The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and Council on Civic Engagement host a campus Deliberative Dialogue on a different topic each semester. A Deliberative Dialogue is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to gather and discuss a public policy issue. These dialogues offer citizens the opportunity to join together to deliberate, to make choices with others about ways to approach difficult issues, and to work toward creating reasoned public judgment. Topics can involve issues such as health care, immigration, Social Security, or ethnic and racial tensions. Deliberative Dialogues provide a way for people of diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of the issue and to search for common ground for action. This model has been established by the National Issues Forum, a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues.
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