Contextual Education

One of the great features of our program is Contextual Education, which is based on the constructivist theory of teaching and learning. Learning takes place when instructors are able to present information in a way that students are able to construct meaning based on their own experiences. Contextual Education experiences include committee work, volunteering, internships, and service learning, especially in our residential setting or in LGBTQ+ campus and community spaces and is a central part of our academic program, featured in both the Explorations in Topics of Sexual and Gender Diversity and Queering Leadership courses.

Students can satisfy the contextual education requirements by taking on leadership roles within the campus or community, volunteering and supporting efforts of campus/community partners, engaging in high impact service-learning, conducting independent study or scholarly research, or by designing their own experience with a combination of these options. This graded contextual education component must be approved by the UNITY Resident Director and students must be placed as soon as possible in the start of each semester.


Some primary examples of this include:

● UNITY Resource Center: various internships

● RSSP Residential Curriculum and Inclusion (RCI) Internships

● Hall Association, Residence Hall Assembly, or NRHH Leadership

● Queer Alliance Resource Center Leadership

● Gender Equity Resource Center Volunteers / Internships

● Pacific Center for Human Growth Volunteers

● UHS Health Promotions Volunteer or Health Worker

● Queer / Trans or LGBTQ+ Student Group Leadership (as Approved)

● Working on LGBTQ issues through the ASUC Senate Offices.

● Independent Study / Scholarly Research in Sexuality or Gender (as approved)

● Other projects as approved