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. 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.


Applications for students to join the CPD student associate program for the fall 2016 semester are now available (click here for the application). Initial deadline is April 15 for applications.



Community Issues Forum

Partnership with City’s Public Engagement Team For the past several semesters, the CPD has partnered with the city of Fort Collins to host a Community Issues Forum focused on issues currently of interest to the city council. We work directly with Ginny Sawyer, Project and Policy Manager for the City of Fort Collins to choose […]

CPD Community Workshop on Wicked Problems and Deliberative Engagement

Tackling Wicked Problems in Northern Colorado The CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) will be hosting a community workshop focusing on improving the quality of public discourse and community problem-solving in Northern Colorado. The workshop will be held on Friday, July 22, from 9am-4pm at CSU’s Tamasag Retreat Center in Bellvue, Colorado (20 minutes NW […]

Raw data report released from Community Forum on Belonging

Can you believe it’s already been a month since the City of Fort Collins and the Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) gathered more than 100 people to come together and talk about what it means to belong in Fort Collins? The official report from the Community Issues Forum: Art of Belonging will be released later […]

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