Learn to better engage community members in the planning, problem-solving, and decision-making processes that improve the social, political, and cultural wellbeing of civic and community life. This program is geared towards practitioners in the public and non-profit sectors, social services, education, labour, health, housing, policing, and transportation.
Winnie Ng (Ryerson University) and Deena Ladd (Workers Action Centre) will be teaching a new course at Ryerson in May/June this year on community engagement. People who are working in community agencies, immigrant settlement agencies, community projects are encouraged to attend.
The course will be examining models of community engagement from here and the global south, strategies of best practices, strengthening leadership skills, developing critical analysis and reflection on our own practice, understanding how to do this work in the context of inequalities and unequal power dynamics, with lots of opportunities to work on collaborative projects.
“Is this course right for me or one of my staff?” Something to consider:
Ø If you are an executive director or manager – would you financially support one of your staff to attend this course?
Ø if you are in a leadership position, could you consider arranging a scholarship donation from your organization and sponsor an activist to attend?
Ø If you are a front-line worker – do you want the space to learn, share strategies and strengthen the work you do with the communities you work with?
Ø If you work in a trade union – do you want to learn, share strategies and understand how to build connections with communities and the work you are doing?
Ø If you are a community activist – do you want the space to share strategies, learn about best practices and get support for the work you are doing?
The course will be 42 hours of instruction and fully credited by Ryerson University. The course is part of a new certificate in Community Engagement, Leadership and Development.
The days of instruction have been organized so that if people are working, they can attend most of the days during work time if they have the support of the organization they work for. Or alternatively, get the course done and only have to take a few days off.
Download the flyer: Certificate in Community Engagement, Leadership, and Development
For more information about The Chang School, or to register for the Certificate in
Community Engagement, Leadership and Development, visit
www.ryerson.ca/ce/community or contact us directly.