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Wellness and Equity

Celebrate the season of love with fair trade

Many of us will purchase chocolates, flowers, and valentines to share love, friendship, and kindness on February 14. By supporting fair trade as we make purchasing decisions, we can make a positive impact for global communities and the environment. Who doesn’t love that? So what is fair trade, and what are some of its benefits?

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Pam Campos-Palma

Q&A with Pam Campos-Palma, Air Force veteran, political science student, director of Las Mujeres resource center, and sole student-voting member of PSU's newly established Institutional Governing Board of Trustees.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Sergio Palleroni

Green design for the down-and-out: Q&A with Sergio Palleroni, professor of architecture and director of the new Center for Public Interest Design at PSU.

Finding a path toward diversity in sustainability

“Equity, diversity, and inclusion in the sustainability movement—that’s the only way I see forward,” said Marcelo Bonta, founder and executive director of the Center for Diversity and the Environment, at Portland State University last week. Speaking candidly about his own experience working in the environmental field as a man of Filipino descent, Bonta addressed issues around the lack of diversity in the U.S. environmental movement.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Cynthia Gómez

Q&A with Cynthia Gómez, diversity advocacy extraordinaire.

Decolonizing sustainability: Unsettling the dominant paradigm

Today marks the start of the fourth annual series of events hosted at PSU as part of Social Sustainability Month (SSM). The Women’s Resource Center, Sustainability Leadership Center, and faculty from Indigenous Nations Studies and Sociology have supported this initiative from its roots as a student idea in 2010.

Health equity: There’s nothing left to do but act

The Coalition for a Livable Future’s annual Regional Livability Summit drew a record 400 attendees Friday to the ballroom at Portland State’s Smith Memorial Student Union.

Plenty of them were policy wonks, some were academics, others activists. The unifying theme in the room was a desire to improve the greater Portland community.

Summer camp takes aim at graduation rates

Economics professor Rossitza Wooster technically shouldn’t be at Portland State University today. But despite being on sabbatical, she has been on campus every day this week. Wooster and her colleague Josh Winiki are the volunteer directors of PSU’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL), which brings underprivileged teens to campus for a week to encourage them to complete high school and eventually succeed in college.

VIDEO | My Color Green

Students at Portland State University formed the organization Sustainability 4 All in 2011 to create a more equitable and inclusive sustainability movement. At their latest workshop in April 2013, they challenged the idea of what it means to be sustainable by asking: What's your color green?

K-12 partnerships pave pathways to college

Over the past several years, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) has been connecting PSU’s students, faculty, and expertise with K-12 schools and helping educate young students about sustainability issues. This is an effort to build more equitable and inclusive pathways to college, and to prepare more students with the background they need to begin tackling these issues.

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