Putting Your Ideals Into Action
By the end of student’s coursework at CLU, they will articulate and apply a change management program that they can use to facilitate positive change in any context. The Capstone Action Project requires students to facilitate a change management project that includes mindfulness, dialogue, and collaboration with stakeholders to promote positive change.
CLU’s unique capstone action model walks students through the process of facilitating measurable change in their organizations or communities in a way that respects values, people, and outcomes.
- Students Experience Change
Students become practitioners and experience change through various mindfulness practices. These practices develop specific skills for facilitating dialogue, collaboration, and change regarding a particular problem.
- Stakeholders Experience Change
The project’s participants experience change because their input into the project’s goals, methods, and measurements develops their own efficacy in addressing an area of mutual concern.
- Larger Problems Are Changed
While student projects must be narrowly focused, those projects are able to make a specific change regarding a larger social or organizational problem.
Examples of Capstone Action Projects
- Create a mentoring program for social entrepreneurs
- Facilitate a support group that helps parents of special needs children apply mindfulness
- Facilitate an interfaith dialogue group in a community challenged by religious violence
- Create a program that helps millennials navigate the challenges of the unspoken culture in an organization
- Develop a resource that meets the unique needs of students struggling to enter a local college
- Work with the executive leadership in a company to evaluate and revise policy for handling sensitive information
- Facilitate a dialogue group for inner city community members and local police officers
Preparing for Your Capstone Action Project
Each of the courses in the Claremont Core® moves you one step closer to implementing your Capstone Action Project. By the conclusion of your master’s program, you will have decided on an issue that you are passionate about, dialogued with those affected by the issue as well as other experts on the issue, identified collaborators and resources, and designed the project (including how to assess its effectiveness). When you begin implementing your Capstone Action Project, you will have all the skills, knowledge and resources to succeed in a collaborative change project.
Defining the Action Research Model
The action research model is based on a fundamental cycle: observation, reflection, taking action, and repeat. Because CLU emphasizes mindfulness, dialogue, collaboration, and change as part of its academic core, our cycles emphasize the role of mindfulness as part of the observation and reflection and process. The cycles also emphasize action through broadening circles of influence – the self, the participant group (or “stakeholders”), and the problem itself. These broadening circles are embodied in practices of mindfulness, dialogue, and collaboration, which lead to measurable change.