Courses

DIGITAL STORYTELLING FOR COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP: This course will guide students through the process of creating a digital story and also give them the tools to facilitate digital storytelling workshops themselves. Digital stories are short-format videos in which the creator narrates a story from their own life; they are often connected to broader themes and can be used to tell the story of a person, organization, community, or movement. The class will meet for a 3 day intensive course from 9:00-5:00, with socially distanced and carefully managed in-person sessions.

This course is not limited to UMBC students and is open to the general public.



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Programming as Inclusive Process: This course will guide students through the steps of program development and implementation that reflects community culture and priorities. "Programming as Inclusive Process" seeks to help students develop programming which connects multiple communities through sharedactivities and spaces, and addresses the importance of creating programs and events whichrespond to community needs, feedback, and assets.

Wednesdays 4:30-7:00 beginning 01/31/2024

This course is not limited to UMBC students and is open to the general public.



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Finding Your Voice: Branding and Messaging in the Social Sector: This course will examine how nonprofits can find their authentic voice, build stronger connections with their audiences, and inspire action through their messaging and visuals. You will uncover your organization's personality and where it stands in the current landscape, explore your audience's needs and values, and identify concrete steps toward a more effective brand.

Wednesdays 4:30-7:00 beginning March 6, 2024

This course is not limited to UMBC students and is open to the general public.



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Budgeting for Community Impact: Have you heard the saying, Put your money where your mouth is? If not, it is a saying that means to follow through on something yousaid. Organizations say a lot through their marketing, their grant proposals, and ultimately through their vision, mission, and values. But there's one major way to see if they're really walking the walk or just talking: their BUDGET! An organization's budget is their accountability to the things that they say. This course will teach students how to align their values and their intended impact with their budgets so that they can stand in integrity.

Wednesdays 4:30-7:00 beginning April 17, 2024

This course is not limited to UMBC students and is open to the general public.



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Podcasting: Learn the art of podcasting from conception to publication in this engaging and hands-on course. Discover the essentials of planning a podcast, mastering the use of equipment, editing techniques, and explore effective marketing strategies. Gain insights into sustaining audience engagement and monetization options. By the end of the course, you'll have the skills to create and promote your own successful podcast.

Thursdays 4:30-7:30 beginning July 11, 2024

This course is not limited to UMBC students and is open to the general public.



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ASSET BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: This course will address the fundamentals of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) -- how to practically implement ABCD in students' daily professional practice while developing a community of practice -- using ABCD as well as becoming ABCD practitioners in the field. Working through an ABCD process, participants can move towards whole-community mobilization through mapping the capacities & assets of individuals, associations, and institutions while building relationships. The class will meet weekly for 2.5hr sessions for 5 weeks, with socially distanced and carefully managed in-person sessions.

Wednesday nights 4:30 to 7:00pm, 2/1/23 to 3/1/23, location TBD. This course is not limited to UMBC students and is open to the general public.



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COMMUNITY ORGANIZING: Community Organizing is a means of bringing people together to address problematic social conditions and to collectively participate in cultural and economic aspirations. Organizing is a purposeful, collective and sometimes an individual effort for change . As Organizing is an intentional effort, it requires analysis, political insight, good planning, flexibility, and interactional skills. The course is for students who seek to expand, learn, and refine their skills in building organizational, social, and community power of action. The class will meet weekly for 2.5hr sessions for 5 weeks, with socially distanced and carefully managed in-person sessions.

Wednesdays 4:30-7:00 beginning Fall 2023

This course is not limited to UMBC students and is open to the general public.



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GRANT WRITING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: In this five session class, students will learn the fundamentals of grant proposal writing including: ethics, finding and vetting funding opportunities, analyzing Requests for Proposals (RFPs), organizing, writing, & submitting compelling proposals, and the do's and don'ts of teaming with organizations. Throughout the class students will choose one real nonprofit organization to work with (either their own or one provided for them to partner with) and identify, write, and submit a grant proposal for their organization. All assignments will be written exercises that will receive feedback from the instructor and contribute to the ultimate class goal of submitting an actual grant proposal. Bring a passion for an issue you care about, a desire to learn the proposal writing process, and a sense of camaraderie and humor. The class will meet weekly for 2.5hr sessions with socially distanced and carefully managed in-person sessions.

Wednesdays 4:30-7:00 beginning Fall 2023

This course is not limited to UMBC students and is open to the general public.



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GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY ADVOCACY: This course will focus on the tenets of grassroots community advocacy at the local level. From stop signs to school funding, local government plays a fundamental role in designing communities for people to thrive. Over this six week course, students will learn about the basic functions of county and city government, how to organize around issues of concern or opportunity, and the best means of organizing to influence local elected officials and others. The class will meet weekly for 2hr sessions for 6 weeks (the last class will meet for 2.5 hours), with socially distanced and carefully managed in-person sessions.

Wednesdays 5:00-7:00 beginning Summer 2022

This course is not limited to UMBC students and is open to the general public.



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PLACES AND PLACEMAKING: This course will support students in cultivating a strong sense of place and developing leadership skills and experience in the pedagogy and practice of placemaking. The class will meet weekly for 2.5hr sessions for 5 weeks, with socially distanced and carefully managed classroom and outdoor in-person sessions. Students will critically explore theoretical and applied perspectives about the key concept of "place" through seminar style discussions, written reflections, and other course assignments.

Wednesdays 4:30-7:00 beginning 08/31/22

This course is not limited to UMBC students and is open to the general public.



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RESTORATIVE PRACTICES: This course will address the application of restorative justice/restorative practices to community leadership frameworks. Restorative practices is a relational framework grounded in interdisciplinary theories and collective processes. When used to create spaces for engaged learning, inclusive decision-making, and social capital building, restorative practices has the potential to transform communities and systems by allowing community members to maintain and sustain relationships even when harm has occurred. The class will meet weekly for 2.5hr sessions for 5 weeks, with socially distanced and carefully managed in-person sessions.

Wednesday nights 4:30 to 7:00pm, 3/8/23 - 4/12/23, OCA Mocha Cafe Community Room in Arbutus, MD

This course is not limited to UMBC students and is open to the general public.



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STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:The course will teach the concept and guide students through the steps of strategic planning for nonprofit organizations. Strategic planning is an organizational management activity used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, establish agreement for intended outcomes and to assess the organization's direction. Engaging the community in this process is imperative to successful outcomes, trust building and equity. The course will equip students, as community-based leaders, with an understanding of the concept of strategic planning and the value of community engagement to create positive change. The class will meet weekly for 2.5hr sessions with socially distanced and carefully managed in-person sessions.

Wednesdays 4:30-7:00 beginning Fall 2023

This course is not limited to UMBC students and is open to the general public.



This course contains no sessions
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