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.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
TBA - Andrea Reimer $700.00 0 -

Course schedule: This course is offered via online-supported delivery. Access opens on the first date listed to allow you to complete pre-readings and assignments in preparation for your first class. Virtual classes begin on the second date listed and run from 10 am to 3 pm PT. The course will end one week after the final date listed to allow time to complete a final assignment. 

What will I learn?

You will learn 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 will I learn?

  • Pre-readings and assignments
  • Lectures
  • Class discussions and exercises
  • Recommended reading

Who should take this course?

This course is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the design, implementation and practice of civic engagement. We strongly recommend some background with dialogue and civic engagement.

How will I be evaluated?

We will evaluate you based on your class participation and assignments.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered through the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform (within Canvas). You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here.

You can find more information on online-supported learning on our About Online Learning page. 

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