Applications invited for course on Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change
University of Michigan


About the Organization

The University of Michigan was founded in 1817 as one of the first public universities in the nation. The University, which is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has 260 degree programs in 19 schools and colleges offering a tremendous academic breadth and opportunity for discovery. The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through pre-eminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

About this course

Now more than ever, people are seeking ways to affect change in their communities — both locally and around the world. This course is for anyone — from novices to experienced practitioners — who wants to work more effectively with community members and organizations, including through, but not limited to:

  • community-academic partnerships

  • social change projects

  • community service and learning

  • education and work abroad

  • traditional and community-based participatory research

  • non-profit internships

  • public scholarship

  • civic performance


Key concepts and strategies

  • valuing community context and expertise;

  • understanding how social identities, power, and privilege impact your interactions;

  • approaches to collaborative leadership, such as listening effectively, resolving conflicts, and building mutually-beneficial partnerships;

  • reflecting on your work, and transitioning in and out of communities; and

  • effectively managing community-engaged projects

Course Modules:

  • Introduction to Community Engagement

  • Community Context and Ethical Engagement

  • Social Identities, Power, and Privilege

  • Collaborative Leadership

  • Reflections and Transitions

  • Community-Engaged Project Management

  • Conclusion

Requirement: No prior community engagement experience necessary.

How to Apply

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