Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

Leadership in Community Engagement

Collaborative Leadership and Grassroots Governance

Working across difference within community

Leadership in Community Engagement

Please note the Leadership in Community Engagement program is currently undergoing a review and will no longer be accepting new students.

If you are currently working through the program, you will have the opportunity to finish the program ​by Spring 2019. 

If you are interested in Leadership in Community Engagement, please fill out the “send me more info” form. In doing so you will be notified of any program updates, when they are available. 


About the Leadership in Community Engagement Program

This academic certificate program has been developed as part of an ongoing collaboration involving

  • McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education
  • The McMaster Office of Community Engagement
  • The Hamilton Community Foundation
  • The Faculty of Social Sciences including the School of Social Work
  • and in consultation with the City of Hamilton and other key stakeholders in the Hamilton community.

Leadership in Community Engagement Program Features

  • 5-course academic certificate
  • Collaborate with a diverse group of professionals engaged in their communities
  • Opportunities for experiential learning and mentoring
  • Utilize McMaster’s tuition assistance program and earn up to 15 units of credit (McMaster staff only)

Leadership in Community Engagement Learning Outcomes 

  • Articulate and critically reflect on the importance of taking an anti-racist, anti-oppressive (ARAO), equity-seeking stance in working across difference within communities
  • Critique dominant and alternative models of leadership and the importance of grassroots, collaborative leadership development within diverse urban communities
  • Explore the practical, political, cultural, ethical, and interpersonal dimensions of doing research and evaluation within diverse urban communities 
  • Identify and create professional connections and networks for community engagement practices in Hamilton

Curriculum and Course Work

  • Research and evaluation
  • Communication and conflict management
  • Facilitation of collaborative leadership
  • Community-based project planning