Public Deliberation and Dialogue


Deeply aligned with the values of social justice, diversity, and ethics, the program engages students, faculty, the college community, and local communities in research and practice of public deliberation, dialogue, and community advocacy.

A regional and campus resource, the Public Deliberation and Dialogue program equips Gustavus students to research and design communication strategies to address pressing issues and make reasoned, community-based decisions.

Fall 2018 fellows


  • Facilitate community discussion/deliberation;
  • Equip students and community partners with skills in deliberation, decision-making, and advocacy; and
  • Foster sustainable change and collective impact through research and engagement of best practices in communication.

Campus Deliberation Topics

Food Security
Climate Change
Mental Health

Community Projects

What is deliberation?

Through deliberation, community members come together to weigh their options about how to move forward. It often entails a structured, facilitated conversation designed to respond to the particular problem or question the community faces. It includes argument analysis and understanding across difference. Its primary goal is the advancement and development of ethical policies and practices.

What is dialogue?

Dialogue helps community members to better understand issues and each other. Its primary goal is knowledge and perspective-taking.

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