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2019 Events

Apr. 18, 2019. (1pm – 2:30 pm, Room S1070). Interact-to-Innovate Team Meeting.

Apr. 16, 2019. (1pm – 2:30pm, Room Milam Travis Room). I-to-I: Democratic Naming Issues of Sustainability.

Apr. 9, 2019. (1pm – 2:30pm, Room Milam Travis Room). I-to-I: Democratic Naming Issues of Sustainability.

Apr. 9, 2019. (11am - 1 pm) Candidate Meet and Greet. Reading Room (outside of A420)
Please register to attend.

Apr. 2, 2019. (1pm – 2:30pm, Room Milam Travis Room). I-to-I: Democratic Naming Issues of Sustainability.

Mar. 26, 2019. (2:30 – 4 pm). iRadio Station. Students Speak Across the Political Divide on Race Relations. iRadio.

Mar. 19, 2019. (1pm – 2:30pm, Room Milam Travis Room). I-to-I: Democratic Naming Issues of Sustainability.

Mar. 21, 2019. (1pm – 2:30 pm, Room 1070- South. Interact-to-Innovate Team Meeting.

Mar. 23, 2019. (5 pm – 9 pm). Interact-to-Innovate: Bayou Bash Gators Recycle.

Mar. 5, 2019. (1 – 2:30pm, Room Milam Travis Room). I-to-I: Democratic Naming Issues of Sustainability.

Teaching Demonstrations

Elizabeth Earle - Thursday Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in A425

John Rountree - Thursday Feb. 14 at 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in A425

Dr. Beth Boser - Thursday Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in A425

Feb. 12, 2019. (1 – 2:30pm, Room Milam Travis Room). I-to-I: Democratic Naming Issues of Sustainability.

Feb, 5, 2019. (1 – 2:30 pm, Room A-300). Interact-to-Innovate: Democratic Naming Issues of Sustainability.

Jan. 29, 2019. (1 – 2:30 pm, Rm A-300). Interact-to-Innovate (I-to-I): Democratic Naming Issues of Sustainability.

Jan. 24, 2019. (1 – 2:30 pm, Room 1070-South). Interact-to-Innovate UHD Team Meeting.

Jan. 22. 2019. (1 – 2:30pm, Room A-300). Interact-to-Innovate: Democratic Naming Issues of Sustainability.


2018 Events

Jan. 25, 2018.(6 – 8 pm, Houston Children’s Museum) Equality, Equity, and Ethics Dialogue.

Feb. 15, 2018. Primary Candidate Meet, Eat, and Greet.

Feb. 15, 2018. (6 – 8 pm, Houston Public Library) Equality, Equity, and Ethics Dialogue.

March 5, 2018. (10 am - 11:15 am,  Milam Travis Room) CPD Interact-to-Innovate (I-to-I) Session 1: Relationship Building.

March 7, 2018. (10 am - 11:15 am, Milam Travis Room) I-to-I Session 2: Understanding the Achievement Gap in K – 12 Education.  

March 19, 2018. (10 am - 11:15 am, Milam Travis Room) I-to-I Session 3: Mind Mapping Student Success.

March 21, 2018. (10 am - 11:15 am, Milam Travis Room)  I-to-I Session 4: Innovative Action for Student Success.

Mar. 27, 2018. (6 – 8 pm, St. Thomas University). Invited Speaker, “Ethics & Deliberation.”

Mar. 28, 2018. (10 am - 11:15 am,  Milam Travis Room) I-to-I Innovative Action Meeting for Student Success 2.

May 1, 2018. (Houston Public Library, 6 – 8 pm): Public Deliberation. Coming to America: Who Should We Welcome? What Should We Do?

Apr. 4, 2018. (10 am - 11:15 am, CSB C-100) I-to-IInnovative Action Meeting 3.

Apr. 11, 2018. (10 am - 11:15 am, Milam Travis Room) I-to-I Innovative Action Meeting 4.

Apr. 18, 2018. (10 am - 11:15 am, Milam Travis Room) I-to-I Innovative Action Meeting 5.

May 9, 2018. (10am – 12:30, Milam Travis Room) I-to-I Public Celebration.

Sept. 12, 2018. (9:45 - 11:45 a.m., Milam Travis Room) CPD Interact-to-Innovate (I-to-I) Session 1: Relationship Building..

Sept. 19, 2018. (9:45 - 11:45 a.m., Commerce Building, C100.) I-to-I Session 2: Understanding the Achievement Gap in K – 12 Education.  

Sept. 26, 2018.  (9:45 - 11:45 a.m.. Room A300) I-to-I Session 3: Mind Mapping Student Success.

Oct. 3, 2018. (9:45 - 11:45 a.m., Milam Travis Room) I-to-I Session 4: Innovative Action for Student Success.

Oct. 10, 2018.  (9:45 - 11:45 a.m., Room A300) I-to-I Innovative Action Meeting for Student Success 2.

Oct. 17, 2018. (9:45 – 11:45 a.m., Milam Travis Room) I-to-I Invited Keynote Speaker Kristi Rangel, Mayor’s Office, “Social Capital and Networking in Civic Innovation.”

Oct. 19, 2018. (Houston Public Library) CPD Deliberation Work Shop.

Oct. 24, 2018.; Texas Candidate Election Meet and Greet.

Oct. 25, 2018. (Harris County Public Library, Aldine). Community Deliberation on STEM.

Nov. 2, 2018. Social Emotional Learning Symposium.

Nov. 7, 2018. (9:45 – 11:45 a.m., Milam Travis Room) I-to-I Invited Keynote Speaker Kristi Rangel, Mayor’s Office, “The Importance of Writing in Civic Innovation.”

Nov. 8, 2018. (6 – 8 pm, Houston Public Library) Bridging and Bonding: How can we create engage communities in a time of rapid change?

Nov. 28, 2018. Public Deliberation. Coming to America: Who Should We Welcome? What Should We Do?

Nov. 28, 2018. Ben Hernandez, Candidate for U.S. Congress, Invited Keynote Speaker for Coning to America.

Dec. 5, 2018. (10:00 – 11 a.m.) CPD I-to-I Public Celebration.

Dec. 5, 2018. (11 – 12:30 p.m.) CPD Ripple Effect Mapping.

Dec. 13, 2018. (1pm – 3 p.m.) Speaking Across the Political Divide on Iradio.


2017 Events

2017. Full and Part-time Faculty led 26 deliberations in their courses.

Jan. – Feb., 2017. Greater Houston Region Issue Survey. Distributed by CPD to through two major institutions of higher education and Center for Houston’s Future

Jan. 23, 2017. 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, 1070-South. Democratic Engagement & Public Action (DEPA) Team Meeting.

Feb. 24, 2017. 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, DEPA Team Meeting.

Mar. 23, 2017. 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, DEPA Team Meeting.

March 29, 2017. 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Milam Travis Room. Houston Community Conversations on Access to Quality Education.

April 14, 2017. Islam and Judaism: Faith & Medicine.

Apr. 27, 2017. 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, DEPA Team Meeting.

October 11, 2017. 11:15 am – 2:30 pm. UHD Main Building, N420. I-to-I Meeting 1: Relationship building & Understanding the Achievement Gap after Hurricane Harvey.

October 18, 2017. 9:45 am – 1:00 pm, UHD Main building N420. I-to-I Meeting 2: Visioning a Future & Moving to Public Action for Student Success for Hurricane Harvey.

October 25, 2017. 11:15 am – 12:45 pm. Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium. Community-Wide Action Forum. This forum is open to our entire Houston community.

November 1, 2017. 11:15 am -12:45 pm. UHD Main building, N420. I-to-I Meeting 3: Mind Mapping & Action for Student Success.

November 8, 2017. 11:15 am -12:45 pm. UHD Main building, N420. I-to-I Meeting 4: Action Planning for Student Success.

November 15, 2017. 11:15 am -12:45 pm. UHD Main building, N420. I-to-I Meeting 5: Implementation.

November 29, 2017. 11 – 2:30. Room A-300. I-to-I Meeting: Finalizing Student Success Initiatives.

December 13, 2017. 11 am – 2:30 pm. Room A-300. Public Celebration.


2016 Events

We the People: Our Role in American Politics
October 26, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
UHD Welcome Center-Milam Travis Room

The Center for Public Deliberation invites you to attend our next forum entitled We the People: Our Role in American Politics (the specific deliberation guide we will discuss is attached) as a part of citizenship month. In addition to diverse members of the UHD community (students, staff, faculty, administrators), we will also be actively recruiting external Houston members, including 50 high school students (who will be holding forums first in their classrooms before they attend this event). Additionally, we are inviting members from the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, and Green parties. We also are sending special invitations to our international students, who have critical, global perspectives on this topic.

Right after lunch, the Walk2Vote celebration will begin, with a lot of important speakers, live music, and walking. We have intentionally partnered and tied these two events together because both organizations want to help support the idea that celebrating voting is important because we are celebrating what we do 365 days a year. By bringing people together to talk and work across our differences, we are all a part of creating a more informed, more tolerant, more engaged community, who is more likely to vote.

You do not need to be an expert or a U.S. citizen to participate. Rather, we are looking to hear about your experiences on this topic wherever you may stand. Download the Issue Guide for this forum.


Interfaith Breakfast: How our Faith Impacts Our Serving & Working
with People in Our Society

Sat., Nov. 5, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Room: A-300, (Academic Bldg., near the Starbucks)

Zahra Jamal, Associate Director, Boniuk Institute, Rice University
Henry Cuellar, Seminarian, St. Mary’s Catholic Seminary
And other religious leaders from Houston’s communities.
Moderator: Paul Fortunato, PhD, UHD English Professor.

How do people of faith express their commitments to social justice publicly? How do we best show respect for people of other beliefs? How can we work together for a more peaceful world?
Various leaders and members of other religious communities in Houston will also be in attendance to discuss these issues. Co-Sponsored by: Houston Interfaith Ministries & the Ctr. For Student Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

Post Election Breakfast Reflection

Nov. 9 at 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Outside Robertson Auditorium

All members of our UHD community, please stop by for breakfast between the hours of 9 and 11 to talk with others and write your thoughts about the election results. There will only be two ground rules: (1) We do not plan to censor any statements, but please counter any “bad speech” with more speech (hopefully good) (2) Talk with someone you don’t know. Free breakfast and coffee. Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center, the Center for Public Deliberation and Walk2Vote.

Making History by Acting in the Moment: A Panel on Race in America
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Girard ST Building, Travis Room

Presenters: Kwame Rose, Keisha Thomas, Steven Orozco. Presented by UHD'S Center for Public Deliberation and sponsored by UHD's Center for Critical Race Studies, UHD Student Government Association and Lone Star College.

Democracy's Challenge: Reclaiming the Public's Role
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
9:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Main Building, A300

Breakfast will be served.  Registration for attendance available soon.


Buddhism, Christianity, & Islam: Faith and Public Life
Open Interfaith Dialogue

March, 28, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Outside the Robertson Auditorium

Buddhism, Christianity, & Islam: on Public Life
April 5, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Robertson Auditorium

Gaelyn Godwin, Abbot,
Houston Zen Buddhist Center
Paul Fortunato, Faculty Advisor, UHD Catholic Student Association
Reyhan Isbilir, Dialogue Institute of the Southwest

How can people of faith balance their religious life with the workings of the modern public sphere, in political and social life? (These speakers will be at the April 5 event.)


Fall 2015 Events

Judaism, Christianity, & Islam: Faith and Science
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Buffalo Bayou Room A300
6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Free snacks served.  
Event Flyer

Making Ends Meet: How Can We Spread Prosperity and Improve Opportunity?
November 11, 2015 in A300
9: 30 A.M to 11:45 A.M.
Breakfast will be Served.

Issue Guide (PDF)

Sponsored by: Center for Public Deliberation, Center for Critical Race Studies, the O'Kane Gallery, Student Government Association, the Institute for Business, Ethics, and Public Issues, Houston Housing Authority, Citizenship Month, LISC Greater Houston, Lonestar College, Avenue Community Development Corporation. 


Spring 2015 Events

America's Energy Future: A Forum
April 15, 2015
Commerce Street Building, C-100
There are many practical solutions to our energy crisis being discussed. The trick is to consider our values and priorities, decide which options are most environmentally and economically viable, and then weigh the costs and tradeoffs needed to make them work. If you are interested in joining the discussion to help make real change.

Fall 2014 Events

Immigration in America: How Do We Fix a System in Crisis?
October 1, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. University of Houston-Downtown, ROOM A-300 and October 8, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Lone Star College, Kingwood, held in the Conference Center

For a growing number of Americans, the immigration issue is a tangible and pressing one. Those who support immigration are often bent on helping or employing newcomers. Those in favor of restricting immigrants worry about the growing costs—both social and economic—of assimilating and aiding new arrivals. For their part, immigrants themselves typically want little more than a better life. Can these often-conflicting interests be balanced?

The question facing Americans today is how to create a system that meets our diverse needs—a system that values the role immigrants play in society, takes heed of today’s economic and legal responsibilities, and keeps us strong and competitive in the future.

To promote deliberation about immigration reform, we will ask participants to deliberate three options, each built on a framework of ideas and information drawn from studies, speeches, interviews, books, and public policy proposals.

These options are not definitive prescriptions for action so much as starting points for dialogue. In the framework we use to hold the dialogue, we will avoid using partisan labels like Democrat, Republican, conservative, or liberal. The goal is to present ideas in a fresh way that encourages forum participants to judge them on their merit and openly explore them with others.

We are holding these forums because we are interested in creating more recognition that citizenship has to go beyond voting or writing our representatives. Citizenship also must include the democratic skills to organize diverse, groups of people, listen to each other, validate different values and experiences, build capacity, discover areas of both agreement and disagreement, and solve public problems ourselves. We are offering four forums this semester that attempt to give people these types of “democratic learning” experiences.

Registration is required for this event.

Please read this issue guide to discuss at the forum Adobe Acrobat Reader Icon - Download Reader Link

Linked Futures: Communities, Higher Education, and the Changing World of Work, November 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the University of Houston-Downtown, Room A-300 and November 13, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Lone Star College, Kingwood, held in the Conference Center.

Linked Futures builds on Shaping Our Future – How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?, a National Issues Forum and American Commonwealth Partnership public deliberation launched at a National Press Club event on September 4, 2012, with Undersecretary Martha Kanter and higher education and civic leaders including David Mathews, president of Kettering Foundation, Muriel Howard, President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Scott Peters, Co-director of Imagining America, Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Syracuse University, and others. Shaping Our Future convened more than 150 forums across the country, bringing together college students, parents, faculty, employers, retirees, policy makers and others to deliberate about the purpose of higher education and its roles in the society

The findings, described in Divided We Fail, a report by Jean Johnson of the public opinion and engagement group Public Agenda, revealed a gap between the ways in which lay citizens outside the policy making arena talk about higher education, and the debate among elected officials and other policy makers. As Johnson puts it, “Facing a more competitive international economy and relentlessly rising college costs, leaders say now is the moment for higher education to reinvent itself.” In contrast, “Forum participants spoke repeatedly about the benefits of a rich, varied college education…where, in their view, students have time and space to explore new ideas and diverse fields.” Lay citizens emphasized the need to broaden, not narrow, STEM education and preparation for other careers, in the context of rapidly changing work roles and globalized workplaces.

The next stage is Linked Futures where we address the question, “How can communities and higher education work together to address the changing world of work?” A framework is being tested with three options to consider:

  • Prepare Students for the Job Market: Our colleges and universities have to raise academic expectations, tailor their programs to the real needs of employers, and direct more of their educational resources toward vocational and pre-professional training.
  • Change Jobs for the Better. Many of the positions available to new graduates are poorly paid, offer little in the way of job security or job satisfaction, and are vulnerable to downsizing and outsourcing. Colleges and universities should take the lead in shaping a new kind of workplace…and a new kind of worker, one with the skills and habits of mind needed to thrive in a complex and rapidly changing world.
  • Be a Good Partner to the Community. Colleges and universities represent vital anchor institutions, places where the community gathers, engages issues, organizes activities and makes common cause. We depend on them to provide the civic and intellectual leadership that can strengthen democracy and drive long-term social and economic progress.

Events for Spring 2014

Bullying: How Do We Prevent It?
Mar. 20, Mar. 27, April 3, April 10, 2014, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Room C-212

Linked Futures – Communities, Higher Education, and the Changing World of Work

April 18 from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Linked Futures builds on Shaping Our FutureHow Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?, a National Issues Forum and American Commonwealth Partnership public deliberation launched at a National Press Club event on September 4, 2012, with Undersecretary Martha Kanter and higher education and civic leaders including David Mathews, president of Kettering Foundation, Muriel Howard, President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Scott Peters, Co-director of Imagining America, Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Syracuse University, and others. Shaping Our Future has convened more than 150 forums across the country, bringing together college students, parents, faculty, employers, retirees, policy makers, and others to deliberate about the purpose of higher education and its roles in the society.

The findings, described in Divided We Fail, a report by Jean Johnson of the public opinion and engagement group Public Agenda, revealed a gap between the ways in which lay citizens outside the policy making arena talk about higher education and the education debate among elected officials and other policy makers. As Johnson puts it, “Facing a more competitive international economy and relentlessly rising college costs, leaders say now is the moment for higher education to reinvent itself.” In contrast, “Forum participants spoke repeatedly about the benefits of a rich, varied college education…where, in their view, students have time and space to explore new ideas and diverse fields.” Lay citizens emphasized the need to broaden, not narrow, educational opportunities, given the rapid change in workplaces. The next stage is Linked Futures. UHD's CPD invites the community to work with the American Commonwealth Partnership to begin the next phase of dialogue.

How Can We Stop Mass Shootings in Our Communities?
Feb. 6, Feb. 14, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Room C-212

“Deliberating Racial and Ethnic Tensions.”

February 28, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Commerce Building, Room C-230 View the issue guide (PDF)

January 23, 2014 – Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want. 9:50 - 11:15 AM, Room C-212

Part of a national discussion in partnership with American Commonwealth Partnership and National Issues Forums Institute. Issue Guide, View the flyer, View the Video, Contact: Dr. Windy Lawrence.


“Framing What is Important to Our Community"
Jan. 14 to Jan. 30, 2014 Online Deliberation


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