Winston School of Education and Social Policy

Community Engagement (Online Courses)

Girard School of Business

Community Engagement (Online Courses)

Use your passion to change the world and your career with Merrimack’s convenient options.  

Take an online course and earn graduate credit. You’ll build your professional qualifications and skills in areas such as fundraising, community relations, volunteer management, diversity training, and leadership within schools, colleges, and community organizations.

Choose from several options:

Take or audit a course this summer. Classes begin May 2021.  Register for a course now.

Choose from online graduate-level courses that can be taken for graduate credit toward:

Summer 2021 Online Courses

CME 6200 Management and Leadership in Non-Profits - 4 credits

Summer III: May 24-August 20
Instructor: Greggory Grenier
Weekly webinar: Thursday, 6:30pm-8:50pm
This course provides an overview of leadership and management issues pertinent to the nonprofit sector. Topics include human resource development, program development, financial resource management, and organizational learning. The course also focuses on leader qualities and career paths in the nonprofit sector.

CME 6140 Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice in Community Engagement - 4 credits

Section A
Summer III: May 24-August 20
Instructor: Gerardo Zayas
Weekly webinar: Tuesday, 4pm-6:20pm


Section B
Summer II: July 12-August 20

Weekly webinar: Monday and Wednesday, 4pm-6:20pm

In this course, students explore the concepts of diversity and social justice as they pertain to individuals, families, and communities. Students reflect upon their own identities and how power and privilege have impacted their lives, including their behaviors, attitudes, biases, and prejudices. Students will become knowledgeable of biases based on race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, social and economic status, political ideology, and disability, and how these contribute to discrimination and oppression. Students learn about systemic oppression from historical, political, cultural, and economic perspectives and about the effects of dominant culture on marginalized and vulnerable groups. Students begin to consider their personal and professional responsibilities as allies and agents of social change and how diversity and social justice work is foundational to the field and discipline of community engagement. Opportunities to practice dialogue for consciousness-raising and the building of compassionate communities are provided.

CME 6400 Positive Youth Development - 4 credits

Summer II: July 12-August 20
Instructor: Raisa Carrasco-Velez

Weekly webinar: Monday and Wednesday, 11am-1:20pm
This course utilizes a strength-based approach to youth development to support young people’s cognitive, social, and emotional needs in order to find their voices in society. The course will focus on the theoretical fundamentals and strategies related to positive youth development but will also be highly experiential in nature, where students will be immersed in youth development and programming through a mentoring partnership with Lawrence2College.

CME 5100 Community Engagement: Theory and Practice - 4 credits

Section A
Summer III: May 24-August 20
Instructor: Melissa Nemon
Weekly webinar: Thursday, 4pm-6:20pm

Section B
Summer II: July 12-August 20

Weekly webinar: Tuesday and Thursday, 4pm-6:20pm


This course examines the contemporary community engagement movement, including civic and community engagement, service learning, community-based research in K-12 and higher education, and community-based education and learning. It explores key pragmatic issues such as planning and implementing community partnerships, developing service learning courses, and identifying outcomes for students and sites, as well as core theoretical issues such as community capacity building, reciprocity, sustainability, and ethical engagement.

CME 6310 The Politics of Community Engagement - 4 credits

Summer II: July 12-August 20
Instructor: Andy Vargas

Weekly webinar: Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30pm-8:50pm
This course examines political engagement as a vehicle for community and social change at local, regional, and national levels. The course will explore how nonprofit and community organizations can work with legislators on policy; how community activists can lobby and advocate for change; and how community members can be active participants in our democracy.

CME 6210 Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Development - 4 credits

Summer III: May 24-August 20
Weekly webinar: Tuesday, 6:30pm-8:50pm
This course explores the fundamentals of successful fundraising and development strategies important for delivering on the mission of nonprofit organizations. Students will have the opportunity to examine the various types of fundraising streams including special events, direct mail appeals, e-philanthropy, in- kind donations, and membership campaigns. From the development perspective, students will have the opportunity to learn and engage in classroom exercises on how to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors. The course will explore other types of funding including grant writing for government and private foundations as well as key strategies to create a winning grant proposal. Finally, the course will explore the use of technology including social media, online auctions and mobile giving.

CME 6110 Research Methods - 4 credits

Summer III: May 25-August 20
Instructor: Melissa Nemon

Weekly webinar: Monday, 4pm-6:20pm
This elective course introduces students to the process of educational research. Students will learn about the characteristics of specific research designs, including qualitative and quantitative research, mixed-methods, and program evaluation. The course will have a heavy focus on conducting effective literature reviews and designing research studies, and will provide students with foundational knowledge in research methods for higher education.

Fall 2021 Online Courses

CME 6410 Mentoring Urban Youth: Becoming an Inclusive Leader & Impacting Social Change - 4 credits

Fall: August 30-December 17
Instructor: Raisa Carrasco-Velez
Weekly webinars: Tuesday, 4:30pm-7:30pm

This course focuses on the theory and practice of mentoring and supporting youth. It will explore the intersections of mentoring, leadership, and social change. The theory and practice of mentoring will be explored in conjunction with the social change model of leadership. Students will learn about themselves and their leadership style while considering the broader context of leadership for social change. Questions explored will include: can mentoring cross gender/age/race/class, how important is it for mentors and mentees to have a similar worldview and values, and what is the connection between mentoring and leadership. In addition, this course will be highly experiential in nature with a practical mentoring component.

CME 6320 Institutional Partnerships - 4 credits

Fall: August 30-December 17
Instructor: Gregg Grenier
Weekly webinars: Wednesday, 4pm-6:20pm

This course provides an overview of the institutional partnerships that higher education institutions engage with across multiple sectors: community organizations, government, and corporations. Topics include theories of the nonprofit sector, institutional partnership structures, mutual benefit and reciprocity achievement, international partnership perspectives, and the implementation of cross-sector initiatives to address social issues. This course focuses on the market, ethical, and organizational factors that shape each partnership.

CME 6300 Community Engagement in Higher Education - 4 credits

Fall: August 30-December 17
Instructor: Dan Sarofian-Butin
Weekly webinars: Friday, 11:30am-1:50pm

This course examines the contemporary community engagement movement - e.g., service-learning, civic and community engagement, community-based research- in higher education. It explores key programmatic issues such as course development, student outcomes, and community partnerships as well as core theoretical questions. The courses will focus on the limits and possibilities of community engagement in higher education through multiple frames of reference: technical, cultural, political, and conceptual.

CME 6220 Community Organizing and Development - 4 credits

Fall: August 30-December 17
Instructor: Jolan Rivera
Weekly webinar: 6:30pm-8:50pm

This course examines place-based community organizing and development from a social justice perspective. Through case studies, students learn about current issues and approaches to community change. The course emphasizes organizing in low-income communities and provides an assets-based approach. The course will address key issues such as housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and sustainability, with a focus on the social and political aspects of development.

CME 6210 Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Development - 4 credits

Fall:  August 30-December 17
Weekly webinar: Thursday, 4pm-6:20pm

This course explores the fundamentals of successful fundraising and development strategies important for delivering on the mission of nonprofit organizations. Students will have the opportunity to examine the various types of fundraising streams including special events, direct mail appeals, e-philanthropy, in- kind donations, and membership campaigns. From the development perspective, students will have the opportunity to learn and engage in classroom exercises on how to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors. The course will explore other types of funding including grant writing for government and private foundations as well as key strategies to create a winning grant proposal. Finally, the course will explore the use of technology including social media, online auctions and mobile giving.

CME 6140 Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice in Community Engagement - 4 credits

Fall: August 30-December 17
Instructor: Delia Duran-Clark

Weekly webinar: Monday, 6:30pm-8:50pm

In this course, students explore the concepts of diversity and social justice as they pertain to individuals, families, and communities. Students reflect upon their own identities and how power and privilege have impacted their lives, including their behaviors, attitudes, biases, and prejudices. Students will become knowledgeable of biases based on race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, social and economic status, political ideology, and disability, and how these contribute to discrimination and oppression. Students learn about systemic oppression from historical, political, cultural, and economic perspectives and about the effects of dominant culture on marginalized and vulnerable groups. Students begin to consider their personal and professional responsibilities as allies and agents of social change and how diversity and social justice work is foundational to the field and discipline of community engagement. Opportunities to practice dialogue for consciousness-raising and the building of compassionate communities are provided.

CME 5100 Community Engagement: Theory and Practice - 4 credits

Fall: August 30-December 17
Instructor: Dwight Giles

Weekly webinar: Monday, 4pm-6:20pm

This course examines the contemporary community engagement movement, including civic and community engagement, service learning, community-based research in K-12 and higher education, and community-based education and learning. It explores key pragmatic issues such as planning and implementing community partnerships, developing service learning courses, and identifying outcomes for students and sites, as well as core theoretical issues such as community capacity building, reciprocity, sustainability, and ethical engagement.

Partnering with Campus Compact

Merrimack College is partnering with Campus Compact to support the Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program. Professional seeking a micro-credential may choose to audit a course for content knowledge, rather than enroll for graduate credit.

  • CME 6300 Community Engagement in Higher Education is an approved preparation opportunity for the microcredential in Community Engagement Fundamentals.
  • CME 6540 University-Community Relations is an approved preparation opportunity for the microcredential in Community Partnerships.
For More Information

Contact Allison Pena, Office of Graduate Admission, at penaa@merrimack.edu.