Creating Digital Spaces Everyone Can Access (May 2018)

Tools for Developing Accessibility Technology

This workshop provides an introduction to digital accessibility standards and practices and gives participants hands-on experience with assessing, testing, and implementing accessibility practices in the physical and digital realm.

Race, Class, and Where People Live (May 2018)

Four Walking Tours of Portland

This course will feature four walking conversations on the built environment of our urban landscape and how Portland came to look the way it does. Leave the course with a richer understanding of Portland’s history of race, class, and urban development and where they all intersect. 

Mass Incarceration & The War on Drugs (March 2018)

Understanding and Moving Beyond the Current Prison Crisis

Mass incarceration is the racial justice issue of our time. The U.S. incarcerates more people per capita than any country in the world, and incarceration rates are acutely and disproportionately concentrated in communities of color. What are we going to do about it?  

Digital Undergrounds (March 2018)

Tools for Radicals and Futurists

Apps and content, platforms and startups, industry and conventions: we hear a lot about the entrepreneurs, engineers, and companies that shape the digital landscape. But what about the communities who are working all the while to radicalize and transform the world, and to enact power-from-below using digital technology?

Portland's History, Portland's Design (March 2018)

Discovering the Roots of Portland's Culture in Its Buildings and Streets

Urban developers, creative entrepreneurs, mobile Americans in general —these days Portland seems to be on everyone's map. Fittingly, many of the deepest reasons for our city's popularity are embedded in its own map. As this course will reveal, Portland's design and structures reflect fascinating historical influences that were ahead of their time.

Portland's African American Boys (February 2018)

How to Be an Ally

Deadly police violence against Black men and boys sparked the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement. But that violence represents a wider problem in American society: the fact that our national consciousness persists in viewing Black males through negative narratives. In this course, we will attack those narratives and ultimately become better allies to Black boys and men in Portland.

Environmental Justice in Portland (February 2018)

How To Make Our City More Equitable and Livable

We live in one of the most rapidly gentrifying cities in America. Our housing costs continue to skyrocket. How did we get here—which communities benefited, and which were decimated—and what does our history tell us about our future? In this course, we'll become more equipped to bring environmental justice to Portland.

Reading Ta-Nehisi Coates (January 2018)

An Urgent Conversation, A Renowned Author

Join us as we engage these challenges, facing our history, politics and notions of justice through the lens of America's foremost writer on race, Ta-Nehisi Coates. To read him, to think with him, is to be confronted with pressing moral, cultural, and intellectual challenges. This is a six week course, admission limited.*

Portland's Urban Native Americans (January 2018)

How to Be an Ally

Explore issues impacting Native Americans in today's Portland as well as the history behind them, and gain a language for supporting the lives and cultures of Native people.  

Race, Big Data, + Privilege (January 2018)

An exploration of structural racism through data analysis

Structural racism is insidious in two particular ways. First, it is normalized and thus difficult to see, particularly for those who benefit from it. Second, although it is ubiquitous, and most of us believe racism is uniquely and singularly bad, we also see it as separate from us. This causes us to deny or downplay its significance. Big data reveals white supremacy and brings our structural inequities to light. By analyzing data sets from various sources—from online dating sites to scholarly research on the death penalty—we can see these issues in relief.

Hip Hop, Spoken Word, + Anti-Fascist Activism (January 2018)

Find your activist voice

Do you have deep concerns about our social, political, economic realities? Do you want to develop your perspective and be more informed than media pundits and online trolls? You aren’t alone in these turbulent times. Together, we’ll take a critical look at society and find our voices through creative writing, an examination of history and hip hop culture, and dialogue.

Mass Incarceration & The War on Drugs (November 2017)

Understanding & Moving Beyond the Current Prison Crisis

Mass incarceration is the racial justice issue of our time. The U.S. incarcerates more people per capita than any country in the world, and incarceration rates are acutely and disproportionately concentrated in communities of color.  What are we going to do about it?  

Hip Hop, Spoken Word and Liberation (October 2017)

Do you have deep concerns about our social, political, economic realities? Do you want to develop your perspective beyond reactionary opinions, and be more informed than media pundits and the trolls online? You aren’t alone in these turbulent times. Together, we’ll take a critical look at society, and find our voices through creative writing, an examination of history, Hip Hop culture and dialogue.

Storytelling and Social Justice (November 2017)

Telling Better Stories for a Better Future

Do you want to promote justice and inspire others, but aren't sure how? It starts with telling the right story. Sharpen your communications skills to make meaningful change happen in your own community.

Class, Race and the Urban Landscape: Four Walking Conversations (September 2017)

From its foundation as a small, speculative settlement along the Willamette to the current gentrification and redevelopment controversies today, Portland’s urban landscape is ever-changing. Considering race and class in each gathering, this course will feature four walking conversations on the built environment of our urban landscape and how Portland came to look the way it does. Leave the course with a richer understanding of Portland’s history and the ability to further investigate how race, class, and urban development have been shaped into what it is today.

Public Lands Under Attack: Their History and Your Role Today (August 2017)

How can we protect our public lands? From the Trump Administration to the Far Right militants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Reserve in 2016, our public lands are under threat like never before.

Mass Incarceration & the War on Drugs (June 2017)

Understanding and Moving Beyond the Current Prison Crisis

The US incarcerates more people per capita than any other country in the world, and incarceration is acutely and disproportionately concentrated among communities of color. This course provides a substantive overview of what has become known as mass incarceration – the dramatic expansion of the US prison system over the past 40 years. Learn about mass incarceration’s history, scope, and impact; its connections to the War on Drugs and the legacy of slavery; and the exciting movements and strategies being deployed to dismantle it.

Portland's Urban Landscape: History and Design (May 2017)

How to Read and Understand the Built Environment

Portland has been the scene of successive projects intended to shape what it means to be a modern American city. This course features 4 walking conversations on our urban landscape and how Portland came to look the way it does.

Transgender Education + Advocacy Workshop (March 2017)

Understand Identity to Become a Better Ally

Taught by Basic Rights Oregon

Transgender people face discrimination and danger unlike any other marginalized community. Learn key concepts and understand how trans identities intersect with the LGBT and POC communities to become a better ally.