HIP 2021 Summer Youth Course

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This summer, Oregon Humanities will extend its free humanities course, Humanity in Perspective (HIP), to interested Oregon high school students. A partnership with the Clemente Course in the Humanities, HIP Summer Youth Courses provide the opportunity to earn free, transferable undergraduate credit from Bard College.

The course explores what it means to be in service and in community. The main goals are to develop critical understanding of community service and abilities to engage in service and community in ways that are relevant to students’ needs and interests.

Rising juniors and seniors and 2021 graduates are eligible to apply. There is no GPA requirement for admission. The main requirements are to have a strong desire to participate, a willingness to make a commitment to the full course, and follow-through with assignments, in-class readings, and attendance. 

There are two one-credit sections, each taking place online via Zoom. Twenty-five students will be admitted to each section. 

  • Section One (June 28 to July 2, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
    Priority admission given to students involved in the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization’s RISE program and Upward Bound at David Douglas High School. Application due date: June 18, 2021.
  • Section Two: (July 12 to 16, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
    Open to Oregon rising juniors and seniors and 2021 graduates, statewide. Application due date: July 2, 2021.

In HIP, students get creative and make learning relevant to their lives, interests, and communities. Students learn alongside highly-qualified instructors, a classroom assistant, and other special guests by collaborating on projects, having interesting conversations, reading, writing, creating, and more!

Participating in HIP develops students' abilities to:

  • Build community and practice new skills to encourage interpersonal connection 

  • Work toward individual and collective objectives

  • Reflect on diverse beliefs, assumptions, and experiences by asking thoughtful, generative questions

  • Merge ideas and action to reflect on the world and transform it through personal and systemic change

If you are interested, please read through this collection of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and responses. 

Click here to apply to the 2021 Summer Youth Course. 

For more information, please contact Program Coordinator and Lead Instructor Rozzell Medina at r.medina@oregonhumanities.org.

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