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University of Wisconsin-Extension launches certificate program in Inclusive and Engaged Leadership

What kind of leadership is important in creating inclusive and engaged organizations and communities?

What are the skills, knowledge, and mindset needed to make this happen?

How can we work together toward this vision?

What does this look like in a higher education setting?

The University of Wisconsin-Extension is launching an innovative certificate program on Inclusive and Engaged Leadership that explores these questions through the lens of deep and systemic change. The certificate program is a proud Co-Sponsor of the 2012 NCDD conference in Seattle.

Our profound and complex social challenges, within our organizations and communities, can only be met through fostering strong human relationships and collaboration. Inclusive and engaged leaders create and maintain an environment where relationship building and collaboration flourish between and across diverse perspectives, experiences, individuals, and groups. If these diverse perspectives, experiences, individuals, and groups are left out of this network of relationships, the ability and the power of the community to enact deep and comprehensive change is weakened. Inclusive and engaged leaders understand this and facilitate the capacity for mutual engagement in addressing the challenges and opportunities within our communities –whether at the organizational, local, regional, national and/or global levels.

Higher education has a unique responsibility in that it must both educate students to be inclusive and engaged leaders, and reflect these qualities in the way the institution is organized and run. There are several departments and offices on campuses that are working toward this vision, including the: (1) offices of diversity, inclusion, and equity; (2) offices and centers for civic engagement; (3) office and departments for global education; and (4) offices and programs on social entrepreneurship and social innovation.

The Certificate Program on Inclusive and Engaged Leadership aims to connect and learn from these four areas while providing opportunities for participants to gain specific skills and knowledge. Participants can attend a four day Institute, take part in Foundations Courses, and enroll in Specialized Courses. The Institute, Foundations Courses, and Specialized Courses focus on a broad range of skills and knowledge such as intercultural conflict resolution, emotional intelligence and diversity, universal design, inclusive pedagogy, engaged scholarship, planning and assessment, and the role of higher education in a pluralistic democracy and globally interconnected world.

To learn more about the Certificate Program and its Institute, Foundations Courses, and Specialized Courses, please visit the Inclusive and Engaged Leadership website at www.inclusiveleadership.wisconsin.edu.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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