Eastern Oregon University and Portland State University are teaming up to help bridge Oregon’s urban-rural divide.
The two universities have launched the Urban-Rural Ambassador Institute, which will bring together students from both universities for a collaborative course that will take students to both sides of the state to study issues particular to that region.
Students can sign up now for the intensive six-credit course, which will be offered for the first time in September. From Sept. 6-15, a mix of students from both universities will spend five days together in the Portland area and five days in Eastern Oregon learning about the challenges, needs and strengths of both sides of the state.
“Our goal is to create a new pipeline of future leaders,” Governor Kate Brown said in a statement released by EOU. “It will challenge students — whether from Pendleton or Portland — to provide creative solutions that meet the needs of our diverse communities and support our local, thriving economies.”
Topics for the 2018 course will include transportation, agriculture and a “sense of place,” according to EOU, but will evolve over the years. Field trips, guest speakers and cultural events will be part of the intensive 10-day experience.
For more information visit eou.edu/urban-rural.