2020-2021 Catalog Fall Update

HSVC 420 Advocacy for Diverse Communities (SS)

Community organizing and advocacy are strong traditions in the human services professions, incorporating many means of working within and through larger systems on behalf of client groups. This course covers the role of the human services professional in working with communities.  Identifying and assessing community needs and developing a community advocacy plan are core functions of human services professionals, as well as the identification and preparation of grants to assist in service delivery to communities. 




  1. This course will prepare students to:
  2. Analyze the basic principles of community organizing and advocacy, including ethical and legal considerations.
  3. Assess the human-services related needs of a specific community group or service population.
  4. Determine and defend the most effective means of advocacy for diverse communities.
  5. Explore opportunities to obtain external support for community services, such as private and public grant funding.