Tacoma Program

Past Tacoma Programs

Twenty years of past Tacoma programs


  • Cycle Makers and Cycle Breakers: 2005-2006
  • Student Originated Studies: Tacoma 2005-2006
  • Transformational Literacies: 2004-2005
  • Leadership for Urban Sustainability: 2003-2004
  • Seven Continents, Eleven Blocks, One Community: 2002-2003
  • Environmental Justice and Power: Water Systems and Urban Migration: 2001-2002
  • Urban Studies: Institutional Dynamics: 2000-2001
  • Transitional Studies: Historical, Theoretical and Pragmatic Perspectives: 1999-2000
  • The Art of Leadership: Studies in Collaboration and Coalition Building: 1998-99
  • Power Studies: Systems, Institutions and Processes: 1997-98
  • Millennium Studies: the Nature of Change: 1996-97
  • Beyond Dichotomies: Studies in Community Health: 1995-96
  • Exploring Cultural Legacies: 1994-95
  • Global Citizenship, Community Collaborations: 1993-94
  • The Art of Leadership: 1992-93
  • Urban Issues, Urban Organizations: 1991-92
  • Mind, Body and Soul: A Holistic Approach to the 21st Century: 1990-91
  • Global Studies: The Riddle of the Circle: 1989-90
  • Shaping Policy for the 21st Century: 1988-89
  • Technology and Human Ethics: 1987-88
  • Cultural Imperatives: Tacoma in the World: 1986-87
  • Science, Technology and Human Freedom: 1985-86
  • Comparative History of World Ideas: 1984-85

Details on a few Past Evergreen Tacoma campus programs:

Millenium Studies: The Nature of Change

In 1996-97 Millennium Studies: the Nature of Change was conceived out of the necessity of understanding the essential elements of the changes that are occurring as we move into the next millennium, as well as developing strategies for creating and navigating change both personally and collectively. Although the overall topic was change, it was approached through the study of a variety of academic disciplines such as philosophy, history, sociology, psychology, political economics, scientific inquiry, law, literature, Latin and logic. Students then enhanced this knowledge with skill development in the following areas - computer literacy, multimedia technology, statistics, public speaking, and organizational and community development.

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Art of Leadership, The

In 1992-93, the Tacoma campus offered The Art of Leadership. In this program the following questions were addressed: What is the purpose of leadership? Who are we leading? How do we become effective leaders across cultural differences? Who paved the way for us and at what price? In order to answer these questions students explore the nature and practice of leadership in communities, cross culturally, and globally. Learning was demonstrated through an all-program collaborative research project. 

Urban Issues, Urban Organizations

In 1991-92, the focus was on Urban Issues, Urban Organizations. This program was an extension of the previous year. The reasoning behind this program design was that once the individual was sound in mind, body and spirit, once the family was strong, and once the community began to thrive, it was necessary for students to understand urban issues and organizing so they could nourish themselves, family and communities through creating change collectively. In this program students examined the evolution of contemporary urban communities, by looking at the history and origin of urban communities in Africa, Europe and Asia. They then looked carefully at urban communities in the United States. Emphasis was placed on understanding the connections between culture and urbanization and the phenomena of ghettoization, gentrification, and urban revitalization. In learning how to become organizers, the students and faculty realized that some of the fundamentals of leadership were lacking from our generation.

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Environmental Justice and Power: Water Systems and Urban Migration

Many urban dwellers come from other places. In 2001-2003, The goal of Environmental Justice and Power: Water Systems and Urban Migration is to study issues of migration and resettlement in conjunction with environmental justice and power. We will conduct comparative analyses of transitions to and from rural urban settings. Central to our comparative analyses will be considerations of environmental equity, ecological unity, species interdependence and ethics responsibility. We will also focus on issues of sustainability, environmental law and policy and formulations of individual and community power concerning historical, economic, and political, cultural and environmental self- determination.