CBLR Fellows 2015-2016
micha cárdenas, Ph.D.
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Project: Project Unstoppable
Unstoppable, in which micha cárdenas and students will collaborate with local organizations to develop art practices that engage in direct action to protect the lives of black trans women specifically, and black people more broadly. micha cárdenas started the Unstoppable project in Los Angeles, where micha collaborated with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, Edxie Betts, a black trans woman artist and activist, and Chris Head, a media artist, to find cheaply accessible materials to produce bulletproof clothing and backpacks. micha will continue this project here in the Seattle region by engaging student participation to imagine other methods of creating art objects and practices that make direct interventions into the national crisis of the continuing murders of black trans women and black people.
Steven W. Collins, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Division of Engineering and Mathematics
School of STEM
Project: Educating Citizen Engineers through Community-Based Learning and Research
What does it mean to be an ethical professional engineer and a good citizen? How are the terms “ethical,” “professional,” “good,” and “citizen” interpreted, their meanings constructed? “Doing” engineering projects with partner organizations creates new possibilities for learning about how different communities define the ethical practice of engineering and situate engineering within the overall institutional structure of the society.
Through the Fellowship, Steve Collins will further develop the community-based learning component of the fourth year B ME 481 Citizen Engineer course, currently being piloted in Autumn 2015. As a Fellow, Steve hopes to deepen his knowledge of best practices in engineering community-based learning, improve assessment of learning and outcomes, identify more partners, and extend collaborations to international development projects. Steve’s CBLR fellowship will extend the campus’ capacity and enrich the connections between CBLR and the engineering curriculum, creating new possibilities for our students, staff, and faculty to collaborate around the goal of engaged scholarship through hands-on, project-based learning. Students will not only benefit from engaged, project-based learning, they will also be constructing a narrative of engineering that is socially inclusive, democratically accountable, and environmentally sustainable.
Shannon Cram, Ph.D.
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Project: Hanford Nuclear Reservation Community-Engaged Work
Shannon Cram wants to develop projects that integrate academic scholarship with Community-based activism. She sees CBLR as a long-term process that begins by building relationships and then grows and deepens with time. The fellowship would provide an opportunity to improve project ideas and would allow me to facilitate these longer-term relationships within and beyond the UWB community. Because her individual research explores the politics of multi-millennial environmental management, facilitating these projects would enhance my own understanding of activism that seeks to span generations.
Claire Peinado Fraczek, Ph.D.
Director of Integrated Learning
Office of Academic Affairs
Project: Building a Learning Community of Practice
In partnerships with:
Dorothy Baumgartner, Director, Student Success Center
Jody Early, Associate Professor, Nursing and Health Studies
Victoria Breckwich Vasquez, Assistant Professor, Nursing and Health Studies
David Allen, Dean and Professor, Nursing and Health Studies
This pilot project is intended to bolster programmatic infrastructure for community engaged learning at UW Bothell. Our proposal creates a summer bridge program for a group of 25-30 rising sophomore students during summer C term, linking First Year Discovery Core strengths (interdisciplinary discovery, engagement, and reflection) with a local “study abroad” experience at the Whidbey Institute to establish an ongoing learning community of practice organized around intellectual and civic identity development. In a collaboration among the School of Nursing & Health Studies, the Student Success Center, and the Office of Academic Affairs, this pilot integrates the 3Cs methods to further advance the values and intentions articulated in the Latin@ Health Initiative (originating in the School of Nursing & Health Studies).
Charity Flener Lovitt, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Division of Physical Sciences
School of STEM
Project: Science and Technology Living Learning Community and the Pacific Science Center
Charity Flener Lovitt aims to develop partnerships between the School of STEM and the Pacific Science Center. The interactions will start with the Science and Technology Living Learning Community and Pacific Science Center high school interns (Discovery Corp). UWB students will create materials to be evaluated by staff at the Pacific Science Center and participate in a panel/discussion with the high school interns about the transition from high school to college. Charity’s goals include identifying ways to make the partnership sustainable for multiple years, and how to extend the partnership to include internships, mentorship, and upper division courses.
Debra Hildebrand, MBA, PMP
School of Business
Project: Quantitative Project Management Methodologies and Nonprofit Organizations
Through the Fellowship, Debra Hildebrand aims to develop partnerships with community nonprofit organizations for the BBUS 441 Business Project Management course. The hands on approach with the students, who will manage the projects with a learned, standard methodology, will allow the organization to not only see the benefits of utilizing a standard approach to projects but will also give the organization training in project management methods, project documentation, and risk & communication management strategies. Debra aims to develop qualitative and quantitative evaluations that would be completed by the community nonprofit during and after the course. These evaluations would have two purposes: 1.) to discover new strategies to improve the course and the partnership, and 2.) to aid in her research interests in the benefits of quantitative project management methodologies for organizations