Connect to Community

Take your learning out of the classroom and into the community.

Students sitting together at the Fir Acres Estate Gardens

Hello! We’re happy you’re here.

The Center for Community and Global Health is partnering with four Portland community organizations to explore how story can help to heal social suffering. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Healing Social Suffering Through Narrativeprogram gives Lewis & Clark College students opportunities to explore the role that humanities and liberal arts can play in healing.

For students passionate about taking learning out of the classroom and into the community, there’s a place for you here.

For faculty, staff, students, and community partners, the Center offers space and support for collaboration and interdisciplinary learning. Do you have a partnership or a project that supports health, healing, and the humanities? We want to hear from you.

Meet our Portland Community Partners

Write Around Portland

Write Around Portland changes lives through the power of writing. Their community-based workshops are tools for individual and societal transformation, self-expression, healing, and dignity. Together, we’re developing writing workshops focused on Healing Social Suffering through Narrative for the Lewis & Clark Community.

Inside-Out Prison Exchange

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange brings inmates at the Columbia River Correctional Institute and undergraduates together in courses taught by Lewis & Clark College faculty. Fifteen incarcerated individuals (inside) and fifteen Lewis & Clark undergraduates (outside) study, for example, the history of criminal punishment. With Andrew W. Mellon Foundation support, we are expanding this program through training additional Lewis & Clark faculty to teach these courses. Find out more about the Inside-Out Instructor Training Faculty Grant

Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative

Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative (NWNMC) gathers health care professionals, patients, caregivers, students, academics, and artists in the shared practice of narrative medicine. This emerging field strengthens the ability to recognize, absorb, process, and be moved by stories of illness and health. The work awakens the shared humanity of all people who navigate illness, and practicing narrative medicine in community strengthens us individually.

Roosevelt High School

Roosevelt High School serves a highly diverse student body who lives and learns within a range of social, financial, and emotional stressors, which can make accessing higher education challenging. Over the past several years, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies Mitch Reyes teaches a course called Argumentation and Social Justice, where Lewis & Clark undergraduates work in collaboration with students at Roosevelt High School. With Andrew W. Mellon Foundation support, we are expanding this program into a summer offering.