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Coalition

Community engagement leaders working and growing together.

Community Engagement Fellows is a lively, fun, and effective way to help people learn together, build new partnerships, and address important issues in their communities. 

 

We are excited that people in other organizations have adopted, and adapted, Community Engagement Fellows methods in their own contexts.

 

Some programs hosted by coalition members are called Community Engagement Fellows, and others are not. We use the methods in a variety of ways to move our work and our communities forward.

 

Coalition members communicate regularly to improve our practices and support each other in this evolving and creative work. The Coalition Resources page has examples of what we share.

You are welcome to join the coalition to contribute your energy and ideas, and learn alongside the rest of us.

 

Membership is free and open to all who work within a public-serving agency or other community organization working for the common good.

 

Coalition members:

 

  • Receive updates about new resources;

  • Support each other in improving our shared practices;

  • Explore opportunities to co-host events;

  • Participate in our coalition gatherings. 

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NATALIE BALOY
Transboundary Initiatives, Western Washington University

I contribute to this work because I love to connect people across borders, disciplines, and systems - in my everyday life and also in my role in cross-border initiatives at Western Washington University on the Salish Sea. It brings me great joy to learn together with people from many walks of life about how to collectively care for our communities and build relationships with the places we call home.

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JESSIE BLOSS
Spring Church Bellingham 

I contribute to this work because I recognize the power of social learning shaping communities in a way where people who are different from one another discover friendship. In my work at Spring Church, we use many elements from the CE Fellows resources to guide us in the reciprocity of giving and receiving from one another, making way for uncommon friendships to take root and flourish.

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LIZ BRANDT
The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation

I contribute to this work because as a community engagement higher education professional I aim to build just and equitable communities by transforming higher education institutions to be agents of collaborative social change and educating and preparing students for civically engaged lives.

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RICHARD BRAY
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

I contribute to this work because there is unharnessed power and expertise in connecting university faculty, staff, and students, community-based organizations, and local residents to do public good.

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I contribute to this work because I believe learning and connecting with others are key components of being human. In my development and outreach work at Wild Whatcom, but also in all aspects of my life, I have far more questions than answers, and I think that's a strength. Finding the way forward together expands our perspectives and creates momentum that no one person can achieve alone.

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KATRINA CARABBA
Whatcom County Library System

I contribute to this work because of an abundance of curiosity about human connection and how to create and deepen relationships. I want to learn more about my community and the good work that is being done. I want to listen to the questions that are being asked and be part of the solution, part of the conversation and part of the web that connects and engages us.

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MICHAEL COX
Whatcom County Library System

I contribute to this work because libraries are natural places for social learning to thrive, connecting information, ideas, and community.

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BRIAN DAVENPORT
Eastern Washington University

I contribute to this work because effective and successful community engagement is great for the community I call home in addition to the students I serve. Doing this work well means that all of our lives improve!

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NKUUBI DOMINIC SAVIO
Akili Pana Initiative

I contribute to this work because I believe the community I desire to live in starts with me. I believe in having a community with empowered youths and women for the hold the future of the communities.

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DANIEL GEITER
Whitworth University

I contribute to this work because I believe it is one of the most effective ways to create deep and sustainable partnerships between campus and community. These partnerships are essential to fulfilling higher educations purpose of providing community benefit.

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SAYONITA GHOSH HAJRA
California State University, Sacramento

I contribute to this work because with each outreach event, my knowledge grows exponentially.

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LYNN GIDLUCK
Community Engagement and Research Centre,
University of Regina

I contribute to this work because I am the "E-Harmony" of the University of Regina, matching community partners with faculty, staff and students to work on projects together and share resources.

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PATTI GORMAN
Seattle Central College

I contribute to this work because, in my role with Experiential Learning at Puget Sound (and life in general) I see great value in creating intentional space for everyone to contribute ideas, thoughts, perspective, and creativity to collective understanding. Community is stronger when we all participate in the ongoing process of understanding one another deeply!

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MATTHEW GRANT
Simon Fraser University

I contribute to this work because there is so much we can do together to make the world a better place.

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LIZ  GREWAL
Oakland Unified School Distict

I contribute to this work because I believe in the power of collective collaboration. We are stronger in community and communication. I can support my students, my community and my growth as an educator by engaging in social learning.

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LAUREL HAMMOND
Western Washington University

I contribute to this work because orienting my efforts towards a deeper engagement with place and building long-term sustainable community partnerships pushes our narrative about education to a more inclusive place. Through my involvement with Community Engagement Fellows, I am learning to partner with the community in dynamic new ways.

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BRADLEY HARTSELL
Emory & Henry College

I contribute to this work because I increasingly feel compelled to reflect and act on the change you wish to see in your community and/or organization. Collaboration, open discussion, and active listening are needed in my community and region, so instead of passively hoping for amorphous change, I believe this CEF application should be our lens for professional & community development. CEF has personally been my most useful community practice of practice, and as my college's service learning coordinator, I believe it could equally benefit my colleagues at Emory & Henry.

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CALLEEN HERBERT
North Carolina Central University

I contribute to this work because my role provides me with the opportunity to engage in community spaces which allow me to "connect the dots". For me, the dots represent the students, the community, the campus and global spaces. I continue to enjoy the challenge.

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SHELLY HOFFMAN
Student Body President at Grays Harbor College

I contribute to this work because I have a passion to advocate for all voices. I am continually seeking more ways to help and advocate for others in positive and constructive ways.

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RENEE HOUSTON
University of Puget Sound

I contribute to this work because Community Engagement Fellows creates the space for building deep relationships that are generative of new ideas and ways of seeing that lead us to take intentional action to bring healing and change in collaboration with our communities. The space to try new ideas to gather and grow is life-giving.

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ARIANE HOY
Bonner Foundation

I contribute to this work because I help build shared vision and then find ways to implement that vision in action across students, staff, faculty, institutions, and a national Community of Practice. I am dedicated to this work because of my own personal experiences on multiple levels and in many communities and can attest to the power of service, civic engagement, and community engaged learning to break down barriers, improve our lives and work, and contribute to social justice

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MELLISSA JESSEN-HISER
Fresno State, Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning

I contribute to this work because I firmly believe that we are all connected and am invested in learning how to better serve humanity through our shared bonds. I love learning from others and their lived experiences and understand that building and nurturing community is essential to the process. I consider myself a practitioner of reflection and incorporate it into my personal and professional spheres.

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NICOLE KENDRICK
University of Puget Sound

I contribute to this work because in my role with Experiential Learning at Puget Sound (and life in general) I see great value in creating intentional space for everyone to contribute ideas, thoughts, perspective, and creativity to collective understanding. Community is stronger when we all participate in the ongoing process of understanding one another deeply!

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NATHANIAL KIDD
Whatcom Love INC / Paraskevi Fellowship

I contribute to this work because, as Executive Director of Whatcom Love INC, I am responsible for curating a network of 38 partner congregations and dozens of other partner agencies in our county who are seeking to discern what it means to be on mission together, loving and serving our communities and neighbors in need. The methods and models emerging from the Community Engagement Fellows Coalition connect me to best practices in social learning to deploy in working with the constituents of that organization, and the network itself is valuable as I work to help make connections between faith leaders, and other leaders and organizations within the community.

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CHELSEA LAUDER
Northeastern University

I contribute to this work because I see value in coalition building and fostering relationships toward social justice and impact. My role at Northeastern is around community partner outreach and stakeholder engagement - specifically in service of supporting more equitable communities and ethical partnerships in teaching and research.

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CATHERINE LETTIERI
University of California, San Diego 

I contribute to this work because I am passionate connecting students to community, and community to university resources. I see my role as that of coalition builder and connector. I do this work because I recognize that to create a better world for us all, a more just one, we must all take ownership of the work that must be done. And while I may not be the right person to take up a particular task, perhaps someone else is, and perhaps I can support and promote their work and their voice.

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SARAH LITTLE
Timberland Regional Library

I contribute to this work because I work to best serve my community through my role as the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator. My hope is to continue to learn and grow and give back to my community.

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LINDSEY MACDONALD
Office of Sustainability, Western Washington University

I contribute to this work because together we are better. Particularly in the context of sticky social and environmental issues where there is not one path forward, we must elevate more voices, engage in reciprocal partnerships across historical siloes, and learn from the lived experience of the broader community.

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BRAHM MARJADI 
School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, NSW, Australia

I contribute to this work because My School of Medicine is proudly community-engaged, and I have been overseeing all community engagements and community-engaged learning programs in our medical curriculum. We have literally hundreds of community partner organizations across the 9,000 sq kilometers region of Greater Western Sydney plus more in rural and remote areas of NSW.

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RON MARKS
Unity Care NW; Marks Development Consulting

I contribute to this work because I believe we need spaces for social innovation and discovery to move away from our current unsustainable ways of organizing our society. Through greater collaboration and cooperation we can imagine new ways of thinking and being together. Development is possible, and necessary.

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KELSEY MARTIN
Whitman College

I contribute to this work because intentional and care oriented community building has the capacity to create sustainable, compassionate, and critically conscious communities that are the building blocks of a more just reality.

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ROZZELL MEDINA 
Portland EcoFilm Festival & Oregon Humanities

I contribute to this work because learning in community and collaborating on imaginative projects that are rooted in the wisdom, curiosity, and intuition of the people is powerful magic..

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RACHEL NELSON 
Simon Fraser University

I contribute to this work because more collaboration, sharing and relationship building is needed to effectively leverage our capacity to facilitate deeper partnerships and generate more possibilities for positive impact.

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HANNAH NEWELL
Whatcom Coalition for Environmental Education

I contribute to this work because I deeply believe that collaboration is a key ingredient to solving large-scale problems.

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SADIE OLSEN
Whiteswan Environmental

I contribute to this work because it helps support my work toward community healing as a young adult leader in Whiteswan Environmental, the Coast Salish Youth Stewardship Corps, Whatcom Intergenerational High School, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, and Community Engagement Fellows.

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MEG PANNKUK
Washington State University, Center for Civic Engagement

I contribute to this work because I am drawn to creating pathways for collaboration. I believe that Universities have an obligation to work in concert with the communities they inhabit, and in the process honor and uplift the vision and goals of others.

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SAPAN PAREKH
Bellevue College

I contribute to this work because we all deserve to have our voices heard, feel the pride of personal agency, and develop our own strengths in the service of others. Our public and civic organizations do incredible work that reduce equity gaps and make our collective world better; our faculty, staff, and students should have opportunities to collaborate with them and contribute to this ongoing venture called 'community.'

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JOSHUA PORTER
Community Learning Lab, Western Washington University

I contribute to this work because of the community building that happens in social learning, and a motivation to give back to land and community that has cared for me. Through facilitating community-engaged programs for WWU students in the Methow Valley, we are advancing sustainability initiatives while providing place-based experiential learning opportunities with local organizations, agencies, businesses, schools, and farms. This growing network also serves as a multi-generational community of practice to learn from each other ways of bringing a sustainability ethos to our work.

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VALERY ROSS
Simon Fraser University

 I contribute to this work because I believe in the magic that happens when we bring our diverse personalities, experiences and ideas together to work on solutions.

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RACHAYITA SHAH
The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation

I contribute to this work, because it is gratifying, inspiring, and humbling at the same time. I look forward to learning about unique contexts and shared experiences of people engaged in community development initiatives, and welcome opportunities for dialogue, collaboration, and resource sharing.

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ELLEN SHORTT-SANCHEZ
Center for Community Based Learning and Action, The Evergreen State College

I contribute to this work because I have a heartfelt commitment to higher education serving community and work to build partnerships that are authentic and respond to emergent issues. I am the Director for the Center for Community Based Learning and Action, a Public Service Center at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

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KATIE STEPHENS
Unity Care Northwest

I contribute to this work because I believe in the healing powers of community.

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TRAVIS TENNESSEN
Western Washington University

I contribute to this work because, I don't want to be lonely, or to get lazy! It's wonderful to be in touch with other caring and thoughtful people who work in different contexts and communities. I'm so grateful for this inspiring array of colleagues.

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ELIZABETH TODD-BYRON
Bellarmine University

I contribute to this work because as an educator in higher education, we are called to contribute to the common good. There is no greater learning experience than being in community, working on systemic change for an equitable and inclusive society. As the leader of the Center for Community Engagement, my mission is to institutionalize community engagement and build authentic, sustainable, and mutually beneficial relationships with community partners.

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ROSS BROOKE WATTS
Whitworth University

I contribute to this work because, I am a recovering academic who is learning to lead with a first name, not a title, and to listen for sources of knowledge where I normally would not expect to hear them. This work matters because we can only change the world when we change our minds.

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SHIRLEY WILLIAMS
Whiteswan Environmental

I contribute to this work because it helps move forward Whiteswan Environmental’s mission and vision for community healing in the Salish Sea Region. It is very meaningful to work with a team who are willing to bridge indigenous-settler educational divides by weaving indigenous and western methods and mindsets into the meeting facilitation and hosting methods; supporting venues for indigenous voices, histories and present-day environmental and socio-cultural challenges to be heard; and especially empowering indigenous youth as educators.

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CHRIS YAKIMOV
Simon Fraser University

I contribute to this work because I believe that building and stewarding our relational fabric is the most powerful place to intervene in the system (Meadows) and our most potent hope for the emergence of justice.