Practice of Engagement

What are the steps in designing, implementing, and learning from an effective public engagement process? How can you properly diagnose power dynamics and bias – both internally and externally – to inform better engagement design?

This course covers the entire design process, with a focus on meeting community and stakeholder expectations for public engagement. You will identify strategies for ensuring that organizations embed and maintain public engagement values and practices over the long-term. You will also learn how to broaden and diversify the people and perspectives engaged, enriching the process.


Location: Online
Duration: 3 days
Tuition: $700
Can be applied to:
Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateTue, Oct 8, 2024
  • Tue, Oct 8, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Wed, Oct 9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Thu, Oct 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
InstructorAndrea Reimer
Seats Available24

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Diagnose the readiness of your organization for engagement
  • Define the broad idea of "The Community" and apply it in your context
  • Develop effective strategies for doing public engagement within and on behalf of organizations at different developmental stages
  • Apply dialogue and engagement principles in a range of institutional and social contexts
  • Develop the personal awareness and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) skills necessary for engaging the community, including awareness of power and bias

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Advance readings
  • Assignments to be completed outside of scheduled class times
  • Lectures
  • Class discussions and exercises
  • Recommended reading

You will be evaluated on:

  • Class participation
  • Assignments 

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.