Course and Program Information

Program Requirements:

  • Apply to program and once accepted register for course (IDS-205)*
  • Attend weekly class (1.25 hours)
  • Tutor one evening per week (3 hours)
  • Attend Partnership events and coordinated campus based events for Chemawa youth
  • Federal background check and fingerprinting will be conducted through Chemawa Indian School

Application process:

  • Request application from Professor Vellena Howard at
  • Email an electronic copy of your application to Professor Vellena Howard at
  • Enrollment in the course is NOT automatic and is by instructor consent ONLY

Fall Information Session:

  • Monday, November 4, 2019 in Eaton Hall, room 412 from 4:00pm-5:15pm

Deadline Date to Apply:

  • Friday, November 8, 2019 at 5:00pm


IDS 205 (1/2 credit)
Faculty: Vellena Howard

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 and collaborations, including Indian Country Conversations presentations, MLK Celebrations, college visits, AVID day and sports games.  

Willamette students who participate in this program explore teaching, mentoring and personal development in addition to historical and contemporary issues within Indian Country. IDS 205 also serves as the pre-requisite to IDS 396 Chemawa Indian School Partnership Program Internship. 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.