Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp

Learning from Persons with Disabilities

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Join us for what students have called “the most eye-opening class I’ve taken.” Our innovative 2-week virtual course welcomes students from ANY year of study. Use it for your capstone, or other requirements. Find out more.

2021 Course Info

Why take this course

  • Earn 6 Capstone credits in just two weeks
    (Practicum or elective credits also available – see our Flexible Enrollment Options)
  • Explore history, stories, and social movements of people with disabilities
  • Imagine a more accessible world, with insights from our friends at Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp
  • Learn from a mixture of films, readings, and Q&As with local voices in the disability community
  • Find out how to get involved and work toward dismantling ableism

View the full course description.

Dates & Times 

Choose from 4 sections:

  • June 21 - July 2     Morning, 10:15 am - 12:30pm
  • July 5 - July 16       Morning, 10:15 am - 12:30pm
  • July 19 - July 30     Evening, 5:30pm - 7:45pm
  • Aug 2 - Aug 13       Morning, 10:15 am - 12:30pm

During the 2-week course, class will meet via Zoom for 3 hours on Monday and Wednesday, with outside accompanying coursework. CRNs for registration will be added here when available.

Don’t have summer financial aid? We have options for students who need to rely on spring term aid. See our Flexible Enrollment Options.

Join us!

Get course updates by completing the Interest Form and joining our low-traffic listserv.

Contact us with questions. Graduate assistants Matty and Michelle are happy to help you find the best option for you.

History of Our Partnership with Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp

Since 1972, PSU has teamed up with Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC) to help make camp activities accessible to kids and adults with disabilities. Over 4000 PSU students have earned course credit while serving as camp counselors.

To protect the health and safety of students and campers, PSU students won’t be physically present at the camp in summer 2021, yet our partnership with camp remains strong. We’re pleased to offer a virtual capstone course allowing students to learn the expertise of camp staff, the lived experience of campers, and other disability rights and justice projects in the PDX community and beyond. We look forward to PSU students returning to camp as soon as it’s safe to do so. Explore the links to learn more about becoming a counselor in the future or volunteering at camp after the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us.

Contact Us

General Contact:

Matty Jernigan (they / them) and Michelle Zellers (she / they)

Course Coordinator:

Brenna Wood, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA (she / her)