Baylor Public Deliberation Initiative


Doing democracy differently.

The Baylor Public Deliberation Initiative is a collaboration between Baylor Formation and the Office of Community Engagement and Service co-led by Dr. Josh Ritter and Erin Payseur.

Our Mission: To engage the Baylor and Waco communities in formative practices through the public deliberation model of constructive, civil forums about difficult issues that will  lead to increased active civic engagement, significant policy decisions, and neighborhood collaboration.

Fall 2016: Special Election Series

Sept. 19 – Racial Climate on College Campuses
Sept. 27 – Recovery in America (special forum with Wellness)
Oct. 24 – America’s Role in the World: National Security and Global Threats
Nov. 14 – Getting American Politics Working Again

All forums will take place at 5:30 in the Bobo Spiritual Life Center.

This fall we launched a Certification Program to recognize those who are being trained to serve as facilitators and note-takers at our forums. We have a great group of trainees so far, and we are always looking to add more people to the certification program. Email if you are interested.

As a Center for Public Life with the Kettering Foundation, we invite Baylor students, staff, and faculty as well as local community members to participate in forums about local and national issues to better understand the perspectives, possible outcomes, and trade-offs of different options. Learn more about the public deliberation model and visit our session feedback page to learn more about the issues we have already deliberated.

We are excited to partner with local community organizations and work with our advisory board. Learn more about our community partnerships.