GSLC Professional Certificates:
We are thrilled to announce the launch of the GSLC’s Professional Certificate Series. We look forward to offering cutting-edge (non-degree) learning opportunities for practitioners around a number of leadership and change competencies and topics. These certificates will build on GLSC’s two decades of commitment to delivering values-driven, innovative and bold learning experiences for those leading positive change in workplaces and communities in the U.S. and around the world.
The series currently includes two certificates on Leading for Inclusion and Racial Justice (which launched the first week of February and Leading Transformative Change (which will launch the first week of May). Each Certificate consists of three 3-week courses, paced over three months. We believe these certificate offerings are unique and powerful in a number of ways. The design and development of each certificate has been led by GLSC core faculty members. The course delivery approach combines a range of inspiring and engaging materials and activities. The virtual design allows participants to complete the coursework asynchronously (online) with multiple optional opportunities to consult faculty and interact with their peer learning community in real-time. The certificates’ teaching teams bring diverse and practical perspectives along with advanced doctoral expertise to their respective courses. Dr. Aqeel Tirmizi, one of the Core Faculty involved in the certificate initiative, noted, “We believe this thoughtful and flexible approach to access and participation, coupled with the quality of the curriculum and the relational focus that characterizes the new certificate series, make them unique among competitors and powerful for participants.”
Fourteen participants have enrolled in the first course of the Certificate in Leading for Inclusion and Racial Justice. While they joined for variety of personal and professional reasons, the participants are united in their desire to think more deeply about what they can do to reduce the grip of White privilege in their organizations and communities. So far, participants are remarking on how helpful they are finding the range of videos, podcasts and readings they are engaging with each week. The (optional) weekly discussion groups seem to be an aspect of the program which participants are most enjoying, as they provide a brave space for talking with others about how they are relating the course resources to their daily lives. Dr. Donna Ladkin is teaching the first course and PhDLC alumns Dr. Cherie Bridges Patrick is facilitating the next course (Leading for Inclusion) and Dr Lindsay Lyons is facilitating the final course (Challenging Social Systems). Donna Ladkin’s reflection on how the first weeks have unfolded.
The upcoming Leading Transformative Change Certificate will engage participants in designing strategic change processes, proactively addressing disruptive forces, and implementing new organizational and community drivers to transform our organizations, workplaces and world with both short-term and long-range approaches. Dr. Mitch Kusy has been part of the design team leading this effort and will teach one of the courses; Antioch PhDLC alums Drs. Dani Chesson and Eddie Perez will teach the other two. Mitch Kusy shares his excitement about the new Certificate, “Participants will forge new territory as they navigate their own opportunities and challenges in innovative ways. What is most exciting is that they will not do this alone because together team members will learn, apply, and evaluate methods in real-time!”
We intend to roll out additional certificates in the coming year, so stay tuned. If you are interested in registering for the full Certificates or just selecting one of the courses within one of the Certificates, check it out here.