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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 114, Portland, OR 97204

PSU Community Development Colloquium

PSU Community Development Colloquium 


PSU Urban Center building pictured at night


Partnership opportunity

Agency partners can work with a team of student consultants for a community-benefitting, term-long project (spring).


Sample projects

Organizing and implementing a consciousness-raising event for the public; grant writing; community green space creation; and, other projects that have a direct impact on a community.


Inappropriate projects

Website development; land surveys; or, other projects with limited direct contact with community members or that lack post-term implementation plans/usefulness.


What PSU offers

If a group of students choose to work on your project, your organization will receive:

  • A team of knowledgeable, enthusiastic senior undergraduates
  • Regular communication, updates from the student team
  • A final product in line with your organization’s mission and matches community interest


What agency must offer

To ensure a successful project, agency partners must provide:

  • Feasible project goals aligned with organizational mission
  • A tentative, general implementation plan for project
  • One agency representative for the duration of the project (see more info below)


Agency representative qualifications


The agency representative should be someone who:

  • Communicates with students on a regular basis
  • Has decision-making power, or can facilitate decisions in a timely manner
  • Has the time available to assist with project management (see below)
  • Will ensure that project remains aligned with the organizational mission
  • Has a reciprocal appreciation for student development and community interests


Time commitment per term


  • Winter term – (sporadic) approx. 1 hour/wk - email, phone communication;
  • Spring term - .5 hrs/wk - meeting with students; 1 hr/wk – email/phone communication.


How to submit information

Send project goals, tentative implementation plan & contact information (approx. 1 paragraph) to Dr. Richard White,



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