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Fall 2021 Town Hall Meeting - Virtual

Thursday, November 9 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

This fall, a group of 80 Global Studies students studying trafficking issue will be conducting research to understand “what is possible” in their issue area as it relates to regional and global human trafficking concerns. At the Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, November 9, students will meet in a Dialogue Session with Community Partners serving as Consultants to discuss “what is possible” in their policy area. Students then use realistic policy solutions to create “action plans” outlining possible next steps for themselves and others to influence the future course of the policy issue, during an Action Planning Session. 

This year's Town Hall Meeting will be for Global Studies students in GBST 300-01 and GBST 300-4 with Professor Dino Bozonelos, Ph.D.  

2021 Virtual Town Hall Meeting Registration

Student Participants, Community Partners serving as Consultants, Moderators and Students serving as Observer/Faciiltators should register for the event using this Zoom registration link.

2021 Town Hall Meeting Program

Agenda for Event

  • 6:00 PM - Welcome and Keynote from DA Summer Stephan
  • 6:40 PM - Dialogue Sessions
  • 8:00 PM - Action Planning Sessions 
  • 8:50 PM - Closing Remarks
  • 9:00 PM - Event Concludes

PDF of Event Program


If you are interested in participating in the Town Hall as one of our key roles, such as Community Partners serving as Consultants, Moderators and Students serving as Observer/Faciiltators, email the Department of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at with a request to learn more about these key roles.

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Background on The Town Hall Meeting at CSUSM

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The Town Hall Meeting provides students a public arena for discussing current policy issues with other students, faculty, administrators, and community members. This event is inspired by the Public Sphere Pedagogy. 

Through a series of moderated conversations, which include voices of community-based subject matter experts, students are able to deepen their understanding of certain topics, appreciate how those topics manifest in the public arena, dialogue about potential solutions to community issues, and find more relevance in their learning. Public Sphere Pedagogy is an approach to teaching that moves student research and creative ideas outside of the classroom by embedding a ‘public sphere’ in academic courses, usually during the first year of college. (Chico State)

The Town Hall Meeting at CSUSM is framed around global issues that are of particular concern to our regional community, in partnership with faculty and students in one or more academic departments across campus. For the past few years the global issue discussed at the Town Hall Meeting has been human trafficking.

On November 15, 2017, the first the Town Hall Meeting was framed around global issues that are of particular concern to our regional community. 

Past partnerships have included faculty and students in the departments of Global Studies and Anthropology.

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