Community-Based Leadership & Development Certificate

Community-Based Leadership & Development certificate program
Dearborn students at the U-M Detroit Center.
The Certificate in Community-Based Leadership & Development is designed for students who want to be positive change agents and who seek to effectively engage, center, and empower community members when working towards social justice.

In order to train students in this vision of leadership, the curricula prioritizes student learning within and across the following three areas:

  • Participatory democratic skills, paths of civic engagement and personal empowerment;
  • Knowledge and analysis of the operation of power and inequality in politics and policy, across social groups, and within institutions and organizations;
  • Applied, engaged, community-based service work and research in our metropolitan community.

A core element of this Certificate is its focus on courses with service-learning projects and/or collaborative research with community organizations, to give you practical experience in current and local efforts, exposure to types of community organizations and processes, and applied understanding of concepts and theories from coursework. The Certificate can complement your major or it can be taken as a stand-alone credential.

As an interdisciplinary Certificate, students will have the opportunity to choose among a variety of electives in different subfields, such as health and the environment, community development, Michigan politics, entrepreneurship, and gender and sexuality.

Information about the Certificate

Department of Social Sciences

3018 - College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-593-5096
Fax: 313-593-5645