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Leadership Deliberation class to host virtual forum November 17

ISSUED: 6 November 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University students enrolled in the Leadership Deliberation class co-taught by Dr. Heidi Dobish, associate professor of psychology, and John Unger, adjunct faculty, will facilitate a virtual deliberative forum with the community on Tuesday, November 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will attempt to address how to increase civil communication that promotes public consciousness of black and brown communities and explore what can be done to increase civil communication and create a platform to promote this in the community.

The Leadership Deliberation course explores the way people see, talk about, and work on problems. Students learn theories of deliberation and practice making arguments through deliberative dialogue and by facilitating community discussion. Students in the class major in psychology, sociology, and communications.

“It’s been so wonderful watching the students grow in their leadership skills, communication skills, and understanding of the deliberative process,” Dobish said.

For more information and to join the discussion, contact Dobish at

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