Engage Your Community

Volunteer at a food bank? Check. Help raise the foundation of a Habitat for Humanity house? Check. Students have access to service opportunities at more than 250 organizations, in addition to special events and initiatives that bring the campus and community together.

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Civic Scholarship Initiative

The Civic Scholarship Initiative connects Puget Sound's faculty and students with citizens of the South Sound in projects of mutual concern. Current programs include:

Senior University
The Road Home
Puget Sound Brass Camp


Nearshore Habitat Restoration in Puget Sound
Education Achievement and Assessment
Caring for Our Elders, Caring for Ourselves
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Race and Pedagogy Initiative

The Race and Pedagogy Initiative is a collaboration of Puget Sound and the South Sound community that integrates intellectual assets of the campus into a mutual and reciprocal partnership with local community experience and expertise, and pursues the vision of educating students and teachers at all levels to think critically about race and to act to eliminate racism.


The initiative sponsors numerous events for campus and community members, including a quadrennial national conference, guest lectures and performances, youth and family summits, and more. 

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Sound Policy Institute

The Sound Policy Institute builds the capacity of individuals and groups, both on our campus and in our regional community, to actively and effectively engage in environmental decision making.

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Civic engagement is an integral part of our curriculum, and can be seen in a growing number of community-based courses, which invite community members to campus for unique learning opportunities and take students out into the region to work with community members and apply principles learned in the classroom to solve real-world issues.


More information will be provided here at a later date. Thanks for your patience as we build out this site.

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Community Service

Puget Sound partners with more than 250 regional organizations where students regularly volunteer. Some of our annual and ongoing volunteer opportunities include: 

Urban Plunge: a day of community service during the Passages portion of first-year orientation
MLK Day of Service
Alternative Break Programs
Food Justice Programs
Kids Can Do! Mentoring Program