Explore how to confidently contribute to social change in one’s community through learning about your personal strengths, values, and agency; non-profit organizational functioning; effective communication skills; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and leadership styles and opportunities. You will come away with an increased understanding of yourself and the roles you can play in leading change in your organization and community.

The course will be delivered in person at the Sechelt Campus. There will also be assignments that are to be completed online.

More Information

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Illustrate the components of your personal story which brings you to community-engaged work 
  • Identify the values, assumptions and beliefs you hold about being an effective leader
  • Describe your personal leadership style and how it is influenced by their experiences, goals, values, and identities
  • Differentiate between asset-based and deficit-focused community development
  • Compare problem-solving to appreciate inquiry models for change
  • Demonstrate understanding of common non-profit structures, processes and people, including the Board of Directors, decision-making frameworks, and change processes
  • Understand the meaning, importance and impact of organizational culture
  • Describe ways to decolonize and Indigenize workplaces
  • Communicate effectively using written and spoken word, non-verbal language, electronic tools, and listening skills to develop relationships, motivate others, ensure confidentiality, manage conflicts, and represent organizations
  • Describe the meanings, causes and types of social inequity, power and privilege, and unconscious bias and ways to reduce or eliminate their negative impacts on people and organizations
  • Utilize methods to foster diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion to create a culture of empowerment, respect and creative collaboration and action


Module 1: Understanding Yourself (Reflection)

Module 2: Understanding Non-Profit Organizations (Context)

Module 3: Understanding Others (Action)

Evaluation Method



  • Basic computer skills

Required Materials

  • You must have access to a computer with high-speed internet (at least 25 Mbps download speed)
  • Find out your internet connectivity speed

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