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The Graduate Certificate in Community Advocacy is designed to meet the graduate educational needs of students preparing to become community activist leaders or public policy change agents. The program responds to a specific need stated by leading non-profits: to develop a program that focuses on the skills needed to build community awareness, a need made more acute with the emergence of grassroots mobilization as a key component to community advocacy.
- 6-course (18-credit-hour)
- Designed for working professionals, classes conveniently meet Monday through Thursday evenings on GW's bustling urban campus in Washington, D.C.'s Foggy Bottom neighborhood
- Coursework completed in the certificate program can be applied to the Master's Degree in Political Management
The centrality of grassroots participation by individuals in the political process to affect change in the body politic or commonwealth has re-emerged as a key political component. This recognition faded somewhat in the mid-twentieth century as broadcast media was viewed as either the principal or even the only way to move the body politic. This re-emergence of grassroots activism is due to the success of political campaigns that have stressed traditional grassroots techniques buttressed by such technologies as micro-targeting and the new media spawned by the Internet.