The Initiative for Public Deliberation
The purpose of the Initiative for Public Deliberation is to provide citizens of Southwest Washington with moderated public forums concerning important issues of local, state or national interest. Its goals are to:
Improve the quality of public discussion and public participation on important policy issues.
Increase civic engagement of WSU students, the campus community, and southwest Washingtonians
Provide service to the university and the region by being available for projects connected to public deliberation and collaborative decision-making
Serve as a research laboratory for deliberative communication practices.