Meet Our Community Partners

The Center for Community and Global Health partners with four Portland community organizations to explore how story can help to heal. These projects are funded by the Mellon Foundation and the Healing Social Suffering Through Narrative program grant.

These unique community projects address social suffering in Portland communities impacted by circumstances such as inequitable access to higher education, and physical and mental illness. Each project is designed to be mutually beneficial: providing community partners with the resources they need to expand the scope of their work. This work brings members of the Portland community together in partnership with Lewis & Clark College students and faculty in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences/ 

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 to foster a sense of belonging in new students to the Lewis & Clark community.

Inside-Out Prison Exchange

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange brings inmates at the Columbia River Correctional Institution 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. In June 2022, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies Mitch Reyes developed and implemented an innovative College Prep Program to prepare Roosevelt students for college admissions and success.  Read the first year program findings here.