Civic Engagement

Course Description:

Current economic uncertainty continues to limit the public funds available to deal with critical public health issues. Challenges and problems, and the solutions to them, are increasingly becoming the responsibility of local and regional communities. And as community populations become increasingly more diverse in race, religion, and socio-economic status, new strategies and tools are needed to get people and organizations to agree on a plan and work together to achieve it. This course will discuss the new era in politics brought on by recent social and technological changes and the role of communities and individuals in reinventing how we govern.

Target Audience

Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the major political changes that occurred in the United States in the last century
  • Discuss the current political climate in the United States
  • Discuss the impact of social media on politics
  • Define social capital and its relation to democracy
  • Describe the Healthy Communities Movement
  • List the characteristics of healthy communities
  • Discuss the role of reinvention in civic engagement
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Civic Engagement
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Course expires: 


Christopher Gates
Christopher T. Gates
Executive Director
PACE – Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

Chris Gates is the first Executive Director of PACE, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement. PACE is a new organization founded to bring more attention and focus to the issues of civic engagement and to encourage more members of the philanthropic community to make civic engagement a part of their funding priorities. In this role Gates speaks extensively around the country and around the world on the broad topics of civic engagement, including civic education, leadership training, community problem solving, political reform and democratic renewal.

He previously served for eleven years as President of the National Civic League, a national, non-profit organization with offices in Denver and Washington, D.C. The National Civic League is a 112-year-old advocacy organization that was founded by Teddy Roosevelt and focuses on revitalizing America’s democracy at the local level. Before serving as President, Gates served for eight years as Vice President of NCL.

Prior to his work with the National Civic League, Gates ran a consulting practice that worked with both communities and corporations to help them deal with issues of change. These strategic planning efforts helped his clients better align their practice and structure with their goals and aspirations. Prior to that he served as the Communications Director of the Piton Foundation and as a speechwriter and policy aide to then Colorado Governor Richard Lamm.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Civic Engagement


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System Settings 
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