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March 5, 2013



Early registration deadline approaching for dialogue, deliberation and public engagement program

By Rosanna Vail

March 11 is the early registration deadline for the Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement, or DDPE, noncredit certificate program. Kansas State University's Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy and Division of Continuing Education are offering this professional development program focused on making wise choices for public engagement.

The program is a 19-week noncredit certificate program consisting of two face-to-face courses and two online courses. The program focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to work within and across public, nonprofit and corporate sectors. The first online course, Foundations for Making Wise Choices in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement, begins March 25.

The program is designed for city managers and planners, facilitators, consultants, community and organizational development practitioners, mediators and conflict resolution professionals, public service employees and more.

David Procter, director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development, says the award-winning curriculum was developed and taught by U.S. and international experts in the dialogue, deliberation and public engagement field.

“We have taught courses in deliberation on campus, and now this distance and face-to-face certificate program makes these important learning opportunities accessible for those across the U.S. and the world,” Procter said.

The program is available through collaboration with the Public Dialogue Consortium, International Institute for Sustained Dialogue and the Kettering Foundation. Online courses are offered through distance learning at K-State and include focused reading, individual and collaborative reflection, and group online and phone-based learning conversations with core and guest faculty. A capstone engagement project provides the opportunity for coached practice with faculty and seasoned practitioners.

An information call is scheduled at 10 a.m. March 8, facilitated by Janice Elliott and Linda Blong, program co-leaders. Sign up to participate in the call or register for the program.

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