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Community Engagement Fellows:
2024 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 2024 Community Engagement Fellows Cohort!


Each of these groups will have a series of either 4 or 6 meetings that focus on learning across cultural, organizational, generational, and geographic boundaries and 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 delicious snacks.

While the topics and activities in each cohort will be similar, and all will include a mix of organizations, cultures, home places, ages, etc., you'll see that each cohort meets in a distinctive learning and community-building location in our region. Enjoy this diversity and use the opportunity to explore new places and meet new people! Please sign up for the cohort(s) that interest you and fit your schedule.

The NXT Gen Cohort meetings (Mondays 2:00-4:00) are spaced further apart, beginning February 5th and ending April 29th. The Cascade Foothills Cohort at the Deming Library will meet for 4 consecutive weeks starting April 11. See details below.


Members should plan to attend all cohort sessions, to help create rich relationship-building and learning opportunities for all.


See the full schedule and sign up by clicking the button below!

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Cohort Schedule and Topics

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?

CE Fellows @ Whatcom Intergenerational High School

NXT Gen cohort co-facilitated with Whiteswan Environmental

Mondays 2:00-4:00 pm

Meeting Dates: 2/5, 2/26, 3/11, 3/25, 4/15, 4/29

CE Fellows @ Deming Library

Cascade Foothills cohort co-facilitated with Whatcom County Libraries

Thursdays 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Meeting Dates: 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2

Stay Connected Beyond the Cohort Gatherings

More Quotes from CE Fellows

"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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