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Community Leadership Certificate Program

A partnership between the Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council and the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne, offers a certificate with a curriculum geared towards enhancing the skills of community leaders from the Inland Empire. Leveraging the expertise of the University of La Verne’s Leadership Studies faculty from the La Fetra College of Education, College of Business and Public Administration, participants will be exposed to the most relevant research and assessment tools for personal and community development. The topics cover strategic thinking, ABCD model, conflict and change management, and leadership and multiculturalism.  As a result, in Galway, Ireland, at the 2017 International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement Conferencea presentation on the Community Leadership Certificate Program titled “Community Leadership Programs as Collaborative Learning Process: Increasing Democratic Knowledge Capacity to Promote Latino Leadership” was recognized as the outstanding Pecha Kucha presentation. 

For more information about this program, please contact Julissa Espinoza at 909-448-4745.  

The program meets for eight consecutive Tuesdays, from 6:00-9:00pm at the University Of La Verne College Of Law in Ontario, California.

Improve Your Community Leadership Skills

The vision for community empowerment and improvement lies in the desire of all active members of a community. Our involvement and the role we take as active citizens sometimes depends on the skills and assets we bring to the table. This community leadership program provides tools for personal and skill development for leaders in our Inland Empire community. This program takes a holistic look at some of the most pertinent issues facing community leaders and incorporates interactive activities and learning, tools for self and community assessment, and space for creative problem-solving for those seeking to enhance their leadership skills.

About the University of La Verne

Since 1891, the University of La Verne has been dedicated to the belief that a quality, values-based education enriches the human condition by engendering service, scholarly accomplishment, and professionalism. Though decades of growth have changed its appearance and reach, La Verne has retained its sense of purpose, seeking to provide students with individual attention to spark personal growth through intellectual challenge and development. The University takes pride in knowing its nearly 50,000 alumni worldwide have made a difference in their professions and communities.

Seminar Descriptions

Date: 2/26/2019 – (ULV College of Law) Orientation: Instructor: Dr. Velazquez-Vazquez.

Date: 3/5/2019 – (ULV College of Law) ABCD – Marisol Morales. This session will introduce the topic of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) as a tool for understanding and developing skills for engaging in community development work that utilizes a strengths-based approach. Through this session participants will learn about community asset mapping, community development strategies that leverage strengths, skills, and assets that the community already possesses, and how to mobilize community assets in ways that honor what community residents, institutions, and organizations have to contribute to positive community change. This workshop will be interactive and foster a sense of personal and community development.

Date: 3/12/2019 – (ULV College of Law) Mindfulness for Strategic Thinking and Collaborative Leadership: Instructor: Dr. Kelly.  This session will explore strategic thinking and decision making in a community context. In this seminar students will: 1) define and map an organization’s strategy, so the direction is clear 2) communicate values and managerial behavior that signal success 3) set objectives based on the department strategy map 4) avoid common decision biases and errors. The emphasis will be on giving you tools that you can then apply to your organization. Tools include Balanced Scorecard and Cascading Goals.

Date: 3/19/2019 – (ULV College of Law) Effective Leadership Skills: Developing Your Own Leadership Style: Instructor: Dr. Whitney. Understanding a leader’s thinking and behavior preferences assists self-awareness and efficacy. Neuroscience and brain research contribute to our knowledge of leaders’ emerging experience based on their genetics and characteristics. This interactive session provides an overview to help participants understand the brain’s four quadrants related to the leader and teamwork. Tools include Emergenetics.

Date: 3/26/2019 – (ULV College of Law) Conflict Analysis and Management: Instructor: Dr. Latunde. This session examines the nature and sources of interpersonal, team, and organizational conflict, conflict resolution strategies (to prevent and address conflicts as they emerge) and the role of the leader in managing change and conflict.

Date: 4/2/2019 – (ULV College of Law) Group Facilitation & High Performance Teams: Instructor: Dr. Duncan. What are the characteristics of effective teams? How does diversity affect a team’s performance? What moves a team from ordinary to high performing? Dr. Duncan covers team relationships, addressing team conflict, team problem solving and how you can be a more successful team leader.

Date: 4/9/2019 – (ULV College of Law) Leadership & Multiculturalism: Instructor: Aracely Torres. This workshop examines how diversity, culture, and identity are tied to work relations, performance, and leadership. Participants will explore various aspects of identity and culture, including race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, and how these aspects of identity may impact human interaction and project team behavior.  As an outcome of the workshop, participants will develop an intersectional understanding of identity and culture and apply this understanding to communication, collaboration, decision-making, expectation & goal-setting, followership, and leadership to promote constructive work relationships leading to effective performance as a team member or leader.

 Date: 4/16/19 – Project and Certificate Presentation (ULV Main Campus-Abraham Campus Center Ballroom A)

Networking Event & Presentation of Certificates

Community Leadership Instructor Biographies

Dr. Kathy Duncan Dr. Kathy Duncan, Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Duncan teaches graduate courses on groups and teams, change and conflict, and leadership. She has facilitated team building retreats for nonprofit, healthcare, and educational organizations.

Marisol Morales Marisol Morales, Vice President for Network Leadership at Campus Compact

Marisol Morales is the Vice President for Network Leadership at Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1,000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Marisol provides guidance, inspiration, and practical support to network staff across the country, helping state and regional directors achieve local goals while advancing shared network priorities. Prior to joining Campus Compact, Ms. Morales served as the founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne, where she is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership.

Dr. Louise Kelly Dr. Louise Kelly, Professor of Management and Leadership

Dr. Louise Kelly, Professor of Management and Leadership at the University of La Verne. She specializes in strategic and innovation leadership research, looking at entrepreneurial top management team leadership, and has an additional specialty in women leadership.

Dr. Adrian M. Velazquez Vazquez Dr. Adrian M. Velazquez, Associate Professor of Public Administration

Dr. Adrian M. Velazquez-Vazquez, Associate Professor of Public Administration and the public Service Internship Director at the University of La Verne. Dr. Velazquez-Vazquez teaches graduate leadership, legal and government courses. He has also been serving as a council member of the Southern California chapter of ASPA for the past five years.

Dr. Rich Whitney Dr. Rich Whitney, Faculty member in Organizational Leadership

Dr. Rich Whitney, Faculty member in the Organizational Leadership Doctoral Program at the University of La Verne. Dr. Whitney has been training, facilitating, and speaking to groups on leadership for over 20 years. He conducts seminars at various venues including on-campus, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Yvette Latunde, Professor in the Doctor of Organizational Leadership

Dr. Yvette Latunde, Professor in the Doctor of Organizational Leadership program at the La Fetra College of Education at the University of La Verne.  She is the author of Parental Involvement: Methods and Strategies for Education and Psychology and teaches courses on conflict management, leadership, and decision-making. Dr. Latunde also co-directs the La Fetra’s Center for Educational Equity and Intercultural Research (CEEIR).

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