Our programming takes place on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin, throughout the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades watershed, from time immemorial. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, particularly the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.

(For more information: WWU Tribal Relations)

Thank you to the organizations that have empowered and continue to support this collaborative effort including (alphabetically) Children of the Setting Sun Productions, Eastern Washington University, Friends of the San Juans, Galiano Conservancy Association, Geneva Elementary School, Northwest Indian College, Opportunity Council, University of Puget Sound, WWU Center for Community Learning, WWU Salish Sea Institute, WWU Sustainable Communities Partnership, Whatcom Community College, Whatcom County Library System, and Whiteswan Environmental.


Many additional organizations have provided meeting space, expertise, and communication support. Thank you all.

©2019 Community Engagement Fellows

Community Engagement Fellows empowers educators and community leaders in northwestern Washington to nurture engaged citizens, serve the public, and improve our bioregion and the planet.


This community of practice facilitates the growth of effective, durable learning partnerships across organizational boundaries. It was initiated in 2015 at Western Washington University, and is a program of the Center for Community Learning. Dr. Travis Tennessen serves as the convener.


Fellows include higher education faculty and staff and community leaders working in government, non-profit organizations, P-12 schools, and other community organizations.


Each Fellow joins one of several cohorts (8-12 people) for a series of eight meetings that take place from October through May. Our meetings involve discussions about effective learning partnership design, and opportunities to workshop questions that we have about our emerging work.


In addition to cohort meetings, Fellows may participate in Community Engagement Forums, Place Matters social gatherings, and Retreats. These events are open to all current and former Fellows, and the general public. Members of the public who are interested should join our event invitation list.


Community Engagement Fellows facilitators this year include representatives from:


Numerous additional organizations support the program as co-hosts of forums and events, and providers of space and other resources. See the website footer for a list of our wonderful partner organizations.

We are excited that people in other organizations have adopted, and adapted, our program methods in their own contexts, becoming part of the Community Engagement Fellows Coalition. Coalition members share resources, co-sponsor events, and support each other.

You can become involved with Community Engagement Fellows by signing up for a cohort, joining the event invitation list, joining the coalition, or using the many coalition resources we've made available for all. 


Please contact Travis Tennessen with any questions.