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.

June 21

CPD director Martin Carcasson presenting at the Colorado Municipal League conference https://twitter.com/SamMamet/status/877617795072053248

June 21

The CPD is excited to announce @KalieMcMonagle to the new full time position of CPD Program Coordinator… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/877572164739887109

June 20

CPD director Martin Carcasson presenting at the Points of Light conference in Seattle http://col.st/8Tibw https://twitter.com/cthompson_ca/status/876913567395487744

June 15

RT @mcarcasson: Looking forward to participating on a panel focused on "Bridging Democratic Engagement & Service Learning" at @POLConferenc…

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 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/

Beginning of the fall semester

Aug 21: All Day

The CPD is primarily active in the fall and spring semesters at CSU, though occasionally we assist with events during the summer. The fall 2017 semester begins on August 21.

June 21

The Center for Public Deliberation is absolutely thrilled to announce the hiring of Kalie McMonagle to the newly created position of Program Coordinator. Kalie will be the CPD's first full time position, and will work to greatly improve the services we provide to the northern Colorado community. Kalie recently completed her MA in Communication studies at CSU with a focus on Deliberative Practices, and was the primary architect for the CPD's highly successful Art of Belonging event in the spring of 2016. She has also been very active in the Fort Collins non-profit community for many years. We are excited about what she will bring to the organization and the community.

June 13

Last Thursday, CPD director Martin Carcasson gave a keynote address to over 600 participants at the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Baltimore. The conference was hosted by the American Democracy Project, the Democracy Commitment, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). His talk was entitled "Doing Civic Engagement through a Wicked Problems Lens: The Case for Passionate Impartiality." The talk was filmed and will be made available here.

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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