Public Deliberation

Promoting Deliberative Democracy on Our Campuses and in Our Communities
TDC’s public deliberation programs advance the idea of deliberative democracy as an approach to politics and civic engagement in which citizens, not just experts or politicians, are deeply involved in community problem solving and public decision making. In espousing dialogues with structured conversations that offer a way to talk about important issues and wrestle with associated hard choices and different viewpoints, we can solve problems that affect our communities together and come to resolutions that have the greatest benefits for all.

Steering Committee:

  • Dr. Diane McMahon, Chair, Allegany College of Maryland
  • Dr. Patty Robinson, College of the Canyons
  • Helen-Margaret Nasser, CUNY Kingsborough Community College
  • Duane Oakes, Mesa Community College

Projects and Initiatives

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 COMMUNITY COLLEGES DEEPENING THE DELIBERATIVE PRACTICe

For this initiative, The Democracy Commitment has partnered with the Kettering Foundation and the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) in a multi-year initiative and research study to broaden and deepen the use of deliberative civic engagement practices among community colleges, and to investigate the following core research questions:

  1. How do community colleges understand “democracy,” and why is fostering deliberation important to their democratic mission?
  2. Why are community colleges interested in deliberative practices in addition to other approaches to civic engagement?
  3. How are community colleges utilizing deliberative practices?
  4. What is the impact of deliberative practices on the civic skills and attitudes of students?
  5. What is the impact of the sustained use of deliberative practices over time on the civic life of the community?

Participating institutions attend workshops at the Kettering Foundation offices in Dayton, Ohio, in the fall; host a workshop on deliberation and democratic organizing in the winter; and host a pubic deliberative forum on campus and/or in the community during the spring reporting the experience for research and study.

2015-2016 Cohort

  • CUNY Stella and Charles Guttman Community College
  • Delta College
  • Lane Community College
  • Tarrant County College, SE

2016-2017 Cohort

  • College of the Canyons
  • Monroe Community College
  • Sante Fe College
  • St. Paul Community College

2017-2018 Cohort

  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Wilbur Wright College

 

Steering Committee:

  • Dr. Derek Barker, Kettering Foundation
  • Dr. Carrie Kisker, CSCC
  • Alberto Oliveras, Arizona State University
  • Verdis Robinson, The Democracy Commitment
  • Dr. John J. Theis, Lone Star College

 

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Modeled after the Deliberative Dialogues Initiative, this project aims to spread the practice of deliberation across the nation.  Participating Institutions will participate in and/or host regional and national training workshops in deliberative dialogue moderation using TDC’s training materials and the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides.  Institutions will also host forums on campus and/or in the community.

2017-2018 Cohort:

  • Alamo Colleges
  • Allegany College of Maryland
  • College of Marin
  • College of the Canyons
  • De Anza College
  • CUNY Kingsborough Community College
  • Manchester Community College
  • Mesa Community College
  • Northwest Vista College
  • Norwalk Community College
  • Rio Salado Community College
  • Santa Fe College
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Wilbur Wright College

 

Resources, Readings, Announcements:

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Selected institutions will host a TDC town hall meeting on campus on national issues as well as  topics concerning the future of our democracy and workforce development.

2017-2018 Cohort:

  • Allegany College of Maryland
  • College Of Marin
  • College of the Canyons
  • De Anza College
  • Delta College
  • CUNY Guttman Community College
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Manchester Community College
  • Mesa Community College

Scheduled TDC Town Hall Meetings:

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