Nonprofit Leadership and Educational Entrepreneurship Institute


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The focus of the Nonprofit Leadership and Educational Entrepreneurship Institute is on supporting nonprofit and entrepreneurial leaders from a range of contexts, including schools, in non-profit/public service outreach and advocacy campaigns, and where education is used to support initiatives like public health, community development, environmental stewardship, equitable justice, ending poverty, global citizenship, or peace and reconciliation. With professional development as well as organizational development coursework, there is a pathway to support your growth whether your goal is honing your own professional practice, supporting innovation and growth within your organization, developing new programming, developing partnerships and engaging the community more effectively, or creating altogether new organizations.

Whether you are looking to take classes in order to start a new career or build skills for the path you are on, we can help you take the next steps.

Entrepreneurship in Education Fellowship

Fellowships provide partial tuition remission for students who have the potential to contribute to the state of knowledge and scholarship in the field. Graduate student fellows develop their capacity to become leaders in the field and contribute to Mount Holyoke College’s research, professional engagement, and global initiatives. Fellows work closely with faculty to develop fellowship projects and are encouraged to publish and present on their work.

Preference is given to degree students, but non-degree students may also apply for Fellowships.

Area of Focus: The purpose of this fellowship is to promote innovative projects and research focused on entrepreneurship in education, which could include interventions in the classroom, creating educational materials, using new pedagogies, developing new technologies, advocacy or policy work to promote the field, or creating new programs or organizations. Projects can focus on contexts including: public schools, charter/magnet schools, independent schools, across schools systems, in non-profit/public service outreach and advocacy campaigns; or in contexts where education is being used to support other initiatives like child welfare, health, information literacy, community development, environmental stewardship, global citizenship, or peace and reconciliation.

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X.CMPTC-443 | Data Visualization: Presenting Data to Build Understanding and Insights

Description: While many organizations have data, it is not always easy to translate that into a format that is easy for non-data people to quickly understand and interpret. In this course, participants will learn about different kinds of data and data structures, explore the theory and principles behind good design, and be able to articulate why certain visual designs are appropriate or inappropriate based on the data type. The final project in this class is to build data visualizations and a dashboard based either on data provided or data that is chosen by the participant. While this class is focused on technical skills, no prior experience with data, coding or computer science is necessary.

Credits: 2  

Format: limited residency  

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.COMM-405 | Speaking with Confidence: Leadership for Women

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Credits: 1

Format: on-campus

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.COMM-413 | Building Bridges: Facilitating Courageous Conversations

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Credits: 2

Format: on-campus 

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.COMM-436 | Persuasive Communications

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Credits: 2        

Format: limited residency    

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.EDUC-469 | Models of Entrepreneurship in Education

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Credits: 1

Offered: Spring

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Professional Development Option: Yes

X.MGMT-416 | Participatory Community Development

Description: Participatory community development (PCD) is an approach to working with local communities, in partnership with government and non-government agencies. The goal of PCD is to empower local community members to be involved in the research, design, implementation, advocacy, monitoring, and evaluation of community projects, including those that generate sustainable sources of new income, food, and services. In this course, participants will explore different benefits and forms of PCD through case studies and methods of facilitating participatory project planning, and develop their ability to anticipate and evaluate the impacts/consequences of the projects.

Credits: 2       

Format: limited residency

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.MGMT-418 | Project Management for Nonprofits and Social Entrepreneurs

Description: There is one clear skill that all exceptional project managers (PMs) possess, "the ability to formulate alternatives." Those PMs with either the innate or developed ability to provide multiple solutions to problems and further create contingency plans if their solutions are not successful, find themselves working on projects that are delivered on-time, at or under-budget, and within the functional and/or technical satisfaction of their customer. Your goal is to identify and begin to develop this ability during this course. More importantly, it will provide you a platform to continue to grow, refine and implement this skill all under the umbrella of good project management approaches and practices. You will be able to identify, plan, schedule, cost estimate, implement and manage projects of virtually any size.

Credits: 2

Format: limited residency: online with a 5-day campus-based residency 

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.MGMT-429CP | Building Effective Organizations: Creativity, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Description: Being a good leader often requires creativity, problem solving and decision making in contexts where there often are limited resources, not enough information, and urgency. This is a cognitive psychology approach to understanding how mental processes, including attention, perception, creativity, and problem solving can be harnessed to improve decision making for individuals and organizations.

Credits: 2  

Format: limited residency

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.MGMT-429CU | Building Effective Organizations: Inclusion and Cultural Competency

Description: Research indicates that organizations with greater diversity and inclusion outperform their peer organizations in terms of financial performance, innovation, and the ability to develop talent. In order to build an inclusive organization, it is critical that leaders are able to understand how to effectively engage and support culture and diversity in their organizations. In this course students will learn to define, assess and enhance cultural competence in their own work, their organizations and in community efforts. Students will examine case studies, learn to conduct a strategic audit, and build a cultural competency toolkit that will focus on relevant foundational and strategic issues.

Credits: 2

Format: limited residency: online with a 5-day campus-based residency 

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.MGMT-429MM | Building Effective Organizations: Mentorship Models to Grow Leadership

Description: Mentorship is a powerful tool for personal and professional growth; it provides support, insights, feedback, and helps people develop their knowledge, networks and capacities. People taking on new challenges can benefit from both formal and informal mentorship. In this social psychology approach to leadership, participants will explore the theories and research on mentorship, investigate different models and strategies for mentorship, and design a mentorship program for a particular organization or context (including businesses, non-profits, volunteer organizations, and community projects).

Credits: 2

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency  

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.MGMT-436 | Creating and Sustaining Public-Private Partnerships

Description: This course is for people working in both the private and public sector who want to learn how to build and sustain partnerships. Participants learn to: recognize the role and value public-private partnerships can play for both parties, identify the steps for assessing community needs and resources, develop shared goals, establish a strategic framework for action, manage communications and resource sharing, evaluate the initiatives for success, and sustain public-private partnerships over the long term.

Credits: 2

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency.

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.MGMT-441 | Diversity and Intercultural Management

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Credits: 2       

Format: limited residency 

Professional Development Option: Yes

 

X.MGMT-452 | Fair Trade & Sustainable Tourism

Description: Partnerships to support fair trade and sustainable tourism often operate in a complex context of a) individual as well as institutional stakeholders with different amounts of power and b) economic, social and environmental goals that may not be shared. In this course, participants explore dimensions of these types of partnerships, the role of ethics, how to create shared goals and strategies, establishing structures to support and sustain high quality relationships, and how to assess partnerships for success. The culminating project in this course is to develop a partnership plan that could be used to create a new relationship between at least two key stakeholder groups or organizations.

Credits: 2

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency

Professional Development Option: Yes