Unleash Your Leadership:

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PROGRAM DETAILS

Are you passionate about a cause? Are you looking for the perfect social impact opportunity for you or your organization? Are you ready to be the change you want to see in the world? Set yourself apart by combining your civically engaged service with the Social Impact Professional Certificate Program.

Offered in partnership with the Center for Social Impact (CSI) at Utah Valley University, this Program is a unique learning experience focused on developing outstanding social impact professionals. Join a select group of peers from corporate, government, education and non-profit organizations for this intensive program. The Program offers an exceptional selection of faculty and facilitators that will guide you in discovering the strategies, skills, resources and networks needed to create and maximize your social impact opportunities.

Upon successful completion of the Program, you will receive the Social Impact Professional Certificate. Develop the expertise, credibility and confidence to advance your career and make meaningful contributions in your organization, industry and community. Earning the Social Impact Professional Certificate is a great way to demonstrate your ability and professional achievement.

Program
2 Sessions per Month
Dates
Aug '20 ‐ Mar '21
Cost
Times
Wed, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Format
Live Interactive Online

Social impact is an interdisciplinary field with a rich and rigorous academic history. Unfortunately, there are few spaces where practitioners can really dive into social impact thought, theory, and practice. Many often falsely believe they can only be involved through the non-profit or social work sectors. CSI’s mission is to develop active citizens empowered to make real social impact – significant, positive change that addresses a pressing, community-identified social challenge in their communities. With the knowledge and skills gained in this Program, Participants will be able to create social impact in any field or space.

The Program consists of 16 courses held every other Wednesday evening (excluding certain UVU blackout dates). All sessions will be delivered live online in a format that is highly interactive with instructors and that features small group work for a high-touch learning experience. For course dates and descriptions, see Curriculum for details.

The courses address current, real-world social issues from a variety of viewpoints. Through the latest research, best practices, and personal success experiences, learn about the social issues about which you are the most passionate. Gain invaluable insights into how other successful social impact professionals discover innovative solutions and develop viable, strategic plans to lead positive change. Explore our community partner database to identify local, national and global organizations and projects tackling those same social problems. Then, engage and partner with them to begin making a more meaningful, purposeful contribution.

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TARGET AUDIENCE

The Center for Social Impact at UVU has a long-established reputation for the successful delivery of social impact work. The Social Impact Professional Certificate Program is designed for mid-to-senior level managers, executives and professionals with a variety of experiences and roles in the corporate, government, education, professional, and non-profit sectors. They are social cause managers, corporate social responsibility professionals, educators, influencers, and social impact enthusiasts who are current leaders or emerging leaders of their organizations. Ideal SIP candidates are looking to enhance their knowledge, abilities and effectiveness, rise in their organizations or make a career change, and build a unique network of other successful social impact professionals.

RETURN ON INVESTMENT

  • Understand key social impact pathways
  • Develop a social impact strategy
  • Engage with social impact experts
  • discover innovative methods & approaches
  • Inspire engagement in your organization & community
  • Join a network of social impact leaders, mentors & peers

PROGRAM COSTS

The Program Fee is $2,000 per Participant and includes all instruction, learning components, materials and facilities. Space in the Program is limited to a select number of Participants. Registrations are processed on a rolling basis. Registration and payment must be complete no later than July 31, 2020. UVU Executive Education reserves the right to determine the final list of Participants. UVU does not provide scholarships or financial aid for this Program. Payment and cancellation policies can be found on the registration page.

CURRICULUM

Courses in the Program focus on social impact topics and principles in the following Pathways. These Pathways are interdependent – intersecting and overlapping to give language, insight and direction to the journey one takes to become more engaged, inquisitive, and forward-thinking toward active citizenship. This powerful framework informs the range of possibilities and contributions Participants can pursue for the common good.

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Direct Service

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Community Engaged Learning

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Social Entrepreneurship & Corporate Social Responsibility

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Policy and Governance

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Community Organizing and Activism

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Philanthropy

Social Impact Fundamentals, Ethics & Values

Wed, Aug 12th

This class session explores the fundamentals of social impact, including mindset, principles, power, privilege, intersectionality, and systems. We will also explore the ethics and values required to work in the social impact space.

Defining & Mapping a Problem

Wed, Aug 26th

This class session introduces the social impact cycle, how to define a social problem, and how to map its root causes, contributing factors, and consequences from the perspective of multiple stakeholders.

Theory of Change & Impact Evaluation

Wed, Sep 2nd

This class session explains the theory of change and best practices to measure the impact of interventions.

Equity Design Thinking

Wed, Sep 16th

This class session explores the problem-solving process based on equity, humility-building, integrating history and healing practices, addressing power dynamics, and co-creating with the community. This design process focuses on a community’s culture and needs so that they can gain tools to dismantle systemic oppression and create a future with equity for all.

Direct Service

Wed, Oct 7th

This class session defines the pathway of direct service and explores its context, associated theories, best practices, current trends, evaluation methods, and career opportunities.

Community-Engaged Learning & Research I

Wed, Oct 21st

(Part 1 of 2) These class sessions define the pathway of community engaged learning and research, and explore its context, associated theories, best practices, current trends, evaluation methods, and career opportunities.

Community-Engaged Learning & Research II

Wed, Nov 4th

(Part 2 of 2) These class sessions define the pathway of community engaged learning and research, and explore its context, associated theories, best practices, current trends, evaluation methods, and career opportunities.

Social Entrepreneurship & Corporate Social Responsibility I

Wed, Nov 18th

(Part 1 of 2 ) These class sessions define the pathway of social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, and explore its context, associated theories, best practices, current trends, evaluation methods, and career opportunities.

Social Entrepreneurship & Corporate Social Responsibility II

Wed, Dec 2nd

(Part 2 of 2 ) These class sessions define the pathway of social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, and explore its context, associated theories, best practices, current trends, evaluation methods, and career opportunities.

Policy & Governance I

Wed, Dec 16th

(Part 1 of 2) These class sessions define the pathway of policy and governance, and explore its context, associated theories, best practices, current trends, evaluation methods, and career opportunities.

Policy & Governance II

Wed, Jan 13th

(Part 2 of 2) These class sessions define the pathway of policy and governance, and explore its context, associated theories, best practices, current trends, evaluation methods, and career opportunities.

Community Organizing & Activism I

Wed, Jan 27th

(Part 1 of 2) These class sessions define the pathway of community organizing and activism, and explore its context, associated theories, best practices, current trends, evaluation methods, and career opportunities.

Community Organizing & Activism II

Wed, Feb 3rd

(Part 2 of 2) These class sessions define the pathway of community organizing and activism, and explore its context, associated theories, best practices, current trends, evaluation methods, and career opportunities.

Philanthropy I

Wed, Feb 17th

(Part 1 of 2) These class sessions define the pathway of philanthropy, and explore its context, associated theories, best practices, current trends, evaluation methods, and career opportunities.

Philanthropy II

Wed, Mar 3rd

(Part 2 of 2) These class sessions define the pathway of philanthropy, and explore its context, associated theories, best practices, current trends, evaluation methods, and career opportunities.

Final Presentations / Certificate Awards

Wed, Mar 17th

This class session will be dedicated to student presentations of their final project.

LEARNING METHODOLOGY

The learning framework used by CSI is founded on two, nationally recognized models, the Pathways of Social Impact (from Stanford University's Haas Center for Public Service) and the Active Citizen Continuum (from Break Away, a national Alternative Break non-profit). Combining these powerful concepts and methodologies encompasses a broader venue for active citizenship in which Participants can design social impact programs, initiatives, and collaborations that move them along the continuum from pathway entry points to more substantial community learning experiences. For more information, visit the Center for Social Impact.

Program class sizes enable maximum focus, intensity, individual attention, extensive interaction, practical application, and peer networking. This makes for an experience of unrivalled quality, relevance, intensity and challenge.

FACULTY

UVU’s philosophy is “Include, Engage, Achieve”, an engaged, service-learning methodology and strategy that provides unique access to, and the opportunity for in-depth interaction with, highly qualified instructors, industry leaders and pathway experts. Our faculty members have extensive and diverse backgrounds and are recognized as highly experienced social impact practitioners in business, government, education, research, non-profit and social work. Lead faculty and program facilitators include:

Dr. Jonathon Westover

Dr. Jonathon Westover

Dr. Jonathan Westover is Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership in the Woodbury School of Business, Academic Director of the Center for Social Impact and the UVU SIMLab, Faculty Fellow for Ethics in Public Life (previously the Associate Director) in the Center for the Study of Ethics, and program Co-Director of the Human Resource Management BS/BA/Minor/Certificates and Integrated Studies emphasis. He is also an HR/OD consultant, a CIPD Academic Fellow, a HEA Senior Fellow, and a Visiting Academic at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford.

Summer Valente

Summer Valente MPA

Summer Barrick Valente is the director of the Center for Social Impact at Utah Valley University. She has a B.A. in Humanities and an MPA in Nonprofit Management and International Development. Summer has served as the business relations manager, community engagement director, and ultimately the chief operating officer at United Way of Utah County, gaining valuable experience in fundraising, running a volunteer center and information and referral hotline, and leading the development of new strategies, initiatives, and organizational capacity. She loves her position at UVU where she gets to create opportunities for students to engage in critical thinking, action, and reflection on social justice issues.

Cassie Bingham

Cassie Bingham

Cassie Bingham has a bachelor’s degree in Sociocultural Anthropology and minor in International Development from Brigham Young University. Since graduating, Cassie has worked in the field of social while on the development team of a Salt Lake City nonprofit serving Hispanic immigrants, as the team lead of a multi-pronged disaster relief initiative at Moria Refugee Camp, and as a social entrepreneur in Uganda while working with Mabira Collective, a fair-trade jewelry company, and Kinfara Travel, an ethical travel company she co-founded. Cassie now works as an advisor and instructor at the Center for Social Impact at Utah Valley University, where she is developing social impact programming and teaching principles of systems and design thinking.

Amber Hendrickson

Amber Hendrickson MS

Amber Hendrickson has an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University and a B.S. in Political Science from Utah State University. Working as the Partnerships Coordinator for the UVU Center for Social Impact, she is passionate about connecting UVU with the community to create positive social change and promote student success.

Marissa Getts

Marissa Getts

Marissa graduated from BYU with an honors degree in sociology and minors in international development and Middle East studies. During her undergraduate studies she ran BYU's International Development internship in Malawi, was a teaching assistant for the popular Bus M 375: Social Innovation course, interned for several global leaders in the social innovation space, including Ashoka and Greening Youth Foundation, led for a UTA project to increase ridership among students, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Ballard Brief. After graduation she worked for the Amaani Collective in Uganda before landing at UVU's Center for Social Impact. Marissa has a deep commitment to positive student experience, rigorous social impact driven by innovation methodology, and a firm belief in UVU students and their ability to make the world a better place.

For Program questions, please contact:

Shawn Neider | Coordinator, Executive Programs | shawnn@uvu.edu | 1+801.863.8043