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.

CPD and the city of Fort Collins hosting the Fall 2016 Community Issues Forum on November 5, 6-8:30pm at the Lincoln Center. Flyer available here. RSVP for the Community Issues Forum here.


Applications for students to join the CPD student associate program for the spring 2016 semester are now available (click here for the application). Initial deadline is Nov. 6 for applications.


the CPD and the city of Fort Collins to host Community Issues Forum on Nov. 5

On Thursday, November 5, the City of Fort Collins and the CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) will team up for another Community Issues Forum. These events have become an every semester tradition now, starting in the fall of 2013. This forum will focus more specifically on building capacity within the city to take on […]

CPD assists with Solid Waste/Recovery Forum on Oct. 14.

CPD staff and students worked with the Larimer County Facilitators Group to host the Solid Waste/Recovery Forum on Oct. 14 at the Ranch in Loveland. The all day event brought together key stakeholders from the county, Fort Collins, Loveland to begin the community conversation about issues related to the anticipated closing of the county landfill […]

CPD hosts Kettering Foundation's Center for Public Life workshop in Fort Collins

From June 10-13, the CPD hosted 35 visitors from 14 different states and 2 countries (Argentina and Ireland) as part of the Kettering Foundations Centers for Public Life program. The participants are part of a year round training program designed to help them develop centers or institutes like the CSU Center for Public Deliberation. CPD […]

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