This is the blog for the educational equity Community of Practice.

Looking for Funding

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Educational Equity, Justice System, Social Justice, Sustainability | Comments Off

This program is looking for additional sources of funding to continue our work. If you know of opportunities please contact dosborn@pdx.edu. Thanks!

Online Workshops Posted!

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Educational Equity, Justice System, Misc, Social Justice, Sustainability | Comments Off

We are excited to present our first online workshops. Check back here for more in the future. Until then we hope you find these useful in your social change work.

Please find below online workshops that we have generated from the in-person series of social change workshops.

Our hope is that these online offerings can be engaged by individuals, classes and groups to support their continued engagement in social change. Included throughout the workshops are prompts for you to engage either in an individual reflection or with a group of people with whom you are watching the workshop. Please take the time to engage with the material presented, reflect and discuss it with your peers.

If you have any feedback or comments about making these online version more accessible please contact dosborn@pdx.edu.

Sally Eck – Interrupting Oppression in Our Everyday Lives

Filmed November 26th, 2013

In this workshop, we discuss and, more importantly, practice the art of engaging in productive dialogue about the experience of oppression in our daily lives. Learn strategies and build community to recognized and raise our collective consciousness about the detrimental effects of microaggressions and co-create hope toward positive social change.

Kayse Jama – Refugee and Immigrant Solidarity

Filmed March 11, 2014

Refugee and Immigrant Solidarity is popular education workshop designed to inform community members on how they can become good allies in the struggle for immigrant and refugee rights. Kayse Jama, an original founder of CIO, was born into a nomad family in Somalia. He left when the civil war erupted, and finally found sanctuary in Portland. From 2005 to 2007, he trained immigrant and refugee community leaders in five Western states—Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah and Idaho—under a prestigious New Voices Fellowship at Western States Center. He has been awarded the Skidmore Prize for outstanding young nonprofit professionals (2007), the Oregon Immigrant Achievement Award from Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2008), and the 2009 Lowenstein Trust Award, which is presented yearly to “that person who demonstrated the greatest contribution to assisting the poor and underprivileged in Portland,” and the 2012 Portland Peace Prize.

National Forest Policy

Filmed May 29th, 2014

Learn how the forests of the Cascades became federal land, and about the laws & policies that shape past, current and future land management.  With a focus on Mt. Hood NationalForest, Brenna Bell, Bark’s staff attorney, will explore the ins and outs of politics and law as it relates to public’s forests and water – and provide some tools for engaging with them.

Village Building Convergence Happening Now through June 1st

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Educational Equity, Justice System, Social Justice, Sustainability | Comments Off

City Repair is holding their annual Village Building Convergence now through Sunday June 1st. This festival is all about place making by creating public spaces through painting intersections, planting gardens, and natural building structures like benches and ovens. All over the city, including right here on the PSU Campus, projects are happening. There are also a wide variety of workshops, lectures, dances, and music mostly at their main venue, Sunnyside Church in SE Portland. To learn more about the projects and evening events visit: www.vbc.cityrepair.org.

 

Disability Pride Art and Cultural Festival May 17-24

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Educational Equity, Social Justice, Uncategorized | Comments Off

The Disability Art and Cultural Project presents their sixth annual Disability Pride Art and Cultural Festival now through May 24th. The dance performances will celebrate people of all abilities with creative, artistic expressions and movements.

 

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Allyship in Praxis Workshop Wednesday!

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Educational Equity, Justice System, Social Justice, Sustainability | Comments Off

Please join us for the following workshop, the second in the spring term series.

Allyship in Praxis
Sally Eck
Wednesday May 21st from 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Center for Intercultural Organizing, 700 N. Killingsworth
In this workshop we will analyze the potentially fraught, yet invaluable concept of allyship in social justice practices.  What happens when people self-identify as “allies,” but continue to operationalize privileged practices, unchecked? How do we check ourselves? How do we change the term “ally” from a destination to a journey and an action?  What practical tools can we develop to support our efforts in effective allyship?  In this workshop, we will build skills and strategize collectively; building our consciousness toward using privilege for accountability and for strengthening the movement for social justice.

Research to Action: Food Systems Event at PSU this Friday 5/16

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Educational Equity, Social Justice, Sustainability | Comments Off

“The Research to Action Symposium is an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and community members to share their work in five-minute, lightning-round presentations. The event allows attendees the chance to hear about and inform our collective efforts to address food systems issues and to explore connections, develop networks, and build collaborative potential.” Register now for this free event. 

 

Law & Disorder Conference at PSU May 9th-11th

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Educational Equity, Justice System, Social Justice, Sustainability, Uncategorized | Comments Off

The 5th Annual Law & Disorder Conference is this weekend (May 9th-11th) at PSU. People from all walks of life from radical to academic are welcome to join in on the FREE discussions, lectures, panels, and workshops. The focus this year will be to “establish collaboration between individuals, organizations and collectives working on issues related to LGBTIQQAA, Political Prisoners, police and prison abolition, international solidarity, earth and animal liberation and anti-racist organizing.”

law and disorder conference

Bioregional Confluence at PSU

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Educational Equity, Justice System, Social Justice, Sustainability | Comments Off

We often describe where we live by arbitrary political borders. Instead we could define our home by watersheds, plants, soils, rocks, and culture. With this ecological framework, we can also explore how we relate, organize, and celebrate each other and the environment we are part of. To learn more about bioregions, join the first annual Cascadia Rising: Bioregional Confluence on Sunday April 20th at Portland State University. This gathering is “dedicated to promoting bioregional awareness, Indigenous solidarity, alternative and horizontal governance tools, and community resilience in the Pacific Northwest”. RSVP to this FREE Confluence and learn more. 

Bioregional Conference

 

Continuing Engagement Paid Internships

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Educational Equity, Justice System, Social Justice, Sustainability | Comments Off

We are pleased to announce one paid internship for a current PSU student and one for a PSU alumnus, these internships will support the work of University Studies’ Continuing Engagement Program. This program works to create thematic Communities of Practice that can support the continued engagement of students, alumni and community members in social change. It aims to provide additional support such as mentorship, workshops and seminars to provide ongoing support beyond the confines of a class in which one might come alive to their civic agency. You can familiarize yourself with some of the offerings of this program by reading our Resource Guide for Continuing Engagement, which is distributed to all graduating Capstone students.

As a Continuing Engagement Intern you will work with the Program Coordinator David Osborn. Your work will be oriented to supporting the programmatic aspects that have been developed. Work may include:

  • Speaking to classes about opportunities for continued engagement
  • Opening and closing off-campus workshops and speaking about continuing engagement opportunities
  • Facilitating gatherings of students and alumni to create spaces where we can support one another in our continuing engagement, find opportunities for engagement, etc.
  • Grant writing
  • Thinking through ways to improve or further develop this avenue of work
  • Etc.

We are able to provide $ 1,500 in compensation for each intern thanks to a Bringing Theory to Practice grant from the American Association of Colleges and Universities and support from the University Studies Program. Each intern is required to commit approximately 5-10 hours/week from 2/24-6/16. Some of this work will take place off-campus on weekday evenings. Throughout the internship the Coordinator will facilitate opportunities to learn about the practice of support the engagement of others in social change work.

The timeline for selecting and training interns will be as follows:

  • 2/10 Internship announcement, application period opens
  • 2/17 Application period closes, interviews scheduled
  • 2/19-2/21 Applicants interviewed
  • 2/24-26 Interns begin work with training

If you are interested in applying for this internship please fill out the following form or follow this link. If you have any questions please feel free to contact dosborn@pdx.edu. Thanks!

 

Winter Term Workshop Series

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Educational Equity, Justice System, Social Justice, Sustainability | Comments Off

Please find below the winter term workshops that are designed to support your continuing engagement in community-based social change. These workshop build on the 27 previous workshops that were attended by some 500 students, alumni, faculty and community members.

Please share them with your friends, organizing groups, classmates, etc! They are free and open to students, alumni, faculty and the public.

We are excited to continue our collaboration with the Center for Intercultural Organizing who will be hosting all workshops at their offices at 700 N. Killingsworth in Portland.

2/12 – 6:30-8:30 – Rain Crowe

Leader-full Groups for Empowered Movements

The word leader can instantly conjure up all the inherited misuse of power within traditional hierarchical systems of governance.  It can connote automatic relationships of subordination and domination.  Or, the word and practice of leadership can be reclaimed as a model for people who abide by the saying, “with power comes responsibility”. Leaders must be possessed of certain skills that demonstrate a readiness and ability to take risks, and to act on behalf of the group that is entrusting them to do so.  What are the character associations of effective leaders? How do we cultivate fluid, strong, and collaborative leadership amongst everyone in the group?  How do we each learn or know what our natural aptitudes are, and when to employ them in certain circumstances and contexts?  How do we support earned authority in groups and not project impossible standards and expectations onto our leaders?   These questions and more will be discussed.  Voluntary group discussion and role playing will be a part of the workshop.

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1460840914136004
2/19 – 6:30-8:30 – Enlace – Jaime Trinkle, Peter Cervantes-Gautschi

Corporate Campaigning

How do we pressure unethical corporations to stop business as usual and do the right thing? How do we effectively organize against a business model is so destructive that we need to shut an entire industry down? How do we measure success in these long fights against powerful, inherently destructive commercial enterprises?  In this popular education workshop, we will discuss targets, strategies, and movement building in corporate campaigns. We will then bore down into the details of divestment campaigns, using the work of Enlace’s Private Prison Divestment campaign as a case study.

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/198264330380512

2/25 – 6:30-8:30 – Sally Eck

The Anatomy of an Interruption

Why is interrupting oppression so difficult? In this advanced workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to unpack and analyze the complicated moments of interrupting oppression. We will examine the components of an interruption, identify our own “interruptions style,” and deepen our practice in respectful community.

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/620628434651244

3/6 – 6:30-9:30 – B-Media Collective

Roots of Remix CultureDiscover the basics of remix video, the best online archives, and how to download and convert footage from the internet for your film or archival use.  Remix is a genre of transformative DIY media production whereby creators critique power structures by re-cutting and re-framing fragments of mainstream media. Discussion includes a primer on the roots of political remix video and its use in movements for social justice, the open source movement, and your rights in the digital commons.  Hands on workshop introduces the free tools necessary to download media content before the Google bots remove it, and how to convert and use it for fair use purposes.  The workshop will be led by members of B Media, a community-based video art collective that uses political remix video, documentary films, and skill-building workshops in their work for social justice.

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/620628434651244

3/11 – 6:30-8:30 – Kayse Jama

Refugee and Immigrant Solidarity

Refugee and Immigrant Solidarity is popular education workshop designed to inform community members on how they can become good allies in the struggle for immigrant and refugee rights.  Kayse Jama, an original founder of CIO, was born into a nomad family in Somalia. He left when the civil war erupted, and finally found sanctuary in Portland. From 2005 to 2007, he trained immigrant and refugee community leaders in five Western states—Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah and Idaho—under a prestigious New Voices Fellowship at Western States Center. He has been awarded the Skidmore Prize for outstanding young nonprofit professionals (2007), the Oregon Immigrant Achievement Award from Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2008), and the 2009 Lowenstein Trust Award, which is presented yearly to “that person who demonstrated the greatest contribution to assisting the poor and underprivileged in Portland,” and the 2012 Portland Peace Prize.

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/620628434651244