Sign Up Now for Compassion in Action: Service-Learning Seminar




LAC 459 &INT559: 3 CREDITS


 (Open to all Marylhurst Undergraduate and Graduate Students)


This 3 credit course offers students the opportunity and challenge to take their education and life skills into the larger community, transforming both in the process. 

  • Meets LAC Outcome: HCB6. 
  • Meets Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) Outcomes:

           Provide an interdisciplinary perspective to issues and social problems

           Recognize and articulate complex or interrelated ideas and theories;

           Increase skills in analysis, synthesis, and problem solving.



  • Offered online with online discussion and support throughout the term; three optional face-to-face meetings (April 5, May 3 & June 7, 3:15-5:30 p.m.)
  • Determine your own schedule and complete the required 30 hours of community service at your own pace in your own communities.
  • Work within an existing organization or agency (with several choices to choose from in organizations with which Marylhurst has a working relationship), or design your own project (with instructor approval).



  • Put your values and beliefs into practice.
  • Deepen your understanding and capacity for compassion.
  • Share in community service with others.
  • Explore your visions for possible lifework.



  • Gain experience in a new field.
  • Broaden your knowledge, skills, and perspective.
  • Expand your community.


Instructor:  Susan G. Carter, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in Humanities (Philosophy and Religion) from The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)San Francisco,CA. 

She has formed and directed a 501[c][3] foundation, consulted with otherPacific Northwestand San Francisco Bay Area educational institutions to help promote community service, and has mentored community service practicum projects for

over a decade.  Questions:


Participate in a Homecoming Service Project!


Oregon Food Bank Volunteers

Oregon Food Bank Volunteers

Homecoming Week is coming soon, and this year Marylhurst is bringing everyone together in a new way: through service to our community! Up to 40 Marylhurst University alumni, faculty, staff and/or students have the opportunity to participate in the 2010 Marylhurst University Homecoming Service Projects. Please join your Marylhurst community in one or both of the following service projects:
On Wednesday, October 13th from 10am to 12pm, volunteers will repackage and sort bulk non-perishable food items, fresh produce, and frozen foods at the Oregon Food Bank Action Center to be sent to Oregon families in need. (Please see attached photo for example of service.)
On Thursday, October 28th from 12pm to 3pm, Marylhurst Alumn, Brenda Suteu’s organization, Family Stepping Stones will be hosting its second annual fundraiser and grand opening luncheon celebration. Family Stepping Stones’ mission is to preveent child abuse and neglect through early intervention efforts that focus on developing and supporting children, strengthening parents and preserving the family. Volunteers will take registrations at the door, help set up and break down of the event and work in the kitchen. 

If you are interested in participating in one or both of the Marylhurst Homecoming Service Projects, please contact Amanda Baker, Marylhurst Service Program Coordinator at (503) 534-4063 or by Wednesday, October 6th to attain volunteer details and to secure a volunteer spot. Thank you for your support and participation in the effort to eradicate hunger and serve families in need.

Working together, we can make a difference!

Service-Learning Abroad!

TEFL International:

Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is a fantastic way to travel and get paid to do so. TEFL International is a non-profit international training organization, creating intercultural opportunities for our customers through various services including, but not limited to: teacher education, language training, camps, internships, and much more. This organization offers a number of volunteer projects and internships that can be accepted for credit at Marylhurst!

Why teach abroad?

This work allows one to experience cultures and learn languages at locations from Prague to Tokyo. One has the opportunity to establish friendships around the world. This work is also stable. In the age of the internet, English is necessary for business and academia. Because of this, there are always jobs available for TEFL teachers. Teaching children and adults how to express themselves in English, and thereby helping them to achieve what they would not be able to otherwise, makes TEFL teachers respected all over the world.

Get Paid or Get Credit:

For undergarduate students, Service-Learning is an option. Travel to Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal or India and TEFL will work with you to get full-time status (12+ credits) as you are trained as an English teacher and volunteer in a school that cannot afford a native English-speaking teacher. Come back with your incredible memories, great addition to your resume and money. Depending upon your university policy, the cost of this program may be less than a term at home.

If you’ve graduated and you are interested in professional or volunteer positions, with 27 worldwide locations and lifetime job placement assistance, there is sure to be something that strikes you! With courses starting at just $1,590 including housing and salaries that can allow you to save up to $3,000 per month (depending upon the location), you may be able to start a new chapter of your life abroad.

What do TEFL International teachers have to say?

Student and teacher feedback is not only welcomed, it is mandatory. One’s impressions on the training courses and entire TEFL International experience are recorded and posted on, unedited and uncesored. Open honesty and interaction have been this organization’s watchword from the start.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Derek and Indy States are Career Placement Counselors ready to answer your questions and provide any assistance necessary in the process of becoming a TEFL International teacher.

Skype: mytraveladvisor

(503) 689 – 3337

Get out there!

Homeless Families: Changing Colors in Times of Adversity

As the crisp breeze of fall sneaks into the Northwest, the sun casts an orange hue on our lush folliage.  Beautiful autumn is here. Nevertheless our community faces challenges of the season. How do families keep warm, stay fed and maintain a roof overhead? 

    “According to the National Coalition on the Homeless (2002), the systemic or structural causes of homelessness, poverty and lack of affordable housing are on the increase… In every state, more than the minimum wage is required to afford a one or two-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent. The gap between the number of affordable housing units and the number of people needing them has created a housing crisis for [people with a low-income]… The increases in poverty are partly due to a decline in public assistance programs. Early studies from the Welfare to Work program have concluded that although the total number of individuals who are on government welfare programs has gone down, the number of individuals who are now attempting to subsist on below living wage jobs without medical benefits has increased significantly. These people are always one paycheck away from homelessness.” (My Father’s House, KA)

    “Homelessness is growing exponentially at a rate of 37% each year, and the average age of a homeless person is 9 years old. There are more homeless families than there are homeless singles, and in Multnomah County there are over 3,000 homeless families on any given night.” (My Father’s House: A Community Shelter, OR)

The many organizations throughout Oregon which strive to support families facing homelessness and poverty are reliant on their volunteers.  Through service events and activities, Marylhurst University students, faculty, staff and associates are partnering with different organizations to provide these families the services they need. These organizations include but are not limited to the Oregon Food Bank and My Father’s House: A Community Shelter.

Marylhurst University Food Drive and the Oregon Food Bank: Marylhurst has traditionally held a food drive during the alumni events of Homecoming Week. The University will be collecting non-perishable, protein-rich food items and cash/check donations October 13th-18th.  There will be baskets dispersed all over campus. To contribute non-perishable, protein-rich food, please bring your donation to one of the following drop off points: Flavia Hall,  Marion Hall, The Old Library, BP John entrance, Clark Commons. To contribute funds (Oregon Food Bank’s greatest need), please visit Amanda Baker, Service Program Coordinator at Marion Hall Room 109, call (503) 699-4063, or e-mail You can also make a donation online. Just click here.

Marylhurst University and My Father’s House: Students, faculty, staff and associates are invited to serve with an extraordinary oragnization whose mission is to meet the needs of homeless families. To find out more about volunteering with My Father’s House, please click here.

As colors change in fall, so do the needs of the season. “We must be the change we want to see in the world.” (Ghandi)

Dress for Success

Success Story:

Nedra, Dress for Success Joliet After moving from Ohio with her three children to care for her recently disabled mother, Nedra needed to find a job that would allow her to support her family and continue her education. Dress for Success Joliet not only gave Nedra an interview suit but also provided her with refresher courses, job interview skills, résumé preparation and the confidence to land a job as a medical administrative assistant.

 Since then, Nedra has become an active member of the Professional Women’s Group which, she says, means being part of a group of women with many talents, goals, aspirations, wisdom and a sense of sisterhood I haven’t experienced anywhere else.” This support will help Nedra as she works to obtain a bachelors and masters degrees in nursing and achieve her ultimate goal of opening an adult day care center and assisted living facility.

Dress for Success Worldwide is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women located in 85 cities across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands and New Zealand. The professional clothing, employment retention programs and ongoing support that clients are provided symbolize the organization’s faith in every woman’s ability to be self-sufficient and successful in her career.This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity. Although Portland does not have a Dress for Success hub, there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer for this unique organization.

To volunteer visit:

To discuss ways of implementing a Dress for Success hub in the Portland area visit:

Visionary to Concrete

The classroom is a place to reflect on the physical existence of communities and galvanize ways to better them. The YWCA LearnLinks program  is an after-school tutoring and group mentoring program for children residing in affordable housing facilities throughout the Portland and David Douglas School District. LearnLinks can offer students in education and social and behavioral sciences excellent opportunities to utilize skills and deepen their understanding of issues they are studying in the classroom through hands-on experience.

After a brief training, LearnLinks volunteers work one-on-one or in group learning activities to assist with homework, reinforce basic skills such as reading and math, and play educational games with students. Volunteers with special interests in science, computers or the arts are encouraged to share their skills. LearnLinks also has opportunities for students seeking experience in building community development skills.

The next volunteer orientation is Thursday, September 17th from                      6:00 – 8:30 pm at the downtown YWCA.  To get involved, contact: 

YWCA LearnLinks Program

Tonya Parsons, Program Manager
Phone: 503.721.1752
Time of year: School year
Mailing Address: 1111 SW 10th                                                                        E-mail:

Bring what you learn in the classroom to the playground.

“America’s Family Volunteers” explores a different way to spend time with your family.  Bring your son, daughter, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, niece, nephew… you get the idea – on a new endeavor. Peruse ways to volunteer with your family, benefits of doing so and creative examples of family volunteer work (abroad!) at

For ideas on where to take your family to serve in the Portland area, please check out Hands On Greater Portland.