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.

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Community Engagement Fellows


February 19-21, 2020

Bellingham (Xwotqwem), Washington


February 19-21, 2020

Bellingham (Xwotqwem), Washington

Community Engagement Fellows: State-of-the-Art is intended for educational leaders who are considering establishing a version of the Fellows program in their region.  We welcome participants from higher education, public libraries, county extension offices, P-12 school systems, faith communities, and other community-based educational organizations.


During the three days in Bellingham/Xwotqwem, we will explore the learning theories and community development philosophies underlying this work, discuss the program's structure and evolving practices, demonstrate methods, and share about ongoing innovations.

We hope participants leave with confidence to use new methods within existing or new programming, and feel that they are a contributor to a dynamic and evolving network of social learning practitioners.

The event is being hosted by members of the Community Engagement Fellows Coalition, including those leading versions of the program in three distinct regions: Bellingham, Tacoma, and Cheney/Spokane. 


Wednesday, February 19th to Friday, February 21st 2020

Each day will begin around 9:30 and end around 4:00.

Coffee, snacks, and lunches will be provided. We'll organize optional social hours in the evening, and people can self-organize for dinners as desired.

There is no registration fee. Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meals except for lunches.


"A minute to Learn, A lifetime to master"

Design Clinics

Social Learning

Community Development

Those hoping to participate should complete this form:


After you fill out the form, Travis Tennessen will contact you to set up a video-conference conversation that will allow us to get to know each other better, and set us up for a successful time together in February.


Please contact Travis with questions at travis.tennessen@wwu.edu.