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There are countless paths to making tangible, positive differences in the world through community-engaged learning (CEL), including coursework, internships, community-based research, international engagement, and student organizations. The modules in this course offer opportunities for you to explore your vision for impacting the world through the design of a CEL course or program. In each of the modules, you will discover key concepts, best practices, and various CEL resources to support your vision.

In this course, you will examine different dimensions of cultural humility to improve students' cultural self-awareness, their ability to communicate across difference, and their skills in addressing inequities by holding institutions accountable through community-engaged learning (CEL). You will incorporate strategies to facilitate students' ability to enact cultural humility in interpersonal and institutional relationships. You will also assist students in connecting the complexity of identities with CEL in order to create a healthy, thriving classroom community.  

The value of community-engaged learning (CEL) courses and programs hinges on the quality of the relationships developed with community partners. This course provides you with the tools and resources you need to design a learning experience that ensures students will be primed to learn from, as well as work with, community partners. 

By the end of this course, you will have applied the cornerstone principles of both developing and sustaining reciprocal community partnerships. Exploring asset-based strategy and collaborative approaches will strengthen your capacity to draw on the unique wisdom of community partners and organizations both present and future. Your work will continue to benefit from an expanded focus on functional flexibility within your design mindset and the confidence that your CEL course or program will effectively weather and thrive in the inherently dynamic and unpredictable environment of CEL partnerships.

Critical reflection is an essential learning philosophy and process, and it is a core outcome for community-engaged learning (CEL). The design of any community-engaged course or program must include critical reflection strategies that are intentional, integrated, and systematic. This affords you multiple opportunities to describe, analyze, interpret, and communicate the value of your CEL experience to both internal and external audiences.

This course encompasses the critical reflection definitions and models the techniques and best practices necessary to maximize student learning and community impact. You will receive the guidance, tools, and resources needed to effectively incorporate and assess critical reflection in community-engaged projects and programs.

In this course, you will recognize your role as a leader in community-engaged learning and discover ways to inspire and enact change in the community and the institution. You will explore tools and strategies to facilitate change and challenge the status quo while defining what outcomes you intend to create. You will determine what it means to be an engaged leader and flip the idea of leadership to include everyone.

With the tools and models provided, you will confront assumptions and embrace theories of change to invite learning and reflection on institutional contributions and constraints. You will also identify challenges in your institution and create a plan for addressing them in order to build capacity and promote lifelong learning within the institution and wider community.

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I have always been passionate to voice the voice of the unheard and provide an opportunity to bring everyone to the table. This certificate gave me the experience, tools and skills to do so... It was exactly what I needed.
‐ Josiah E.
Josiah E.

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