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




Connect with people who share your passion for putting ideas into action! Affinity groups allow those working on related campus-community projects to share, connect, and support each other.

Each group meets twice per quarter.


Please contact Travis Tennessen if you would like to join one of the affinity groups below.

Radical Citizenship: Exploring radical paradigms and subversive strategies to enhance the public good.

Meeting Time: Mondays 2:30-4:30 pm                               Fall Meeting Dates: 10/24, 11/28

Co-facilitators: Nabil Kamel, Aaron Perzigian, Travis Tennessen

Art as Activism: Bringing the arts to new places and people to inspire thought and action.

Meeting Time: Tuesdays 12:00-2:00                                   Fall Meeting Dates: 10/25, 11/29

Co-facilitators: Kelly Hart, Nick Stanger, Travis Tennessen

Technology for Community: Developing tools and systems that can help community thrive.

Meeting Time: Tuesdays 3:00-5:00                                     Fall Meeting Dates: 10/25, 11/29

Co-facilitators: Sura Al-Qudah, Travis Tennessen

Beyond Bellingham: Collaborating with people throughout the Salish Sea region and around the world.

Meeting Time: Wednesdays 9:00-11:00                           Fall Meeting Dates: 10/26, 11/30

Co-facilitators: Adriana Manago, Travis Tennessen, Jennifer Zovar

Enacting Environmental Justice: Advocating social justice within a rapidly changing environment.

Meeting Time: Thursdays 10:00-12:00                             Fall Meeting Dates: 10/27, 12/1

Co-facilitators: Kate Darby, Travis Tennessen, Jill MacIntyre Witt

A Home for All: Mobilizing to address homelessness and housing insecurity.

Meeting Time: Meets in conjunction with the Community Engagement Committee of the Whatcom Coalition to End Homelessness on every other Wednesday from 3:30-5:00                            

Fall Meeting Dates: 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23, 12/14

Co-facilitators: Teal Coyote, Travis Tennessen