Education WithOut Borders (EWOB) was founded in 2000 by Abdi Hassan, a native of Somaliland and formerly a popular adjunct professor in the Black History Department, Portland State University, Dan Shea, MFA 1999 PSU graduate, artist, teacher, long time community and Human Rights activist, and Marc Hinz, graduate student of Public Administration at PSU. Both Abdi and Dan were founding members of Students for Unity, a progressive student group at PSU and they were both involved in the formation of KPSU the campus radio station. Dan and Marc were founding members of the Rearguard, a radical student newspaper, and both were leaders of the successful student run campaign for a Drop-In Childcare center for parents attending PSU.