Community Based Learning and Research

ACT Student Organization

Achieving Community Transformation (ACT)

Achieving Community Transformation is a student organization supported by the Office of Community-Based Learning and Research located in the Student Success Center. ACT is also in partnership with Student Engagement and Activities on MLK Programming as well as Alternative Spring Break Programming. ACT Student Leaders initiate and support ongoing dialogues between students and organizations within the Greater Bothell area to provide engaging service and civic engagement opportunities. Civic engagement is defined as promoting the quality of life in the community, through both political and non-political processes.

2017-2018 ACT Student Service Leads

ACT Student Service Leads

Xuan, Mariama, Neha


ACT Mission Statement:

Achieving Community Transformation (ACT) initiates and supports an ongoing dialogue with internal and external organizations to provide opportunities for service, civic engagement, and social justice based on cultivating passion and the understanding of student and community needs. 

ACT Goals:

  1. Help students explore and build on their passions, future career experiences, and overall personal growth.
  2. Build positive relationships with internal and external organizations to promote the quality of life within the community.
  3. Redefine attitudes toward service and volunteering to show students that service opportunities can be based on their interests and goals.
  4. Get more students involved in civic engagement through service, volunteering, and non partisan discourse.
  5. Plan major services events that are flexible for students who are new to service and can help raise awareness about issues.

2017-2018 Service Projects & Civic Events:

Post Graduate Panel

Are you interested in learning more about what service opportunities are available for you after graduation? Have you ever wanted to speak to current people in those programs or alumni of those programs? Join ACT and the Career Center for a post-graduation info session and panel. We will have representatives/alumni from AmeriCorps, City Year, Earth Corps, Peace Corps, and Teach for America. All majors are welcome. No registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Thursday May 17, 2018
Time: 3:30PM-5:30PM
Location: UW1-103

Pre Dental Panel

Come meet dental students from UW School of Dentistry!  Ask them questions about their pre-dental path, dental school, or just life in general. Come with your questions prepared for a panel of fantastic dental students! This event is sponsored by ACT and Pre-Health Society. 

Date: May 7, 2018
Time: 5:30PM-6:30PM
Location: UW1-103

Husky Plate

Come learn how to make meals with food from the Husky Pantry led by Dr. Christine Bowen, a Naturopathic Physician and nutritionist. We will have a live food demo! Come learn about nutrition and taste your creations! This event is sponsored by ACT and the HEROs. 

Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 1PM-3PM
Location: Husky Village Community Center

Alternative Spring Break 2018

Alternative Spring Break Programming will occur March 17th through March 24th 2018. Please see ACT ASB page for full event descriptions and to register for events.  

ASB 2018 Sites:

  • 21 Acres
  • Kayak Clean Up w/Puget Sound Keeper Alliance
  • Mountains to Sound Overnight Trip
  • Youth Migrant Project

Earth Week Programming: Food Waste Prevention Workshop

Join us for an exciting and informative event all about food waste and how we can prevent it! Achieving Community Transformation (ACT) is partnering with Environmental Sustainability to hold a food waste prevention workshop to provide students with the understanding of the impact of food waste and its effects on the environment and communities. The event will start with a viewing of the documentary Just Eat It a Food Waste Story and conclude with guest speaker Karen May from King County Solid Waste Division, facilitating an interactive discussion. This workshop will look at where our food comes from and provide useful tips for food waste prevention. Recology will be tabling at the event. No registration is required. This event is sponsored by ACT and Environmental Sustainability. 

Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Time: 3PM-5PM
Location: UW1-103

Conversation Cafe with Seattle Children's Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center 

ACT is partnering with Seattle Children's Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center to bring conversation cafe to the UW Bothell Campus. Volunteers will spend one hour having conversations with the center's students. The center's students are working on building skills around small talk, asking questions, and making eye contact. Note:This is a reoccurring event that will occur fall through spring quarter. No registration required.
Past dates: Nov 20th, 2017, Oct 23, 2017, Feb 5th & 26th 2018, April 16th 2018
Upcoming Spring Quarter Dates: May 21st, 2018 
Location: The Commons (UW2)

MLK Programming January 2018

Martin Luther King image text Honoring MLK 2018

Threads and Treads Service Project
Date: Saturday January 6th 2018
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Canyon Park Middle School 
Description: Threads & Treads provides Northshore families free, quality donated clothing for school-age youth, teens, young adults and parents. Clothing items include appropriate clothing for the school day and special events, sportswear, shoes and accessories.Transportation will be provided. This event is sponsored by ACT. 
CAB Movie Night: Hidden Figures
Date: Thursday January 11, 2018
Location: ARC
Time: 6:30PM
Description: In observation of MLK week, the Cascadia Activities Board would like to invite you to a screening of the film Hidden Figures. The film is the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Popcorn, snacks, and drinks will be provided.
ASUWB: Make Your Voice Heard!
Date: Monday January 15, 2018
RSVP for Details
Description: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the values he stood for, join ASUWB on January 15th as we travel to Olympia to meet with lawmakers to tell them about the issues that students experience. ASUWB will provide free transportation, advocacy training, and the meeting time.
RSVP for ASUWB make your voice heard Lobbying Day
Represent Yourself: Letter Writing Workshop Date: Wednesday, January 24
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: Discovery Hall 464
Description: Represent Yourself is a letter writing workshop for political advocacy. State representatives and congress will listen to you! Choose an issue that you feel is important and send a letter stating your position! No registration needed – just show up with your friends and make a difference! This event is sponsored by ATL.
MLK Carnival Featuring Spoken Word Artist: Essam Muhammad
Date: Wednesday January 17th
Time: 3pm-7pm
Location: ARC Overlook
Description: In the honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his legacy, BSU and ACT will be holding a MLK carnival booths featuring the spoken word performance to provide students with a deep understanding of MLK’s activism tactics, empowerment and resilience. Light refreshments will be served along games and prizes. Come and join us! This event is co-sponsored by ACT and BSU.
Diversity Center Movie Night: I am Not Your Negro
Date: Thursday January 18, 2018
Time: 3pm-6pm
Location: ARC Overlook
Description: An Academy-Award nominated documentary based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, this film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s recollections of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Discussion and dinner provided. This event is sponsored by the Diversity Center.

Lend-A-Paw 2017

ACT is partnering with the UW Bothell Alumni Council which is hosting the 7th annual Lend-A-Paw event! Join UW Bothell alumni, students, faculty staff and friends as we partner with the Shoreline Veteran Center for an afternoon of food, fun, and community service! We will be helping the Shoreline Veteran Center with indoor and outdoor projects. We'll also do meal prep, then join the Shoreline Veteran Center staff and residents for a meal and a conversation. This is a free volunteer event, ages 14 and up are welcome. 

DATE: Saturday, November 11, 2017
TIME: 11:00am. We'll work for approximately 3 hours, then have a group meal and conversation.
LOCATION: Shoreline Veterans Center

Past Service Projects & Civic Events:

Equity and Student Leadership 101 Workshop 

Tami Farber from the YMCA is coming to campus to facilitate an interactive workshop on equity and how it relates to student leadership. She will facilitate a conversation about how to think about power and what implications that may have on the education system as well as your roles as students/student leaders.  Tami is well trained in facilitation, power and privilege.  This event is open to all students. Must attend the entire workshop. Lunch will be provided. This event is sponsored by ACT in partnership with the Diversity Center.
Thursday May 18th, 2017

Friends of Youth Service Project

Join ACT & SPEP on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Kirkland from 1:30PM to 4:30PM to learn more about Friends of Youth and the community they serve while engaging in service work. We will be cleaning transitional homes for the youth, sorting through donations and doing some light landscaping! Lunch and transportation are provided!

Voter Registration 

In collaboration with ASUWB (student government)  ACT has been trained to help students get registered to vote. As this year is an election year, ACT would like to inform students on the importance of voting and what it means to be an "active citizen". They will do this through tabling on campus with voter registration forms available to any students who are able to register who are not already. If students are unable to register for whatever reason they will encourage them to get involed on campus and can help spread the word about the imporatnce of voting. ACT students are scheduled to table at Husky Village move in day as well as in a discovery course this fall

MLK Programming

  • Saturday, January 7th-Threads and Treads Service Project
  • Wednesday, January 11th-Activism Workshop
  • Tuesday, January 17th-MLK Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, January 18th-MLK Keynote Speaker: Marissa Johnson
  • Thursday, January 19th-Movie Showing: Selma 

Alternative Spring Break 2017

  • Youth Migrant Project-Saturday March 18th
  • Stress-Free Sensory Music with Monroe YMCA-March 20th
  • SAgE Farm-Tuesday March 21st
  • Kayaking Clean Up with Puget SoundKeeper Alliance-Wednesday March 22nd

Community Resource Day

Community Resource Day is a day dedicated to providing support to UWB/CC students and the greater Bothell community for a variety of health and human services. Modeled after Bothell Care Day, Cascadia College, UW Bothell as well as ACT and HEROs are teaming up to bring organizations to campus to table to provide UWB/CC students health-related activities as well as a chance to get to know each organization and the work they do.

Earth Day Event: Forest Restoration with Friends of North Creek Forest

UW Bothell is conducting a series of events over the span of one week called Earth Week. Join ACT and Friends of North Creek Forest during thier restoration event on Saturday  April 15th, 2017. Volunteers will be helping to restore the North Creek Forest by removing invasive plants, spreading mulch, and planting native species.  Friends of North Creek Forest will provide tools, gloves, snacks, and hot refreshments to all participants.  No prior experience is required!

Volunteer Local Fair

The Volunteer Local Fair is a day in the spring that ACT invites 20-30 external partners and organizations to campus to help students learn about volunteer opportunities and potential internships in the community. Organizations that attended represetnted various disiplines ranging from health care, to social services, education, and sustainability.

Northshore School District’s Threads & Treads Program

At Threads and Treads, part of the Northshore School District, volunteers worked to sort through gently used clothing donations that go towards families in need of clothing. Threads & Treads provides Northshore families free, quality donated clothing for school-age youth, teens, young adults and parents. Clothing items include appropriate clothing for the school day and special events, sportswear, shoes and accessories. All Northshore families in need of clothing assistance are welcome to shop each month for up to three outfits.  

Seattle Children's Alyssa Burnet Adult Life Center

The Alyysa Burnet Adult Life Center is located locally in Bothell and offers classes and activities for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities as they transition out of the education system and into adulthood. The Burnett Adult Life Center hosts year-round classes and activities for adults age 18 or older that promote lifelong learning and independence, enhance quality of life and provide meaningful ways to take part in the community. The ACT students teamed up with their art class in order to make finger puppets to donate to children who are being treated at Seattle Childrens Hopsiptal. 

21 Acres

21 Acres is a nonprofit agricultural and environmental learning center and living laboratory for green and sustainable building design. Through education and advocacy, 21 Acres seeks to accelerate social change toward more sustainable ways of growing, eating, and living that protect the environment while supporting a better quality of life. Students worked in the children’s garden to build trellises for vegetable gardens, weed, as well as mulch in order to help create a space where children could learn. 

Holly House

Holly House is a children's holiday gift program providing gifts and necessities for low-income children in Snohomish County, Washington. They provide new items to each of the children including: toys, books, socks, underwear, pajamas, hats, scarves,coats, Christmas stockings, stuffed animals, dental supplies, and blankets. Students accompanied ACT to Holly House's sorting location in Lynnwood and helped to sort through donations for the children and thier families. 

Vineyard Park Retirement Home

Vineyard Park at Bothell Landing is a retirement home that holds activities each day for the residents that live there. The activity ACT led a small group of students through was facilitating a mix and mingle talking about our experiences in comparison to the resident experiences. The topics discussed were college, military, traveling and much more. Vineyard Park Retirement Home reached out to ACT to hold a mix and mingle with the goal of building community and bridging the gap between multiple generations.  

2017-2018 ACT Student Service Lead Contacts:

Neha Chhabra
ACT Service Lead 

Shauniece Drayton
ACT Program Coordinator-ACT Advisor

Students can also connect with ACT’s Facebook page.  
Visit the ACT page on OrgSync and get involved today!