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HDFS 475 - Leadership & Advocacy in Human Services

  • 3 credits
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Theory and research on leadership as applied to professional communication and decision-making in human services settings. Qualities, responsibilities, and ethical standards essential for successful leadership. Theories and practices related to advocacy including identification of areas of inequality and opportunities for advocacy as human service professionals. Applicable to students pursuing a variety of careers in healthcare, education, human services, and social entrepreneurship.




  1. Synthesize theoretical foundations and research related to leadership.
  2. Describe the practices of successful, ethical, and culturally sensitive leaders in human service professions.
  3. Develop skills relevant to becoming leaders, agents of social change, and social entrepreneurs.
  4. Explain the role of advocacy and social innovation in addressing disparities faced by individuals and families.
  5. Synthesize practices related to individual and systemic advocacy.



HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3) or PSY 100) or Completion of 60 credits.; Completion of 60 credits

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.


CK Rizzo
CK Rizzo

970-491-6987 |

Dr. Rizzo is an Assistant Professor in the HDFS department. She has taught courses across the HDFS major since 2015. Dr. Rizzo has a background in Marriage and Family Therapy and was part of a small team that founded the CSU Trauma & Resilience Assessment Center in 2015 (CTRAC). At CTRAC, Dr. Rizzo supports efforts in research, evaluation, and grant writing.