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MCC Embraces The Democracy Commitment (11/25/2013)

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Launched in 2011 by a group of U.S. community college leaders, The Democracy Commitment is a national initiative aimed at promoting participation in civic education and the democratic practice. Its goal is to ensure an education in democracy for every community college student. MCC was one of the first community colleges to sign the commitment. Among MCC’s efforts within the past year:

■ More than 400 individuals registered to vote or obtained a voter registration form as a result of student-led drives.

■ The Jury Ambassador Project began this fall to expose 32 MCC students to the court process and jury system with the objective that they in turn educate inner-city high school students on the importance of minority participation in jury service. In collaboration with the Rochester City School District and the New York State Unified Court System, the project supports statewide efforts to achieve more diverse jury pools.

■ Plans are in the works to provide opportunities for students in the MCC Lead program to build their civic knowledge and skills through credit-bearing courses and community engagement. The Lead program aims to prepare students to become successful leaders on campus, in their communities and eventually in their careers.

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Photo caption: Jury ambassadors receive lessons in the courtroom and the classroom.

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