TDC's Quarterly E-Newletter- Fall 2017
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Fall 2017


Dear Members and Friends of TDC,

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter.  By reading, we hope you will take a moment to catch up on our latest efforts and learn about what we have in store for the months ahead.  Now more than ever before, our work is essential to the future of our democracy.  At TDC we thank you for your interest, your support, your work, and especially, your commitment to democracy.  
Verdis L. Robinson, TDC National Director
Email: Phone: (202) 478-4656

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In a Nutshell: Announcements and Updates

Upcoming Events

TDC and TDC Sponsored Events
  • TDC Webinar: A Year of Service for Community Colleges. Click HERE to register. 
  • Save the Date: TDC Carnegie Classification Workshop at Raritan Valley Community College: April 9, 10-3 in Branchburg, NJ. More information forthcoming. 
  • Save the Date: 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting: June 6-9, Anaheim, CA.  Click HERE for more information.
Partners and Friends Events
  • Campus Compact 2018 National Conference will be held March 25-28, 2018. The Pre-Conference features a TDC Immersive Civic Learning workshop facilitated by TDC's National Director, Verdis Robinson on Sunday, March 25, 1-5, especially for community colleges.  Click HERE for more information.
  • 2018 National Community College Conference on Service Learning and Community Engagement with the theme of Service Learning for the Public Good - will be held May 18-19, 2018, at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado.  Click HERE for more information.
New Opportunities
  • Sign Up for our new Info Session Series: TDC Program Opportunities- Click HERE to sign up today!! 
  • TDC will launch it's first peer-reviewed, open access, online journal dedicated to democracy in our community colleges.  First issue will be released Spring 2018. Stay tuned for more information. 
  • CLDE18- Anaheim, CA- Call for Proposals are now open!  Submit your proposal to present at this year's Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting now!  CLDE18 will take place June 6-9, 2018 in Anaheim, CA.  Click HERE for the Call for Proposals and Click HERE for more information about CLDE18
  • Up to Us is a Millennial-led, collaborative program aimed at raising awareness and generating non-partisan ideas from our brightest students around issues that affect the fiscal future. Sign up here
  • TDC Board of Directors held its first retreat in Washington, DC, Oct. 27-28.  Stay tuned for updates on their progress. 
  • TDC National Office in partnership with TWC welcomes Fall Student Intern- Grant Fishman, junior from Suffolk University. 
New Branding for TDC and Logo

Since it's fifth anniversary, TDC has begun reaching goals and realizing its place as the leader for community college civic engagement. As our organization continues to reach new heights, we have decided to renew our commitment to democracy and re-brand TDC with a logo that embodies our mission; to ensure that ALL community college students graduate with an education in democracy and citizenship. As our commitment to democracy grows, we hope that our brand will impact the lives and education of community college students for decades to come. Special thanks to AASCU's Graphic Designer, Isabelle Ovaille, for her designs and collaboration.  We have created a branding toolkit with an identity manual located on our website for your use.  Click HERE for the new branding toolkit.  We are excited for TDC's future while appreciative of TDC's past. 

Please note that we will discontinue use of the old TDC logo beginning January 1, 2018.
TDC's New Civic Intern Team (CIT)

The Civic Intern Team (CIT) has begun at TDC, and this fall we welcomed our new civic interns into the fold. CIT is a group of motivated students studying or affiliated with TDC's member community colleges helping to promote the civic engagement efforts in community colleges while giving our members the national platform they deserve. Through their efforts, both behind the scenes and at the forefront of TDC, we will expand our outreach more than ever before.  Click HERE to learn more.  


TDC’s growing consortium of members currently stands at 100 institutions with 185 campuses serving over 2 million community college students in 27 states.  

Welcome New Members

Jefferson State Community College, Alabama
Kankakee Community College, Illinois
Johnson County Community College, Kansas
Wastenaw Community College, Michigan
Hinds Community College- Utica Campus, Mississippi
Onondaga Community College, New York
Northampton Community College, Pennsylvania
Bellevue College, Washington
Please take a look at our National Website to see a list of our current membership institutions.  Click HERE.  If your college is not on the list, JOIN US!!

TDC Campus Spotlight
In each issue of this newsletter, we like to shine a spotlight on one of our member institutions and share their civic and democratic learning and engagement efforts.  In this issue, we are shining a spotlight on Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) in Charlottesville, Virginia.  PVCC's electoral engagement has been exemplary.  Read the blog by TDC National Intern, Grant Fishman, to learn more click HERE
These images are courtesy of Piedmont Virginia Community College.
*Let us know about the TDC efforts on your campus by contacting the national office to be highlighted in future editions of this newsletter.*
TDC Members Recognized at the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Awards Ceremony

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge works towards a more inclusive democracy through civic engagement on college and university campuses. ALL IN partners with other civic engagement organizations to provide tools and incentives to institutions in order to foster democratic engagement in schools across the country. ALL IN provides national awards to member institutions that have outstanding achievements in voter education and registration. This past October at the ALL IN awards ceremony, five of TDC’s members: College of Marin, Community College of Allegheny County, Mesa Community College, Piedmont Virginia Community College, and Scottsdale Community College, were recognized for their accomplishments with PVCC even winning the “Best Action Plan” award out of all participating campuses.  Congratulations to all TDC members who were recognized.  For more information about the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, visit their website:


TDC has recently updated it's national programs as TDC Members have exclusive opportunities to participate in national  projects and initiatives creating an interconnected web of students, campuses, and communities committed to democracy.  Most of these programs were created by our new National Leadership Team.  Below is a general outline of our new programs

Electoral Engagement
  • Community Political Engagement Project (In Development) 
  • Engage the Election with AASCU's American Democracy Project (ADP)
Civic Learning
  • Assessment: Higher Education Civic Outcomes  Study with the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC)
  • Community Change Studies Development with Community Learning Partnerships (CLP)
  • Immersive Civic Learning Initiative (In Development) 
Action Civics
  • Deliberative Dialogues Initiative with  the Kettering Foundation and CSC
  • Economic Inequality Initiative with ADP
Community Engagement 
  • States of Incarceration with Humanities Action Lab (HAL)
  • Citizenship Under Siege 2.0 (In Development) 
Info Session Series: TDC Program Opportunities

This form is to register for the Info Sessions on The Democracy Commitment's Program Opportunities. Please select the info sessions that you are interested in and you will receive confirmation and call-in information in at least a week in advance of the selected info session. Please: Registration is required in order to receive the call-in information.

Click HERE to sign up for the Info Session Series: TDC Program Opportunities

Info Session Series (all times are in EST):

11/28 at 3:00 pm- Immersive Civic Learning: Reacting to the Past and Civic Engagement
This session will feature Reacting to the Past (RTTP) and how historical game-based role-playing games can enhance civic skill building when integrated into the curriculum. Join TDC's National Director has he describes his classroom experience using this pedagogy and about the game that he created: Bacon's Rebellion and the Birth of American Institutional Racism, 1676.

11/29 at 3:00 pm- Community Change Studies Development with Community Learning Partnerships
This session will introduce the resources and movement of Community Learning Partnerships in development community change programs in community colleges nationwide through authentic partnerships between community organizations and institutions of higher education. Join us as Ken Rolling, CLP's Executive Director, shares about CLP and its partnership with TDC.

12/1 at 3:00 pm- Citizenship Under Siege 2.0
Join us as TDC explores ways to continue it's Citizenship Under Siege project which began through a partnership with AAC&U funded by a NEH grant to orchestrate a series of public forums, each with accompanying programs and educational resources to bridge the rifts of who is entitled to be seen as an American citizen. Participants of the second version of the project will host events that are framed through the powerful historic, ethical, and narrative lenses of the humanities.

12/7 at 3:00 pm- TDC Community College Political Engagement Project- CC-PEP
TDC’s new Community College Political Engagement Project is designed to advance democracy through political institutions, organizations and activities. Our goal is to engage our community college students and community in public life and in government through voting, contacting elected officials, being active in political organizations, debating issues, supporting causes, and participating in rallies. Join us as we prepare for the critical 2018 Elections.

12/11 at 11:00 am- Immersive Civic Learning: Senate Immersive Module with the Edward Kennedy Institute
Join us as we hear about the Edward Kennedy Institute's award-winning Senate Immersion Module (SIM) a program for students that uses negotiation and debate skills to learn about the legislative program. Originally created for middle and high school students, learn how this program could be adapted for the community college through partnership with TDC.

12/12 at 2:00 pm- Webinar: A Year of Service in Community Colleges
Service Year Alliance and The Democracy Commitment (TDC) invite you to join us for an interactive webinar on how to integrate a year of service on your campus. Service Year Alliance works alongside The Democracy Commitment to share best practices and resources for recognizing service year experiences in enrollment management, in career services, and campus programming in community colleges across the country.

Please note that these are video conference calls and not webinars (except for 12/12 Community Colleges and Service Year).

Save the Date

TDC Carnegie Classification Workshop at Raritan Valley Community College 
Preparing Colleges for the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Date and Time:
Monday, April 9, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET

Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, NJ  08876

This workshop will assist colleges that are planning to apply for the 2020 Carnegie classification, or are interested in what the process entails.  The classification provides an established level of legitimacy, accountability, public recognition, and visibility.  It can benefit your service learning and community engagement initiatives as well as help you gain recognition for your efforts.   Learn about the application process and get tips from classified colleges to leverage the classification for curriculum and program improvement, institutional benchmarking, and assessment.

The workshop will address preparation for both first-time applicants and campuses that are re-classifying (those classified in 2010). The workshop will include:
  • breakfast & lunch
  • an orientation to both the classification and re-classification frameworks
  • an overview of the 2020 process
  • additions and changes to the documentation framework
  • review of the documentation framework and complete application
  • strategies that have been effective for successful application
Registration fees:  $50 for TDC and NJ, NY, PA State Campus Compact members.  $75.00 for non-members.  ALL institution types are welcome. 

Registration will begin on December 15, 2018.  Contact TDC National Office for more information. 

Institutions intending to apply for the 2020 classification must register by July 1, 2018, so this session will be particularly timely. Carnegie is especially eager for more community colleges to apply during the 2020 classification period.  This event is co-sponsored by the Campus Compacts of NJ, NY, and PA.   


Webinar: A Year of Service for Community Colleges

Join TDC and Service Year Alliance for an interactive webinar on how to integrate a year of service on your campus. Service years present an opportunity to equip students with career-ready skills aligned with their program of study and encourage participation in the civic life of their community. In addition the the peer network provided by TDC, Service Year Alliance will share examples of best practices and resources for recognizing service experiences in enrollment management, in career services, and campus programming. 

Register HERE and Today!!!
States of Incarceration Project

The Humanities Action Lab (HAL) is a coalition of universities, issue organizations, and public spaces based at Rutgers University-Newark, that collaborate to produce community-curated public humanities projects on urgent social issues. HAL is particularly interested in partnering with community colleges and has reached out to The Democracy Commitment to make that happen. HAL partners supervise students during a 10-15-week educational arc during which students learn about the significance of these issues in their local communities. This involves project-based learning that culminates with the production of a local piece of a traveling exhibit.
HAL’s first project, States of Incarceration, asked partners to consider the question: How did the United States become the world’s leading incarcerator? The exhibition, which is currently traveling around the country, contains stories from twenty local communities. HAL’s newest initiative, which is in the planning stages, will explore migration and climate/environmental justice on a global scale. Both HAL projects seek to open a national conversation and serve as a laboratory for new experiments in public education/communication and civic engagement around these issues while supporting the work of advocates and policymakers.
HAL is always looking for new stories and new communities to become a part of the States of Incarceration initiative, which has grown to nearly thirty cities since the process began in 2015. Similarly, the new initiative presents an opportunity to help develop the first international traveling exhibition on environmental/climate justice and migration.

National Community College Conference on Service Learning and Community Engagement 

Red Rocks Community College announces the call for proposals for its National Community College Conference on Service Learning and Community Engagement, May 18-19, 2018, in Lakewood, CO. RRCC welcomes faculty, staff, and administrators to present, network, and learn about promising practices related to the conference theme, “Service Learning for the Public Good.” Proposals are due November 17; registration opens in January. Contact or visit
Up to US

Up to Us is a Millennial-led, collaborative program aimed at raising awareness and generating non-partisan ideas from our brightest students around issues that affect the fiscal future. Since the launch of Up to Us in 2012, student teams have engaged more than 100,000 of their peers through innovative and engaging campus activities.

The program is simple, but the rewards are rich. Students receive $1,000 in funding to turn their ideas into action, as well as leadership skills, networking opportunities, and all-expenses-paid national conferences around the country. Our Up to Us alumni have gone on to work at world-class organizations including the Bipartisan Policy Center, U.S. Department of Education, Goldman Sachs, and more! For more information, email Kelly Chan at or sign up here
Thanks for reading and we hope that this quarterly newsletter from The Democracy Commitment's National Office continues to be a convenient and engaging way for you to learn about our members, new and ongoing projects, opportunities, upcoming events, and other important news.   To learn more about TDC, please go to our website and/or contact the National Director.


The Democracy Commitment (TDC) is a non-partisan national organization dedicated to advancing democracy in America’s Community Colleges and to make democratic skills more available to all students who desire a voice and a seat at the table of local, state, and national discourse and action. To such end, TDC provides a platform for the development and expansion of community college programs, projects, and curricula aimed at engaging students in civic and democratic education and engagement.

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