Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change

Learn principles and strategies for engaging with U.S.-based and global communities through partnerships, research, service, and learning

Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change

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Estimated 6 weeks
2–4 hours per week
Self-paced
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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.

At a glance

  • Language: English

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

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