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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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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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.

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!

MATT FRIESEN

Western Oregon University

I contribute to this work because in my experience, encountering people, places and situations that are outside of our comfort zones is where education is catalyzed. I am drawn to experiential learning, cross-cultural experiences, internships, and other community-building endeavors because these are the places where people discover connection and common causes.

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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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!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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