Student Voices Matter: Participatory Research Seminar

Spring 2017 quarter

Taught by

education, TRiO programs

Everywhere, students are raising concerns about the quality of their educational experiences, insisting their voices matter. Students who enroll in this seminar will have the opportunity to use a common set of questions to evaluate the learning opportunities they are experiencing in other courses and programs. During our seminars, students will share  observations with each other, working on making sense out of everyone's experiences. This is the first time the seminar has been offered, and so an important component is making sure the common questions capture what matters for students at Evergreen. We'll discuss the research behind the questions, modifying them as needed. At the end of the seminar, we will "publish" the questions for students to use in other forums, as well as in the Fall 2017 research seminar. Additionally, as a team, students will work to create a final report that summarizes key observations about the quality of their experiences at Evergreen during Spring 2017. The final report will be made public in a variety of ways, to encourage more conversation and action.

Program Details

Fields of Study


Preparatory For

Participation in this research seminar is good preparation for studies or careers in any field, because the focus is on developing voice and agency, individually and collectively. Students will practice skills in observation, evaluation, sense-making, and communication.  


Spring Signature

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Tue 5:30-7:30p

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

May be offered again in

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018


2017-01-25New offering added for Spring