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.

You’ll learn how to:

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

With a focus on urban issues, this certificate is 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.

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.

Program Requirements

Certificate Requirements Overview (PDF)

Community Engagement Strategies Academic Catalog Requirements

Academic Catalog Requirements Sheet

  • Visit the Academic Catalog webpage linked above, then click on the Print Options link in the lower right hand column
  • Click the Download Page (PDF) link
  • Print or save the condensed program requirements document

Students enrolled in the 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.


profile photoToshiba AdamsLecturerEducational Policy & Community Studiestladams@uwm.edu
profile photoRaquel Farmer-HintonAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studiesrfarhin@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 523
profile photoDarwyn FehrmanLecturerEducational Policy & Community Studiesdfehrman@uwm.edu
profile photoJames H. Hall Jr.LecturerEducational Policy & Community Studieshalljh@uwm.eduEnderis Hall
profile photoFlorence JohnsonLecturerEducational Policy & Community Studiesfljoh@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 541
profile photoOkja KwonLecturerEducational Policy & Community Studiesokjakwon@uwm.eduEnderis Hall
profile photoCalvin LewisLecturerEducational Policy & Community Studieslewis2@uwm.edu
profile photoKalyani RaiAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-2587kalyanir@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 519
profile photoRajeswari SwaminathanProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studiesswaminar@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 557
profile photoJavier TapiaAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-5261jtapia@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 563
profile photoBen TragerLecturerEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-3161bwtrager@uwm.eduStudent Union WG28
profile photoAaria TroianoTeaching Faculty IIIEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-4724atroiano@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 529
profile photoAgnes WilliamsLecturerEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-7356avw@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 549


Program Information

For general information or questions about the program, contact:

Office of Student Services
(414) 229-4721