Course and Program Information

Program Requirements:

  • Apply to program and once accepted register for course (IDS-205)*
  • Attend weekly class (1 hour)
  • Tutor one evening per week (3 hours)
  • Attend Partnership events and coordinated campus based events for Chemawa youth
  • Federal background check conducted through Chemawa Indian School

Application process:

  • Email an electronic copy of your resume and cover letter to Professor Rebecca Dobkins at

Spring Information Sessions:


Deadline Date to Apply:



IDS 205 (1/2 credit)
Faculty: Rebecca Dobkins

The Program brings Willamette University undergraduates to the Chemawa campus during the Evening Tutorial, Chemawa's defined study period, Monday through Thursday. Willamette students work together with Chemawa staff and Peer Tutors to meet student needs. Tutoring covers basic subject areas such as language arts, math, science, and social studies. There is often a great need for tutors who are skilled in advanced math (Geometry, Algebra II) and science (Biology, Physics). An important dimension of the Partnership Program is the informal mentoring and relationship-building that grows from the interaction between Chemawa and Willamette students. While academic development is stressed, equally important is the development of mutual understanding and appreciation of peoples and cultures. Participants also host Chemawa students on the Willamette campus for various events, including Indian Country Conversations presentations, MLK Celebrations, college visits, and sports games.  

Willamette students who participate in this program explore teaching in addition to historical and contemporary issues within Indian Country. Many alumni of the program have gone on to teach in programs such as City Year, Teach for America and the Peace Corps. Alumni have also participated in alternative education programs and have enrolled in Master's of Teaching/Education programs.