Engaging the Wisdom of Community Trainings



The Engaging the Wisdom of Community training series is intended to provide participants with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of community engagement through a variety of methods and frameworks. These trainings are perfect for community health workers, public health professionals, students, educators, and anyone with an interest in strengthening your authentic connection and work with your community. There are three types of Engaging the Wisdom learning opportunities:


Engaging the Wisdom of Community 101: Community Engagement Fundamentals

During this dynamic 2-hour session, participants will have an opportunity to explore the fundamental models, terms, and theories used in the field of community engagement, and to unpack what it means to have more “authenticity” in engagement efforts. We will also explore the 10 Liberating Practices of Facilitating Authentic Community Engagement and hear Stories from the Field to exemplify these practices in action. This session will be primarily didactic with examples from real life community engagement activities. Participants will receive a workbook of guided reflection worksheets to explore how the concepts covered are reflected in their work with and in community.

Engaging the Wisdom of Community 201: From Member Recruitment to Exit Strategies

This micro-course consists of three 2-hour live sessions designed for participants to expand their understanding and grow their skills in community engagement mindsets and approaches. With a focus on unearthing the wisdom and lived experience of the participants in the room, the micro-courses utilize the curriculum development model of "Understanding by Design" to support a dynamic and emergent learning container. Each micro-course has a core syllabus to guide the content paired with a design approach which supports learning through small and large group exploration, and the use of case studies from the field of community engagement. Participants will receive a curated list of resources to support ongoing learning in each topic area.

Engaging the Wisdom of Community 301: Spark Sessions

Generating a sense of belonging and meaning in virtual settings calls for a mindful approach to defining the purpose, structuring the experience, executing the event, and nurturing engagement among participants. These 2-hour sessions are intended to provide a basic starting point on a set of topics relevant to the art and practice of authentic community engagement. Each session is intended to be an inspirational “spark” about the topic covered. These sessions can be complemented in other Engaging the Wisdom of Community trainings or through small group discussions in office hours with the course facilitator.


Future Opportunities

Engaging the Wisdom of Community: Fundamentals

  • More dates TBD.

From Member Recruitment to Exit Strategies Micro-Course: 

Spark Sessions:


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