Due to public health concerns, all CEF activities will be hosted online for 2020-2021.

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CE Fellows:

Beyond Boundaries

Inspired by the pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement, Beyond Boundaries is an opportunity to forge new collaborations  that transcend geographical, political, and sociocultural boundaries. 


All are welcome and participation is free. We hope to include people living in many different places and of diverse walks of life, including those working in higher education, tribal and non-tribal governments, non-profits, libraries, P-12 schools, and other community organizations.


Our meetings will be lively and engaging. Beyond Boundaries participants will join in a series of six 75-minute meetings on Zoom to discuss the design of healthy collaborations and support each other in advancing our work through activities like Design Clinics. We value listening, reflection, and practical action. You’ll get no homework or assigned readings.


Please send questions about the program or requests for accommodations to Travis Tennessen at travis.tennessen@wwu.eduOne week advance notice is appreciated and necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. 

To sign up, please complete this simple form by January 27:


There will be multiple meeting day/time options, which will be determined once the number, home time zones, and preferences of participants is known.

Meeting #1: Why Engagement? Why are you drawn to build new collaborations beyond boundaries?

Week of Feb 8-12

Meeting #2: Preparing the Self What do you need to keep in mind about yourself as you engage?

Week of Feb 15-19

Meeting #3: Forming Lasting Partnerships When challenges arise, how will you and partners respond? 

Week of Feb 22-26

Meeting #4 Integrating Your Work How can new collaborations support your work holistically?

Week of Mar 1-5

Meeting #5: Defining Success Where will new collaborations take you and your partners?

Week of Mar 8-12

Meeting #6: Building Support Who will champion the collaborative work over time?

Week of Mar 15-19

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 numerous organizations that have empowered and continue to support this collaborative effort through co-sponsoring events and providing meeting space, expertise, and communication support. Special thanks to Eastern Washington University, Northwest Indian College, University of Puget Sound, Whatcom County Library System, and Whiteswan Environmental for their ongoing dedication to the work.

©2020 Community Engagement Fellows