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.

ACT-GROUP-PIC-resize.jpg2020-2021 ACT Service Leads

  • Fatima Jamal 
  • Paris Bruner
  • Shahd Ismail

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.


  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


2020 Volunteer Leadership Opportunities:

2020 UWB Census Ambassadors

UW Bothell census student ambassadors will get the opportunity to gain hands-on civic leadership experience, build new relationships, and connect with students on campus to ensure that all communities are counted and visible for the next 10 years. Census ambassadors would commit to attending and participating in 5 trainings starting in March ending in May. All ambassadors who complete the program will receive a Certificate of Civic Leadership from 21 Progress and public recognition for their service to the community. This is in partnership with 21 Progress. Deadline: March 6th 2020. 

Alternative Spring Break Site Lead 2020

Being a Student Site Leader for Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an opportunity for UW Bothell students to hold a volunteer leadership position. As a site leader, you will be working with the ASB ACT Leaders to coordinate and manage one of the various service projects with UWB’s community partners that will happen during the week of Spring Break.  Qualifications include leadership ability, communication skills, and interest to learn new skills.
Deadline to apply: Feb 27th 2020. 

2019-2020 Service Projects & Civic Events:

Face Mask Making Party with Providence Institute

Description: Join ACT for a face mask making party via Zoom! Come learn about Providence Institute and what people are doing in the community during this time. Learn how to make your own DIY face mask, and learn how to sew a face mask to donate to Providence Institue for Healthier Communities! There will be a drop off location designated to get your mask to underserved populations and people who need it most.  Registration required: Registration for Face Mask Making Party

  • Date: Friday June 5, 2020
  • Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Location: Virtually via Zoom 

UWB Census Phone Bank with The Washington Bus

Description: Join ACT and The Washington Bus to get out the Count for the 2020 Census via Zoom! Come play trivia, win a prize, text fellow citizens, and find out how to be an advocate for an accurate count in the 2020 Census. Registration required: Registration for UWB Phone Bank with The Washington Bus

  • Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020
  • Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Location: Virtually via Zoom

UW Bothell Census Kick Off Day 


Description: Join UW Bothell Census Kick Off Day on May 5th! The United States does a population count every 10 years. This exercise is called the Census, and it serves as the basis for planning and distributing political power and economic resources for the next 10 years. Come hear from featured speakers Patricia Whitefoot, Yakima Nation, and Varisha Khan, Redmond City Council, and Maya Manus from Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle about the racial implications of the Census Count. Then we will hear from three University of Washington Bothell alumni about the importance of the census to their work and personal lives. Enjoy chatting with guest speakers and alumni over dinner, filling out the census with a census representative, winning prizes, and getting your photo taken at the “count me in” photo booth! UW Bothell and Cascadia students, staff, and faculty are welcome to this event. The event is also open to community members.

Kayak Clean-Up with Puget SoundKeeper Alliance 

Description: Puget Soundkeeper Alliance actively monitors Puget Sound through kayak patrols and boat patrols. Volunteer patrols form a central part of their effort to monitor pollution and prevent debris from contaminating our waterways. Volunteers will help patrol on kayaks with garbage bags and remove debris from the shorelines.  Limited transportation is provided. Lunch provided. Registration required. 

What to bring: Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Wear athletic clothing that can get wet and/or muddy, and bring an extra set of clothes if you wish to change afterwards. Old tennis shoes are a good option if you don’t have water shoes. If it is sunny, consider wearing a hat and sunscreen and bring plenty of water. All kayaking and cleanup equipment is provided. Bags can be stored in the NWOC office.

Waivers: Everyone will need to sign a Puget Soundkeeper waiver and a NWOC waiver. Participants under 18 will need a guardian to sign BOTH waivers on their behalf. This can be done in advance or the day of. A safety overview will be delivered before heading out.

  • Date: Wednesday May 20, 2020
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Location: Northwest Outdoor Center (NWOC) - 2100 Westlake Ave N #1, Seattle, WA 98109

2020 Census 101 Trainings

Description: Join ACT and Francesca Abellera from the U.S. Census Bureau in a census 101 training. Learn about what the census is, why it is important and how to get involved. This training is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Lunch will be provided. 

  • Date: Friday January 31st, 2020
  • Time: 12pm-1:30pm
  • Location:  UW1-220

Description: Students who are interested in becoming ambassadors for census programming on campus and in the community are welcome to join. No prior experience necessary. Francesca from the U.S. Census Bureau will be leading us through what the census is and why it is important. We will have time for Q & A as well as brainstorm ways to take action and collaborate. 

  • Date: Friday October 18th, 2019
  • Time: 1pm-2:30pm
  • Location:  UW1-103

Toy Drive Carnival 

Description: Take a break from studying and join ACT and ASUWB for a toy drive carnival in the ARC. Come play games, grab a snack, and win prizes to donate to the toy drive. All toy donations will be going to Mary's Place. 

  • Date: Wednesday November 20, 2019
  • Time: 3pm-6pm
  • Location:  ARC Overlook 

MLK Committee Open Call Meeting 

Description: Join ACT for an open call committee meeting to start planning Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2020 events. Any UW Bothell or Cascadia student, staff or faculty is invited to join. We are looking to collaborate with multiple on campus groups and organizations that plan to do any type of programming in honor of Dr. King. Questions? Contact ACT at 

  • Date: Tuesday November 5, 2019
  • Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Location:  UW1-103

Threads & Treads Service Project

Description:  Threads and Treads is a free service for families in the  Northshore School District to access free clothing on a monthly basis.  Types of clothing ranges from small children to adults. There are 2 dates in November you can choose from. Friday November 1st will be a sorting and stocking day while Saturday November 2nd will be a shopping day where you will help people find the clothing they need. We are excited to have you join us, please register below!

  • Dates: November 1st & November 2nd 2019 (choose one) 
  • Time: 9:30-11:30am (11/1) & 9am-12pm (11/2) 
  • Location:  Canyon Park Middle School (Bothell)
  • Registration for Threads and Treads

Voter Registration Classroom Presentations

Description: ACT is partnering with ASUWB to do classroom visits to classes who are willing to have students come in to do a quick 7 minute presentaiton with voter registration forms. Availability is in the last 2 weeks of October. Please reach out to ACT to schedule a visit!



See additional past events

2020-2021 ACT Service Lead Contacts:

Fatima Jamal
ACT Service Chair 

Shahd  Ismail
ACT Service Lead 

Paris Bruner
ACT Service Lead

Shauniece Drayton
Civic Engagement Program Manager

Students can also connect with ACT’s Facebook page.