Faculty Profile

Patricia Rumer
Biography: 
Patricia Rumer has forty years experience in international and local community development work. From her American Friends Service Committee community development volunteer in an indigenous village in the Guatemalan highlands to community organizing in Old Town Portland to international justice campaign for Third World debt, Pat has taught, evaluated, funded, developed leadership programs and been a community advocate with City Council and Members of Congress. She has a PhD from PSU's College of Urban and Public Affairs, MA in Political Science from UCLA and a BA from Occidental College, Los Angeles, California. She teaches international Capstones at PSU focused on community development, women's empowerment and micro-finance. In 2009 she co-produced a DVD on women's empowerment in Chiapas, Mexico for community partner, Mercy Corps. More recently, through a PSU international mini-grant she filmed Interviews with Zambian civil society concerning the impact of external debt cancellation on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. Community partners have included: Jubilee Oregon, local chapter of the Jubilee USA network; Portland Global AIDS Coalition, Bread for the World, Portland Roasting Coffee Company, Sisters of the Road Cafe and Mercy Corps. Pat loves to bike, hike and swim and read murder mysteries, especially international thrillers. She is the mother of an adult daughter.
Contact Number: 
503-233-4428