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CPD accepting applications for student program

November 1, 2010

The CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) was established in the Fall of 2006 and is 'Dedicated to enhancing local democracy through improved public communication and community problem solving.' It serves as an impartial resource for the northern Colorado community to assist in community problem-solving.

Looking for student associates

The Center for Public Deliberation is currently accepting applications for the student association program.

Applications will be available from Nov. 1, with a deadline of Nov. 15 for full consideration.

The Center will have extended office hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for the next two weeks. Students are welcome to drop by to ask questions about the program. Applications are available online and at the CPD office at Eddy 210.

We analyze issues, design public participation events, host forums that students facilitate, and write reports on key issues while working with a wide variety of local institutions, including city, county, and state government, school districts, and campus and community organizations. Deliberation requires safe places for citizens to come together, good and fair information to help structure the conversation, and skilled facilitators to guide the process, and the CPD is dedicated to providing these three key ingredients to Northern Colorado.

Enhancing critical skills

Students involved with the program earn class credit while they acquire a wide range of critical 21st century skills and experiences that will be applicable to many contexts, including:

  • facilitating collaborative problem-solving
  • issue analysis
  • convening
  • community organizing
  • meeting design
  • reporting

Students are involved in all aspects of the work, and have ample opportunities to take on significant responsibilities.

About the program

The student associate program involves roughly 25 students. Each semester, 10-15 new students are brought into the program through an application process to begin the year long program, while 10-15 students who began previous semesters return as Senior Student Associates.

First semester students are trained, while the second semester students take the lead on various projects. New student associates will receive 3 credit hours of SPCM 408, or Applied Deliberative Techniques, for their first semester and at least one hour of SPCM 486 Practicum credit for their second semester with the CPD.

Contact: Martin Carcasson
Phone: (970) 491-5628