PSU-Mercy Corps Partnership
Portland State University partners with Mercy Corps (MC)—a global humanitarian organization based in Portland, Oregon—to deliver the ACT! program. Twice a week, MEPI students travel to the Mercy Corps Action Center, an education space located in MC's global headquarters in downtown Portland, to receive training on action project design. As part of the program, students will participate in live video conferences, join online discussions, and build connections to youth leaders in their home region. After students have returned to their home countries, ACT! program faculty and staff continue to provide support as students work to implement their action plans, utilizing video conference for group discussions and problem solving sessions. In addition, students continue to have access to a global network of youth leaders through Mercy Corps.
Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian organization headquartered in Portland, OR, and Edinburgh, Scotland. The agency works in over 35 countries around the world and has helped over 19 million people recover from disasters, build stronger communities, and find their own solutions to poverty. Since it’s founding in 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $2.2 billion in assistance to people in 114 countries. Over the last five years, more than 88 percent of resources have been allocated directly to programs that help families turn crisis into opportunity in some of the world’s most challenging places.
The Action Center is located on the first floor of Mercy Corps’ global headquarters in downtown Portland, and is dedicated to exploring global issues through a variety of programs for local schools and the public. The Center is a living global classroom, with 3,500 square feet of interactive digital display space, a gallery, a large meeting hall, and a lobby that features rotating exhibits.