Projects Ideas and Opportunities
This page includes ideas for project topics and possible opportunities to join projects already in progress. Many of the Diploma Program Advisors have expertise and experience in these areas and can guide, mentor, coach and support students in the Diploma program wishing to explore these topics or join a project already in progress. On your application, please let us know if you see something here on this page that is of interest to you.
Of course, each student also has the opportunity to propose their own unique project and learning plan. Anything is possible.
Topics of Interest – If you have an interest in creating a project around one of the topic areas below, let us know in your application. This will help us identify an advisor, coach, mentor who is also working in these areas:
- Working with a coach/mentor/advisor on the topic of immigration: challenges and opportunities. A focus on ethnic minorities (be it territorial or migrants/refugees) and social integration processes. Looking at large scale formal and non-formal educational interventions empowering minorities to move from a state of powerlessness to a state of more control over their own life.
- Designing Research: exploring the articulation of Social Constructionist epistemology with the methodology of Design thinking to promote change and social innovation. (Research as intervention)
- Working with a coach/mentor to design/facilitate strategic change initiatives for organizations that are mission focused and work towards an ethic of care in relationships with one another, their communities and the environment.
- Working with a mentor/coach to help you design and facilitate large, cross-sector social change initiatives.
- Working with an advisor/coach/mentor who is immersed in the discipline of social work and therapy in addiction – substance use – recovery – relational processes – developing network meetings.
- Working with an advisor/coach/mentor who works with Open Dialogue practices and processes.
- Work with and in educational contexts. Specifically, in counseling, formation and inquiries that generate a relational way of being, doing and learning in the classroom with a focus on educational processes that open improvisation and the spreading of a new practice in performative ways.
Projects In Progress – If you have an interest in one of these projects, it may be possible to have you join the project team as your Diploma study and project.
- Participate in doing a situational analysis and redesign of a curriculum for trauma informed systems work. (Familiesthrive.org)
- Assist on a project that is looking at ways to improve patient experience and work with Appreciative Coaching to improve patient experience in a hospital setting.
- Join a project that is using patient journey mapping to improve patient experience.
- Participate in a global public health project work in Uganda. The project team is focusing on strengthening collaboration between the formal health system and communities to prevent and manage non-communicable diseases, and strengthen intergenerational relationships and collaboration.
- Placemaking and Community Building in Brazil: there are many communities in Brazil working with the SDG of UN to bring about a positive impact to their region and their people. An example of one of these communities is: Silva Jardim – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pH1dwhnup4&feature=youtu.be
- Recognition and Intercultural Conversations: How can we talk in ways to optimize mutual recognition of preferred cultural identities?
- Conversational change Processes: How human change and learning can be promoted by particular ways of talking/relating? (In educational settings: counseling; supervision; interpersonal skills training…and more).
- Disruptive Behavior and Non-Violence: When disruptive behavior is “bad” or “good” from a social justice perspective? Can we develop orienting principles and practices to promote peace and coexistence?
- Social Justice though Family Resilience and Self-understanding: How do families facing adversities talk in order to foster children and youth’s development?
- Public Education: Share and generate practices in a group of “kaleidoscopic teachers” which is composed of 7 teachers at various levels of education (kindergarten, primary, secondary, university) and help design ways to create a “transfer between key relational teachings”.
- Teacher Training: Participate in the training of novice teachers the University of La Laguna, through meetings that explore “the educational relationship as a space for learning from a disruptive practice.”
- Collaborative Spaces: Collaborate with a Public Center of Primary Education (CEIP) of Tenerife, Spain in creating spaces that encourage sharing, discovering, dreaming and starting the education they want to live.