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.


Upcoming Events

End of Semester Celebration

Apr 30: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Beyond Partisan Politics: Bridging Divides through Authentic Engagement & Storytelling

May 3: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Fort Collins Senior Center, Fort Collins CO

Are you concerned about the level of animosity and division in our public discourse? Feeling as if your opinion doesn’t count? That no one wants to hear what you have to say? Believe that our country’s political divide is more pronounced than ever? Let's work past our political divides. Come share your experience in Fort Collins with your fellow community members.

Tamasag Retreat Training

Sep 9: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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