Course Information




IDS 205 (1/2 credit)


Instructor: Elizabeth Bahe

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). 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 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. The program provides a space where both Willamette and Chemawa communities bond through partnership.

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. Together students from Chemawa and Willamette have established stronger bonds by attending a Blazers game, presentations by Sherman Alexie and Native Filmmaker Chris Eyre, the Salem visit of then presidential candidate Barack Obama along with annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations.

To become a Chemawa Indian School Partnership Program tutor, one must submit an application and be approved by the current supervisor. More information below:


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

Application process:

Please write a one page letter describing your qualifications. Discuss any experiences (with youth, tutoring, and/or historically under-represented communities) you have had, paid or unpaid, which prepare you for this position and to work with Chemawa students in particular. Provide the name of your academic advisor at Willamette and one other Willamette professor or staff person who could address your qualifications, as well as your student ID# (for purposes of enrollment in the course). Send to

Deadline Date: October 31, 2016 

For more information, contact Elizabeth Bahe