Read what some of our members have to say about the difference The Democracy Commitment is making on their campuses and in the lives of students:


“I was honored to be present at the launch of The Democracy Commitment back in the Fall of 2011, and I am, frankly, amazed at the traction this initiative has already achieved.  Both nationally and among our own Maricopa Community Colleges, it has given a renewed focus to our critical mission of educating all our students for lives of democratic citizenship and community engagement.”

Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor, Maricopa Community Colleges (Ariz.)

Brice Harris

“Local, state, and national civic institutions are strengthened through a well-educated and engaged citizenry. The Democracy Commitment is doing its part to promote the education of democratic values and ideas on our campuses. The California Community Colleges embrace the initiative’s goal of instilling a greater awareness of this country’s democratic heritage and process among our students.”

Dr. Brice Harris, Chancellor, California Community Colleges (Calif.)


“Monroe Community College is honored to have been an initial signatory to the Democracy Commitment. TDC has been embraced by our faculty seeking a way to link the classroom to the community, resulting in increased participation by students in meaningful civic engagement and service projects. I would strongly recommend all community colleges join the Democracy Commitment; it has been invaluable for us.”

Dr. Anne Kress, President, Monroe Community College (N.Y.)


“The Democracy Commitment has helped refocus our civic work on the importance of preparing students to be involved in the democratic process—from volunteering on political campaigns to exploring the role of civility to working on skills needed to bridge differences. Our faculty, staff, and students are inspired with new ideas and best practices from the ADP/TDC annual meeting, and Miami Dade College’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy has become the driving force for service learning and engagement with our community.”

Eduardo J. Padron, President, Miami Dade College (Fla.)