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CPD Upcoming Events

Spring 2021

Every Thursday 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Spring 2021

Any UHD student is eligible to participate
Seating is limited and weekly Zoom attendance is critical as each session builds on the last, culminating in group action.
Sustained Dialogue involves deep conversations about challenging topics related to identity and inequality and which result in action taken by the group.
Please contact Dr. Windy Lawrence at to apply and discuss further details.

Spring 2021 Sustained Dialogue Facilitators

Rhonda FitzgeraldRhonda Fitzgerald, Managing Director, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network
As the Managing Director for the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (SDCN), Rhonda Fitzgerald works to train, mentor, and provide guidance to a broad range of institutions and individuals seeking to transform their communities through Sustained Dialogue. Rhonda has been with SDI for 10 years, working with students, faculty, senior administrators, campus leaders, and facilitators to build lasting structures for inclusion on campuses. As an engaging public speaker and facilitator, Rhonda has a passion for developing college aged leaders with civic competency and cultural humility. Due to her in-demand skills and experiences, she has made an impact at several places around the globe, including Ethiopia where she supports the work of the Addis Ababa University Peace Club, who have led a Sustained Dialogue effort since 2008. She also brings experience from the Proinspire Management Fellows cohort, a program preparing non-profit leaders to build the sector. Rhonda is an alumna of Princeton University, where she participated actively as a moderator and leader of Sustained Dialogue.

Dr. Windy LawrenceDr. Windy Lawrence, Professor and Director, UHD Center for Public Deliberation (UHD CPD)
As both Professor and the founding director of the UHD CPD, where she has worked since 2002, Dr. Windy Lawrence leads and designs annual events and initiatives for the purposes of improving our civic capacity to deliberate across differences about critical issues, build stronger relationships, and bolster collaborative action (organizing or supporting 130 days of interactive forums in just the last 5 years). In 2020, she was recognized by her colleagues and was awarded the UHD University Faculty Award for her outstanding leadership in service. She creates 'high impact" experiences for students to help students hone their civic agency knowledge and skills. Her work benefits not only students enrolled in her courses, but throughout the entire university, reaching 2,800 students in the last five years. In 2018, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article, which recognized the UHD Center for Public Deliberation, under her directorship, as one of the pioneering centers in the U.S. that is a critical contributing leader to discussions around democratic learning.

Fall 2020

Candidate Meet and Greet: We the People's Role in U.S. Politics
October 28, 2020
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Online Zoom Meeting

We Will be joined by a number of candidates running in this November's election to engage in meaningful dialogue with one another. 
Format of the zoom meetings will be in small break-out sessions, participants will consider and explore the candidates in a two-way dialogue on how we should be prioritizing our time to improve the way decisions are made in our communities.

How to prepare: We will explore three approaches in the guide, "We the People's Role in U.S. Politics" (pdf). Please read the guide in preparation for the discussion.

Spring 2020

Candidate Meet and Greet
Feb. 26, 2020
Milam Event Room

Participate and meet dozens of candidates running the March election. Light morning refreshment will be served. 

Last updated 12/17/2020 7:31 AM