Community-Based Activism, Political Advocacy & Social Change

Course Description

Members of equality organizations are stakeholders in the change they seek to achieve. As stakeholders, they can become agents or change, or activists. Grassroots organizing and community-based activism encourage a higher level of buy-in from members in a community or in an organization. Community-based activism animates collaboration and the mobilization of resources. The adage, “Think Globally, Act Locally” illustrates the place where people can make a difference — where they live, in their particular community. And, the sum of these individual impacts creates the global change. A working knowledge of community-based activism is necessary for leadership within a social change organization.

Registration Fee: $400


  • Explain the implicit biases/filters/assumptions about social change and the role of activism
  • Analyze social change theory focused on community-based activism
  • Discuss the history of the LGBTQ equality movement in the United States
  • Assess the challenges for LGBTQ equality work
  • Compare the national organizations or groups working for LGBTQ equality
  • Assess examples of community-based organizations or groups working for LGBTQ equality
  • Create a strategy for social change through communications and media platforms

Topics Include

Social change theory

Implicit Biases about activism and how to counter them

Best practices in activism

Building and strengthening competencies in strategic communication

Best practices for collaboration and coordination of organizations

Empowerment, human dignity, and human rights

Identifying and working with Trust agents and gatekeepers’ communities

Thought Leaders

Sam Brinton

The Trevor Project, Washington, DC, Legal Issues & Advocacy

Seminar Details


 $400 for this module


The Certificate in LGBTQ Leadership was designed for  mission-driven individuals. aspiring leaders. teachers. and community activists committed to allying with LGBTQ communities.


Seminar participants meet over the Internet using browser-based conferencing software.


5/1/20 –  6/1/20 M/W


5:00p-6:30p Pacific Time


Online modules are delivered through the Cisco WebEx conferencing system on the Internet. These meetings are live / synchronous. All participants are visible to each other and engage in the conversations through the system.

Key Dates

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