The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

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We offer multiple workshops to support students who are working with communities. To work with a Ginsberg staff member on any of the resources listed below, please contact us at ginsberg.linc@umich.edu


Learning in Community (LinC) Series

The LinC series is an educational workshop and training series focused on supporting students who are interested in community engagement, social justice, democratic engagement, advocacy, activism and philanthropy.  Sessions address one or more of the following areas:

  • Alternative Breaks: Students will gain the knowledge and skills to plan and execute a meaningful alternative break experience for group members.

  • Democratic Engagement: Students will engage in dialogue around pressing social and political issues. Students will learn how to engage across difference and examine ways to create change through the democratic process.

  • Leadership Development:Students will focus on expanding the knowledge and skills necessary in creating positive change.  

  • Reciprocal Community Partnerships: Students will explore key principles of engagement and how to address challenges of creating mutually beneficial and socially just partnerships. 

Visit Sessions @ Michigan for a complete listing of upcoming LinC sessions and how to register!

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Request a Workshop

In addition to our LinC Series, groups can also request individual workshops. To submit a request for one of the below workshops, please use our online Support Requests Form.

Community Engagement Essentials Workshops

  • Entering, Engaging and Exiting Communities
    Introduces principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways.
  • What is Mutually Beneficial Community Engagement?
    Deepens students’ exploration of key principles of engagement, and how to address challenges of creating mutually beneficial and socially just partnerships.

  • Discipline-Specific & Multidisciplinary Community Engagement Case Studies
    Uses specific cases designed in collaboration with university partners, participants explore root causes, identify stakeholder interests, discuss initial responses and generate preventative strategies.  

  • Ethical Photography
    Explores ethical and values-based ways to communicate community engagement learning and experiences through digital media, while exploring how digital media can perpetuate systems of oppression.

Democratic Engagement Workshops

  • Challenging Conversations with Loved Ones
    Delivered in partnership with the Office of Student Conflict Resolution, this workshop introduces students to the concept and practice of productive conflict, to prepare them for difficult political, ideological, and related identity-based  “difficult conversations” with friends and family.

  • What’s in It for Me?
    Provides foundational knowledge and illustrations of the ways in which local, state, and federal government policy formulation and decisions impact students.

  • Finding Your Pathway to Social Change
    Exposes students to the multiple ways to engage with our democracy, from talking with others, to voting, to public service, to advocacy, to protest and activism, to consumer decision-making.

Student Organization Support Workshops

  • Amplifying Positive Community Impact
    Works with leadership of students organizations to clarify  mission, values, and purpose, and explore how these are connected to community defined needs and interests.

  • Continuity & Change: Maintaining Community Partnerships during Transitions
    Develops a communication and succession plan for leadership transitions, with a focus on tending to established community partnerships.

  • Alternative Breaks Workshop Series
    Series of sessions that prepares student organization leaders from across the university to plan and execute domestic and international alternative breaks for their organizations, utilizing best practice. Topics include: Facilitating Group Learning; Risk Management; Dialogue and Group Dynamics; Principles of Effective Alternative Breaks.

  • Impact Philanthropy
    Introduces principles of ethical and impactful philanthropy, including aligning community-defined needs that align with the philanthropic aims of the student organization.

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