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 organizations that have empowered and continue to support this collaborative effort including (alphabetically) Children of the Setting Sun Productions, Eastern Washington University, Friends of the San Juans, Galiano Conservancy Association, Geneva Elementary School, Northwest Indian College, Opportunity Council, University of Puget Sound, WWU Center for Community Learning, WWU Salish Sea Institute, WWU Sustainable Communities Partnership, Whatcom Community College, Whatcom County Library System, and Whiteswan Environmental.


Many additional organizations have provided meeting space, expertise, and communication support. Thank you all.

©2019 Community Engagement Fellows


Engage in thoughtful dialogue and learn something new at a Forum!

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


Learning Together about Community Health: Local & Global Connections

Thursday, October 17 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Deming Public Library, 5044 Mt Baker Hwy Deming, WA 98244

This event is being co-hosted by 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. 

Learning Together about Community Health: Local & Global Connections is open to all seeking to strengthen collaborative efforts to improve community health, both within Whatcom County and in communities around the world. 

We hope to include community health professionals as well as people working in tribal and non-tribal governments, higher education, non-governmental organizations, schools, and other organizations working for the common good.

The event will be an active social learning space following the Community Engagement Fellows model. This approach generates relationship-building and knowledge-acquisition about each other's
work, and reveals opportunities for collaboration.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Tuesday, October 15 using this simple form:


RSVP: Learning Together about Community Health

Informal dinner will be provided

If you have questions, please contact Travis Tennessen at travis.tennessen@wwu.edu

Send us suggestions for future Forum topics

Past Forums




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 http://www.jbeanveatch.com/)

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 an 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”