2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Student Originated Studies: Managing for a Healthy Work Environment - Tribal and Non-Profit Agencies

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Gary Peterson social work

Fields of Study: Native American studies, business and management, cultural studies, education, gender and women's studies, history, law and public policy, leadership studies, political science, sociology and writing

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10422 (16) Fr; 10423 (16) So - Sr; 10482 (1-16)  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20248 (16) Fr; 20249 (16) So - Sr; 20253 (1-16)  Signature Required Contact faculty for more information.  

Credits: 16(F); 16(W)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Senior

Offered During: Evening and Weekend


This fall and winter SOS welcomes students who plan to work for tribal government or non-profit agencies. Our work will focus on developing healthy relationships between Tribal Councils or boards of directors and administrators. We will examine mission statements, policies, and procedures and how their implementation affects relationships in the workplace and services to client populations.

Students will learn about the dynamics of service delivery, reverberations of historical oppression in recipient communities, power relationships, community needs, and other effects on the work environment and services. Students will hear lectures from managers who utilize healthy management skills and tools and they will visit organizations that have a history or operating on the Relational World View, and other models, to maintain organizational balance. They will learn how gossip, rumors, cliques, etc., can undermine organizational health.

Students will research and write about culture, organizational culture, identity, goal setting and other elements of organizational functioning. They will learn about the importance of financial and organizational reporting. They will research organizational services, early childhood development for example, that operate within Tribal and Non-Profit agencies.

Meeting times will be scheduled to facilitate working students, evenings and weekends. Guest lectures will be presented by Yvonne Peterson.  For students interested in continuing Spring quarter, Gary Peterson will offer Individual Learning Contracts or Internships.

Maximum Enrollment: 24

Advertised Schedule: Classes are geared to meet the needs of working students. Class will meet evenings and extended weekends as needed.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: early childhood education, tribal/non-profit management, education, human resources, native american studies, political science, communications, cultural competence, and information technology.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
November 30th, 2010 Signature required for admission winter quarter.
August 30th, 2010 New program added.