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


Our Documents


Ways to Engage Infographic

This helps us think about the choices that we have in designing a community engagement project. Many projects start with the characteristics in the left column, but projects that endure and are most likely to have a positive impact reflect the right column. Which will you choose?


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Key Definitions

It helps to have a shared understanding of the terms we use, so we've put together a list of key definitions associated with academy-community relationships. Please help this document improve by suggesting terms that you've come across in your work.


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Meeting Locations

Our community partners often find it easier to meet downtown than on our campuses. We've put together this handy document that lists places in downtown Bellingham where you can hold meetings for groups ranging from 3 to more than 80 people. Please suggest additions!


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Going Forward Together

Elements of Healthy Campus-Community Partnerships

Maintaining healthy campus-community partnerships is a challenge. This document will help keep you and your partners on the right track.


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CEF Partnership List

This is a list of individuals or organizations that Community Engagement Fellows are currently, actively collaborating with in a variety of capacities. The goal of this list is to reveal potential partnerships within the program, support new opportunities to collaborate, or discover shared partnerships that already exist.


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