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Center for Engagement and Community Development

2018 Engagement Symposium

Powerful Dialogue: Engaging Community Issues in Polarizing Times

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Thursday, April 12 | K-State Student Union

As we witness nearly every day, the public is not content to merely wait for elections to address our civic problems. Rhetoric and dialogue are everywhere, making voices heard on a host of urgent issues. The 2018 engagement symposium explores how community voice can be harnessed and focused to most effectively address communities' most pressing issues. This year's symposium will feature faculty, student and community presentations around a variety of topics, including: affordable housing, improving health, racism, food access, heritage preservation and water. In each instance, we will highlight how dialogue and deliberation are essential in understanding an issue, in providing a voice to both policymakers and those impacted by policy, and in addressing the issue.

The 2018 engagement symposium keynote address will be provided by Dr. Martín Carcasson, director of Colorado State University's Center for Public Deliberation. Dr. Carcasson is a noted theorist, practitioner and educator in the field of deliberative democracy. His Center for Public Deliberation is nationally known for educating students and working closely with community partners to address local and state issues.

The symposium includes a mid-day workshop by Aliah Mestrovich Seay, K-State Research and Extension, on depolarization using the Intercultural Development Inventory. Activities conclude with a 7:00pm participatory forum on affordable housing at the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.

Symposium schedule
TimeSession InformationLocation
Dr. April Mason, Provost and Senior Vice President
Big 12 Room
Dr. Martín Carcasson, Director of the Center for Public Deliberation, Colorado State University
Big 12 Room
9:30-10:20Concurrent SessionsTBA
10:30-11:20Concurrent SessionsTBA
11:30Break; Pick up lunch to bring to 12:00 workshop (Lunch not provided) 
12:00-1:30Depolarization workshop using the Intercultural Development Continuum
Aliah Mestrovich Seay, New Youth and Adult Audiences, K-State Research and Extension
Union 227
1:30-2:20Concurrent SessionsTBA
2:30-3:20Concurrent SessionsTBA
7:00-9:00Evening Charrette at Manhattan Public Library
Community Solutions to Affordable Housing
Conference Room
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Please complete the short registration form below to let us know you plan to attend the symposium. You are free to come and go as sessions appeal to you, though we hope you'll plan to stay with us the entire day!

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