Humanity in Perspective

Kim Nguyen

Humanity in Perspective (HIP) is a free, for-credit college-level class for adults who are living on low incomes and facing challenges to continuing their education. Students explore their experiences and relationships to ideas about power, justice, knowledge, identity, and community in an engaging and supportive environment.

Applications for the 2019–20 class of Humanity in Perspective are now closed. Have questions about HIP? Read the FAQ.

Want more information about HIP? Contact Rozzell Medina at or (503) 789-1563.


HIP in Portland

Oregon Humanities and the Rosewood Initiative, in partnership with Bard College and Portland State University, provides access to college-level education for adults living on low incomes through an eight-month course on philosophy, literature, US history, art history and visual culture, and critical thinking and writing. Students use the humanities as a tool to reflect on circumstances in their lives, better understand the community outside the classroom, and develop and deepen their ability to make change for themselves and their communities. 

HIP is a learning community with an accessible class structure and staff support designed to ease participation. Students earn six transferable credits for successfully completing the program. Classes meet two weekday evenings each week, September through April at the Rosewood Intiative on Southeast 162nd and Stark. Each class is two hours long. View the 2018–19 HIP course descriptions here. Read more about what it's like to participate in HIP in the stories from alumni in the left sidebar.


Program Cost

There is no cost to students. Tuition, course materials, books, and bus tickets are provided to all participants. A limited number of childcare stipends are available to students with children.

Humanity in Perspective is made possible thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and foundations, corporations, and individual supporters.


Program History

Humanity in Perspective is based on the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities, an innovative program that began in New York City in 1995 and now operates in several cities in the United States and Australia. Oregon Humanities has offered HIP courses in Portland, Salem, and at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton. Since September 2018, the program has been held in East Portland in partnership with The Rosewood Initiative. Read more about the move from downtown Portland.