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Humanities on the Palouse

 

A woman stocks a shelf at a food bank

Humanities on the Palouse

 

The primary mission of HOP is to place WSU students in compensated internship opportunities at organizations in the Palouse area that surrounds Washington State University. These internships are focused on exploring the link between skills developed in Humanities and Arts coursework and the professions. Skills like: critical and creative thinking, adaptation, empathy, writing, public speaking, translation, textual analysis, teamwork, and leadership. A secondary goal is to address inequity in compensated internship opportunity for women, students of color, queer students, and other marginalized populations.

Open HOP positions are posted in the late Spring and Summer of each year. Interested applicants should apply via Handshake.

HOP members participate in the program over the course of a school year. They serve 300 or 450 hour terms at community sites selected by the HOP advisory committee. Sites and positions during the 2021-2022 school year include:

4H – Diversity and Inclusion Committee Mentor
The student serving in this position will oversee the youth-led 4H Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The Committee is currently focused on creating educational materials for 4H stakeholders about gender, sexuality, and ability issues.

Families Together – Resource Coordinator
From their site: “Families Together believes family involvement, community programs and direct supports for individuals with disabilities are essential to increase their resiliency, accessibility in reaching their potential, and maintaining a fulfilling life that contributes to society.” Students serving in this position will help to update the resources for this non-profit.

Inland Oasis – Drop-In Center Coordinators
Students serving in these positions will help to coordinate the Inland Oasis drop-in center which includes a food pantry open to anyone in the area. Inland Oasis is focused on providing a safe space for queer people on the Palouse.

Latah Alliance on Mental Illness – Peer Mentor
LAMI helps to provide adults with mental illnesses support and stability. The Peer Mentor position will work with the current residents of the LAMI house in Moscow, Idaho to provide enrichment and support.

Pullman Good Food Co-op – Food Donation Program Coordinator
The student in this site will provide assistance with coordination of the food donation program at the Co-op.

Pullman Schools Pantry Program – Food Security Coordinator
This internship serves at a courtyard garden site that has begun establishment to incorporate K-12 programs that target horticultural, agricultural, land stewardship, and nutrition.

In addition to their service, participating students also receive specialized instruction on professional development, civic engagement, self care, and equity.

Compensation for participation in the program is provided in the form of an educational stipend administed at the end of service by AmeriCorps.

Participating WSU departments, schools, and programs include:

Digital Technology and Culture
English
Comparative Ethnic Studies
History
Fine Arts
Foreign Languges
Music
Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Sociology

Seed funding for this program was provided by a Catalyst Grant from the Center for Arts and Humanities within the WSU College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Smith Teaching and Learning Grant from the Office of the Provost at WSU.

 

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