Learning at Coady
Coady Institute offers educational programming for emerging and established community leaders with a passion for social change. Coady’s approach to adult education is practice-focused and participatory, informed by learner-centered and asset-based methods that hold the potential for both personal growth and societal transformation. Courses are hosted on-campus at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada, off-campus in communities around the globe, and online using various communications platforms.
Given the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Coady Institute’s 2021 courses will take place online. We remain hopeful that a return to on-campus course offerings will be possible by May, 2022. Further information will be released as details for future programming emerge.
Education Programs for 2022/2023
Coady is offering an extensive program of online, on-campus, and in community courses this year as we continue our commitment to developing knowledge and skills for social change. Join us as we explore subjects ranging from climate change and community resilience, to the future of work and workers, to feminist leadership for justice, equity, and ecology, and more!
We are now accepting applications for the following programs:
October 24 – December 9, 2022
This seven-week course will provide you with opportunities to learn and explore the abundance of strengths and gifts that live within you and your community. This course reflects Indigenous teachings, relational leadership models, and approaches. Principles and tools are also shared.
October 24 – December 9, 2022
This course aims to inspire and empower people of all genders across the world to engage in purposeful and justice-oriented leadership, and to design ways to inculcate processes, systems, and structures in the communities you are engaged with.
September 19 – December 16, 2022
This course is designed for anyone who is interested in work and workers including, government staff at the local, provincial and national levels who have responsibilities regarding labour, employment, skills, entrepreneurship, or women and gender; employment services providers; labour unions and workers’ organizations; and private sector, community-based organizations, NGOs and academic institutions, and think tanks.
Application deadlines for the following program offerings are now closed, however may be opening again soon. Check back for updates.
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This course will accompany you in identifying and undertaking research that engages citizens more fully from the outset in a spirit of co-learning.
This program is grounded in relational practices and mentorship opportunities that will build upon your already trusted leadership capacities for community-led, community-driven development.
This program enables participants identifying as women from developing countries to strengthen their leadership capacities in order to contribute towards a feminist and just world. Program participants engage in at the conceptual, policy level and praxis of understanding development, justice and feminism.
You will have opportunities to reflect on your role and practice as an educator, explore theories and practices of adult learning, consider gender, power and learning for social change, and develop skills for designing adult education, including online learning.
This course is a global space for sharing and learning about the principles, practices and tools that put local assets and action at the centre any development initiative. It offers a “time-out” for you to question conventional community development practices and beliefs and to re-evaluate the role of institutions in stimulating and supporting genuine asset-based and citizen-led development (ABCD).
After establishing a base of scientific understanding, the course will, using case studies, focus on particular areas that climate change will impact.
By the end of the course, you will identify changes you want to see in your community or organization and create an engagement plan to begin putting your plan into practice.
Developmental Evaluation is an exciting approach to evaluation that enables social innovators, policy and program managers, and community leaders to design, monitor, and adapt social change initiatives in complex and uncertain environments.
This course is ideal for development leaders and change makers who are grappling with questions of how to balance the social mission with the issue of sustainability of their organizations and are seeking creative solutions.
This program will focus on recognizing and celebrating women’s strengths and gifts, assessing leadership models and approaches, exploring feminist movement building in solidarity with others, and include the sharing of tools and frameworks that prioritize justice, equity and inclusion.
This course helps equip you to understand the underlying principles of citizen-led accountability, and craft context-appropriate proposals to build accountability into your work.
Research Methods for Social Impact is designed to enhance participants’ capacity in developing the data gathering and analysis tools for research and evaluation for social impact.
This course is ideal for women who want to work collaboratively to transform conflicts and create an enabling environment for peace and development.
This seven-week course is designed for community workers and program implementers working with young women to enhance their active citizenship.