing future Americans to be informed, active, and mobilized citizens in their communities, states, and the nation. We are here to support our members while offering a series of valuable connections with national organizations along with a network of American community college campuses that are also intentionally engaging in civic work for the benefit of their students.
As a member of TDC, campuses gain:
Opportunities for Participation. Members have exclusive opportunities to participate in National events and initiatives creating an interconnected web of students, campuses, and communities committed to democracy. Member institutions become “stewards of place” aimed at revitalizing democracy in the communities in which they are based and from which their students come. TDC nationally supports the fact that community colleges are committed to and responsible for their communities, and assist in providing opportunities to achieve their missions rooted in democracy.
Access to Programs and Materials. TDC has amassed a national clearinghouse of program designs, curricula, and project development strategies for community colleges. Member institutions have access to these materials and ideas which extend beyond volunteerism embracing civic work broadly to include the democratic practice. These programs include: TDC Signature Initiatives, Joint Projects and Initiatives with ADP and AAC&U, and other Partner Opportunities extended exclusivily to TDC member institutions.
National Involvement and Recognition. Partnerships formed between TDC and national organizations give our members recognition and access to a myriad of opportunities for exposure. Because TDC is represented in our nation’s capital, our members are often spotlighted at national events along with our annual and regional meetings.
Student, Faculty, and Staff Development. Through workshops, regional summits, and national meetings, our members have professional opportunities to develop skills in civic learning and democratic engagement and to learn from others across the country exchanging ideas on best practices to advance this work. Additionally, from examples of local organizing endeavors to training in deliberative dialogues, TDC provides our members the platform to work collaboratively and across institutional boundaries to build seamless curricular, cocurricular, and extracurricular opportunities for our community college students and their success.
Program Development. TDC members have the opportunity to develop regional and national programs that build civic skills among students, especially focusing on projects that support students in doing public work which has an impact on retention, completion, and ultimate student success. We also support many of these programs and encourage them to become widely adopted and used.
For more information on the Commitment, click HERE.
For more information on our Member Institutions, click HERE.
To join The Democracy Commitment contact the National Manager who will provide you with an application and the process of becoming of member of TDC family.