Student-Originated Studies: Community Resilience

Fall 2019
Class Size: 25
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Zoltan Grossman square
geography, Native American studies

This program is open to students doing internships and community-based volunteer projects, in collaboration with the Center for Community-Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) at Evergreen. Priority will be given to students registering for in-program internships, particularly if they form groups around particular issues.

Students will engage in service learning with organizations, agencies, or self-organized communities that emphasize community resilience in the face of challenges. Examples may be disaster planning and emergency response, Indigenous communities revitalizing their cultural and environmental sustainability, houseless communities, military veterans, communities of color targeted by racist groups, coastal towns dealing with the effects of climate change, or community gardens. Students may organize themselves around other internship or volunteer opportunities.

The CCBLA can help students explore community and organizational needs ( On, students can propose internships with community organizations by filling out an Internship Learning Contract, or propose a service-learning volunteer project by filling out an Individual Learning Contract, with detailed learning objectives, and proposed readings specific to the issue and project. Students can receive faculty feedback by releasing the draft contract.

Students will be meeting every two weeks, with weekly student engagement via the Canvas websites. All students would participate in orientations to the issue background and working respectfully with communities and organizations. Participation in this program means practicing accountability to other communities, interacting as a respectful guest with other cultures, and engaging in constant communication with your own learning community of faculty and fellow students. For more information, please contact Dr. Zoltan Grossman at .

Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 25

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 10:00 am
LIB 0406 - Workshop

Located in: Olympia