Windy Y. Lawrence, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and teaches and researches in communication, politics, and deliberation. Dr. Lawrence is the founder and director of The University of Houston-Downtown Center for Public Deliberation (UHD CPD), where she manages many community deliberations and public engagement initiatives, such as issues pertaining to the national achievement gap in education and the rising cost of health care. Each year, as part of her work with UHD CPD, she works with many UHD CPD Student Associates to encourage discussion and deliberation as an important part of student education, development and leadership. She is active with various national organizations, including The Democracy Imperative, The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, and the National Issues Forums Institute, to help improve our knowledge and practice of deliberative democracy and has earned a certification in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement through Fielding University. Since 2002, she has worked with the university to form more collaborative relationships in the Houston community through research, student internships, and community engagement. She is published in various journals and has won multiple awards for her research, which examines the intersection of communication, democracy and social justice, especially on issues of diversity.
University of Houston-Downtown Center for Public Deliberation