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University of Michigan

Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change

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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.


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

Taught by

Community Engagement Course Team

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  • Anonymous
    I'm happy about the course ,im learning more in this course & looking forward to growing within this field of study
  • Marofa Jan

    Marofa Jan completed this course.

    I have experienced a great joy which working with community, ot has provided me an opportunity to serve the community at local level. It boosted my insight and experience, i have learned a lot while working with community members. I'm trying my best to highlight and resolve their issues.
  • Ashaiwulu Gaye
    I want to learn this course, community engagement at certificate level frist.iam a good in communication with the results working with the community people

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