Our community needs strong leaders who are not only passionate about making a difference — they have the skills to make it happen.

This interdisciplinary program allows undergraduates from any major to explore leadership theory, community organizing, and the role of civic life and identity, as well as gain practical experience in community engagement and leadership.

The program is based on a social justice model of leadership development, but it will also expose you to additional philosophies such as servant leadership and authentic leadership. You’ll gain real-world experience through team-building activities such as retreats and ROPES courses, community service, and a practicum in a leadership position, among other experiential learning activities.

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For more information or questions about the program

(414) 229- 4721


Certificate Requirements

This 16-credit certificate draws on curriculum from a number of different areas, including Educational Policy, Administrative Leadership, Communication, History, Sociology, Business Administration and more. The required leadership capstone/practicum is often related to your major.

Download Certificate Requirements (PDF)

Gainful Employment

Due to new federal financial aid regulations, beginning with the summer 2017 term, students who had not previously been awarded federal financial aid at UWM and are enrolled in a stand-alone certificate program will no longer be eligible for federal Title IV aid. Students in a stand-alone certificate who are seeking financial assistance maybe eligible for private loans. Private loans are not guaranteed as they are subject to lender approval including a credit check.

Below is a link to a tool that will help you learn what to look for when shopping for a private loan. At the end of the short tutorial, it will provide a comparison shopping tool allowing you to sort, filter, and compare up to five lenders at one time.


Upon applying for the loan of your choice and being approved, the UWM Financial Aid Office will be notified by the lender to provide enrollment information. At such time the loan will be added to your financial aid award.


profile photoRaquel Farmer-HintonAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studiesrfarhin@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 523
profile photoFlorence JohnsonSenior LecturerEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-6550fljoh@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 541
profile photoJulie KailinAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-6623jkailin@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 521
profile photoKalyani RaiAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 227-2587kalyanir@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 519
profile photoMarie SandyAssociate Professor; Co-Interim DirectorEducational Policy & Community Studies; Urban Education Doctoral Program(414) 229-1173sandym@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 539
profile photoAaron SchutzProfessor & Educational Policy & Community Studies Department Chair; Co-DirectorEducational Policy & Community Studies; Urban Education Doctoral Program(414) 229-4150schutz@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 553
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 photoAaria TroianoSenior LecturerEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-4724atroiano@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 529
profile photoGary L. WilliamsAssociate Professor; DirectorEducational Policy & Community Studies; Institute for Intercultural Research(414) 229-5626glw@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 545
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