• Length:
    6 Weeks
  • Effort:
    2–4 hours per week
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  • Level:
    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
    English
  • Course Type:
    Self-paced on your time

Prerequisites

None

About this course

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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

Prepare in advance or take this course simultaneously to get the most out of your experience by engaging with communities ethically, respectfully, and sustainably.

Developed by a highly interdisciplinary team of U-Mcontent experts and faculty, this course is designed to be both engaging and challenging, offering an accessible entry into foundational topics as well as a jumping off point to pursue work and further learning in effective community engagement. It is also a toolkit and a roadmap that offers concrete takeaways and resources for working effectively with communities.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn from experienced U-M students, faculty, and staff and local community partners, and you’ll have many opportunities to try out and apply the principles and concepts you’re learning.

No prior community engagement experience necessary.

What you'll learn

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Key concepts and strategies you’ll learn:

  • 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

Meet your instructors

Jennifer Chizek
Design and Innovation Program Manager, Engaged Learning Office
School of Information
Christie Donahue
Former Assistant Director, Center for Socially Engaged Design
College of Engineering
Kelly Kowatch
Director, Engaged Learning Office & Adjunct Lecturer
School of Information
Katie Lopez
Director of Office of Global Activities & Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

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