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Course Description: Offers an overview of fundamental principles and practice in the nonprofit sector as they relate to social change. Topics include systems change and stakeholder identification, design thinking and human-centered design, theory of change and logic models, program design and evaluation, strategic and business planning, organizational structure and capacity building, governance, and communications and social media.

Course Information and Faculty Bio:

Course Number: PPUA 6551

Department: Public Policy and Urban Affairs (PPUA)

CRN: 12139

Faculty Bio: Rebecca Riccio is the founder and Juffali Family Director of the Social Impact Lab (SIL) at Northeastern University and an accomplished social change educator and practitioner. Her teaching and research center the use of experiential learning to cultivate systems thinking, ethical reasoning, self-authorship, and racial and social justice values among students who aspire to engage in social change. Her teaching models integrate anti-racist pedagogy, systems mapping, and authentic grant making to promote just and equitable power and resource distribution in the social change arena. Through SIL’s Global Philanthropy Initiative, universities around the world are adopting Rebecca’s experiential philanthropy model. The co-author of Principles of Anti-Oppressive Community Engagement for University Educators and Researchers, Rebecca is deeply committed to promoting effective, ethical, and accountable social change practices through collaborations across campus. She is a longtime faculty advisor to Doris Buffett’s Learning by Giving Foundation, a member of Millennium Campus Network’s board of directors, and an adult ally and advisor to youth organizers addressing climate change, racial and social injustice, and gun violence. Prior to joining Northeastern in 2008, Rebecca managed international development projects at the Council on International Educational Exchange and SATELLIFE/HealthNet. Through her private consulting practice, Rebecca advises clients on the development of more just and equitable social change programming using participatory practices and co-creation. Rebecca holds a B.A in Soviet Studies from Wesleyan University and an M.A. from the University of Michigan in Russian and Soviet Studies.

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