Student Associate Program

Students develop a skill that can be applied to nearly any industry: the ability to get people to connect and problem solve.

Opportunity to Lead

The CPD is always seeking new students who are committed to improving how our community addresses tough problems and interested in public policy issues, especially from a local perspective. These students must be comfortable speaking in front of groups and working with diverse audiences. We also look for self-starters who can work independently because the assignments our associates complete for the CPD will require work outside of class and good management of their practicum hours to complete the course. Since the CPD serves as an impartial resource, students must also feel comfortable serving a neutral role and allowing participants to own the process.

Every semester, the CPD selects around 15 new students to become trained facilitators. Generally, when students are recommended to our program by a trusted mentor (instructor, advisor, etc) they are more likely to apply. We accept students from all CSU majors.

If selected, students are enrolled in a 3-credit course, Applied Deliberative Techniques, to learn all of the skills needed to manage effective and meaningful conversations.