ALA 471: Leadership and Facilitation in Community Building


Leadership and Facilitation in Community Building is a course for undergraduates who facilitate a section of ALA 171: Making the Most of Michigan. 

Each ALA 471 class prepares facilitators for the weekly ALA 171 sessions and connects their facilitation experiences to their broader academic goals and campus involvement. Students in ALA 471 will:

  • deepen knowledge of the transition to college, goal setting, social identity development, professional networking tools and electronic portfolios, and communication skills for leadership across differences
  • strengthen group facilitation skills
    • Listening (active and generative)
    • Asking questions that produce discussion and reflection
    • Getting participants to ask each other questions and follow up on ideas
    • Encouraging sharing of experiences and ideas
    • Noticing and managing dynamics
    • Planning and logistics
  • apply learning in facilitating ALA 171 to career, co-curricular, and life-long learning goals
  • undertake a personal professional development project to highlight their facilitation skills 

Course requirement(s)

Create an electronic portfolio 

Intended audience

Students who have or want to gain facilitation skills, or peer mentoring/advising skills 


This course will be taught synchronously online. 


Please email any questions about the course or the application process to


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