|Submission Date||March 5, 2021|
Portland State University
EN-1: Student Educators Program
|3.36 / 4.00||
Sustainability Leadership and Outreach Coordinator
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A brief description of the student educators program (1st program):
The Student Sustainability Center is an accessible hub that empowers students to become intersectional sustainability leaders by providing experiential learning opportunities and resources.
Campus Representatives of the Green Council - Practice your leadership skills by building community, sharing resources, educating your peers and designing creative projects that promote sustainability within the SSC and other campus departments. Choose to participate in one of the following task forces for one term or more
---> Bee Task Force - Create a bee friendly campus by maintaining hives, tending plants that support pollinators, and designing educational events and workshops. ---> Cultural Sustainability Task Force - Explore how culture can strengthen sustainability by developing events and resources and advocating for accessibility.
---> Garden Task Force - Care for PSU’s campus gardens through seasonal maintenance, workshops, and creative visioning.
---> Marketing and Social Media Task Force - Create innovative outreach initiatives that include the “Shades of Green” podcast, tabling, marketing materials, and social media.
---> Waste Reduction Task Force - Help host quarterly clothing exchanges, reuse fairs, and waste audits. You may also help maintain the PSU ReUse Room and Supply Studio.
Emerging Sustainability Leaders Program - Join this program as your entry point for getting involved as a student in sustainability. You will receive a monthly newsletter with events, opportunities and experiences to build community and develop professionally.
Leadership fellows - Some leadership positions are eligible to participate in a year-long group that helps students explore their understanding and knowledge of leadership while earning a small scholarship and optional class credits.
Sustainability Mentorship Program - Apply for the Sustainability Mentorship program, hosted by the Student Sustainability Center. Both Students and Sustainability Professionals can apply to be matched and brought together in a cohort. We do our best to match you with the best mentee/ mentor to support your career goals. The 5 month program, starting in February and running until June offers a unique experience of 1:1 support and mentorship to help assist with sustainability-related career goals.
Field trips - Join us to explore sustainable organizations in the Portland area each term.
Events - Attend a skill share, workshop, tour, film screening, or other meetup. Professional development - Envision your future, refine your resume, build your network, and strengthen your skills.
Seed library - Free seeds to plant, grow, harvest, and share!
Campus gardens - Get maps, contact info, tips, and learning activities.
Self care - Strengthen your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (1st program):
Students may apply for a variety of opportunities in the SSC:
Student Staff (paid positions): Students apply for one of seven hourly student positions. Positions are posted online and shared through campus networks. Interested applicants submit resumes and cover letters and are selected by a committee of students and staff. These students are then trained and help provide peer-to-peer training to the variety of volunteer programs hosted by SSC.
Sustainability Volunteer Program (SVP) - Students apply for volunteer positions offered for fall, winter. Participants commit to 2-4 hours per week of service and training for at least one term in one of five task forces Applicants select a first and second choice of task force and are placed in a task force after attending orientation. These student then host a variety of events and other outreach opportunities to engage students across campus in sustainability. Application link: go.pdx.edu/ssc
Green Council - Students are selected to represent initiatives and organizations from across PSU. Members invest 4-6 hours each week to influence the direction of sustainability at PSU, network and share initiatives, implement projects, connect with administration, and practice leadership skills. Link to online application: go.pdx.edu/ssc
Leadership Fellows - Fellows apply in the spring for the following academic year. Link: https://www.pdx.edu/student-sustainability-center/ssc-leadership-fellows
Emerging Sustainability Leaders- A network of students/ listserv to sign up for to learn about all student sustainability related opportunities. Sign up here: https://pdx.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/448939
Field Trips - Each term (When in person) SSC hosts a field trip that is open to all students. Students apply via RSVP. Past field trips have included visits and service at Mercy Corps, Portland Development Commission, The Columbia Gorge, Silver Falls State Park, Learning Gardens Laboratory, Hopkins Demonstration Forest. Application link: https://portlandstate.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_eP3CXfdo0qQLy5f"
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The Student Community Engagement Center (SCEC) is the hub for student civic engagement at Portland State University.
Through meaningful service opportunities ranging from one-day service events to year-long service commitments, SCEC strives to provide robust and varied co-curricular opportunities for all students at Portland State to engage with the community and become catalysts for change. For students looking to volunteer, fulfill hours for a class, explore something they are passionate about, or make connections and explore Portland. One of SCEC's longest running program is its group of 20 Student Leaders for Service who serve 4-6 hours/week with community partners in Portland and work to connect the PSU community to volunteer opportunities. Additionally, the center also facilitates monthly and annual days of service, plans two alternative break trips (though these were put on hold during COVID), and coordinates the Alder Elementary mentor program.
Students have opportunities to participate in a variety of programs with various levels of commitment:
Short term/one day service opportunities:
- Portland State of Mind Service Day
- MLK Jr. Day of Service
- Earth Day of Service
- Serve Your City/Serve Your campus: Group Service Days (on campus projects often in partnership with SSC)
Longer term/more than once a month:
- Term-Long Serve Your City projects with Meals on Wheels
- Alternative Spring Break
Committed for the academic year:
- Student Leaders for Service Members
- MAPS Mentors
A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (2nd program):
SCEC is designed to intentionally build students' leadership capacity and civic engagement skills by serving and learning with non-profit and community organizations in the Portland metropolitan region. SCEC members serve as a key link between the university and the community, making manifest PSU's motto: Let Knowledge Serve the City.
Trainings for student educators:
- Orientation and retreat at the beginning of the year
- Weekly meetings that incorporate a mixture of leadership development and skill building
- Leadership conference 1x/year
For the MAPS mentors:
- Orientation and training during Fall term (4 sessions)
Student Leaders for Service Member Learning Outcomes:
- Student participants will become increasingly self aware, reflective and ethical leaders that promote social change within their various communities.
- Students will critically reflect on engagement experiences
- Students will increase their understanding of issues underlying social problems; students will understand themselves as agents of social change
- Students will have a heightened understanding and value of personal difference and commonality
- Students will sharpen their abilities to solve problems creatively and work collaboratively
students will serve as leaders for increased community engagement with PSU students, faculty & staff
Student Leaders for Service Community Partner Outcomes
- SLS member placement and programming will assist Community Partners in having increased assistance to broaden delivery of existing services or to begin new ones
- SLS member will aid Community partners in having additional approaches to solving problems
- Community partners will have increased access to resources (be made aware of ways to partner with CBL courses, additional PSU volunteers, and get projects completed through service days)
- SLS member placement and programmatic involvement will assist in diversifying the community partner setting, therefore increasing appreciation for personal difference and commonality
- Day of Service Participant Outcomes
- All service learning programs/experiences are structured around best practices informed by service-learning theory.
- Students involved in a service-learning program will critically reflect on the community engagement process.
- Students involved in a service-learning experience will demonstrate increased awareness of social problems underlying our community.
- Students involved in a service learning experience will report increased awareness of and value in diversity
- Service-learning participants will collaborate with others."
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The Green Council is a coalition of student leaders from organizations and departments across campus. Since 2008, the Green Council has served as a student voice for sustainability on campus by bridging administration, faculty, and students to create a vision for the future of PSU and the SSC. The green council members work together to review education materials, receive training on relevant topics and leadership development, then use those skills to inform on campus departments and administration at PSU.
A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):
The Green Council is a year-long commitment with 8- 10 available positions. Each student also attend the SSC Leadership Fellows cohort and receives a $500 stipend per term.
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