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Deliberative Pedagogy Institute

November 15, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Deliberative Pedagogy Institute: Creating Space for Democracy

Sponsored by Campus Compact for Southern New England and Providence College’s Center @ Moore Hall

Why Deliberative Pedagogy?

“This is the next step for the movement — how to hold public dialogues and teach deliberative practices, get students thinking through issues, teaching them how to value democracy.”

– Andrew Seligsohn, Campus Compact

We live in divisive and polarizing times, often remaining in comfortable social bubbles and experiencing few genuine interactions with people who are different or with whom we disagree.  This division negatively impacts students’ sense of belonging, community cohesion, and the quality of discourse, a cornerstone of higher education. Stepping out and turning to one another is difficult but necessary if we are to achieve our shared focus of building inclusive institutions that prepare students for responsible participation and leadership in civic life.  Building the capacity to catalyze dialogue and deliberation is an essential component of our work, and there is a need for practices and tools to actualize change across colleges and universities As Beverly Tatum, former president of Spelman College, reminds us, “You can’t solve a problem if you can’t talk about it.” Our collective failure to engage in meaningful dialogue or sustained, collaborative work means complex challenges go unaddressed. We spend too much time feeling powerless and need to learn how to organize genuine dialogues that lead to productive action.  This can change. We need to start talking with one another, and then turn these conversations into collective action.  This Deliberative Pedagogy Institute is about making this happen on college campuses. 

About the Institute:

The Deliberative Pedagogy Institute (DPI) is a one-day institute for faculty, staff, students, and administrators designed to deepen their understanding of current campus-based democratic practices that foster dialogue, inclusion, and civic action at colleges and universities. 

Through plenary sessions, workshops, and networking, participants will: 

  • Learn about various approaches to dialogue and deliberation; 
  • Develop an understanding of “what works” to empower students to talk across differences, build leadership, and practice civic agency; and
  • Build a network and relationships with practitioners.

Presenters for the DPI represent some of the leading voices of the deliberative democracy movement, including representatives from Everyday Democracy, Essential Conversations, the Interactivity Foundation, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, New Hampshire Listens, the National Issues Forums Institute, and the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network.

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There will also be an optional, free Pre-Deliberative Pedagogy Institute Story Circle on Thursday, November 14. Space is limited.


November 15, 2019
9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Providence College
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02908 United States
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