TDC's Quarterly E-Newletter- Spring 2017
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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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Dear Members and Friends of TDC,

I am proud to proclaim that TDC is committed to democracy now more than ever before! We are the leading national organization dedicated to advancing democracy in America’s community colleges and we remain fully committed to our goal that all graduates of America’s community colleges receive an education in civic responsibility and democracy. 

This summer, TDC National Office had the opportunity to welcome two interns through our partnership with The Washington Center- Thomas Armooh and Livinius "Nem" Isioma.  Thomas is from Gaithersburg, MD, and is currently a junior at Elon University. Nem is also a junior at Indians State University. Some of their responsibilities included creating and managing the social media outreach like Facebook, Snap chat, Instagram, and LinkedIn. They have also been working on voter engagement and membership projects. Click HERE to learn more about Thomas and Nem, as well as their experience with The Democracy Commitment.
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 work and learn about what we have in store for the months ahead.

Thank you for your commitment to democracy,
Verdis L. Robinson, TDC National Director


TDC’s growing consortium of members currently stands at 88 institutions with 145 campuses serving over 1.2 million community college students in 25 states.  Please take a look at our National website to see a list of our current membership institutions.

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 Mesa Community College.

Maricopa Community College 's MCC is led by President Sasan Poureetezadi and it's Center for Community & Civic Engagement is led by Professor Duane Oakes.  Duane Oakes is also a member of TDC's Campus Coordinator Advisory Council and one of TDC's representatives on the CLDE Meeting Planning Committee.  Check out their webpage HERE for all their events, resources, and activities.  The center also engages its faculty and staff with an online signing of TDC Declaration- an idea that the National Office will replica, read it HERE
*Let us know about the TDC efforts on your campus by contacting the national office to be highlighted in future editions of this newsletter.*
These images were taken during the National Director's visit to Phoenix, Arizona, April 2017. 

Initiatives and Projects

Sign Up for 2017-2018 Initiatives and Projects 

TDC has recently updated it's national website and as TDC Members have exclusive opportunities to participate in national initiatives creating an interconnected web of students, campuses, and communities committed to democracy, the website presents a series of special initiatives and projects designed to promote and advance democracy and civic engagement that will allow students to become deeply involved in substantive citizenship issues.   Click HERE to sign up for the 2017-2018 Initiatives and Projects.

Visit our website to learn more- click HERE!
Professional Development
Ireland, September 14-16, 2017
IARSLCE Annual Conference

Verdis Robinson along with Jennifer Domagal-Goldman (National Manager of AASCU's American Democracy Project) and Stephanie King (NASPA's Assistant Director for Knowledge Communities and CLDE initiatives) will be presenting at the IARSLCE Annual Conference in Galway, Ireland, September 14-16, 2017.  The annual IARSLCE conference is a scholarly venue to disseminate new knowledge on service-learning and community engagement. The focus of presentations, symposiums, and keynotes is on research incorporating a variety of theoretical, methodologies, and perspectives. The conference also serves as a gathering place for networking and association business meetings for members. Click HERE for more information. 

2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE)

Our recent 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting in Baltimore, Md., brought together a great group of faculty, students, administrators, community partners and representatives from our national sponsor and partner organizations committed to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement through higher education.

Click HERE for a review of CLDE17.   We hope to see you in Anaheim, California, from June 6-9, 2018, for the
next CLDE meeting where we will continue our important work of preparing informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.
2017 Street Law Community College Faculty Development Seminar

Are you a community college faculty member or administrator? Are you (or would you like to be!) implementing a law and democracy course at your college? Join us Sept. 22 to learn about the elements of Street Law’s Community College Program, the course curriculum, best practices in civic education instruction, and the positive impact the course can have on college students. The seminar will be facilitated by Lee Arbetman, executive director of Street Law, Inc. and author of Street Law’s community college textbook, Street Law: Understanding Law and Legal Issues (McGraw-Hill Education, 2012). Click HERE to register. 

Awards and Recognition

The 2017 Bernie Ronan Award
The Bernie Ronan Award is presented annually to a student or a team of students from a TDC member institution for a student-initiated or student-directed project or program that exemplifies the democratic skills and capacities we desire of our students.  This year's Bernie Ronan Award goes to Delta College student Heather Bennett.   
Heather Bennett of Delta College receiving The Bernie Ronan Award, and TDC Board Member Fagan Forham accepting TDC Civic Leadership Award on behalf of Dr. Asquino, June 2017.   

The New TDC Civic Leadership Award 
Dr. Daniel Aquino,Recipient of TDC's First Civic Leadership Award
TDC Civic Leadership Award is a new award for a staff, faculty, or administrator who advances systemic change to embed civic education and civic learning in the community college and its community. The first TDC Civic Leadership Award goes to Dr. Daniel Asquino, recently retired president of Mount Wachutsett Community College.  In his honor, and thanks to MWCC, the award will be named after its first recipient and awarded annually at the CLDE Meeting.  

Check out the website soon for more about the recipients.  Additionally, visit the Awards and Recognition webpage for more information about this program.  


Registration Now Open for the 5th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar, October 20-23, 2017 
The 5th Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar “Teaching About Global Conflict and Peacebuilding” will be held October 20-23, 2017 at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA.   Attendance is limited to 40. Registration closes 9/8. The seminar is designed as an opportunity for educators interested in and working in community colleges to build capacity for teaching about conflict and peace-related issues. Faculty (full and part-time), administrators, and staff from community colleges are invited to attend.  In addition, educators and graduate students interested in community college work, are also invited to attend.  This is the only national educational program for community college professionals in Washington, DC, that examines issues of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, international affairs, social justice, war, and violence.  Educators from all academic fields are invited.  In the past, educators from the social sciences, humanities, health sciences, business, arts, and natural and mathematical sciences have attended.  Internationals are welcome, however, they must pay the cost of attendance including all travel expenses and the registration fee of $300.  You can read about last year's seminar here.


CLDE18 Student Intern Opportunity

In order to encourage student participation in the 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE18) Meeting, AASCU’s the American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment, and NASPA’s Lead Initiative are proud to offer the opportunity for three students to have a voice on the planning committee.  Click HERE for responsibilities and more information.  Each of the student interns will receive a complimentary registration to the CLDE18 meeting as well as transferable work experience.  To apply for this intern position, fill out the application by Friday, September 15, 2017.  The application can be found here.  The duration of this commitment will be remote from October 1, 2017- to June 31, 2018.  Expected workload will be about five hours per week and on-site from June 5-9, 2018, in Anaheim, California.   All applicants will be notified about their application in late September 2017.  

TDC/NYT Partnership 
The Democracy Commitment is pleased to continue a special partnership with The New York Times.  The New York Times Company is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information.  The Times serves the ideals of today’s demanding educational aims by spurring critical thinking, increasing global awareness and fostering a more informed and engaged citizenry.  Times digital content holds immense potential for helping students make sense of the changing cultural, social, historical and political circumstances of today’s world.
The partnership provides TDC campuses with an opportunity to bring The New York Times Academic Site License to their campus community at a special discounted rate.  The site license access will provide the campus with full access to, as well as their smartphone and tablet apps.  It also includes The New York Times inEducation site, which includes a growing library of curated content from influential educators around the world, recommended articles, and real life teaching applications.  This program will promote civic literacy; enhance campus initiatives, programs, and general student engagement.  For more information or to receive pricing for your campus, please contact Kandace Rusnak, Director, Education B2B at or 440-610-5285.
Submit your nominations for ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge awards!

Deadline: August 31

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge awards educators and students for their commitment to and role in increasing student voting rates on their campus. We invite you to nominate outstanding colleagues and students for these awards. Three awards – Standout Faculty Award, Standout Administrator Award, and Standout Student Award – will be presented to individuals from campuses participating in the ALL IN Challenge. 

Awards will be presented in recognition of exemplary leadership in helping undergraduate students form the habits of active and informed citizenship and advancing the work of the ALL IN Challenge on campus. We seek nominations for individuals who have:
  • Demonstrated an exceptional commitment to fostering democratic engagement and increasing student voting rates.
  • Made an outstanding impact on making democratic participation a core value.
  • Provided leadership and worked collaboratively across campus and with the community beyond one’s program or department on campus.
  • Developed and implemented innovative strategies and programming, inside and/or outside the classroom.
Walk 2 Vote Challenge

The Democracy Commitment is proud to partner with Walk2Vote to present TDC member institutions with a unique opportunity for students to participate in community and civic engagement. With TDC Walk 2 Vote Challenge, students become the social capitol of their communities by engaging not only campus communities, but their neighbors and neighborhoods in voter registration and education culminating in leading their communities to the polls on election day.  For more information or sign up for this free community engaging pilot program, please click HERE or contact John Locke, Walk 2 Vote Founder, by Friday September 1, 2017. 
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.
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