Community-Based Projects

Narrative Scribe Training

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative (NWNMC) is developing Narrative Scribe Training. The curriculum builds on narrative medicine practices of listening and witnessing. Participants are given hands-on practice with the listener’s role and will come to understand how listening to another person’s story is an action rather than a neutral act. Participants will discuss and explore how this applied skill can help to heal social suffering in their communities.

Community-led principle: Knowledge sharing
Great for: Students interested in oral history gathering, health studies, ethnographic studies, community-based outreach or involvement, and building patient skills.
When: Narrative Scribe Training Pilot was held Feb 24-26, 2021 and will return in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Writing Workshops to Heal Social Suffering through Narrative

Write Around Portland is bringing writing workshops to Lewis & Clark in a unique opportunity to experience the ways in which writing can help to heal. We are working to embed these workshops in Lewis & Clark’s course offerings and Center programming. This collaboration provides Write Around Portland the resources necessary to broaden the impact of their transformational work.

Community-led principle: Mutually beneficial
When: In planning for academic year 2021-2022

Expanding the Inside-Out Prison Exchange

The demand from both Lewis & Clark and incarcerated students surpasses the current capacity of our Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will expand our courses at Columbia River Correctional Institute by training new faculty in the rigorous Inside-Out Instructor Training Institute at Temple University, offering more students the lived experience of narrative’s power to heal, transform, and connect.

Community-led principle: Expanding Access
When: Faculty applications tentatively planned to open late fall 2021.

Thank You for Arguing Summer Intensive

With Andrew W. Mellon Foundation support, we are growing our relationship with Roosevelt High School and expanding opportunities into a summer course offering. The summer program will reach more high school students and offer additional Lewis & Clark students roles as near-peer mentors. This project offers all students hands-on experiences in using story as a tool to heal—by opening doors to higher education.

Community-led principle: Relationship building
When: In planning for June 2022 (pandemic dependent).

VIDEO: The Flows Between Education and Incarceration

The school-to-prison pipeline refers to the pattern of pushing students out of educational institutions into criminal legal systems. This panel examined the school-to-prison pipeline’s disproportionate effect on BIPOC students  and explored efforts to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Hosted at the 17th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies.


What happens when a correctional facility functions as a classroom? Lewis & Clark history students find out firsthand.

Other Opportunities to Connect to Community

The Center is expanding health-related volunteer, internship, and shadowing opportunities for Lewis & Clark students. This connects us more deeply to our Portland community and gives our students opportunities to explore and prepare for careers in the health professions. Find volunteering opportunities here. If you have a partnership or a project that supports health, healing, and the humanities, we want to hear from you.