Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change
About this course
Engage in Community service and learning
Studies show that seniors who stay socially active and engaged experience a variety of benefits, including: Better cognitive function. Social activities keep us sharp and mentally engaged, and this is important to prevent the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, thus maintaining good emotional health.
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.
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.
You can purchase certificate for an additional cost.
What you'll learn:
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
Heads up! Our courses has been hand-picked for retirees from our affiliate partners. If you buy something through one of our course links, you won’t pay a penny more, but we might get a small commission to support our community, which helps keep the lights on. Thanks for supporting us!
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