You want to do work that you love, make a positive impact, and pay the bills.
You need a career change. You need skills and a resume builder.
You need a network of peers and faculty to lean on, and a flexible schedule that fits in with your life.
You need a Diploma in Social Innovation.
Choose the track that’s right for you:
Track A: Online Diploma
Earn your Diploma in Social Innovation from anywhere in the world. Take 5 online courses within an 18-month period to earn your diploma – all while creating valuable connections with participants from all corners of the globe.
+ 4 online elective courses
Total Cost: $2,495
Track B: Hybrid Diploma
Kick off your program with a face-to-face workshop at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, and complete 4 online courses within the 18 months following your onsite experience.
3-day Onsite course
+ 3 additional online elective courses
Total Cost: $2,875
By the time you finish the Diploma in Social Innovation, whether fully online or as a hybrid program, you will have:
- Taken the first step on your journey as a social innovator by gaining legitimate skills and knowledge that can be added to your resume and personal toolbox as you take your next career step
- Fully conceptualized your social impact project or business, including writing and receiving personalized feedback on a business plan for your idea
- Developed a network of social impact professionals from around the globe with whom you can consult and confer as you drive your project forward
- Be able to create a monitoring plan for the M&E of a project or program (Mission Impossible? Measuring Outcomes and Impact)
- Be able to draw a comprehensive social media plan that is cause-oriented (Social Media for Social Innovation)
- Understand your own personal strengths and how to use them to your best advantage (Designing Your Life: Innovating from the Inside Out)
- Designed a sustainable project for your organization or business (Regenerative Leadership)
- And so much more!
Mohit Mukherjee is the Founding Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education. He is also the founder of Changemaker International, an organization focused on enabling youth to gain the skills to be social innovators. He has also served as Vice President of Programs for Watson U, the first incubator leading to a degree for next generation social entrepreneurs. Prior to these positions, Mohit Mukherjee served as Education Program Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, a global movement of organizations and individuals promoting sustainable development. Mohit earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in 1995 and did his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2002. He currently resides in Florida.
Alonso Muñoz co-facilitates the Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Social Change course. He is an Instructor in the Department of Environment and Development at the University for Peace (Costa Rica), where he also coordinates the Programme in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (RMSED). He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica and a M.Sc. in Business Administration. He has worked in the private sector as a consultant and as an entrepreneur, and has volunteered on various national and international projects regarding peace education, migration, environmental impacts of systems, and Social Enterprises. He is a novelist, a blogger, a peace advocate, an entrepreneur and passionate about social and environmental development.
Art Sherwood facilitates the onsite workshop Positive Leadership. He is Academic Director and the David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship chair at Western Washington University, where he leads the university’s entrepreneurship and innovation programming. He teaches and researches well-being and what it takes to build grit with a special focus on flourishing practices for lifelong changemaking. He calls on the dynamic co-creation concepts and tools of strategy, design thinking, human-centered design, business and venture modeling, evidence-based entrepreneurship & innovation, liberating structures, cooperation and self-leadership to facilitate and support changemakers, leaders, teams and organizations. He is the co-founder of multiple ventures including his current work with innovate68.com and flourish4change.com.
Caitie Goddard co-facilitates the Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Social Change course. She is the Co-Founder of GOOD Travel and also works at the intersection of science, technology, and innovation for global development at The Global Knowledge Initiative. She has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy and a Master in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. Caitie previously worked with the GVN Foundation as their International Programs Coordinator and cofounded the IC3 Academy and Global Youth Ambassador Program. Caitie currently lives in Washington D.C., United States and has worked in Spain, Uganda, New Zealand and India.
Laura García facilitates the Social Media for Social Innovationcourse. She is a broadcast journalist with a wide range of television and online experience. Her work as a multimedia journalist started back in her home town of Mexico as a photographer for a newspaper. She also worked for newspapers and film production companies in the US before coming to the UK in September 2011. Since completing her MA in Multimedia Journalism at the University of Kent, Laura has worked in different newsrooms across the UK. She also did PhD level research into green journalism, and news coverage of social movements and has a passion for studying how movements and nonprofits use social media to communicate. She is a hopeless nerd dedicated to learning new ways of communicating, using interactive platforms and immersive cross-platform storytelling. Currently, she works as a Lecturer in Television and Multimedia Journalism. She is also a co-Founder of PressPad and an organizer with the Worldwide Association of Women Writers and Journalists in the UK.
John Hardman facilitates the Regenerative Leadership course. He is a faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership & Research Methodology at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches Master’s and Doctoral level courses in school administration and qualitative research. He is the departmental liaison to the Palm Beach County School District, and the Chair of the College of Education’s Diversity Committee. John is also the founder of Regenerative Organizations, a process consulting firm that specializes in helping civic and corporate leaders facilitate the shift of their organizations toward sustainability and regenerative practices. He is the author of ‘Leading for Regeneration: Going beyond Sustainability in Business, Education, and Community’ (Routledge, 2012), which is based on his doctoral studies, ongoing research, and work with for- and not-for-profit organizations.
Kelley Haynes-Mendez facilitates the Designing Your Life: Innovating from the Inside Out course. Kelley received her Psy.D. degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (Los Angeles) and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas. She is an associate professor with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Haynes-Mendez has more than a decade of teaching experience specializing in diversity, cross-cultural and international issues. She is a member of the American Psychological Association. She is the Vice President for Diversity and International Relations for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA, Division 2), leading division initiatives to increase diversity and international partnerships. In 2008, she completed a guest lectureship in Cape Town, South Africa where she taught topics on family and intercultural studies. Dr. Haynes-Mendez also completed a Diploma in Social Innovation with the UN established University for Peace’s Centre for Executive Education in Costa Rica in 2017. She continues to collaborate with the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education to foster professional development for higher education faculty, staff, and administrators.
Meltem Ersoy facilitates the Skills for Effective Negotiations course. She is currently an adjunct faculty at Okan University. She has taught classes on Conflict Resolution Practice, International Conflicts and Conflict Resolution, American Foreign Policy, Modernization and Problems and Issues in Turkey Politics at Sabancı University, Okan University and Boğaziçi University. Her academic work specializes in Turkish politics, transformation of political parties, political Islam and conflict resolution. She received her PhD in Political Science from George Mason University with her dissertation entitled “Political Crisis and Party Transformation”. Meltem coordinated the Contemporary Turkey at a Glance II Conference and co-edited the publication under the same title. She worked as a project manager for the Political Party and Electoral System Reform in Turkey, coordinated the Strengthening the System of Checks and Balances in Turkey through Constitutional Reform project and co-organized the Young Turkey Young America Program at Istanbul Policy Center. Meltem is a freelance writer on literature, and a blogger.
Miguel Tello facilitates the Mission Impossible? Measuring Outcomes & Impact course. He is the Director of The Strachan Foundation, a family foundation that supports education and health projects throughout Central America. Miguel offers workshops on monitoring and evaluation for grantees in Central America. In addition, Miguel is the Director of the Center for Restorative Practices in Central America, an affiliate of the International Institute for Restorative Practices. He offers restorative practices training and consulting to a variety of NGOs, schools, churches and criminal justice professionals in Central America. He holds master’s degrees in public policy and international studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is originally from Mexico, but has lived in the US, Brazil and Costa Rica. He speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese fluently. He lives in Costa Rica with his wife and two sons.
Stephanie Knox Steiner facilitates the Educating in Changing Times: Reflect, Rethink, Rebuild course. She is a peace education professional based in San Diego, California, where she teaches courses on peace, nonviolence, justice, sustainability, human rights, and service learning at San Diego City College and Chapman University. In addition to her classroom teaching, she serves as the Director of Education for the Metta Center for Nonviolence and as the Peace Education Program Coordinator at Teachers Without Borders (TWB). She earned her Master of Arts in Peace Education from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, and her Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Development from McGill University in Montreal.