Cultures and Communities of (Dis)Ability

Winter 2020
Class Size: 12
Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

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This program provides an opportunity for students to explore disability issues, both in an academic setting on campus and through community-based learning and activities in Olympia. Students can combine any of the following activities and receive between 2 and 12 credits. 

  • For 2 credits, students can participate as co-learners at Olympia's Hummingbird Studio, an inclusive community space where art is accessible to individuals of all abilities. Hummingbird is sponsored by Kokua Services, an Olympia-based non-profit, residential-support agency that serves adults with IDD (Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities). Students will be expected to participate in at least two 90-minute Hummingbird sessions each week.
  • For 2 credits, students can participate as mentors/tutors in the LEAD (Literacy and Education for Adults with Disabilities) program, a collaboration between Evergreen and Kokua Services. They will provide tutoring, but more importantly, mentoring and friendship to adult learners in the Olympia community.
  • For 8 credits, students can design, in collaboration with faculty and classmates, and produce a project that explores issues in the world of disability. This project may take any number of forms, including academic research papers and creative works.

Please note the following:

  • This program will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, January 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. All students are required to attend this meeting, where we will decide on a class meeting schedule adjusted to the number of credits that students pursue. Secondly, we will discuss the weekly schedules of students who elect to participate as tutors/mentors in the LEAD program and/or Hummingbird activities.  Finally, we will determine the nature and number of assignments that students will submit. This will depend on the combination of activities for which students will have registered.
  • Students who serve as LEAD mentors/tutors in winter quarter will be expected to maintain those responsibilities throughout spring quarter. They will be eligible to receive credit for their spring quarter work.
  • All LEAD mentors/tutors are required to attend the following activities: a welcome gathering for all mentors/tutors, their learners, and their learners' families (January 17, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.), two LEAD training sessions (January 13 & 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.), two mentor/tutor roundtable discussions (March 2 & April 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.), and annual LEAD graduation ceremonies (June 8, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.).
  • Students who wish to maintain Hummingbird Studio participation in spring quarter will be eligible to receive internship credit.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

education, disability studies, community studies


Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

Variable Credit Options:

2, 4, 8, 10, or 12 credits (as detailed in the program description)

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Internship Opportunities:

Internships with Olympia-based Kokua Services (including tutoring/mentoring in the LEAD [Literacy and Education of Adults with Disabilities] program and/or participation in Hummingbird Studio activities) will be available. Students can elect to continue these internships in spring quarter 2020 if this program is repeated, or through Internship Learning Contracts. Both internships involve working with adults with IDD (Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.

Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 12

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 10:00 am
LIB 2207 - Seminar

Located in: Olympia

May be offered again in:

Spring 2020