CommonLore—Practitioner Advisory Group
District Community-Based Learning Coordinator, Portland Community College—Oregon
Diane is working with an Anthropology instructor on an Ethnography project that will look at similarities and differences between urban and suburban communities in the U.S. and Ireland. She is the District Community-Based Learning Faculty Coordinator for Career Technical Education at Portland Community College (PCC) in Oregon.
Diane has also taught Computer Applications at PCC for many years. Throughout her community college career, Diane has coordinated a variety of service-learning projects in an unlikely combination of disciplines. These projects enable students to see how they can address community issues utilizing the skills they have acquired in their classes. Related projects include: a computer recycling drive that has highlighted both the environmental and social issues surrounding e-waste; a college survey project that revealed the breadth of housing insecurity throughout the PCC campus community; and a collaborative food insecurity cohort that is bringing together faculty, staff, students, and community partners to accomplish more as a team than as separate entities.
Diane is a regular contributor to Community Works Journal, examining the importance of place-based education and service-learning from an insider’s view of community colleges. She recently completed her Masters Certificate in Service-Learning in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University where she was a participant in a three-week intensive service program in Madurai, India. She most recently presented at the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Annual Conference (IARSLCE) in Galway, Ireland. Diane is a current CWI faculty member and alumnus of CWI’s Summer WEST Institute. She is currently stretching herself in her new role as the CBL advisor to the Ed Abroad program at her college. She is working with an Anthropology instructor on an Ethnography project that will look at similarities and differences between urban and suburban communities in the U.S. and Ireland. This project will engage students in learning about their local communities in downtown Portland, Oregon and its surrounding neighborhoods as well as Dublin, Cork, and rural Irish towns. How to most effectively bring this work together when the students return from Ireland is the challenge that Diane hopes to gain perspective on from the CWI CommonLore group of educators. This work will incorporate all students developing their ethnography interviewing skills together in Portland. Then, a portion of the students will continue this work in Ireland, while those who cannot participate in this capstone Ed Abroad experience will continue their work in suburban Portland communities.
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