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ICDD Associate Spotlight: Carol Barta

Current Position: Carol Barta is currently the assistant director of the North Central Kansas Libraries system.

First became involved with ICDD: Barta first became involved with ICDD when Donna Schenck-Hamlin (K-State Undergraduate and Community Services librarian and ICDD Associate) told her about an ICDD training.

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ICDD Associate Spotlight: Thea Nietfeld

Current Position: Unitarian Universalist minister serving small fellowships in Salina and Hutchinson.

First became involved with ICDD: Before Nietfeld moved to Manhattan in 2009, she was perusing the K-State website and saw the opportunity for a public facilitation training.

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Public Issues Facilitation Workshop

The Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy’s annual Public Issues Facilitation (PIF) workshop was March 2-4. Since 2006, ICDD has offered the public workshop every year but one. Plans are already underway for the 2016 workshop. It is scheduled for March 7-9 on the Kansas State University campus.

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Black Student Union and Staley School of Leadership Studies host ongoing conversation on inequality

Kansas State University students from the Black Student Union, the Staley School of Leadership Studies and ICDD partnered together to host a series called Conversation Cafés for Racial Justice. The series began in January and continues through March.

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ICDD Associate Spotlight: Sarah Green

Current position: independent writer, Wichita

First became involved in ICDD: “I took the facilitation workshop that’s been offered for the last few years in March. That was the first formal training I’ve had in facilitation work. On the last day of the course, everyone was really excited and wanted to continue the work.”

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ICDD Associate Spotlight: Bill Richter

Current position: retired, former head of political science department at K-State

First became involved in ICDD: “It happened during a discussion on the issues surrounding the National Bio and

Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). There was a newspaper article I really found objectionable. I wrote a letter to the Manhattan Mercury that said participants in the discussion should be treated with more respect. The next thing I know, I was invited to the ICDD advisory board,” said Richter.

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