Public Deliberation Initiative


Doing democracy differently.

Meaningful high-impact learning experiences meet informed engagement practices. To link to our full website, click here.

What is deliberation?

Deliberation involves the best parts of dialogue (conversational) and debate (argument) to offer an experience where participants can learn from one another by talking through different perspectives and approaches to local and global issues and working together to come up with community action steps.

Deliberation Diagram


What does Baylor PDI do?

As a Center for Public Life with the Kettering Foundation, we invite Baylor students, staff, and faculty as well as local community members to participate in forums about local and national issues to better understand the perspectives, possible outcomes, and trade-offs of different options.

Transformation Model

What are the benefits to engaging in deliberation?

Civic literacy, active listening, humility, non-dualistic thinking, GRIT, and facilitation skills–to name a few! Learn more about the PDI toolkit and our Certificate Program.


How can I get more involved?

The Baylor Public Deliberation Initiative is a collaboration between Spirituality and Public Life and the Academy for Leadership Development
a Good Neighbor Project

Academy for Leadership Development and Community Engagement & Service

Academy for Leadership Development
One Bear Place #97370
Waco, TX 76798-7370

(254) 710-3106