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  • Chris Gilmer

Students Speak - Community Colleges Hold Online Discussions about the Economy, and about Racism and Racial Healing

On November 5, 2020, two Students Speak online discussions brought community college students together from different parts of the country to consider two important and difficult public issues. One group, made up of students from all nine community colleges in West Virginia talked together about how the economy is affecting them. Another group included students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a Tribal College, and an Appalachian College to talk about racism and racial healing.


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From Kim Pearce - "Deliberation in Primary Schools in a Time of Uncertainty: Three Examples from Two Continents"

kimpearce@aol.comIn myriad ways, this has been an unprecedented year.  As I write this in mid-November, new Covid cases are increasing in every State in the U.S. and in many countries around the world.  Schools around the world have had to adopt new, and in many cases unprecedented, practices, including complete or hybrid online teaching and learning.  And yet, even in these most challenging of times, there are examples of teachers and schools continuing to use deliberative practices.

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Taylor Willingham Legacy Fund Grants - Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted (deadline is November 30, 2020) from individuals who are interested in being considered to receive a Taylor L. Willingham Legacy Fund grant. Grants are provided to individuals to enable them to develop an understanding of deliberative democracy and launch one or more deliberative dialogues in their communities and organizations in order to advance NIFI's overall mission, which is to promote public deliberation about national issues.

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  • Kara Dillard
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Two Hundred Students from 26 Campuses - 2020 Common Ground for Action (CGA) Cross Campus Forums

Nearly 200 students from 26 colleges and universities joined in last week’s 2020 Common Ground for Action (CGA) Cross-College Campus forums, an annual event convened by the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI).  Students spent a week deliberating on issues like policing, free speech and the inclusive campus and voting as part of NIFI’s With the People Initiative

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