Wayfinding Academy Labs: Portland Gentrification

Thu Jan 24 - 10:00am to Fri Jan 25 - 10:00am

What is gentrification? How does it show up in our city, and nationally? What philosophies, ideas, and policies create and sustain it? In this Lab we will explore the history that has made gentrification a reality, the present that continues to support it, the effects it has on longtime Portland residents, and the global forces that contextualize it.

Using a blend of history, political analysis, philosophy, literature, art, music, and other multimedia, we will explore gentrification while we grapple with our own positionalities and work to uncover potential solutions. This Lab will place you in the heart of the community, in conversation with those displaced and those fighting that displacement, and will tackle head on the questions of what is happening and how we got here.

Meet Your Lab Leader: Sarah Hassouneh

Sarah Hassouneh is a social justice educator who has taught in Detroit, Chicago, and Ramallah, Palestine. She is a NE Portland native who has experienced gentrification firsthand, not only in her hometown but also during her time spent living in Harlem and Detroit. She studied philosophy and Women’s Studies at Portland State, and is interested in the philosophical and political patterns that allow gentrification to flourish in our communities.


About Wayfinding Labs:

Wayfinding Labs are designed to offer students and community members an opportunity to learn about a variety of topics from expert leaders. In these short classes participants will learn new skills in a small group setting designed for lots of interaction and opportunities for hands-on experiences.

To learn about all our upcoming Labs, visit www.wayfindingacademy.org/labs.


About The Wayfinding Academy:

The Wayfinding Academy is forging a different kind of college. By stretching students with a curiosity and community driven curriculum, we envision a world where each person lives life on purpose.


If you're a St. Johns community member who is interested in this Lab but cannot afford to attend, please email Tiffany D. Vann Sprecher, Lab Coordinator, at tiffanyv@wayfindingacademy.org to discuss options.


Please note that Lab tickets are not refundable.

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