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Community Engagement Fellows:
2024 Winter Cohorts

"CE Fellows provided me the opportunity to break out of the silos of my regular work and relationships, and reminded me there are always new people and pockets of our community to learn from."

Liz Purdy, PSE and Downtown Bellingham Partnership

"CE Fellows is a brilliant program to expand the power of our community by connecting individuals in a fun and structured way."

Monique Stefens, Facilitator/Coach & Excellence Northwest
Board Member

Please join a winter 2024 CE Fellows cohort! This 6-week community of practice session focuses on developing partnerships to help us all better serve our communities.


All people working to build more thriving and resilient communities are encouraged to participate, including those connected with community organizations, schools, tribal and non-tribal governments, universities, colleges, etc. There are no required qualifications.


The program is free, and we have snacks and warm drinks. How better to spend the Salish Sea winter season?

Cohorts will meet weekly for 6 weeks, starting February 7th. Members should plan to attend all 6 cohort sessions. There are 4 cohorts to choose among:


  • The Cascade Foothills cohort emphasizes partnerships that enrich rural/foothills communities.

  • The Xwotqwem/Bellingham cohorts have our general theme of cross-organizational learning and partnership development.

  • The NXT Gen cohort emphasizes partnerships that enrich indigenous networks and indigenous/non-indigenous bridge-building.


Please select the cohort(s) that best fits with your schedule/interest. Cohort schedule coming soon! 

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Meeting #1: Why Engagement?

Why are you drawn to build new collaborations?



Meeting #2: Preparing the Self

What do you need to keep in mind about yourself as you engage?



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





Meeting #4 Integrating Your Work

How can new collaborations support your work holistically?

Meeting #5: Defining Success

Where will new collaborations take you and your partners?

Meeting #6: Building Support

Who will champion the collaborative work over time?

Schedule coming soon!



"I met so many amazing people in the CE Fellows program, all working to protect and improve life in this special place we call home.  The discussions and excursions were enlivening, the relationships genuine. I'm grateful for the wider vision and strengthened heart I've received."

Bill Lonneman, WWU

"Community Engagement Fellows provided me a safe and creative space to brainstorm and develop different strategies to use in my work."

 Kirsten McDade, ReSources

"Community Engagement Fellows gave me greater appreciation of the variety of ways people are mobilizing and organizing community throughout Whatcom County to manifest care."

  Joe Wooding, Bellingham Public Schools

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