Newsletter- July 2016 Edition


TDC Monthly News-July 2016 Edition


Introducing the New Interim National Manager

Verdis Robinson has joined the leadership team of TDC as the interim National Manager.  Our former national manager, Gabriel Arteaga, will be pursuing new professional opportunities.  We wish Gabriel well, and know he will continue to make important contributions to the good work of social change and civic engagement.  After serving as a tenured Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, New York, for the last ten years, Verdis is not new to TDC.  In addition to serving as MCC’s TDC Campus Coordinator since the beginning of the initiative, he has served on TDC National Steering Committee and on the Advisory Council for its Economic Inequality Initiative.  Join us in welcoming him on board.  Visit TDC website HERE for a message from our new Interim National Manager.

TDC Executive Committee Chair

The TDC National Steering Committee had an excellent meeting following the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting to affirm plans for further expansion and development of TDC, and to set up some internal organizational structures to help guide us.  We are delighted that Dr. J. John Theis, from the Lonestar Colleges, will chair our new Executive Committee.  He will be leading efforts to expand our reach and to increase opportunities for our member institutions. To learn more about Dr. Theis and the TDC Leadership Team, visit HERE.

Updates to TDC Website

Please check out our updated website as we are striving to provide timely updates, announcements, campus spotlights, resources, and opportunities to all of our member institutions.  Bookmark it and visit us often.


Engage the Election 2016 News

The Engage the Election 2016 initiative includes a series of webinars focused on various aspects of political engagement. The initiative also includes a series of presidential debate watches in the fall with live tweet-ups. Finally, we have collected and shared a variety of resources to help our campuses and students navigate the ever-growing amount of information, tools, and opportunities focused on advancing nonpartisan student political engagement.  Visit the TDC Website for access to information and resources.


  • Weds. August 24th Voter Registration & Campus Technology Webinar: TurboVote and their partner campuses will present research on how to substantially increase student voter registration through technology. RSVP here!  Previously recorded webinars are available on the TDC Website.
  • Sign up by August 1st | NSLVE: The National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement- Is your campus participating in NSLVE? Find out here. And, if you aren’t, learn more about why you should and how it works here.
  • Is Your Campus ALL IN? Participate in the ALL IN: Campus Democracy Challenge -The ALL IN: Campus Democracy Challenge is dedicated recognizing postsecondary campuses committed to preparing graduates for their public lives as citizens, members of the communities, and professionals in society, as it has historically been a responsibility of the higher education. Becoming ALL IN gives you access to resources to improve and share your success.

For more the latest updates of this initiative, visit the Engage the Election 2016 Newsletter- July Edition.


Member Institution Action Items

Campus Coordinator Information Updates Needed

In order for us to keep our records accurate and communication lines open, please make sure to fill out the Campus Coordinator form, found on the website or in the following link HERE, as soon as possible to receive the latest updates, announcements, support, and opportunities.

Submit a Campus Event/Blog Post

We encourage you to visit The Democracy Commitment website regularly for our News & HappeningsBlog. If you would like us to spotlight your campus event visit HERE, to submit a blog post click here or if you would like to contribute to our e-newsletter send an email HERE.


#CLDE News

2016 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting

In June, we concluded our fifth annual conference since the founding of The Democracy Commitment.  In concert with our partners, AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), 500 attendees gathered in Indianapolis to learn from one another about new programs and initiatives in civic learning and democratic engagement.  We thank all who were able to attend.  Visit TDC website HERE for a review of our time together in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Save The Date

2017 CLDE Meeting | June 7-10, 2017 | Baltimore, Maryland | #CLDE17

We continue the tradition of meetings that facilitate true exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. This meeting will consist of outstanding plenary sessions, informative concurrent and featured sessions, engaging teaching demonstrations, as well as interactive workshops and I3 (Information, Ideas, and Innovation) conversations.  Join us in Baltimore, Maryland, as we work to advance civic learning and democratic engagement across higher education. We look forward to seeing you there!


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