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Last modified: Friday, February 4, 2011

Students to practice democratic deliberation at immigration issues forum

Feb. 4, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington students from across campus will come together on Feb. 19 to discuss their perspectives on immigration policy in the United States in a PACE Issues Forum hosted by the Political and Civic Engagement (PACE) program.

The forum aims to provide students with practical experience in community decision-making. An expert panel, a variety of monologues, small-group dialogue and large-group deliberation will all be on the agenda for the event, which will last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Woodburn Hall.

Panel participants include: Lynn Duggan, IU associate professor of labor studies; Maria Lillian Casillas, representative of El Centro Comunal Latino and director of La Casa (IU Latino Cultural Center); and Robert Schrameyer of Goshen, Ind., director of Citizens for Immigration Law Enforcement.

Student facilitators from the PACE program will serve as small-group leaders as they attempt to coach the group toward expressing their views, exploring their differences, and finding common ground and values on immigration issues. Students selected the topic of immigration from a number of controversial issues for this year's second annual PACE Issues Forum; last year, the student-selected topic was health care.

All interested IU students are welcome to participate in this year's forum. Students may also elect to receive one credit for the experience as PACE-C400; interested students should add the class before Feb. 7 in order to receive the pre-forum assignment. All students are encouraged to RSVP to so that sufficient lunch and snacks will be available.

PACE is an interdisciplinary 25-credit undergraduate certificate program. Its curriculum combines academic study with hands-on learning to give students an education in democratic citizenship. For more information see