Summer Community OutReach Engagements
What are SCOREs?
Sponsored by the Student Engagement Center, SCOREs are student-led, pre-orientation, engagement trips for incoming Whitman students. Through direct service, education and reflection, SCORE participants expand their learning beyond campus to connect with the local community.
SCOREs are integrative and immersive experiences that introduce participants to the Walla Walla community and its complexities. Participants will meet with community partners, organizations, and area residents to learn about local social and political dynamics. Direct service, education and reflection will be the cornerstone, as well as fun exploration of the Walla Walla area. Each group will stay in a local church and cook most meals together. There are no costs associated with SCORE and no prior experience is necessary. The SCORE program runs from Aug. 24-29, 2019.
Equipment and Food
Food, transportation, and group gear are all included as part of the trip. Participants need to bring a sleeping bag and floor pad (if desired). Three weeks before departure, you will receive a letter with a detailed list of necessary personal items.
2019 SCORE Themes
The Community Health SCORE will introduce incoming students to the complexities of health issues in a rural community. Health is used in the broadest sense to incorporate physical, mental, emotional and community health. Participants will explore the different ways health care is provided to the people in the Walla Walla Valley. In a world where health care coverage is limited and expensive it is important to understand what a community's duty is to provide adequate health resources to its residents.
Education: Beyond the Classroom
The Education SCORE examines the variety of schools and educational opportunities in Walla Walla, including our public and private K-12 system and the three higher education institutions. In addition to exploring schools, participants will explore other education opportunities in the community beyond the classroom.
Food and Agriculture
Participants in the Food and Agriculture SCORE explore the industry that has become the backbone of Walla Walla and the livelihood of many of its residents. Students will work with farmers and land managers, as well as follow the movement of resources from farms to homes and beyond. Through examining the history of the land and its uses, we can discover the impacts on the ecosystem and community.
Immigration in the Valley
Immigration in the Valley examines the dynamics of migration and working and existing securely as a person without documentation. Participants will explore the resources and coalitions established to provide support from the professional level to volunteer-based services.
Living in Community
Living in Community explores the many ways Walla Walla allocates resources and support to all of its residents. Participants will connect with people in varying stages of life, circumstance and ability, as well as the community members who work to empower and support them. This experience includes programs supported by the Student Engagement Center, which students may continue working with throughout their time at Whitman.
Walla Walla: Access and Resources
Walla Walla: Access & Resources will explore the town of Walla Walla - from a historical perspective we will look to its physical spaces and the movement of resources that fulfill the community's needs. Themes of tourism and economic growth will be analyzed and contextualized through discussion of the development of the valley.