Democracy Commitment

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Welcome to the Democracy Commitment 

The Democracy Commitment at Santa Fe is part of a national initiative to engage community college students in civic learning and democratic practices. Our initiative began in 2011 when President Jackson Sasser participated in an official ceremony at The New York Times headquarters in New York, signing the "commitment" on behalf of Santa Fe along with other community colleges. TDC@SF was launched at the January 2012 Convocation with guest speakers from The New York Times.

The Democracy Commitment is modeled on the American Democracy Project, which began in 2003 as an initiative of the AASC&U (American Association of State Colleges and Universities). The Democracy Commitment now includes leading community colleges nationwide. The focus for both ADP and TDC, which now involves more than 240 community colleges, state colleges and universities, is to prepare the next generation to be informed, engaged citizens of democracy.

Committee Members

Dr. Doug Bagby, Associate Director of Student Life
Dr. Alan Beck, Political Science Professor
Sarah Blanc, Coordinator of the Office for Civic Engagement and Service
Liam McClay, Assistant to the President for Innovation and Governmental Affairs
Dr. Melissa Flanagan, English Professor
Dr. Vilma Fuentes, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bobby Hom, Humanities Professor and Honors Director
Dr. David Price, History and Political Science Professor
Dr. Tracey Reeves, Director of Student Life
Dr. Marin Smilov, Philosophy Professor
Dr. David Tegeder, chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department
Donna Waller, History and Political Science Professor Emerita
Dr. Eugenio Zaldivar, Philosophy Professor

Upcoming Events

Times Talks
Times Talks are informal dialogues about current issues impacting our community. All Times Talks take place from 1-2 PM in the L.W. Tyree Library Lobby (save for the November 9 Times Talk which will be held in S-29).

Wednesday, September 7
Wednesday, September 21
Wednesday, October 12
Wednesday, October 26
Wednesday, November 9

“The Non-elected President: Were the Founders Correct?”
A Constitution Day talk by History & Political Science Professor Donna Waller

Wednesday, September 14 from 2-3 PM, S-29


Democracy Fair
Featuring voter engagement activities, a government agency expo, and a talk at 12:30 PM from UF Law Professor Mary Adkins titled, “Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New Constitution.”

Thursday, September 15 from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, R-001


Presidential Debate Recaps (at 1 PM in room S-29)

Tuesday, September 27
Wednesday, October 5
Monday, October 10


Campus Sustainability Day

Wednesday, October 11 from 11 AM – 2 PM, Oak Grove


Live Presidential Debate Watch Party

Wednesday, October 19 from 9-10:30 PM, S-29


Florida Model United Nations Conference

Friday, October 21-Saturday, October 22 - All Day, W and WA Buildings


“Race and Education in Florida: How Far Have We Come?
A talk by Dr. Walter Smith, President of FAMU (1977-1985) and former Professor of Education at UF

Tuesday, October 25 from 1-2 PM, Fine Arts Hall Lobby


Florida Legislative Candidate Forum

Tuesday, November 1 from 6-7:30 PM, WA-108


U.S. Congressional Candidate Forum

Thursday, November 3 from 6-7:30 p.m., WA-108


Election Day

Tuesday, November 8 from 7 AM – 7 PM, All precincts