Spring Colloquium

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A College-wide Collaboration

The Spring Colloquium is the result of hallmark collaboration between two annual Evergreen events, The Diversity Series and the Willi Unsoeld Seminar Series. The colloquium also benefits from substantial contributions of numerous academic and community partners.

The Diversity Series

Was established by Evergreen’s Office for Diversity Affairs with funding provided by the President’s Diversity Fund. Featuring college-wide forums and small group seminars with leading educators from across the globe, the series engages the college’s faculty, staff and students in conversations and activities that encourage personal, institutional and social transformation. Its primary objectives are to remind us that we are one college comprised of many cultures; to acknowledge and benefit from varied ways of being, knowing, teaching and learning; to develop cultural competencies; and to promote equity and social justice.

The Willi Unsoeld Seminar Series

Brings to The Evergreen State College distinguished visitors who reflect the values and philosophy of Willi Unsoeld, a founding faculty member, philosopher, theologian and mountaineer. Beyond the Evergreen community, Unsoeld was well known for his first ascent of the West Ridge of Mt. Everest with Tom Hornbein, in which they made the first successful traverse of any Himalayan peak. For this feat, President John F. Kennedy presented them with the Hubbard Medal, The National Geographic Society's highest honor. The annual Unsoeld Seminar is endowed as a "living memorial" in honor of Willi Unsoeld who lost his life in an avalanche on Mt. Rainier in 1979.

Colloquium Partners

First Peoples' Advising Services provides support services to assist students in achieving their academic and personal goals through comprehensive academic, social and personal advising, referral services to campus and community resources. Their services are open to all students and are designed to meet the needs of students of color. First Peoples' Advising Services

Gateways for Incarcerated Youth is part of a much-needed effort to reduce juvenile recidivism.  Research has shown that education is a key factor in this effort.  Unfortunately, many incarcerated youth have survived without educational opportunity.  Working in tandem with state juvenile institutions, Evergreen academic programs, community members and organizations, Gateways' programs empower incarcerated youth to create positive futures for themselves by providing a learning environment for them to build self-esteem, develop and strengthen their cultural identities, achieve educational goals, and learn with and from college students as they earn high school and college credits. Gateways for Incarcerated Youth

The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center opened on the Olympia campus of The Evergreen State College in 1995 with over 1,000 people in attendance, including Governor Mike Lowry and many tribal dignitaries. Our primary public service work is to promote indigenous arts and culture. Artists are luminaries of their cultures; lighting the pathway back into the far reaches of history, and leading the way into the future with their creative vision. In the beginning, we focused on six local Puget Sound tribes and their artists; today we work with indigenous artists throughout the Pacific Northwest region, nationally, and with other Pacific Rim indigenous peoples to promote indigenous arts and cultures through a wide variety of programs. The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center

Masters in Teaching Program (MiT) is a nationally recognized state accredited teacher preparation program that mirrors the original mission of the college with its interdisciplinary program and learning across significant differences. Participants earn a master’s degree and certification while obtaining the critical understanding and skills needed to teach in today’s diverse public schools. Graduates are knowledgeable, competent professionals who can assume leadership roles in curriculum development, assessment, child advocacy and anti-bias work. The program strives to prepare teachers to create culturally responsive, equitable learning environments that support student engagement and achievement. Masters in Teaching Program (MiT)

The Reservation Based Community Determined (RBCD) Program serves upper-division, Bachelor of Arts Degree students who live or work on a reservation or have social or cultural ties to tribal communities. Students attend classes on their reservations two nights a week and one Saturday a month at the Evergreen campus Longhouse. Courses are designed with tribal input; emphasize tribal management, leadership, sovereignty, policy, social services and sustainability. The Reservation Based Community Determined (RBCD)

The Tacoma Program provides junior and senior-level students with an interdisciplinary, reality-based, community-responsive liberal arts and sciences education. The unique inner-city location combined with a curriculum that integrates students' life experiences and goals with an emphasis on diverse cultural perspectives provides a unique opportunity for students to go into local communities and engage in research, education and problem-solving projects that are as beneficial to those communities as they are to students. The Tacoma Program