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This Capstone partners with Centennial Park School (CPS), an alternative school for "at-risk" students in Gresham. PSU students will provide mentoring and support to CPS students to help them express themselves through creative storytelling. The course will examine issues of social justice, holistic learning, and self advocacy, and consider the power of vulnerability in a leadership position. The course will also address privilege and power in society, community and classrooms. 

This multidisciplinary Capstone is carried over two terms (Spring and Summer). The Spring term portion involves pre-travel projects in preparation for the service-learning trip and classroom learning experience. The Summer term portion is a two-week service-learning experience in Nicaragua (tentative travel dates: June 15/16 - June 29, 2015). Students and faculty will focus on service-learning activities in the areas of public health and community development related to aging and older adults in Nicaragua.

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about stormwater and the challenges of cleaning up the Willamette River. Portland is a leader in innovative ways to manage stormwater and this management helps to keep our surface waters here in Portland cleaner than they have been for over 100 years. Our community partner for this class is the Bureau of Environmental Services .

Head Start is this nation's largest investment in young children to date. It is also one of the few remaining efforts from the 1960's "War on Poverty". Each student will study a local Head Start Program in their own community, and depending on geography may work with a Team in this effort.

Students will do all or some of the following:

• review data and documentation of the historical successes and challenges of Head Start; 

• analyze and reflect on the impact it has had in communities;

• learn about participatory-action based research

You will be writing real-world grants (or coming as close to that goal as possible given our short 10-weeks together) in order to enhance your professional development.

August 22- September 22, 2017

During this course students will grow in their cross-cultural skills and understanding. They will learn about refugee resettlement and the systemic educational obstacles that English learners face and overcome.Students completing this capstone will have a well developed sense of their civic identity as it relates to newcomers in their local communities.

This Capstone provides an intensive learning experience during which students work with agencies that serve young people experiencing social distress, disconnectivity, and/or homelessness.

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about and become involved in urban sustainability projects and organizations in Portland, OR.  Students will be introduced to basic concepts and practices related to urban sustainability and understand how social, ecological and technological issues are interlinked.  Students will then directly participate in a sustainability project that will provide a base of experience for furthering the learning and appreciation for the challenges and opportunities to making our cities more sustainable.  This Capstone builds on a number of

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