International Sustainable Community Development Speaker Series
Promoting international community development that is environmentally sound, economically productive, & socially just
Executive Director, MercyCorps Northwest
Thursday, June 9
2pm in Room 270 - the Urban Center - 506 S.W. Mill St.
7pm in PSU Multicultural Center (Rm. 228) Smith Center – 1825 S.W. Broadway
John Haines leads one of the most successful and innovative microfinance institutions in America. Mercy Corps Northwest helps low-income entrepreneurs in the Portland metro area by offering loans, financial education and a variety of technical-assistance programs. Mercy Corps works all across the world, but at MC Northwest, the focus is on micro-financing and education efforts to support small business owners in the community. For example, the New American Agricultural Project, which helps recent immigrants establish sustainable farm businesses and the LIFE Project, that supports incarcerated individuals with the tools and education they need to effectively transition back into society.
This is the inaugural ISCD speaker series of The School of Urban Studies & Planning highlighting community development programs and initiatives that underscore PSU’s sustainability mission. This year's speakers have strong ties to The School of Urban Studies & Planning and bring an incredible breadth and depth of experience to share. All sessions are free and open to the public.
Co-sponsors: College of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Urban Studies & Planning, School of Community Health, PSU Multi-Cultural Center, PSU Foundation International Community Development Fund