Sophia Elfrink

While reading Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, LJ Seniors explored the challenges that communities are facing in terms of housing. The class was excited by an opportunity to support the Emanuel Displaced Persons Association, a local organization of those affected by Portland’s Emanuel Hospital expansion forced removal. To learn more about the project, the class met with Ed Johnson, director of litigation at the Oregon Law Center. We were also joined by Byrd, “a North Portland native and founding member of EDPA2.” Together we made a PSA video to spread more awareness and information about what is happening right now. 

Sophia Elfrink

Babies With Books is a student-led organization founded by Benjamin Olshin ‘21, a Junior at Catlin Gabel. The organization provides books to families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the goal of which is to provide books to and educate families about the importance of reading in the process of development and in order to improve early literacy rates.

By Sophia Elfrink 

Many students and faculty have noticed an increase in the amount of trash around the OES campus. Every day, on my trek down to the lower parking lot, I encounter granola bar wrappers, pencils, hair- ties, and plastic cups which are strewn about the campus. As a citizen of the OES community, I feel I must pick up trash when I see it, and you should too. But rather than shaming anyone, let’s investigate the root causes and consequences of littering.