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.

Civic Scholarship Initiative

The Civic Scholarship 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 Volunteer Opportunities

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

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Place-Based Learning Funding for Faculty and Staff Members

Limited funding is currently available to assist faculty and staff in taking their class or group of students off campus to apply their learning through experiences and interactions in the local community. Awards range up to $500 per course (and no more than three awards per department or program) and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served rolling basis until all available funds have been spent. Funds are intended to be used during the 2022-2023 academic school year.

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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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