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Center for Civic Life

For more information or to get involved today, contact Dr. Louise Fleming-Dufala, director of the Center for Civic Life, at 419.289.5347 or by e-mail at

The many ways to get involved in the Center for Civic Life include:

  • Attend forums and engage in deliberation on public issues

  • Facilitate or participate in a Study Circle

  • Participate in moderator workshops and become a forum moderator

  • Partner with the Center or host a moderator workshop

  • Discover and carry out solutions to public issues

  • Become a member or supporter of the Center for Civic Life at Ashland University

Center for Civic Life

Are you a proactive citizen of the surrounding Ashland community seeking a public forum to initiate change? Look no further than the Ashland University Center for Civic Life.

We facilitate opportunities to educate you about civic life and engage you in deliberative practices that allow you to meet the needs of your community and shape the future.

Center for Civic Life Features

The Center for Civic Life works with both the Ashland University campus and surrounding community to bring citizens into deliberation on public issues by:

  • Hosting/co-hosting public forums on issues of common interest

  • Facilitating groups and study circles of citizens who are developing and enacting solutions to issues common concern

  • Consulting with and conducting workshops for organizations, schools, agencies, and departments on issues of importance

  • Providing opportunities for Ashland University students and faculty to participate in and lead forums

  • Conducting research related to deliberative democracy and citizen action

Participation Benefits

Learning how to deliberate issues fairly and honestly develops you intellectually and ethically in order to effectively carry out real time solutions to local and global problems.

If you participate in the Center for Civic Life, you'll learn how to:

  • Engage in dialogue and civil conversations with those who hold different perspectives

  • Work together to solve difficult problems

  • View civic action as part of the ongoing work of citizens

  • Develop strategic networks for achieving public ends

  • Desire to be involved in civic matters

  • Weigh the benefits and trade-offs of choices

  • Become more open to others' perspectives