Culturally Competent and Trauma-Informed Strategies (Interdisciplinary Courses 815-001)
Thursdays, September 6 – October 1; one Saturday session
In almost any professional context, we must work with and communicate with others. Gain skills and strategies for approaching others with empathy, an awareness of your own biases, and cultural competency. Learn about the principles of “trauma-informed” programming and approaches. Explore a variety of illustrations and applications of these foundational strategies for being a better communicator and collaborator with others.
Strategies for Managing and Facilitating (Interdisciplinary Courses 815-002)
Thursdays, October 9 – November 5; one Saturday session
Professionals in a variety of fields must manage staff, and facilitate group decision making processes. Hear from community professionals about legal elements, best practices, and strategies to managing staff effectively. Learn about creative approaches to facilitation that support positive community engagement. Practice skills that will be useful in your future career when working with a variety of stakeholders, colleagues, and collaborators.
Interaction with the Public Sector and Understanding Regulatory Contexts (Interdisciplinary Courses 815-003)
Thursdays, November 13 – December 13; one Saturday session
Whether working in nonprofit programming, business and entrepreneurship, or in public schools or agencies, your work and goals may depend upon public funding or regulation. Learn how to identify and navigate government and regulatory contexts that pertain to your future work. Observe public sector hearings or processes, and gain understanding about advocacy and relationships with government officials.
Financial Management and Reporting Processes for Organizations (Interdisciplinary Courses 815-001)
Develop a working knowledge of financial best practices, accounting principles, and financial reporting that may be required of your enterprise. Hear from professionals who have gained a command of financial processes. Examine the way that finances interact with mission.
Creative Collaboration and Partnerships (Interdisciplinary Courses 815-002)
Learn about regional examples of private-public partnerships as well as examples of international partnerships forged among organizations and actors from different countries. Explore challenges and benefits associates with these rich, complex, and often very powerful collaborations.
Storytelling, Messaging, and Communication (Interdisciplinary Courses 815-003)
Social change often depends on effective storytelling and communication. Learn about and experience a variety of approaches and media – including video storytelling, social media, and traditional paid and earned media – that can help you be an effective storyteller and communicator, in advancement of your mission.
Design Concepts for Mission-Based Enterprise (Interdisciplinary Courses 815-001)
In nonprofit organizations and social service spaces, community development projects and neighborhood revitalization initiatives, and other social change, community-building, and service delivery efforts, designed environments and arts and design concepts can be important factors to consider and address. Negotiating and understanding the politics and history of spaces and their impacts on community is as important as thinking innovatively about applying design and arts concepts for positive user and community experiences. Learn about various frameworks and strategic approaches to incorporating design and the arts into a variety of mission-based efforts and gain familiarity with key considerations and critiques.
Health and Wellness Principles and Applications (Interdisciplinary Courses 815-002)
Applications of public health principles are exploding. Learn about the exciting possibilities of examining the way that a public health lens can help build support for positive social change around transportation infrastructure, urban agriculture, gun violence, and incarceration, just to name a few examples. Explore how your future work and mission might be bolstered by public health principles, and health impact assessment. Consider the way that “wellness” may be a useful guiding principle in your future work as a manager, advocate, entrepreneur, or leader.
Fundraising and Revenue Models (Interdisciplinary Courses 815-003)
How will your mission and vision be supported? Learn from community professionals and experts about fundamentals of development, donor relations, grant-writing, and establishing fee-based or other types of revenue models for your enterprise. Concepts of social entrepreneurship – making profit work for good – as well as the relationship between programming and funding — will also be included.