We define “key competencies” in the Community Engagement Fundamentals micro-credential area as the knowledge, skills, and critical commitments that must be mobilized by CEPs to accurately and elaborately represent the foundations of the field and the breadth of community-engaged work.
By earning this micro-credential, an individual has demonstrated their knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Knowledge of various conceptualizations of community and a working definition of community engagement.
- Knowledge of a set of guiding principles for ethical and effective community engagement.
- Knowledge of different modes of public service and civic engagement.
- Ability to explain how effective community partnerships are related to the community engagement work of a college or university campus.
- Ability to describe the nature of a strong community-campus partnership.
- Ability to articulate the importance of equity and inclusion in engagement work, including the opportunities and challenges inherent in engaging students and other partners/stakeholders across lines of social difference.
- Ability to describe the roles of engaged faculty, staff, and students on an engaged campus and the issue they face.
- Knowledge of the ways community engagement can intersect with both curricular and co-curricular campus activities.
- Knowledge of examples of effective community and civic engaged teaching.
- Knowledge of examples of effective community and civic engaged research.