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K-State Today

February 27, 2018

Presentations due March 1 for Engagement Symposium on April 12

By Donna Schenck-Hamlin

On April 12, the Center for Engagement and Community Development at K-State will host a campus symposium on community-engaged scholarship. This year, the center recognizes the need to address polarization across a range of public issues, and calls for presenters with experience employing various modes of dialogue and deliberation to construct a more engaged community.

We seek additional presentations from students, faculty, staff and off-campus community partners who can offer insight into their collaborative goals and strategies. In each session, we expect to learn how we at K-State can improve mutual understanding, give voice to those impacted by policy, and motivate progress toward shared solutions. Submit your presentation idea by March 1.

Martín Carcasson, director of Colorado State University's Center for Public Deliberation, will launch the symposium with a keynote address on "wicked problems" and the conversations, processes, and institutions that build collective wisdom to address them. Aliah Mestrovich Seay, K-State Research and Extension, will lead a lunch-and-learn workshop on depolarization using the Intercultural Development Inventory. A charrette-style forum on affordable housing at the Manhattan Public Library is being included to illustrate how diverse stakeholders and perspectives can be combined in community planning.