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Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement Sponsorship Applications Deadline Extended

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Jun 26, 2009

Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement Sponsorship Applications Deadline ExtendedAugust 10, 2009 - January 20, 2010

Call for Sponsorship Applications-Deadline: July 10, 2009  

The Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) at Fielding Graduate University announces partial sponsorships up to $2,100 for professionals who are interested in improving their practice and beginning a project in the area of dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement. We are particularly interested in sponsoring participants who have the opportunity and interest in supporting dialogic, deliberative and engagement practices in their organizations or communities through projects which have the potential to build civic engagement capacity.   Partial sponsorships for our 19-week certificate program provide participants with the opportunity to develop mastery of dialogue and deliberation processes by working with a scholar-practitioner model of reflective practice. An exceptional faculty of scholar-practitioners, who work in diverse contexts and cultures, will support your learning and provide coaching for a culminating capstone project. This program uses blended learning, including online, phone, and face-to-face sessions. Graduate-level academic credit is available. Sponsorships will provide approximately half of the total cost of the program.

Eligible applicants must reside in the United States and have organizational support in the form of a commitment to dialogue, deliberation and public engagement. Applicants can be from a non-profit, government, or for-profit sector; those with support from their organization/community will be given preference. ISI is accepting applications until July 10, 2009. To apply, please e-mail the following to

  1. A two-page description of how you intend to use this certificate in your work, including a description of a potential project opportunity that would help build capacity for and through dialogue, deliberation, and/or public engagement. We are particularly interested in community-based projects focused on local capacity building in civic engagement.
  2. A letter of support for the potential project from your organization or community with an indication of their willingness to support your work on dialogue and deliberation.
    Please see the Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement Certificate Program for more information. For questions, please contact Dr. Katrina Rogers at 805.898.2924 or

The Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) is organized into three program areas: frontiers in research, leadership for change, and organizational development. ISI supports projects that exemplify the following principles:
Research: Knowledge that blends multidisciplinary theory and professional practice;
Leadership: Action that leads to sustaining positive social change;
Organizational Development: Collaboration that builds more effective organizations.