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The PUGS vision

Our vision is a community where everyone has the right to lifelong education.

the pugs mission

Our mission is to make education lifelong, participatory, and affordable for everyone in Portland.


Education is a human right. Learning is central to human flourishing, personal possibility, and individual freedom. Education creates the personal agency and freedom of thought neccesary for democracy to function.

"I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits." - Martin Luther King

If education is a human right, it has to be affordable and accessible for people's entire lives. The university-industrial complex is hierarchical, exclusive, and expensive. It currently costs upwards of $40,000 a year to keep going to school. We believe that education should be lifelong, participatory, and affordable. For democracy to flourish, everyone should have economic access to education. We have a Generosity + Pricing Policy that creates that. The result is more diverse + interesting classrooms and communities.

“A good educational system should have three purposes: it should provide all who want to learn with access to available resources at any time in their lives; empower all who want to share what they know to find those who want to learn it from them; and, finally, furnish all who want to present an issue to the public with the opportunity to make their challenge known.” - Ivan Illich

Everyone is a learner and everyone is a teacher. For life.   As the world changes faster and faster, we have to keep learning to stay engaged, participate as citizens, and live fully. For the rest of our lives.

"Our learning institutions, for the most part, are acting as if the world has not suddenly, irrevocably, cataclysmically, epistemically changed - and changed precisely in the area of learning." - Cathy N. Davison

are you a pugger?

You are curious, engaged and motivated: Education helps you become more aware, caring, committed, creative, flexible, fulfilled, future-oriented, generous, honest, improving, improvising, incisive, inclusive, independent, informed, initiating, innovating, inquisitive, insightful, kind, leading, rooted, self-aware, strategic, supportive + wild. 

You support this for everyone. The best way to learn + grow is to enter a community of people who are as curious, engaged, and motivated as you are. And the best way to be part of a community is to support it with your time, money, and energy.