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February 5, 2014
Bohemian Foundation grant will support a reseach assistantship, fund events, run the CPD during the summer and other teaching, learning and outreach functions.
The Center for Public Deliberation was the recent recipient of a Bohemian Foundation Pharos Fund grant for $26,703. The Pharos Fund provides grants for projects and organizations that promote public awareness or encourage youth to become productive members of society.
Founded in 2006, CPD fosters local democracy through improved public communication and community problem solving. Students and faculty involved in the CPD organize and lead forums and workshops for community groups in Northern Colorado.
Recent forum topics have included improving public transportation for seniors, supporting local food systems, discussing City of Fort Collins plans and regulations, supporting anti-bullying efforts in middle schools, and discussing the smoking policy on CSU’s campus.
This is the seventh Pharos Fund grant that has been awarded to the Center for Public Deliberation by the Bohemian Foundation. Funding from the grant will be used to support a graduate student research/teaching assistantship, fund events, run the CPD in the summer, and provide an hourly wage for post-event data entry.
Martin Carcasson, founder and director of the Center for Public Deliberation and associate professor of Communication Studies, said that because of funding from the Bohemian Foundation and other grants, the CPD is able to have a farther-reaching impact on both students and the community.
“Students get phenomenal experience and the community gets a great resource,” said Carcasson.
Students enrolled in classes run through the Center for Public Deliberation have the unique opportunity to pair in-class learning on deliberative theory and practice with hands-on work at public deliberation forums. They are involved in all aspects of running the forums, from planning to post-event data entry and reporting.
In addition to providing experiential learning opportunities to CSU students and providing a valuable resource for the local community, Carcasson notes that the Center for Public Deliberation has had a national impact as well.
“The CPD has become a model that other universities are copying, setting the standard for similar programs nationally,” he said.
For more information about the Center for Public Deliberation, go to the CPD website.
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