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The University of Oregon Literacy Initiative

The University of Oregon Literacy Initiative is a community-based education program of the UO English Department. UOLI was founded in 1998. A college student in a UOLI course completes an internship that dovetails with the course’s curriculum. Practical service in the community enriches academic learning in the classroom. Students can choose from a wide variety of community partners, including K-12 schools, the juvenile detention center, the Boys and Girls Club, the CTL Reading Clinic, Nearby Nature, and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. Nearly a thousand students have completed the program.  Several have received job offers from their internship sites. Each class requires a minimum of 30 hours’ volunteer work. Alumni of these classes can receive further UO credits for continuing their internships. Currently the UO Literacy Initiative offers two courses: ENG 313, Teen and Children’s Literature, and ENG 413, Theories of Literacy. ENG 313 satisfies the 1789-present requirement for the UO English major, while ENG 413 satisfies the Theory requirement.

For more information please contact Prof. Elizabeth Wheeler:

Elizabeth A. Wheeler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Director, UO Literacy Initiative
1286 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1286
Office: 238 PLC