GSLL 1503 - Community Mobilization

  • 2 CEUs

What is it that turns a group of individuals into an organization or social movement? What structural, social, or even psychological barriers inhibit or prevent individuals and groups from getting involved and working together for change? We define community mobilization as both an initial and ongoing process central to any community and social change effort that seeks to build support and participation of individuals, groups, and institutions to work towards a common goal or vision.

This training draws on the theories and methods of Brazilian educator Paulo Friere, whose work has guided some of the most successful development and education programs around the globe, including the Orangi Pilot Project in Bangladesh, The NAAM movement in Burkina Faso, and the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka, among others.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

• Understand the role of community mobilization in the context of human rights-based approaches to community development.
• Better understand the causes and psychological affects of poverty oppression.
• Better communicate with individuals and communities to enhance trust and solidarity.
• Assist communities in the analysis and transformation of their world.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Important Information

Due to the condensed time frame for this course, students cannot withdraw and receive a refund once the course begins.


David Bartecchi

David is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology. His B.A. and M.A. degrees are in anthropology. He is the director of program development for Village Earth: The Consortium for Sustainable Village-Based Development, and an instructor in CSU's anthropology department.

David's areas of expertise include community capacity building, social capital theory, participatory action research, survey and evaluative research methods, development with indigenous communities, and application of information communication technologies in rural development.

Luminita Cuna

Luminita Cuna has a Master of Science in Sustainable Development with focus on Environmental Management from the University of London/School of Oriental and African Studies. Her Master's thesis researched the impact of conservation policies on protected areas in the Amazon and their effects on the indigenous people that live in these areas. Luminita worked for 10 years in Information Technology, including at the United Nations. She studied International Economics and French at Mount Holyoke College, where she earned her BA. Luminita holds a Graduate Certificate in Management of Information Systems and a Professional Certificate in Journalism, both from New York University and a Sustainable Community Development Certificate from Colorado State University. Luminita is the founder and director of Maloca (a Village Earth affiliate), a grassroots support organization that works with indigenous communities living in the Amazon basin. Luminita has been working with indigenous communities in the Amazon since 2006.

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