I valued the community we created, which fostered incredible discussions and relationships. I couldn't have asked for a more interesting, committed, and intelligent group of people to work with.
- Grace Randazzo, Conservation Colorado, Fall 2018 Cohort
CCSR Program Structure, Learning Environment and Core Topics
The CCSR course is collaborative, interpersonal and experiential, with dialogue-based learning involving cohort members and subject matter experts. Through knowledgeable instructors and guest speakers, you’ll get practical, applicable best practices that can help you deliver maximum value back to your company, organization and the communities you serve.
Certificate – Upon completion of the program, students receive a non-credit, professional Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Center for Ethics on Social Responsibility (CESR) of the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business.
Instructors – The course has two instructors. Tuesday and Thursday cohorts are led by Pete Dignan, a 3-time CEO of Certified B Corps, and features guest speakers with deep expertise and practical experience in CSR. The Wednesday cohort is led by Jennifer Forman, Director of Corporate Citizenship at PopSockets and an aluma of the program herself. The curriculum was developed by seasoned CSR professional Geri Mitchell-Brown.
Format – The course will be collaborative and experiential, with dialogue-based learning involving the instructors, cohort members and CSR experts.
Tuition – Tuition is $2,250. Since this is a non-credit course, no financial aid is available from the University of Colorado.
Apply – Please fill out the interest form below to set up a telephone interview with the instructor. This interview will serve to answer your questions and determine whether or not the course is a good fit for your background and needs.
Instructor Pete Dignan facilitating dialogue and discussion
Spring 2022 Details
We offer three cohorts; Tuesday and Thursday are online and Wednesday is in-person (intended for Colorado-based professionals).
Schedule – All courses will comprise approximately 28 hours of interactive class time, and will require up to 4 hours of outside reading and preparation each week.
This class is not self-paced, but rather meets via Zoom video conference or in-person weekly throughout the semester with 2 weeks off during the session. All sessions are recorded.
Tuesday Cohort (online)
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:15 p.m. (MST), from January 11th to April 26th
Class held via Zoom
Wednesday Cohort (in-person)
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:15 p.m. (MST), from January 12th to April 27th
The spring session is held in downtown Denver. The fall session is held on campus in Boulder.
Thursday Cohort (online)
Thursdays, 5:00-7:15 p.m. (MST), from January 13th to April 28th
Class held via Zoom
Students – We will accept up to 20 professionals for the online cohorts and 25 professionals for the in-person cohort. We received more applications than space for the Fall 2021 sessions.
Registration deadline – December 15th, 2021 (or until all seats have been filled)
The program’s core topics include:
Several $500 scholarships are available each semester for Urban Leadership Foundation Connect (ULFC) alumni and members of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Boulder County (LCC) for participation in CCSR. The purpose of these scholarships is to increase diversity in the field of corporate social responsibility and connect social impact work to the training in business, politics and community leadership provided by ULF and LCC.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply here.
One Colorado recipient is granted a needs-based partial scholarship by B:CIVIC for participation in CCSR. The purpose of the B:CIVIC scholarship is to increase the engagement of community leaders in the field of corporate social responsibility bringing direct experience to inform their social impact work.
This application is for the Spring 2022 cohort, application deadline is Dec. 1, 2021. Apply here.
CCSR Alumni Profiles
External Affairs Manager | Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)
In learning about ethical investing, Savannah’s key takeaway was the business case for social impact: Ethical companies are stronger investments and tend to thrive. Now she works with donors to see what kind of social good they can create together.
“CSR programs make lasting change when the culture of a company shifts from valuing shareholders to valuing stakeholders.”
Senior Manager, Community Relations and Corporate Responsibility | Liberty Global
Micah took what he learned about social contracts, inclusivity and flat organizational structures to propel CSR throughout his organization, even launching a new committee to give employees a more influential voice in community investments, volunteering and engagement.
“I gained solid CSR knowledge that allowed me to combine my passions for social impact and venture capital into my dream job.”
Director, Foundation Operations and Community Outreach | COPIC
Meredith took her CCSR final project, a presentation of the business case for CSR, and used it as a jumping off point to start thinking about next steps and how to make the work that is already happening at COPIC more visible. After presenting her work to the CEO, she was invited by him to present her work to company leadership and staff as a way to celebrate the work that employees are already doing, and what CSR means at COPIC.
“For years, COPIC has done a nice job of engaging both in the community and with our employees. My role is to help our company continue to put the mission first and to enhance both our storytelling and materiality around these efforts.”
Change Management, Enterprise Risk Management | Charles Schwab
Hannah Ishida took the CCSR class while completing her MBA at the Leeds School of Business to complement the program's ethics-focused curriculum and because of her interest in how businesses can do well by doing good. At that time, she had just completed an internship in risk management at Charles Schwab. The course helped her to reflect and identify areas that CSR relates to her MBA and professional experience.
“This course showed me how Corporate Social Responsibility can be woven into every aspect of a company. From a comprehensive stakeholder analysis, to reporting, to change management and risk management. CSR contributes to a company’s valuation, ethical standards and increased transparency that in turn may attract employees, investors and provides a foundation to withstand uncertain and volatile environments. I learned that CSR is most successful when truly integrated as a business strategy and that is my hope for the future of business, and what motivates me in my career.”
Assistant Vice President of Investment Technology | OppenheimerFunds
As a software engineering manager in financial services Codey builds software models that rank public companies on their ESG program ratings. He took CCSR to gain a better understanding of what makes a great corporate responsibility program. He believes that this is a watershed moment for financial services companies as they increasingly make commitments to only support companies with robust ESG reporting.
“I build software models that rank public companies on their ESG/CSR program ratings. CCSR helped me break down and better understand the differences between glossy marketing materials and impactful CSR programs. I now build investment models with a stronger understanding of what makes a difference.”
National Partnerships Advisor | Casey Family Programs
Cindy works at a foundation that focuses on child and family well being and considers the business sector a vital partner in their work to strengthen communities. She took the CCSR class to develop a framework, and the theoretical knowledge and language, to engage the business sector in discussions around how investing in communities improves outcomes for children and families and adds value for them. Cindy believes that this moment in our history requires us to be brave and bold in creating the world that we want to live in.
“I appreciated learning about CSR as a business strategy and discussing how increasing diversity and building inclusive environments has the potential to spur innovation, increase equity, and build cohesion.”
Vice President, Health Strategies | American Heart Association
Naomi’s experience in CCSR has had an impact on her professionally and personally. She enjoyed opportunities to apply the subject matter in concrete ways and to develop relationships with classmates. As an individual, this class informed how she makes decisions when purchasing every-day items. Naomi believes the class has also influenced how she thinks about the pandemic and national discussion on race.
“This program shifted the way I approach my work, how I engage internal and external stakeholders, and how I advocate for systemic changes my organization and those I volunteer with can make, not only in our operations but how we do our work.”