Community Engagement Mission Statement
As a regionally accountable public university, the University of Washington Bothell is committed to building and sustaining institutional and community partnerships designed to enhance student success and the well-being and prosperity of the North Puget Sound and Washington State. Through a wide and varied network, our diverse students, faculty, staff, and administrative leadership focus on the goal of increasing the capacity of our region to identify and address local, national, and global challenges.
As part of our commitment to achieving this goal, UW Bothell recognizes the definition of community engagement developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching:
The collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare an educated, engaged citizenry; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.
The Office of Community Based Learning and Research fulfills three key goals :
Provide high impact learning experiences that prepare students for effective citizenship and careers in the 21st century global economy.
Contribute to ongoing regional and statewide efforts to promote economic development, livable communities, social inclusion, creative governance, and civic participation.
Serve as a creative means for faculty to connect their teaching and research to recognized community issues.