Applications open for community building certificate program

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is accepting applications now for a nine-month certificate program that brings together area institutions and community partners to work toward sustained and effective community engagement.

Running from January to September 2020, the program brings university participants—dubbed Community Building Fellows—to work in tandem with neighborhood residents to co-create strength-based approaches to community engagement. It includes 11 days of training, as well as periodic action circles. Participants should expect to commit an average of 15 hours per month.

The program is open to all CWRU staff and faculty and offers partial scholarships to offset the program’s $8,000 cost. University departments’ cost would be only $2,000 per person.

The deadline to submit your application form is Dec.16. Those with questions can contact JP Graulty, program manager of the Community Innovation Network, at or Mark Chupp, director of the Community Innovation Network, at