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John Bastian
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Democracy Commitment

Rio Salado College is proud to participate in The Democracy Commitment, a national community college initiative to develop and expand programs, projects and curricula that engage students in civic learning and democratic practice.

The goal of the Democracy Commitment is that every graduate of an American community college receives an education in democracy. This includes all of our students, whether they aim to transfer to university, achieve an associate degree or obtain a certificate.

“Rio Salado College is committed to democracy in higher education and to making democratic ideals available to all individuals who desire a voice and a seat at the table of local, state and national democracy,” said Dr. Chris Bustamante, Rio Salado College President.

As a member of the Maricopa County Community College District, Rio Salado College already participates in a number of initiatives that engage students in civic activities.

Student Programs

Student Public Policy Forum and the Arizona Town Hall
The Civic Leadership Medallion
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society
Sustainability Programs at Rio Salado

Additional Resources

The Maricopa County Community College District's Center for Civic Participation offers additional resources for civic engagement, curriculum infusion projects, voter/election resources, and more. 

What do You Think?

Rio Salado College wants to hear from you! Help us expand on the above activities and promote greater civic engagement among all our students.  Tell us your thoughts and concerns when considering the following questions:

  • What is democracy?
  • How can students implement democracy?
  • How do we educate our students to be engaged in society and a democracy?
  • What are your societal concerns?
  • How can you actively address these concerns?
  • How can Rio Salado College address these concerns?
  • How can a college such as Rio Salado engage its students to promote democracy?