Skills Series

Community Impact

PhD Plus Community Impact skills training will provide avenues to identify current and historic models of community engagement, and make connections between theories of engagement and your own academic, personal and community experiences. The skills training will prepare grounds for PhD students and Postdocs to participate in community-based projects, and careers related community engagement, outreach and service.


UNST 1400/5400: Introduction to Community Engagement

Mondays, 7:00 pm - 7:50 pm EST

Web-based course; CR/NC

This course surveys theories and models of community engagement. Contemporary communities are diverse and interconnected; in order to impact positive social change, members in these communities must understand theories of community engagement. This course will introduce students to theories and models of community engagement including, but not limited to, theories of equity, citizenship, human rights, advocacy and activism, civic leadership, social justice, civil discourse, and social capital. Students will use an interdisciplinary approach to analyze and actively engage in principles and practices of community engagement through a local lens. This course also serves as an introduction to community engagement within the University of Virginia and Charlottesville contexts. 


Louis P. Nelson, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach. Read Dr. Nelson's Bio here

PhD students and Postdocs interested in enrolling or auditing this course, please contact Ellen Blackmon