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Mentoring in Portland State University

Sample assignments that accompany the resource, “Mentoring in Higher Education Syllabus – Portland State University”, for training peer leaders.

Senior Capstone

One of the most significant activities for PSU is focused on the student constituency component of the Campus Assessment of Civic Responsibility and specifically relates to curriculum. It is the Senior Capstone, a required component of the 4-year general education program known as the University Studies Program (UNST). Interdisciplinary teams of students engage in a community or community-related project that integrates the learning in their major with the curricular goals of UNST, including ethical issues and social responsibility. Specifically, the goal states: “”Students will expand their understanding of the impact and value of individuals and their choices on society both…

Portland State University Engagement Strategy

Portland State University has been recognized nationally for implementing a campus-wide engagement strategy that involves students and faculty in service-learning activities throughout the Portland metropolitan community. Students and faculty are involved in community-based scholarship in curriculum and research programs. In Senior Capstone courses, interdisciplinary teams of students apply what they have learned in their previous courses to community-identified concerns. A partnership with Portland public schools’ Migrant Education Program engages PSU students in teaching and tutoring migrant and Title 1 students. PSU also has partnerships that serve the Portland refugee community, such as SOAR (Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees) and IRCO…

“Let Knowledge Serve the City”: An Evolving Service Paradigm supported by student leadership

Over the past six years Portland State University (PSU) has been creating an institutional culture that practices the motto, Let knowledge serve the city, and the focus of our current Learn and Serve program is Students Serving the City. This emphasis includes developing mechanisms to support student leadership and student voice in the initiation, implementation, and assessment of curricular-based service-learning. By providing resources for faculty and student initiated service-learning, we have been able to institutionalize service-learning on our campus. Although there are still many ways to improve our work, we are happy to say that we currently offer more than…

Faculty service: the challenge of documentation

Although service has always stood alongside teaching and research as a key element of scholarship, it is rarely documented to the same extent as the other two. At Portland State University in Oregon, faculty have begun to employ a combination of methods to document their service activities with the same credibility as they document teaching and research. Their documentation activities include: writing a statement of purpose connecting their work to their area of expertise; keeping journals of their activities; distributing newsletters that discuss their service work; surveying community members for feedback; and assembling evidence of impact from third-party observers of…

Highlighting courses that have a community-based learning component

In order to sustain and build a growing awareness of community-based learning beyond general education, we began the practice of noting with a special icon in the class schedule those courses that have a community-based learning component. Students in each of these classes as well as faculty who teach them, and their community partners complete a questionnaire that provides a self-assessed view of course effects on student learning and on the achievement of the goals mutually defined by the community partner and the faculty member. Contact: askunst@pdx.edu Website: http://www.pdx.edu/unst/senior-capstone

Program Evaluation and Management in Health

Course Description The purpose of this course is to provide students with the theoretical and practical bases for program evaluation.  Students will develop basic skills in a variety of approaches to evaluation, including techniques that are particularly suitable for evaluating health promotion, community health improvement, and related health and social services programs.  Course learning will be synthesized through design of an evaluation framework and methodology for a relevant program. Prerequisites There are no formal prerequisites for this course.   It is assumed that students have some familiarity with health services delivery and the organization of the health system.  If you…

Leadership For Change

Course Description In this course we will explore the foundations of leadership theory by examining models of leadership in relation to the theory and concept of change. We will confront the philosophical problem of pluralism in a democracy in trying to reconcile the values of both individualism and community. We will have opportunities for practice, application, and documentation of leadership. We will also critically reflect upon individual responsibility and potential leadership roles through community service that addresses social justice issues and through political engagement. Goals University Studies Goals: The University Studies program holds a variety of goals over the course…

Multinomah County Adult Community Justice Capstone: Measuring the effectiveness of criminal justice interventions

This Capstone is an applied research project with the Multnomah County Department of Adult Community Justice. It is an opportunity to apply what you have learned in the University Studies program and in your major. It is an opportunity to work with a community agency, and to work in a group of students from various disciplines toward a common goal. While there will be a final product, the challenges, the opportunities for growth, and the basis for your grade will be in the processes which develop this product. The Department of Adult Community Justice supervises offenders who are placed on…

Women’s Community Education Project

In Other Words Summer 2000 Melissa Kesler Gilbert DESCRIPTION: In this course, we will be working with our community partner, the local non-profit feminist bookstore IN OTHER WORDS and their sister organization, The Women’s Community Education Project. Our project this term is to coordinate a series of *rap sessions* with local teen girls about current issues in their lives. We will use these group conversations to encourage the girls to become a part of our ZINE project — where they will write, edit, and publish a grassroots, mini-magazine with our class. Please take a look at the enclosed outreach plan…

The Portland YWCA in the World War Two Era

Introduction This course is one in an on-going series of capstones designed to research and write the Portland YWCA’s history in anticipation of its centennial celebration in 2001. Our focus will be on the 1940s. Themes include: war work and patriotism; working women’s politics and organizing; black migration and civil rights; feminism and women’s social activism; Japanese internment and relocation; youth and teen culture. After background reading and discussion, students will shape a research agenda and carry out research in the YWCA archives and in other repositories in Portland. The course will culminate in a public presentation on our findings…

Neighborhoods and Watersheds

General Course Objectives: To provide students an opportunity to increase their understanding of important issues confronting the vitality and health of watersheds in urban environments. To provide students an opportunity to increase their understanding of principles of citizen involvement and public stewardship of natural resources in an urban environment. To apply the knowledge of natural resources and the principles of stewardship in assisting neighborhoods to effectively participate in the protection and enhancement of their watersheds. To disseminate the knowledge and experience gained over the course of the project. Through reflection and critical analysis, evaluate the learning and project experiences and…

Strategic Planning in Health Services

Winter 1997 Class Meetings: Monday, 6:40 – 9:20 p.m., Lincoln Hall 205 Associate Professor of Public Health Departments of Public Administration and Public Health Education Office: Room 237, School of Urban and Public Affairs Office Hours: Monday, 4:30 – 5:30: Tuesday, 2:30 – 3:30 Or by appointment. Course DescriptionThis course introduces general concepts, models and theories of strategic planning, and develops them in terms of applications in the health services industry. Through participation in a community-based strategic planning process, students will gain experience and some expertise in the planning, decision-making and conduct of strategic planning. PrerequisitesThere are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, students are strongly encouraged to…