Below you can find a list of the different courses and programs available at PSU and throughout the community. If you would like to have a program added to this list please email dosborn (at)

PSU Courses and Programs

Civic Leadership Minor

The interdisciplinary Civic Leadership minor provides students with theoretical and practical understanding about civic leadership, and prepares students to be responsibly engaged citizens and community leaders. Students who minor in civic leadership must complete core and elective courses for a total of 34 credits (at least 20 of which must be taken in residence at PSU).

Solutions Generator

The mission of the Solutions Generator is to inspire students as change agent leaders capable of envisioning, implementing, and assessing holistic sustainability solutions on campus and in the community. By utilizing the campus and community as a living lab for place-based projects, multi-disciplinary teams gain skills and self-efficacy through a process of discovery, active application, and reflection with faculty and program mentors.

Student Leaders for Service

Student Leaders for Service is rooted in PSU’s commitment to community outreach and engagement. SLS provides students with opportunities to significantly address issues in the surrounding communities while simultaneously preparing future civic leaders.

Student Activities and Leadership Programs – Leadership Development

Portland State honors the work of student leaders and works to develop their capacity as leaders on campus and in the larger society. This is done through a variety of programs.

Student Activities and Leadership Programs – Student Organizations

Here you can find information about connecting with existing student organizations or starting new ones.

Sustainability Leadership Center

The vision of the Center is to be recognized as a living laboratory for sustainability leadership as they prepare students to utilize their educations to create a society that encourages fair and equitable distribution of resources among all communities of Earth. They have a variety of programs to offer students.

Leadership for Sustainability Education Specialization

This program is a specialty for those interested in developing leadership skills in sustainability education. LSE serves to prepare learners with the leadership skills and opportunities, through coursework and community-based learning, to take leadership roles in envisioning and designing change and educating for sustainable solutions in our communities.

Advising and Career Center

Advising and Career services is responsible for the career development needs of all PSU students and academic advising for students who are exploring or changing majors, experiencing academic difficulties, or planning to transfer to PSU. We provide advising referrals to academic departments or colleges/schools for transfer and current students who have chosen a major. They have a database for internships and jobs, information on getting internships, information on careers in sustainability and information about careers that advance the common good.

Impact Entrepreneurs

Our mission is to unleash the power of business for social impact. Working with partners locally and globally, we deliver initiatives that strengthen organizations, build entrepreneurial leaders, and catalyze social innovation.


Community Programs and Opportunities

Western States Center

The Western States center mission is to build a progressive movement for social, economic, racial and environmental justice in the eight western states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. They organize a gathering each July in Portland called Activists Mobilizing for Power that is a three-day activist training, networking and leadership development conference for leaders, staff and volunteers of community-based organizations. The also provide a year-long intensive training program for emerging organizers and activists from the Center’s eight state region.

Urban League of Portland – Organizing and Civic Engagement Program

ACE’s Civic Engagement program works to unite African Americans, communities of color and others by creating leaders in the community and developing the community’s capacity to achieve and create a more equitable and just place to live and work.

Basic Rights Oregon – Standing Together: Coming Out for Racial Justice

Basic Rights Oregon provides an anti-racist organizational development toolkit for LGBT equality groups and activists.

Metropolitan Alliance for the Common Good – Leadership Institutes

Leadership Institutes for Public Life train participants in the classic Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) practices: One-to-One Meetings, House Meetings, Collective Reflection, Research Actions, Negotiations, Evaluation. These practices dis-organize our current culture of isolation, and create a new culture of relational power. They enable our people to tap into deep pools of energy and imagination, the sources of new solutions, new ideas and new “lenses” on the world.

Bus Project – PolitiCorps

PolitiCorps is an intensive ten week political organizing and leadership development bootcamp. If you’re a college junior, senior or recent graduate (aged 20-24) dedicated to public interest and political process, you are eligible for the Fellowship. PolitiCorps focuses on training young leaders who are ready to commit themselves full time to working in public service.

Multnomah County Community Capacitation Center

The Community Capacitation Center (CCC) works to build capacity in communities to identify and solve their own most pressing health issues. They work to achieve this mission using five strategies:


Portland Community College Multicultural Center Leadership Programs

The Social Justice Student Leadership Program and the Men of Color Leadership Program are two central projects of the PCC Sylvania Multicultural Center. These yearlong programs are designed to support the recruitment, retention, and holistic success of students of color. Both programs are based on a social justice framework, guided by critical theory, and designed to develop academic, leadership, professional, critical thinking, and social change skills of diverse student populations.

The Latino Network – Leadership and Civic Engagement

Líderes Leadership Academy works to increase Latino civic participation in the Portland Metro area by engaging Latino community members in a training program. Emerging leaders learn about social justice, regional governance, environmental and social sustainability, civic engagement, and leadership development. Academy participants are connected with public and elected officials and encouraged to serve on boards, commissions, and committees both in the public and private sector.

Hands on Portland – Volunteering Opportunities

Get started in your own community. Hands On Greater Portland can help. We will connect you with a volunteer opportunity that makes a meaningful, rewarding change in the Portland area. Build a house. Tutor a child. Care for abandoned pets. Build hiking trails. Lead a volunteer group. Join a nonprofit Board.

CNRG Portland – Jobs, Volunteer Opportunities and Events

The Community Nonprofit Resource Group (CNRG) connects people to and within the nonprofit community. With more than 10,000 subscribers to the online community, CNRG has become the place to exchange ideas, learn about opportunities, and plug into the nonprofit community. CNRG is a resource network. We connect people, communities and organizations to help individuals gain skills to act as agents of change in collaboration with others.

Idealist – Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Idealist is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed. Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.