Facilitating Change in Coastal Science and Policy is a skills-based course in effective leadership and communication, including stakeholder engagement, facilitation, conflict resolution, team building, and introduction to project management. Communication training includes identifying audiences and objectives (public, philanthropy, policymakers, managers, scientist practitioners) and leveraging non-traditional communication platforms. Enrollment is open to ALL UCSC graduate programs. Enrollment by application only and restricted to senior graduate students. Enrollment limited to 16.

Participants include senior graduate students who are at a stage in their graduate career to begin communicating with non-academic audiences. Students in the 2016 cohort represent a diversity of disciplines spanning the natural and social sciences.