Welcome to the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University

Dedicated to enhancing local democracy through improved public communication and community problem solving.

Who are we?

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. The CPD serves as an impartial resource for the northern Colorado community. 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 open 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.

May 5

Summer opp: Denver Gender Equity Summit will bring together several hundred individuals to develop solutions to systemic inequity in Denver

May 5

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May 4

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May 4

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Upcoming Events

The CPD primarily operates during the spring and fall semesters for CSU. Local events will begin again in the fall.

CPD Director Carcasson presenting at Baylor University

Jun 1: All Day, Mayborn Museum Complex, Waco TX

CPD Director Martin Carcasson will be part of the faculty at the Baylor University Civil Life Summit in Waco, Texas on June 1 and 2.  

CPD Director Carcasson participating in AASCU Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Baltimore

Jun 7: All Day, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore MD

CPD Director and Professor of Communication Studies Martin Carcasson will be attending the American Association of State Colleges and Universities conference in Baltimore in June. He is one of three keynote speakers that will be civic Civic "Ted Talks" to launch the conference, and is also part of two additional...

CPD Director Carcasson presenting at the ASCSU Council of Presidents

Jul 14: 8:00 am - 9:15 am, Westin Copley Place, Boston MA

CPD Director and Professor of Communication Studies Martin Carcasson will be presenting at the 2017 Summer Council of Presidents hosted by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. For more information, see http://www.aascu.org/meetings/summercouncil17/

May 23

CPD Director Martín Carcasson was in Salt Lake City last Friday working with the Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah, which is working to expand the deliberative engagement aspect of their work.

This past Friday, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute hosted a Deliberative Community Engagement Breakfast, with special guest Martin Carcasson from the CSU Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University. A wide variety of guests from city and county governments, school districts, non-profits and others learned about why some problems are wicked problems, and how using deliberative community engagement can lead to a more thoughtful and less polarized public process.

May 14

Congratulations to the CPD student associates that graduated tonight and yesterday. This time of year is always so bittersweet. Hard to see such great students go after watching them perform so well for the CPD, but also eager to see the impact they make in the world. Few may ever be official facilitators again, but we know many will continue to work hard to elevate the quality of communication around them and help their organizations and communities make better decisions. Good luck to you all, and thanks for your hard work!

The work of the CPD is primarily performed by CSU students taking part in the CPD Student Associate program. Students apply for the program, and those accepted complete a three hour course their first semester, where they develop their skills as small group facilitators, and then return for at least a second semester to assist with projects.


The CPD also provides workshops for community members to learn about deliberative practices and community problem solving, often at the beautiful Tamasag retreat center near LaPorte.


In the fall of 2016 the CPD celebrated ten years working towards a more perfect union. The celebration was full of current and former students, community partners, and many others. Here's to ten more years!


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Willing to help the cause? The CPD provides its services to the Northern Colorado community as a public service. To donate to the CPD, visit our CSU development page. Donations help us improve our skills through training and support our events.



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