Coalition Members

Coalition members communicate regularly to improve our practices and support each other in this evolving and creative work.


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.

Renee Houston

University of Puget Sound

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!


Eastern Washington University

Laurel Hammond

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.


Western Washington University


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.

Nathanial Kidd

Whatcom Love INC / Paraskevi Fellowship

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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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