Posts Tagged 'The Democracy Commitment'

Minnesota ADP/TDC/CC Civic Summit

Ten years ago, St. Cloud State University (Minn.) hosted one of the first collaborative regional conferences of AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and Minnesota Campus Compact. Today, civic engagement is more widely recognized as a strategy for supporting students’ academic success and preparation for work, life and citizenship. Yet our work is not finished, and our campuses continue to seek deeper integration of civic learning and engagement into the student experience and campus culture, as well as a clearer sense of the public and educational value of civic work.

This September 28th and 29th, St. Cloud State University will again host another collaborative regional civic engagement conference, designed by two partner organizations, AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and Minnesota Campus Compact, and now joined by a new community college civic education organization, The Democracy Commitment (TDC).  The conference brings together administrators, faculty, staff, students and community partners to further advance the progress we have made together at a regional summit at on September 28 and 29, 2014.

Those in attendance at the Realizing the Civic Mission of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities conference can expect to:

  • Listen to presentations from local and national leaders
  • Share their own experiences, knowledge, questions, and results
  • Build connections across the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to advance civic learning and work
  • Develop next steps for their campuses with feedback from colleagues
  • Increase their awareness of resources and initiatives available through state and national networks.

Participation is open to anyone interested. While we encourage participants to come as part of an institutional team, individual campus representatives are also welcome. To find out more about the schedule, conference fees and accommodations, and to register for the event, please visit: We thank Hobsons for generously supporting this event and helping to make this program possible.

Engage the Election 2012: A Webinar Series

The American Democracy Project’s partner organization, The Democracy Commitment (TDC) is sponsoring a set of three free webinars in August focused on the 2012 election cycle. I encourage you to participate to learn more about the work of six leading organizations in the voter registration and education community. The webinars will provide resources and ideas for campus programming.

Thank you TDC for including us!

- Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager


Webinar Series

Hosted by The Democracy Commitment, the Engage the Election: 2012 webinar series is an opportunity for college and university campuses to learn more about the programs and resources available to them through national organizations including CIRCLE, the League of Women Voters, the Campus Vote Project, and Student PIRGs. The webinars will presente offerings intended to help ADP & TDC campuses in their efforts to reach out and better engage both students on campus and members of the community in the upcoming national election.

We’re very excited for the opportunity to share the work happening with our national partners and how their resources can help you engage your students in the upcoming national election. We have a great lineup the first three Mondays in August.

To download a schedule with webinar summaries, click here. To register for the webinar series, click here. The password to register is: TDCEngage2012

The following are dates for the webinar series and the presenting partner organizations with a summary of their 30-minute webinar.


Monday, August 6, 2012 @ 3:00pm-4:00pm EDT

Fantasy Politics

The webinar will begin with a brief demo of Fantasy Politics, a free and addictive educational game that applies fantasy football dynamics to politics. Then we will go over how this fits into a civics/social studies/government curriculum as well as discuss best practices for driving student engagement well beyond what would be possible with a textbook. Finally, we’ll finish the session with Q&A.

Presenter: Aaron Michel, CEO

Use Your Vote. Raise Our Voice.

The Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project is a non-partisan student mobilization campaign. Since 1984 we’ve helped to register more than 1.7million people. This webinar will talk through our best practices for ensuring your campus registers and turns out on Election Day. For more information on our campaign check out

Presenter: Leigh-Anne Cole, New Voters Project Director


Monday, August 13, 2012 @ 3:00pm-4:00pm EDT

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a leader in engaging and empowering voters for more than 90 years, is active in 800 communities nationwide and ready to work with community college campuses this fall! From helping out with voter registration drives to providing quality nonpartisan information about candidates and the basics you need to know to help your friends get ready for Election Day, the League stands ready to work together. The webinar will be about the League’s work and ways you can join forces with a local League in your area.

Presenter: Maggie Duncan, Elections Program Manager

Campus Vote Project (CVP)

CVP is a campaign of the Fair Elections Legal Network to help colleges break down barriers to voting that disproportionately affect students. This webinar will summarize specific reforms from the CVP toolkit that a school can implement to get college students the information they need to register and vote. It will also cover important election rules and will describe the state-specific resources CVP can provide to support election awareness, voter registration, and GOTV efforts.

Presenter: Dan Vicuna, Staff Attorney and Campus Vote Project Coordinator


Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 3:00pm-4:00pm EDT

Turbo Vote

TurboVote is a service that makes registering to vote, voting by mail, and never missing an election as easy as renting a netflix DVD.  Over 20 colleges across the country have partnered with TurboVote to provide the service on their campuses.  In this webinar, TurboVote Director of Partnerships Sam Novey will discuss exactly how TurboVote works for both users and institutional partners.

Presenter: Seth Flaxman, Executive Director and Co-founder


TurboVote is a service that makes registering to vote, voting by mail, and never missing an election as easy as renting a netflix DVD.  Over 20 colleges across the country have partnered with TurboVote to provide the service on their campuses.  In this webinar, TurboVote Director of Partnerships Sam Novey will discuss exactly how TurboVote works for both users and institutional partners.

Presenter: Nancy Thomas, Director, Initiatives for the Study of Higher Education and Public Life


To download a schedule with webinar summaries, click here. To register for the webinar series, click here. The password to register is: TDCEngage2012

For more information about Engage the Election: 2012 you can visit TDC’s website under “Initiatives.” You can also engage amongst your colleagues and students on the Engage the Election: 2012 Facebook page.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone on your college campus that you believe would benefit from the information and resources of this series.

American Democracy Project in The New York Times

The New York Times Salutes the American Democracy Project!

NYTimes Knowledge NetworkThe New York Times salutes the American Democracy Project (ADP) on Sunday, February 5, 2012. The New York Times Knowledge Network, the educational division of The Times and co-founder of ADP, is publishing an insert on education which will reach an estimated 8,000,000 readers. The full back page of the insert recognizes the American Democracy Project and its community college sister organization, The Democracy Commitment.

George Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Affairs at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and founder of ADP, remarked: “Since 2003, The New York Times has been steadfast in its support of the American Democracy Project and our efforts to produce informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. This salute is yet another example of the marvelous support of Felice Nudelman and her colleagues at The New York Times.”

The American Democracy Project offers a whole-hearted thank you to The New York Times Knowledge Network for their continued support and for their commitment to support education for informed, engaged citizenship in our democracy. Join us in celebrating our civic work together!

Please watch for ADP in The New York Times on Sunday, February 5th!

You can view the NYT’s salute to ADP here.

ADP in 2012: A Year of Civic Commitments

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project will celebrate its 10th anniversary during 2012-2013. Our 10th annual national meeting will take place in San Antonio, TX at the Marriott Rivercenter June 7-9, 2012. The theme of the meeting is Civic Engagement 2.0: Re-Imagining, Strengthening and Deepening Our Civic Work. Registration is now open and you can register, reserve a hotel room, and submit a proposal here.

Our signature anniversary project will be a Civic Health Assessment and Action Plan Initiative, which will begin at the annual national meeting in June. The Civic Health Initiative will allow institutions to investigate the civic health of their own campus and local community. The Civic Health Initiative will also provide opportunities for campuses to develop and execute action plans in areas that in which they identify room for growth.

Our Stewardship of Public Lands Initiative will launch its 8th week-long faculty-development seminar in Yellowstone National Park July 30 – August 4, 2012. Read more about it and how to register here.

The new eJournal of Public Affairs, a partnership between Missouri State University and the American Democracy Project, will officially launch in Winter 2012. The eJournal will be a space for peer-reviewed scholarship related to civic engagement. Volunteer to be a reviewer or submit an original manuscript:

We will launch an ADP Book Club with an inaugural book discussion in San Antonio. Details will be announced soon!

In addition to our own work, ADP will continue to work with our community college colleagues at The Democracy Commitment (TDC), a new civic engagement initiative which currently has more than 50 participating institutions. TDC will again join ADP at our annual meeting in San Antonio! Read more about The Democracy Commitment here.

We’re busy making and keeping civic commitments and would love to hear your personal and institutional civic commitments as well!


Introducing Amee Bearne: The New National Coordinator for The Democracy Commitment

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, ADP’s new sister project, The Democracy Commitment (TDC) was in need of a National Coordinator. The Democracy Commitment is a national civic engagement project for community colleges, modeled after ADP. We partnered with The Democracy Commitment this past spring in sharing our national meeting. Through a combination of a gift from the Rappaport Foundation and membership fees from community colleges that have joined the TDC project thus far, The Democracy Commitment is funding a Program Associate-level position at AASCU.

Well, today I am pleased to announce that we have identified the new National Coordinator for The Democracy Commitment. Amee Bearne jumped right in by joining us for TDC’s national launch event at The New York Times last Friday, November 4. Amee officially started her new position this week and has plans to attend TDC regional events being planned in Massachusetts and Texas in the next couple of weeks. Amee comes to us with the unique vantage point of having attended first a founding signatory of TDC, Santa Monica College, and then graduating with her BA in political science from San Francisco State University, a founding ADP member and AASCU institution. Amee will work alongside George Mehaffy and me here at AASCU in Washington, D.C. to develop this fledgling project and to strengthen the partnership between TDC and ADP. We are very excited that Amee has joined our team at AASCU and that is ready to help TDC grow and flourish!

Amee and the many other members of The Democracy Commitment will join us in San Antonio, June 7-9 2012 for our ADP National Meeting. Please be sure to welcome her and introduce yourself!

Please read below as Amee introduces herself more fully.

Amee, Adam and Abe

By Amee Bearne

I am thrilled by the opportunity to work with The Democracy Commitment. Having just moved to the Washington, D.C. area from San Francisco in late August, it is such a privilege to find an organization where I can further my passions in civic engagement and strengthening higher-education infrastructure.

In San Francisco, I worked with the Institute for Civic & Community Engagement employing civic engagement tools and policy and data analysis skills toward the betterment of District 11. I also worked in the office of District 11 Supervisor John Avalos as the liaison between a newly formed community organization representing half the district and the supervisor’s office. My work included BART line and station renovations, building social capital between communities and local colleges and universities, and presenting Census data analysis to inform city officials of needs of the district’s vulnerable populations.

Interestingly, I attended Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, an early signatory of The Democracy Commitment, and later transferred to San Francisco State University, a founding signatory for the American Democracy Project, where I earned my B.A. in Political Science. During my time with SFSU, I studied abroad for one year in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom at Cardiff University. While there I met a fantastic fellow named Adam from Glasgow, Scotland who became my best friend. We were married in early August of this year.

Informally, I like to read on the train, mix Neapolitan ice cream flavors together, ride my bike, make waffles from scratch, picnic at the seaside, play community softball, drink good beer, talk about all things Harry Potter and stay in bed all weekend. Rarely do these things actually happen.

I look forward to working with the students, faculty, and staff that comprise The Democracy Commitment and I am excited about the important work we have before us.

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