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

 

 

Books

 

 

Becoming an Engaged Campus:
A Practical Guide for Institutionalizing Public Engagement
Carole A. Beere, James C. Votruba, Gail W. Wells
 
Public engagement often exists at the margins of institutions of higher education, but it doesn't have to be this way. The authors explain the steps necessary for a campus to orient its resources to support public engagement equally alongside teaching and research.

 

 

Scholarship Reconsidered:
Priorities of the Professoriate
Ernest L. Boyer
 
 
In this now-classic work, Boyer challenges the rewards systems that push faculty toward defining success only through traditional research and publication. He advocates for a broad recognition of different types of scholarship: discovery, integration of knowledge, teaching, and service.

 

 

Teaching at the People's University:
An Introduction to the State Comprehensive University
Bruce B. Henderson
 
State comprehensive universities, like Western, are distinct from the research institutions where most academics "grew up." Henderson provides a  perspective for faculty, especially new faculty, on how to adapt and thrive at a "people's university." 

 

 

The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning
Randy Stoecker and Elizabeth Tryon (eds.)
with Amy Hilgendorf
 

Getting our students to engage with the public is often thought of as an unambiguous good. The authors of this valuable volume, however, paint a more complex picture. Community organizations often struggle to handle the droves of students sent their way. Recognizing our impacts on them is essential.  

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
Parker Palmer
 

Palmer's inspiring writing helps us consider what it really takes to be a good teacher. For him, developing a strong sense of our own identity and ability to share honestly about our own learning journey--including our triumphs and struggles--is essential.

Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy
Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
 

Macy and Johnstone recognize the challenge of doing our best work in these tumuluous times, and call for life practices that expand our sense of self, community, time, and work so that we can thrive together.