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Center for Civic Engagement

Public Square Initiative

Students in discussion at a Public Square event.

The Public Square project is a public discussion initiative aimed to:

  1. Involve the campus and extended community in civil discussion of critical issues,
  2. Consider issues on local, regional, national and global levels, and
  3. Reclaim the tradition and art of public discourse.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend and participate in all Public Square events. The CCE also welcomes new topics and ideas, so if you have a forum topic, email us! Visit the WSU Library Guide on the Public Square Initiative for more information.

What is a Public Square?

A public square is an open discussion where citizens, experts, and leaders come together to share their thoughts and opinions on a topic. At WSU, the CCE's Public Square program aims to connect WSU students, employees and community members through discussion on important issues that impact us all. All Public Square events are free, open to everyone, and everyone is welcome to share their thoughts on the discussion topic in a respectful way.