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Executive Program in Digital Media for Social Impact

A partnership between the Annenberg School’s Center on Digital Culture and Society and Penn’s Center for Social Impact Strategy, the Executive Program in Digital Media for Social Impact is designed to help changemakers advance their digital media strategies.

Digital media platforms and technologies have introduced new possibilities and challenges for people working across sectors to create social impact.

The Center on Digital Culture and Society (CDCS) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and the Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS) at the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) have come together to launch an executive program that will help changemakers not only master their digital tools, but develop a digital practice that reflects their goals and values.

The Executive Program in Digital Media for Social Impact (DMSI) combines training from scholars and practitioners at the forefront of today’s media landscape with action-oriented tools and frameworks to help you think strategically and creatively. Along the way, you will join a global community and make authentic, lasting connections with changemakers who care as much as you do.

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Program Snapshot


Five Months

Our program will run from February through June of 2024.


Five Online Courses

You will take a minimum of 5, and up to 8 classes.


Three-Day Convening

Join us virtually for a three-day live and interactive convening. Learn from our faculty and community build with cohort members.

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Relevant and Accessible

“One of the challenges for contemporary academics is how to make knowledge more relevant and accessible to society and the world. DMSI is a new initiative in our efforts to support such public-facing scholarship. Our program will foster a community of practitioners and scholars who will learn from one another in our common pursuit for positive social change through informed engagements with digital technologies.” —Guobin Yang, CDCS Director and Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communication and Sociology

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