accepted into the Program on Gender-Based Violence once per year as a cohort--a group that takes
courses in tandem and participates in organized events and activities featuring
local practitioners and national experts. Cohort sessions explore practical
applications to classroom knowledge and build a personal and professional
network for students to rely on throughout their degree program and their
To integrate the variety course materials offered at each intensive, a team teaching approach is used. Class time per day may vary, incorporating guest speakers, field trips, group projects, etc. Teams may include domestic violence faculty, non-profit faculty and the cohort facilitator. Each Intensive Team selects a Distinguished Guest Speaker who will specifically enhance the coursework of students for that session. Distinguished guests are typically individuals who are doing exciting, cutting-edge work in the field. While in town, the Distinguished Guest will participate in the Intensive as well as conduct an educational presentation of some kind for the community at large.
In order to provide students adequate time to complete the work required by the instructors, each domestic violence course includes class time that spans two of the intensives as well as an online component. In additional to the formal courses and Distinguished Guest presentations, each Intensive includes a variety of cohort sessions. Cohort sessions incorporate material on leadership, skill building, organizational management and policy development. The purpose of the cohort sessions is to enhance administrative focus in the program and provide opportunities for students to discuss the various domestic violence content areas in the context of possible policy and management implications.
For more information about the cohort model, please contact the Center on Domestic Violence at (303) 315-2489 or firstname.lastname@example.org.