In 2015, the School of Education launched the Open School Master of Arts in Teaching (OMAT) Residency Program at Open School East, a 7th-12th grade college preparatory and leadership alternative school in east Multnomah County. The OMAT program prioritizes the recruitment and development of aspiring teachers of color to better represent the diversity of local schools, but accepts applications from all pre-service educators with a calling to work with marginalized youth. Applications to begin the OMAT program in Summer 2017 are due by March 1, 2017. Faculty who know about students who are interested in entering the teaching profession and feel called to work with disconnected, struggling youth are asked to share information about this program with them. For more information, please go to this link or contact Peter Thacker, education, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Anne Rasmussen, education, at email@example.com.