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Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy


Undergraduate Certificate in Community Engaged Leadership  Enrollment is open for the 1-year certificate, offered by the Staley School of Leadership Studies partnering with the non-profit organization, Points of Light.   The work of this cohort will be themed around education's role in strengthening democracy and developing engaged citizens.  By working within this common theme, students will contribute to the collective learning of the cohort while pursuing solutions to their unique challenges and focusing on their personal leadership development. 

Conflict Resolution (Graduate and Undergraduate certificates)  This program is aimed at developing students’ skills and understanding of essential mediation and conflict management strategies.  Conflict transformation is one of the 4 Engagement Streams of Practice outlined by the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.   ICDD promotes the professionalism of conflict resolution as an essential community asset for democratic engagement.

Graduate Certificate in Social Justice Education  The theme of social justice underscores countless public policy issues and workplace applications across the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  The College of Education has developed a curriculum that is essential not only to educators, but to anyone engaged in the cultural, economic, political and social structures influencing the practice and policy of education.

Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement (Graduate and non-credit Professional certificates) Originally based at California’s Fielding University, the program is now housed in the Department of Communication Studies and offered online through K-State's Global Campus curriculum. 

Graduate Studies

Leadership Communication PhD  This interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree is rooted in democratic leadership practices and communication processes used to make progress on the most difficult challenges of our times. This includes a focus on public deliberation, dialogue, and conflict resolution among other approaches. Through the study and practice of leading change, students will produce original research that is grounded in community-engaged scholarship.