Workshop Recording: Creating Space for Democracy: Methods for Promoting Civil Discourse in Higher Education

October 31, 2022

This video recording of Campus Compact’s national workshop offers ideas and practices for promoting free spaces for civil discourse in classroom, student life, and community settings.

How can educators use civil discourse to address increasing polarization and free speech controversies on campus? Drawing on lessons from Creating Space for Democracy (Stylus/Campus Compact/AAC&U), this workshop introduced various methods of dialogue and deliberation, including case study examples from leading dialogue practitioners.


Nicholas Longo, Campus Compact Deliberative Dialogue Fellow, Professor in the Department of Global Studies & Faculty Fellow for Engaged Scholarship with the Center for Teaching Excellence, Providence College


Sara Mehltretter Drury, Vice President of Deliberation at Unify America, Associate Professor of Rhetoric at Wabash College, & founding director of Wabash Democracy & Public Discourse

Suchitra Gururaj, Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement and Economic Development, University of Texas-Austin

Thomas Schnaubelt, Lecturer and Senior Advisor on Civic Education, Deliberative Democracy Lab, Stanford University