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Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program

Transforming the lives of low-income, first-in-family to college students.

Your Crossroads Journey Begins with HarvardX

edX is partnering with the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program to provide access to HarvardX courses and certificates to low-income, first-in-family to college students. All qualifying Crossroads students will be able to audit all 5 Crossroads courses hosted on edX. You can upgrade for free in one of the courses to pursue the HarvardX certificate

Below you will find descriptions of the five courses curated for you. Please note information about time requirements, mobile accessibility, and language options. Each course is self-paced. These courses are mobile-friendly! We recommend you enroll and participate in the courses from your mobile browser.

Please make sure you do not pay for any of the courses. You will receive an email from edX containing a unique code for your fully-funded HarvardX certificate. Please carefully follow instructions shared by the Crossroads team to use your unique code. The code will only work once, so please review the courses carefully before making your selection.

In order to move onto the next stage of the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program, you must earn a certificate in one course by April 30, 2021. The Crossroads team will reach out to you with further details.

How it Works


  1. Read the instructions sent by Crossroads before proceeding. 
  2. Learn about the 5 courses below to determine which course you would like to earn your certificate in.
  3. You will receive an enrollment code via email from the Crossroads team. Input this code on the left-hand side of the payment screen and click ‘Apply Code’.
  4. Successfully complete your course/program and receive your certificate!

HarvardX Courses

Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

Explore how entrepreneurship and innovation tackle complex social problems in emerging economies. View Course

Technology Entrepreneurship: Lab to Market

Explore how entrepreneurs build successful businesses by moving technology from lab to market.     View Course

Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs

Learn to deliver high-quality primary health care at scale through national community health worker programs. View Course

Fat Chance: Probability from the Ground Up

Increase your quantitative reasoning skills through a deeper understanding of probability and statistics. View Course

Introduction to Digital Humanities

Develop skills in digital research and visualization techniques across subjects and fields within the humanities.  View Course


Frequently Asked Questions:

I already have an edX account, why can’t I redeem my code? 

Make sure your edX account email matches the email where you received your code. To learn about changing the email on your account, visit the edX Help Center.

What should I do if I haven’t received my code?

Make sure that is on your list of approved senders. Search all folders in your inbox for a message from Crossroads on edX, and reach out to Crossroads if you still haven’t received it.

Can I take more than 1 course, or a course not on the list?

Your code is valid for one course from the curated list above, but you are welcome to audit any other course whether or not it appears on the list.

Can I get a second code?

Please send an email to to ask about a second code. 

How Can I Contact edX Learner Support?

If you have a question for edX Support, please email Be sure to identify yourself as a Crossroads learner and include screenshots of any issues you are facing.