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This undergraduate certificate in community engagement strategies gives students an opportunity to gain a practical, historical and theoretical understanding of strategies for promoting social change through collective action.

Program Type

Undergraduate Certificate

Program Format

On Campus
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Why Choose Our Community Engagement Strategies Program?

You’ll learn how to:

  • Understand power relations.
  • Build coalitions.
  • Hold government officials accountable.
  • Work with the media.

With a focus on urban issues, the Community Engagement Strategies certificate provides excellent preparation for students who are interested in becoming community organizers, youth and social workers, politicians, community researchers and nonprofit administrators. It’s also useful for students interested in specializing in other areas, such as international, environmental or union organizing.

You may begin the program by enrolling in ED POL 111. No separate application is required.

If you’re seeking an undergraduate degree at UWM, you’ll receive the certificate upon completion of your degree. If you already have an undergraduate degree, you’ll receive the certificate once you complete the program requirements. Students without a bachelor’s degree receive a certificate from the UWM School of Continuing Education after completing the program’s required coursework.

Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the Community Engagement Strategies program must complete at least 21 credits of courses within the guidelines provided. You may take only 12 credits from a single department, and only 6 credits out of the 12 available for elective courses (components 3 and 4) from a single department. If you wish to enroll (or have enrolled) in programs offered by other groups, including unions, environmental organizations and others, you may petition to the Program Committee for approval. You must achieve a 2.50 GPA in courses required for the certificate.

External Training Program

Participating in a community engagement training program provided by an external group allows students to meet a diverse range of community organizers from different contexts across the United States. Currently, the Midwest Academy 5-day training program is the only approved program.

Toshiba Adams, Lecturer in Educational Policy & Community Studies.
  • Lecturer, Educational Policy and Community Studies
Raquel Farmer-Hinton, Associate Professor in Educational Policy and Community Studies.
  • Associate Professor, Educational Policy and Community Studies
  • Program Director, Alternative Education
Florence Johnson, Lecturer in Educational Policy and Community Studies.
  • Lecturer, Educational Policy and Community Studies
Okja Kwon
  • Lecturer, Educational Policy and Community Studies
Calvin Lewis, Lecturer in Educational Policy and Community Studies.
  • Lecturer, Educational Policy and Community Studies
Kalyani Rai, Associate Professor in Educational Policy & Community Studies.
  • Associate Professor, Educational Policy and Community Studies
Aaron Schutz, Professor in Educational Policy and Community Studies
  • Professor, Educational Policy and Community Studies
  • Department Chair, Educational Policy and Community Studies
  • Program Director, Community Engagement and Education
  • Program Director, Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education
Rajeswari Swaminathan, Professor in Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies
  • Professor, Educational Policy and Community Studies
Javier Tapia, Associate Professor in Educational Policy and Community Studies
  • Associate Professor, Educational Policy and Community Studies
Ben Trager, Lecturer in Educational Policy and Community Studies
  • Lecturer, Educational Policy and Community Studies
Aaria Troiano, Teaching Faculty III in Educational Policy and Community Studies
  • Teaching Faculty III, Educational Policy and Community Studies
Agnes Williams, Lecturer in Educational Policy and Community Studies
  • Lecturer, Educational Policy and Community Studies