The Claremont Core
Engagement Skills for Creating a Sustainable Impact
In an increasingly interconnected world, leaders who want to make positive, sustainable change need to develop the critical perspectives and collaborative skills necessary to reach across traditional barriers of ideology, culture, economics and faith.
At CLU, we put development of these capabilities at the center of our degree programs. The result is the Claremont Core®, a sequence of four innovative courses. Progress through the Core takes you through a process of self-awareness and steadily evolves towards engagement with others and society at large.
When you complete The Claremont Core, in conjunction with your program courses, you will have the advanced knowledge, skills and capabilities to be a more effective change-maker in our new globalized world.
These required 3-unit courses are taken by all master's students:
Develop your capacity to have focused awareness in the present moment and the cultivation of compassion in yourself and others. We believe that in order to effectively lead positive change in the world, we must first cultivate the practice of mindfulness in ourselves.
Effective dialogue is mindful communication that facilitates a shared understanding among diverse perspectives. This course teaches how to reframe conflict and provides creative activities to increase your teams ability for effective communication.
Collaboration is the co-creative dialogue among key stakeholders to develop strategies for positive change. In this course you will learn how to articulate contemporary understandings of cultural diversity and social privilege that exist in any collaborative effort. By the end of the course, you will be able to better manage interpersonal and organizational conflict and lead in a way that leverages intelligence and self-organization.
Change is effective collaboration that generates positive and sustainable impact in society. In this course, you will develop the capacity to analyze the need for change and effectively design a project that addresses the need for change. You will then learn to evaluate the impact of a project in order to improve it.
The Distinctiveness of the Core
From Inner to Outer: The Core sequence leads you through an integrated process of personal and professional development. It begins with skills for self-development in the Mindfulness class and works steadily toward more outward engagement in the Dialogue, Collaboration and Change classes.
Contextualizing the Core: While students from all degree programs take The Core classes together, you will be expected to draw on your own background and interests in your discussions and assignments, thereby applying the knowledge and skills in The Core classes for your own self-improvement.
Collaboration across Degrees: Since students in all degrees take The Core classes together, you will have the opportunity to study alongside, and learn from, peers from the other degree programs who may be working in other sectors. This intentional opportunity for cross-sector interaction allows for creative possibilities for collaboration, perhaps even on the Capstone Action Project.
Portfolio: Along with The Core sequence, you will be keeping a public portfolio outlining the progress toward your Capstone Action Project which classmates, faculty, friends, family and coworkers can follow. This will help enhance your professional persona and expand opportunities for dialogue and engagement beyond your current situation.