Join Pathways in learning about issues of systemic injustice in Tacoma and beyond. Your cohort will provide opportunities for challenge and growth, as well as a supportive community that is backed by one-on-one peer mentorship. We work with each cohort member to help you design a unique Pathway built just for you. Get to know your new home through course-based civic engagement, field trips, and academic analysis. The Pathway Program is a two-year, cohort-based, academic and co-curricular program for first- and second-year students. Students must apply to be part of the program.
When selected for the Pathway Program, students will automatically be enrolled in the first-year, quarter credit course, Community and the Self (EXLN 106). Cohort students will complete a total of four quarter-credit classes together over their first two years, culminating with the RISE summer internship program at the end of their sophomore year.
“I felt like it would be a great way for me to become engaged with the broader Tacoma community at the very onset of my college career. Moreover, I thought this would be a good opportunity to meet other people who are
interested in social justice and thoughtful civic engagement.” - Maya Horten '22
“I like community organizing and I think identity groups are really important to me in my life; having a space for activism and learning about activism is important.” - Adreanna Thompson-Paschetto, '21
“I would say I learned the most about exploring my biases from where I stand in the world and also exploring my identity more in the class; where I fall in society and how I can improve the way I act in situations of bias and discrimination. I learned about how I can try to help in situations where [bias] is happening." - Tessa Paulson-Palmer, '21
How to Apply
Incoming first-year students may apply to the Civic Engagement Pathway Program as part of the application to attend the University of Puget Sound with their Common App. Students of color, first-generation college students (students whose parents or guardians did not attend and complete college at a 4-year college), students from low-income backgrounds, members of the LGBTQIA communities, and students who grew up in the Foster Care System are encouraged to apply. You can find the application here.