Community Studies

Evergreen has a rich legacy of working within communities on issues of treaty rights and sovereignty, economic and social justice, and a host of other issues. Working closely with faculty and various communities, you’ll learn a holistic approach to systemic change at the community level.

As you learn to conduct community-based research (also known as participatory research, popular education, and action research), you’ll learn the history, philosophy, and modes of research vital to understanding the needs, challenges, and aims of specific communities.

Faculty Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Ackley, Kristina Native American studies
Balaram, Arita psychology, critical race and feminist studies, community-engaged methods
Benson-Quaziena, Marcella human and organizational systems
Blewett, Lori communication
Buxbaum, Stephen political economy, community development and planning
Crowley, Lin media and Chinese studies
Elliott, Marla performance, voice, community studies
Nelson, Alice Spanish language, Latin American studies
Partridge, Penelope
Sandoz, Joli academic and creative nonfiction writing, community studies, analog game design
Simons, Suzanne poetry and literary arts, community studies/Middle East studies, journalism
Smith, Tyrus environmental studies, public policy
Steinhoff, Eirik English
Selected Programs 2022-23
Title Class Standing Credits
Alchemy of Witness II: Relating Through the Camera
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Branching Out: An Ethnobotanical Garden in Community
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12
Community Mental Health and Art in Social Contexts
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Community-Based Learning: Nonprofit Internships
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12, 16
Cornerstone: Foundations for Your Evergreen Education
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
4
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector and Grant Writing
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Nonprofit Internship or Final Project
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Nonprofit Leadership, Management, Fundraising and Development
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Prior Learning from Experience Document Writing
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4, 6, 8
Selected Programs 2023-24
Title Class Standing Credits
Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector and Grant Writing
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Nonprofit Internship or Final Project
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Nonprofit Leadership, Management, Fundraising and Development
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Psychology Capstone: Clinical/Counseling
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12
Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16