Courses

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.

Wednesdays 4:30-7:00 beginning 11/10/21

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



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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 weekly for 2.5hr sessions for 5 weeks, with socially distanced and carefully managed in-person sessions.

Thursdays 4:30-7:00 beginning Spring 2022

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



February 3, 2022 to March 3, 2022, The Lion Brothers Building

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.

Thursdays 4:30-7:00 beginning Spring 2022

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



March 10, 2022 to April 14, 2022

SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERSHIP & DIALOGUE: This course is designed for people who have a deep interest in issues related to race, social justice, power, privilege, oppression, intercultural dialogue, and the ways such issues influence our leadership abilities and interests. By focusing on how we learn, think, and talk about social justice broadly, including race and other intersecting social identities in the United States, students will deepen their understanding of structural power and oppression, which result in a false hierarchy of human value. Designed for students who are interested in community-based public service and leadership, this course will support students' development of critical self-reflection and cultural storytelling, as well as techniques to engage in and lead constructive conversations and critical dialogues across differences. Further, it will equip students with the skills to more critically examine their role in perpetuating and disrupting inequitable structures embedded within the culture of public service and community-based leadership. The class will meet weekly for 2.5hr sessions for 5 weeks, with socially distanced and carefully managed in-person sessions.

Thursdays 4:30-7:00 beginning Spring 2022

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



April 21, 2022 to May 19, 2022, The Lion Brothers Building

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.



July 13, 2022 to August 17, 2022, The Lion Brothers Building

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.

Wednesdays 4:30-7:00 beginning 10/6/21

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



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PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICE OF PLACE: 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 9/1/21

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



This course contains no sessions
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