Leadership in Community Engagement

Collaborative Leadership and Grassroots Governance

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Leadership in Community Engagement

About the Program

This academic certificate program has been developed as part of an ongoing collaboration involving the McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education, the McMaster Office of Community Engagement, and the Hamilton Community Foundation, the Faculty of Social Sciences including the School of Social Work, and in consultation with the City of Hamilton and other key stakeholders in the Hamilton community.

Program Features

  • 5-course academic certificate offered in-person and blended (in-person/online) formats
  • Collaborate with a diverse group of professionals engaged in their communities
  • Opportunities for experiential learning and mentoring
  • Utilize McMaster’s tuition assistance program and earn up to 15 units of credit (McMaster staff only)

Curriculum and Course Work

  • Research and evaluation
  • Communication and conflict management
  • Facilitation of collaborative leadership
  • Community-based project planning

Learning Outcomes 

  • Articulate and critically reflect on the importance of taking an anti-racist, anti-oppressive (ARAO), equity-seeking stance in working across difference within communities
  • Critique dominant and alternative models of leadership and the importance of grassroots, collaborative leadership development within diverse urban communities
  • Explore the practical, political, cultural, ethical, and interpersonal dimensions of doing research and evaluation within diverse urban communities 
  • Identify and create professional connections and networks for community engagement practices in Hamilton
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