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URP 586 – Skills and Strategy for Community Change


Skills and Strategy for Community Change --- This course will engage students in learning core cross-cutting skills needed for engaging in community change.  It will use a framework of "Scan" - "Plan" - "Do" - "Review" to help organize skills.  Learning to infuse cross-cutting principles including critical Praxis. 

  • Scan- Assessment and Scanning Skills (individual to community). 
    Illustrative skills may include: social identity assessments, individual skills assessments, story of self/personal motivational assessments, community power mapping, asset/strength assessments, organizational/community scans, and neighborhood mapping.
  • Plan- Planning Skills.  
    Illustrative skills may include: participatory community planning, strategy charts, implementation of planning steps, logic charts and theory of change.  
  • Do- Action Skills. 
    Illustrative skills may include: one-on-ones (formal and informal), facilitating participatory meetings, coalition-building techniques and considerations, policy advocacy, program development, intergroup facilitation, and community mobilization. 
  • Review- Community reflection and Evaluation Skills. 
    Illustrative skills may include: critical reflection, program/organizational evaluation, monitoring, campaign analysis, and participatory evaluation.


Fri  2:00-5:00pm
Class instruction mode: Online


Kathryn Berringer

Plan Your Future
Housing, Community, and Economic Development
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Physical Planning and Design
Transportation Planning
Global and Comparative Planning