An important part of a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education is understanding and responding to the needs of your community. At Puget Sound, we’re deeply connected to our Tacoma community and strive to create meaningful partnerships that enrich student learning and give back to our city and our region. Community-based learning opportunities allow you to make a positive impact volunteering with more than 250 local organizations while complementing what you’re learning in the classroom.

Community Engagement Initiative

The Community Engagement Initiative at University of Puget Sound aims to create meaningful connections between students and the local Tacoma Pierce County community. Students have the opportunity to receive financial support in order to engage in community-based learning projects and volunteerism.

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Local Organizations & Opportunities

Students looking to get involved in the community by volunteering can identify and secure their own opportunity or they can browse our list 
of community organizations and volunteer opportunities.

Community organizations who would like to be listed within our resource pages or explore other partnership opportunities should complete the Community Partnership form. Once we receive your form, a member of our Experiential Learning Programs & Support team will get in touch with you!

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Freedom Education Project Puget Sound

FEPPS provides a rigorous accredited college program to incarcerated women in Washington and creates pathways to educational opportunity after women are released from prison, increasing women prisoners' economic and personal empowerment, contributing to family stability, and reducing recidivism through college education.

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Race and Pedagogy Institute

The Race and Pedagogy Institute pursues the vision of educating students and teachers to think critically about race and act to eliminate racism. RPI hosts campus events, guest lectures and performances, youth and family summits, and a national conference.

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Sound Policy Institute

The Sound Policy Institute helps our community actively and effectively engage in environmental decision making while promoting sustainable, equitable growth in the Puget Sound region.

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