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Announcing New NCDD Membership Category, New Members Page

As always, our NCDD team is working constantly to create even more ways to support our members, and we are pleased to announce a couple new things we’ve recently changed so that we can support you even more!

IMG_8204First, we have officially changed the former “Student” membership category to “Student/Young Professional.” The new membership type will extend the benefits of discounted annual NCDD membership dues to rising members of the D&D community who are no longer students, but who didn’t exactly start rolling in the dough right after finishing school — as well as new professionals who are just starting to make their way in the field.

We recognize that people of many ages consider themselves “young professionals” and that the word “young” is a pretty fluid term, so for the sake of clarity, people who are 30 years old or younger should feel free to join or renew as “Student/Young Professional” members. The fee for this membership type is only $30/year.

This change was informed by the great small-group conversations we had with the student & youth participants during our recent National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, and it is only the first change we intend to make to help the D&D field become more accessible to young people. Keep an eye out for announcements about new ways NCDD will be supporting young people in our field early next year!

IMG_7985Got an idea for what NCDD can do for new or young professionals in our field? Please leave us a suggestion or idea in the comments section! Also, if you notice your membership or some part of our site still uses the “Student” label rather than “Student/Young Professional,” please send a note about it to joy@ncdd.org.

Second, we’ve created a Newest Members Page on our website where you can learn about & connect with folks who’ve recently joined NCDD. We encourage you to check it out at www.ncdd.org/newest-members, and join us in extending a warm welcome to all our new members! And as always, be sure to visit www.ncdd.org/map to see a geographic map of all 2,200+ NCDD members, and use the directory at www.ncdd.org/directory to search the member roll. (And if you’re not yet a member, please join today!)

We have had such an exciting year here at NCDD, and as 2014 closes out, we are looking forward to making 2015 the best year yet for our field! We wish you all a happy and safe holiday season, and a happy new year!


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Roshan Bliss
An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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