The Democracy Commitment (TDC) is committed to helping our members ensure every graduate of an American community college shall have had an education in democracy. This includes all of our students, whether they aim to transfer to university, achieve an associate degree or obtain a certificate. To this end, TDC relies on a select group of partners to provide updates, guidance and thought leadership on an array of issues impacting civic engagement and democratic leadership in higher education.

TDC gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Civic Engagement Program Partners.




American Democracy Project (ADP)

TDC is modeled after the American Democracy Project (ADP), a national coalition of public state colleges and universities committed to civic and democratic work, sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

ADP/TDC are headquartered in Washington, DC at the offices of AASCU. This partnership enriches both 2-year colleges and 4-year colleges and universities in their efforts to enhance civic engagement on campus and in student life by creating complementary projects and goals.


ETS logo

At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating high-quality assessments based on rigorous research. Institutions of higher education rely on ETS to help them demonstrate student learning outcomes and promote student success and institutional effectiveness.

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Givepulse logo
GivePulse is a database and management platform to track, measure and report all community engagement, experiential and scholarship activities of students, faculty, staff and alum. Using our analytics and tracking platform, along with its management applications, scholars and decision makers are able to determine student success, community impact, and how to move the need in addressing social issues.

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iCitizen logo

icitizen is a community where you connect with individuals and your elected officials to be heard on the issues you care about. With icitizen, you create change at the local, state & federal level. Our mission is to transform the way people communicate on civic issues, connect our communities and promote meaningful change.

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Turbo Vote logo

TurboVote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that helps students engage successfully in their democracy. Institutions nationwide use TurboVote to strategically - and easily - promote and monitor voter engagement. Through TurboVote, students can register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and receive reminders with important election information, dates and deadlines.

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The Rappaport Family Foundation focuses on finding innovative and promising ideas for engaging community college students in the state of California and preparing them to be a generation of committed and skilled life-long progressive activists. The Foundation also supports arts and culture, and other civic engagement efforts on a limited basis.

The community college landscape has experienced enormous growth in the last 30 years with enrollment peaking in 2008. Today’s community college students are young, progressive, and hopeful about changing politics in their communities. While there has been a focus on developing the civic skills and participation of 4-year students, we believe that it is now time to focus on the training of community college students that can offer the most return on investment, especially in effecting local change.

It is not a secret that community colleges are facing difficult fiscal challenges in this economic environment, or that efforts need to be focused on helping students have access to and the ability to succeed in college. However, during a time of civic renewal among young people, we cannot afford to miss this narrow window of opportunity to equip the most progressive-minded generation in decades.

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(Through the generous funding support from RFF, The Democracy Commitment brings civic engagement and democratic learning in community colleges to a national scale.)


Official Partners:

Street Law, Inc.   (Download informational PDF)

Kettering Foundation

League for Innovation in the Community College

Association of American Colleges and Universities

Community Learning Partnership

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Community College National Center for Community Engagement


American Association of Community Colleges, Service Learning

Campus Compact

California Campus Compact

Anchor Institution Task Force