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

The cohort meeting themes and activities follow an arc through the year intended to allow Fellows to get to know each other, develop a shared language and culture, consider a broad range of important topics related to campus-community collaboration, help each other move their campus-community collaborations forward, and reflect on the process.


There are three stages of meetings, which mostly map onto our three quarters.


The first set of meetings are focused on relationship-building, self-reflection, and considering design principles.


The second set are almost entirely filled with design clinics, in which we’re exploring Fellows’ questions about ongoing or emerging campus-community collaborations.


The third and final set focus on defining and measuring success, establishing stronger support systems for continuing work, and reflecting on the program.


The following pages provide a snapshot of our goals and activities for each of the eight meetings.


We share them as examples of themes and activities that have worked for us, not as a recipe or prescription for others to follow. Each year, and even among cohorts, we do things a bit differently.


You should prepare the meeting themes and activities that you think will most resonate with those involved in your program, and adapt as you learn.

Overview: Cohort Meeting Themes and Activities


Doug Banner helped WWU students integrate art into new content areas at Whatcom Middle School.

"The program has been a great way to meet many great people outside my own little microcosm. Conversations are always lively and insightful and there is a growing sense of strong community."

- Doug Banner