Competencies

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Core Engagement Competencies (First Requirement)

The first requirement for the Graduate Certification in Community Engagement is the core engagement competencies. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the core engagement competencies include topics:

  • Foundations of community-engaged scholarship
  • Variations in community-engaged scholarship
  • Initiating community partnerships
  • Sustaining community partnerships
  • Techniques for community collaboration
  • Critical thinking and critical reflections
  • Community-engaged research and creative activities
  • Community-engaged teaching and learning
  • Community-engaged service and practice
  • Asset based community engagement
  • Capacity building for sustained change
  • Systemic approaches to community change
  • Evaluation of community partnerships
  • Quality, excellence, and rigor in peer review
  • Communicating with public audiences
  • Communicating with academic audiences
  • Documenting your engagement accomplishments
  • Successful community engagement careers
  • Working with diverse communities
  • Ethics and community-engaged scholarship

Students usually fulfill this requirement by attending seminars coordinated by University Outreach and Engagement. The series is offered on an annual basis, in person, Friday afternoons from 1:30-3:30 PM during Fall and Spring semesters.

Students who have completed coursework that addresses a particular core engagement competency may ask to have the syllabi, reading lists, and assignments evaluated as potential alternatives to the required seminars. Contact the program coordinator to request such a review.

In rare instances, students may request a make-up session to review materials from the core engagement seminars.

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Seminar Schedule 2019-2020
Graduate Certification in Community Engagement

Last Updated July 9, 2019

This table lists Seminars and follow-up sessions available for the Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement for Fall 2019.
Fall Semester 2019
Thurs., Aug. 29
(optional)
1:30-3:30 pm
62 Kellogg
Information Session about Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
Fri., Sept. 6
5:00 pm
On-Line Applications & Nominations Deadline
Fri., Sept. 20
(double session)
1:30-3:00 pm (1st)
3:15-5:00 pm (2nd)

138 Brody

Seminar 1: History and Foundations of Community-Engaged Scholarship

Burton Bargerstock, Executive Director, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship (OPES), Michigan State University

Seminar 2: Variations in Community-Engaged Scholarship

Diane Doberneck, Director for Faculty and Professional Development, OPES, Michigan State University

Fri., Sept. 27
1:30-3:30 pm
138 Brody

Seminar 3: Initiating and Sustaining Community Partnerships

Renee Brown, Director; and Michelle Snitgen, Academic Specialist, Center for Community Engaged Learning, Michigan State University

Fri., Oct. 11
(extra long)
1:30-4:00 pm
138 Brody

Seminar 4: Engaging with Diverse Communities

Nicole Springer, Director, Campus Compact for Michigan

Fri. Oct. 25
1:30-3:30 pm
138 Brody

Seminar 5: Techniques for Community Collaboration

Diane Doberneck and others for lightning talks

Fri., Nov. 8
(out of sequence)
1:30-3:30 pm
138 Brody

Seminar 6: Community-Engaged Research and Creative Activities

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Fri., Nov. 22
1:30-3:30 pm
138 Brody

Seminar 7: Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning

Renee Brown, Director; and Michelle Snitgen, Academic Specialist, Center for Community Engaged Learning, Michigan State University

Fri., Dec. 6
(out of sequence)
1:30-3:30 pm
138 Brody

Seminar 8: Community-Engaged Service and Practice

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This table lists Seminars and follow-up sessions available for the Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement for Spring 2020.
Spring Semester 2020
Fri., Jan. 10
(double session)
1:30-3:00 pm (1st)
3:15-5:00 pm (2nd)

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Seminar 9: Documenting and Communicating Engagement Accomplishments

Miles McNall, Director for Community-Engaged Research, OPES, Michigan State University

Seminar 10: Community Engagement Across the Career Span

Diane Doberneck, Director for Faculty and Professional Development, OPES, Michigan State University

Fri., Jan. 24
1:30-3:30 pm
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Seminar 11: Coalition Approaches to Community Engagement

Kas Anderson-Carpenter, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University

Fri., Feb. 7
1:30-3:30 pm
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Seminar 12: Cross-Cultural Dimensions of Community Partnerships

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Fri., Feb. 21
(extra long)
1:30-4:00 pm
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Seminar 13: Asset-based and Capacity-Building Approaches

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Fri., Mar. 13
(out of sequence)
1:30-3:30 pm
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Seminar 14: Evaluation of Community Partnerships

Miles McNall, Director for Community Engaged Research, OPES, Michigan State University

Fri., Mar. 27
1:30-3:30 pm
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Seminar 15: Peer Review of Community-Engaged Scholarship

Miles McNall and Diane Doberneck

Fri., Apr. 10
(extra long)
1:30-4:00 pm
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Seminar 16: Communicating with Public Audiences

Danielle DeVoss, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Michigan State University

Fri., Apr. 24
1:30-3:30 pm
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Seminar 17: Communicating with Academic Audiences

Diane Doberneck, Director for Faculty and Professional Development, OPES, Michigan State University