"Contagious Co-Motion": Student Voices on Being Change Agents


  • Vicki L. Reitenauer Portland State University
  • Tetiana Korzun Portland State University
  • Kimberly Lane Portland State University
  • Melinda Joy Roberts Portland State University


Higher Education, Community-based Learning, Effective Change Agent


Designed in response to students’ requests for a capstone where they could form their own individual partnerships in the communities of their choosing, Effective Change Agent offers a structure for community-based learning that allows for high levels of student choice-making and agency. In this article, the authors describe the course; connect it to literature on grassroots change-making, integrative learning, and service-learning; and, through the inclusion of student authors, allow the sharing of insights in the students’ own voices.