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

View from WWU campus of Bellingham, the Salish Sea, and Canadian Coast Range in the distance

RETREATS

Our retreats are gatherings that bring together an even wider array of people for shared learning and partnership-building. To date, they have ranged in length from a half-day to three days.

 

Retreat themes have included building relationships among community engagement staff in higher education, cultivating trans-boundary connections, and advancing the Community Engagement Fellows Coalition.

 

During retreats, we mix in opportunities to learn about the local area, and to relax and have fun together. They are an enlivening way of refining, sharing, and improving our practices in different contexts, and being a resource for people who cannot access other CE Fellows programming.

 Please email Travis Tennessen if you're interested in co-hosting a future retreat.

Previous Retreats

September 20, 2019: Learning Through Place from the Start (Bellingham, WA)

Co-hosted with Geneva Elementary School

August 22, 2019: Learning Together in the Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA)

Co-hosted with the University of Puget Sound

June 13-14, 2019: Community Engagement Fellows Coalition Gathering (Bellingham, WA)

May 4-5, 2019: Learning Together in the Salish Sea, (Galiano Island, BC)

Convening Team: Community Engagement Fellows, Galiano Conservancy, Whiteswan Environmental, WWU Center for Canadian-American Studies, and WWU Salish Sea Institute

April 12, 2019: Learning Together in the South Sound (Chambers Bay, WA)

Co-hosted with Northwest Indian College and the University of Puget Sound

 

March 9-10, 2019: Learning Together in the Salish Sea (Friday Harbor, WA)

Co-hosted with Children of the Setting Suns Productions, Friends of the San Juans, Whiteswan Environmental, and WWU Salish Sea Institute

August 1-3, 2018: Community Engagement Fellows Retreat (Bellingham, WA)

June 14, 2018: Salish Sea Engagement Retreat (Bellingham, WA)