We are excited to share that applications are open for two sets of important positions within the Deliberative Citizenship Initiative – the Deliberative Citizenship Fellows and student Co-Conveners. These academic year positions provide individuals with an opportunity to contribute to the urgent and important work of bringing people together to explore how and why their perspectives are both similar and different – and begin building common solutions to our collective challenges.
Twelve Fellows will be selected for the 2020-2021 academic year: six students, two faculty, two staff, and two community members. These Fellows will help guide the DCI throughout the year by selecting topics of focus for deliberations and events, facilitating deliberative “D” Teams, and serving as resources for collaboration across campus and the community. Fellows will gain valuable leadership skills in communication, facilitation, and deliberation through training and certification workshops, readings, reflection and blogging, and speaker series.
Students interested in taking an even deeper dive into the Deliberative Citizenship Initiative’s processes and research should consider applying to be one of two student Co-Conveners for the year. The Co-Conveners will be directly involved in the planning and implementation of specific programs, but will also have unique responsibilities associated with the DCI’s broader goals. One Co-Convener will focus on developing and informing creative policy solutions to contentious and difficult issues, while the other will work directly with the DCI Faculty Director to analyze the DCI’s processes and conduct deliberation research.
We are acutely aware of the challenges facing our nation and community in the present moment – from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its impact on campus life, to the deep tensions over race and the police and the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Through the important contributions of its Fellows, student Co-Conveners, and other programs, the DCI aims to be a helpful resource on campus and in the community for individuals who are ready to do the hard but deeply rewarding work of deliberative citizenship.