At the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, our mission is to build community capacity for informed, engaged, civil deliberation.
Stronger democracy through enhanced public deliberation.
Current Position: Donita Whitney-Bammerlin is an instructor in the Department of Management, College of Business Administration.
“I teach every day of the week and utilize a number of the facilitation strategies [from ICDD] in my classroom on a daily basis.
First Became Involved with ICDD: Whitney-Bammerlin first became involved with ICDD when Dr. David Procter invited her.
Current Position: Debbie Divine currently characterizes her position as “semi-retired, self-employed planning consultant.” She is an active volunteer who tries to utilize civic discourse principles in her everyday life. From presiding over meetings to assisting with facilitation projects, she works to employ the principles of civic discourse.
First became involved in ICDD: Divine first became involved in ICDD when Dr. David Procter invited her to serve on the board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.