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engaged learning.

These Community Engagement Forums are free and open to the public, and snacks are provided.

Please also browse the topics explored in past Community Forums below, and feel free to send us suggestions for future Forum topics.


Connect & Learn Downtown on October 4th 5:30-8:00
RSVP by October 3rd: Connect & Learn Downtown

Please join us for Connect & Learn Downtown, an event crafted for those whose lives and stories intersect with downtown Bellingham. This event is open to those who want to know and work together with their neighbors to make this place we share more thriving, vibrant, and interesting.

Event Details:


Connect & Learn Downtown

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 5:30-8:00

RSVP: Connect & Learn Downtown

First Baptist Church (Social Hall)

110 Flora St

Bellingham, WA 98226

A light meal will be served at 5:30pm,

and the program will begin around 6:00pm.



The event will be facilitated using social learning methods to help us share and learn in an equitable way. Participants will animate the conversation with their questions, challenges and dreams for Bellingham. This approach generates relationship-building, new knowledge, and increased empathy, and reveals opportunities for collaboration. 


To get a sense of the spirit we’re bringing to this event (and hope that you will bring too), watch this 1-minute video from the Learning Together Trainings the CEF Coalition offered this winter:  Welcome Video


If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Monday, October 3 using this simple form:   

RSVP: Connect & Learn Downtown


Feel free to share this invitation. All are welcome, and participation is free. We hope to see you there! Send questions to cefellows@gmail.com or Travis.Tennessen@wwu.edu


Past Forums

February 20, 2020

"Learning Together: Putting Values into Action"

cosponsored with Whatcom County Libraries, Whiteswan Environmental, University of Puget Sound, Eastern Washington University, and Community Engagement Fellows.

February 5, 2020

"Learning Together on a Climate Disrupted  Planet"

cosponsored with WWU’s Office of Sustainability, Whiteswan Environmental, Sustainability Fellows, Community Engagement Fellows, Curriculum for the Bioregion, and Sustainable Communities Partnership

December 10, 2019

"Learning Together about Place through Food"

cosponsored with Common Threads, East Whatcom Regional Resource Center-Opportunity Council, PeaceHealth, Whatcom County Library System, WWU Community Health Program, WWU Salish Sea Institute, WWU Sustainable Communities Partnership, and York Community Farm. 

October 17, 2019

"Learning Together about Community Health: Local & Global Connections"

cosponsored with Community Engagement Fellows, East Whatcom Regional Resource Center-Opportunity Council, Healthy Whatcom, PeaceHealth, Whatcom County Library System, Whatcom Family & Community Network, WWU Community Health Program, and WWU Sustainable Communities Partnership. 

April 26th, 2019

"Working Futures in the Salish Sea"

cosponsored with Northwest Indian College 

May 16th, 2019

"Neurodivergence Forum"


March 7, 2019

“Digging In: Vulnerability in Social Learning Spaces”

cosponsored with Jenna Bean Veach.

February 28, 2019

“Broadening Employment Opportunities for Neurodivergent, Intellectually Challenged and Non-College Bound Youth”

cosponsored with Whatcom Community College

January 17, 2019

“What is going on? The Challenge of Getting the Word Out. ”

December 7, 2018

"Making Space for Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation"

cosponsored with Northwest Indian College, Whiteswan Environmental, WCC Equity Project, Generations Forward

October 18, 2018

“What would Truth and Reconciliation mean for Washington State?”

Screening of Dawnland
cosponsored with Northwest Indian College, Whiteswan Environmental, WCC Equity Project, Generations Forward

May 31, 2018

"Cultivating a Sense of Place"

cosponsored with Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University


April 18, 2018

"Indigenous People in a Global Context" Lee Maracle

cosponsored with Northwest Indian College

February 27, 2018

"Building an Inclusive Environmentalism for the Next Seven Generations"

cosponsored with Whatcom Community College

January 23, 2018

"Confronting the Opioid Crisis"

July 20, 2017

“A Place to Be: Creating Welcoming Spaces for People Experiencing Homelessness”

cosponsored with Whatcom County Coalition to End Homelessness


June 8, 2017

“Making a House a Home: Creating Sustainable Housing Solutions”

cosponsored with Whatcom County Coalition to End Homelessness


April 26, 2017

“Building Resilience through Skill-Sharing and Volunteering”

cosponsored with Volunteer Center of Whatcom County


February 23, 2017

“Farms, Fields, and Forests: Connecting Campuses and the Countryside”


February 1, 2017

"Linking Campuses and Community Through Public Art"


November 10, 2016

“Funding Campus-Community Collaboration”


October 27, 2017

"Cities and Campuses: Opportunities for Collaborations”


April 29, 2016

"Gaining Institutional Support for Campus-Community Collaboration”


April 8, 2016

“Teaching Empathy through Community Engagement”


February 26, 2016

“Documenting Our Community Engaged Work”


February 5, 2016

“Integrating Your Work”


January 22, 2016

“Forming Lasting Partnerships”


November 13, 2015

“Preparing Students for Community Engagement”


October 23, 2015

"Preparing the Self”