Greenspaces: Working with Latino Youth 2020

Instructor Name: 
Cynthia Carmina Gomez
Course Description: 

Since 2009, GREENSPACES - LATINO YOUTH has offered students the opportunity to explore the outdoors with at-risk and gang-involved Latino youth enrolled in Latino Network's Summer Academia. Students can also choose to complete indirect service options such as research, data collection, and curriculum development. Through a partnership with Metro called Latino Greenspaces, youth make weekly visits to local natural areas and parks to experience the wonders of Oregon using culturally-specific curriculum centered on Latino culture, arts, music, hiking, and science. Capstone coursework focuses on the three areas of sustainability: social equity, the economy, and the environment. Spanish-language proficiency not required. 

This Hybrid course is taught partially online. There will be a total of 6 in-class on-campus meetings and one onsite orientation. In addition, students will complete 25 hours of community service as well as online course content. Dates, as well as other updates, will be posted to this class website when they become available.

All students will be required to complete a Sex Offender Background Check. Our community partner, Latino Network, honors lived experiences and will not screen for other convictions. 
Trillium Lake: Students with Community Youth

Please contact faculty member Cynthia Gomez, for additional information:

Note: Cynthia also works at PSU as the Executive Director of the Cultural Resource Centers. You can find her office in SMSU228, inside the Multicultural Student Center. Feel visit or call 503-725-4474 to learn more about this course.

You must attend the first day of class or you will be dropped from the course.  


Oneonta Gorge: Students and youth on a hike


Project Description: 

Fieldwork: Student group fieldwork on community projects involve both direct and indirect service delivery. In-class course work involves a review of sustainability as it relates to the environment, social equity and the economy; democratic dialogue; and social justice and environmental justice theory. The coursework and fieldwork create an experience for students that deepens the understanding of critical issues facing marginalized communities with the hope that more will seek policy reform focused on social and ecological equity.

2019 Community Partner: Latino Network

The previous title for this course was Community Greenworks.