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Tryon Creek: Cultural and Ecological Education (SUM) Erin Cathcart, erin@tryonfriends.org.  *COVID-19 Update* Students enrolled in the Summer and Fall 2020 Capstone course will participate in remote learning that supports youth education and interpretive programs facilitated by Friends of Tryon Creek State Natural Area.  Today’s youth have fewer and fewer opportunities to interact with the natural world, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have shown that the need for accessible ways to connect with local ecosystems has never been more important.  FOTC programs are designed to develop personal connections to the living earth and explore our relationship to the natural world.  Capstone students will have the opportunity to unpack these themes and collaboratively develop culturally relevant, accessible strategies for remotely engaging the extended Tryon Creek community during times of restricted access to community spaces.  Although the park may be open to the public, in-person programming is on hold and both Summer and Fall 2020 courses will not include any required on-site activities.

This course will explore sustainability and personal connection to the environment through community engagement at the Learning Gardens Lab (LGL). Students will examine community-based learning through the lens of sustainability leadership, and engage with alternative and critical perspectives on sustainability. Class time will focus on hands-on activities in the learning gardens, group discussion and community engagement projects. Students must attend the first class session on campus.

This course will explore sustainability, food security and personal connection to the environment through community engagement at the Oregon Food Bank and Wombyn’s Wellness Garden. Students will examine community-based learning through the lens of sustainability leadership, and engage with alternative and critical perspectives on sustainability. Class time will focus on hands-on activities in the learning gardens, group discussion and community engagement projects in support of the Oregon Food Bank and Wombyn’s Wellness Garden. Students must attend first class session on campus.

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. 

Learning Gardens, Community Engagement, & Sustainability  In this capstone, you will explore and participate in the concepts 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, migrants, 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.

Drawing on poetry, political theory, sociological texts, film, and personal narratives, this course offers an introduction to prison and its critiques, as well as the power of education to transform individuals and societies. This hybrid course meets once a week at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF); Capstone students will study together with women enrolled in higher education at the women’s prison, about 20 minutes south of PSU in Wilsonville. Successful background clearances are required in order to participate.

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.

 

Creating Global Citizens. Global citizenship is of utmost importance as our societies are increasingly becoming more connected through media and technology. There is a growing disparity in the American school system that allows only the privileged students to participate in meaningful and engaging cultural learning. Schools that receive funding and support are able to facilitate cultural exchanges in person for students and faculty, while the majority of students in the public system receive little financial support and are left without any type of cultural exchange or enrichment program. This capstone will provide this needed and valuable cultural exchange.

Image result for contrary to media we are not all meant to look the sameEvery Body Matters – Embracing Size Diversity. This course focuses on fatness as a social and cultural construction, examining the relationship between discrimination caused by body size and gender, race, and social class. Students will use social justice and healthcare perspectives to question weight bias and explore ways in which the fat community and its supporters resist sizeism. This course offers an alternative view of fatness that accepts the reality of a diversity of body shapes, sizes, and types and works to reduce harmful bias and fat phobia that negatively impacts all people, fat and thin. Standardized weights and "ideal" body types can be oppressive to everyone, even those that fit the "norm."

 

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