Spring 2020


Senior Capstone Students visting the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona,Spain One of the most powerful learning opportunities for a student is studying abroad.  The impactful, sensory experience of being far away ultimately brings us closer to ourselves, naturally offering a platform to examine how we identify and relate to the world around us. 

The goal of this course is to give students a solid background in historical and societal issues that
influence language diversity through hands-on collaboration with current language sustainability
efforts. This capstone partners with endangered language communities in the Northwest (tribal
language programs in general and the Warm Springs Tribal Language Program, specifically) to
work together to support those programs by giving students “on-the-ground” skills to accompany

Learning Gardens, Community Engagement. In this capstone, students will explore and participate in the concept of “community food security” through community engagement and learning gardens. Students will also examine community service learning through the lens of “sustainability leadership.”

Food insecurity is a challenge for students, children, parents, immigrants, long-term citizens, old, young, and all other label you might apply to someone. In this online course students have the opportunity to do their "25 hours of service" in a food-scarcity-related organization in their own community. The service component of the course offers an important connection and correlation between the course materials and the validated and verified aspects of food insecurity.

This Capstone partners with Centennial Park School (CPS), an alternative school for at-risk students in Gresham. PSU students will provide mentoring and guidance to CPS students to help them express themselves through storytelling. The course will examine issues of social justice; power and privilege in our society, community and classrooms; holistic learning; the power of being vulnerable in a leadership role; and what creates self-advocacy.

In this course, students have the opportunity to learn the basics of grant writing. A much sought-after skill in many sectors, grant writing helps a variety of nonprofits and government agencies obtain funds for various projects they are interested in pursuing. For this class, our community partner will be JOIN. As they describe on their website, JOIN exists to support the efforts of homeless individuals and families to transition out of homelessness into permanent housing.

Course Description:

Do you ever wonder what health care will look like in 5 -15 years from now? How do personal, social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental factors affect community and population-based health? What will your role be in effecting positive change? Although we will look to theory and research to help answer these and other questions related to the topic of change leadership in healthcare, we will also be asking “how do we apply this in real world settings?” I hope you find the course engaging and useful.  I look forward to learning with you!

Sustainable Food Systems and Educational Farms at Learning Garden's Lab Site. The time is ripe to be part of the growing sustainable food movement! This class addresses the current food issues that face urban citizens by holistically engaging students in the many layers of Portland's local food and farm culture.  Students will critically analyze the state of our current food systems while being engaged in positive solutions to agricultural-related issues. The community partner and classroom is the Learning Gardens Lab, where students will gain hands-on farming experience, experientially explore their personal connection to food and the land, participate in the Learning Garden programs, and positively contribute to food security in our greater community.

Students will contribute to an ongoing research project on access to healthcare. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their own experience with the healthcare system as well as collect, analyze and disseminate information on access to primary care in the US. No prior research experience required. Results will be presented to Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research.