Course Information


IDS 205 (1/2 credit)
Instructor: Liz 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). 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. 

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

Application process:

Please write a one-page letter describing your qualifications. Discuss any experiences (with youth, tutoring, and/or conducting volunteer work) 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

Fall Information Sessions:

Information sessions will be held at Matthews Hall, HUB Conference Room 114 from 11:30 to 12:00 on these dates:

  • October 11, 2016
  • October 18, 2016
  • October 20, 2016

Deadline Date: October 31, 2016 

For more information, contact Liz Bahe.