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Past Conversations

WCDD has partnered with community members since the spring of 2018, training students as trusted facilitators and coordinating conversations on topics such as immigration, the opioid epidemic, and the foster care system. Read reports from previous conversations here.

Upcoming Conversations

We've equipped students with facilitation techniques for online deliberations during the 2020-2021 school year, and we look forward to continuing local partnerships through in-person conversations. Find out how you can get connected with our current work in Santa Barbara.

For Students

We equip Westmont students with the tools to engage with community members as unbiased facilitators in important, impactful conversations. Take a look at courses that offer facilitation training and find out how you can participate in our community.

Projects and Publications

In addition to training student facilitators and coordinating numerous community conversations, WCDD faculty and staff research and draft issue guides for deliberation, create summary reports of deliberative forums, and publish articles that you'll find here.