Education Student Engagement

Growing Seeds of Global Awareness at Evergreen

Evergreen allows for students to follow our individual learning interests, and strengthens our passion to help better the world. Our school's education system makes space for students to forge their own learning paths, whether they decide to study abroad, engage in internships or independent learning contracts, or take a variety of stimulating on-campus academic programs.

By Rebecca Canright

Evergreen allows for students to follow our individual learning interests, and strengthens our passion to help better the world. Our school’s education system makes space for students to forge their own learning paths, whether they decide to study abroad, engage in internships or independent learning contracts, or take a variety of stimulating on-campus academic programs. Evergreen professors are enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable in their fields of study, and help get students excited to learn. Also, the interdisciplinary nature of our coursework has helped me gain comprehension of how interconnected global issues are. I now see, for instance, that poverty and climate change are inextricably linked. I’ve learned that in order to adequately address climate change and the global overpopulation crisis, we must empower women in developing nations to become economically self-sufficient so that they’re able to take responsibility for their reproductive freedom, which is their basic right.

Evergreen’s meaningful academic programs facilitate these critical intellectual connections in its student body, and its encouragement of independent learning also helps students experience these connections personally, through real-world community involvement. I feel I am a more conscientious, open-minded, and compassionate human being thanks to my Evergreen education. I came to the school interested in studying and engaging in environmental activism, and am inspired by all of the opportunities there are to participate in this! In my academic program, I have had the good fortune of creating a four-credit independent action project, in which I go downtown to the Capitol and meet with legislators to urge them to support environmental issues. I’ve also gotten to attend City Hall meetings and make public comments in support of local climate change action! This feels so gratifying, and I intend to continue to learn about environmental advocacy through firsthand experience. I love that my program allows for me to explore my interests and work to make a positive difference in the world.
About the Author

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Rebecca Canright

I grew up on an organic farm, and thus have a deep love of Earth and all our fellow species. I hope to contribute to the collective ecological healing of our world by becoming an environmental activist, and am grateful to be deepening my involvement in local environmental advocacy efforts. I love the Evergreen community for being the radical, beautiful chaos of art and intellect and politics that it is. I am learning so much by being here. Realms of study: ecopsychology, environmental activism, & political studies

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