Community Based Learning and Research

CBLR Faculty and Staff Fellows 2012-2013

Christian Anderson, PhD

Christian-Anderson.jpgAssistant Professor
C.B.L.R. Faculty Fellow 2012-2013

Project: Locating Participatory Community Collaboration

Christian Anderson is working to identify and inventory potential collaborative partners from among disparate communities in the Seattle metropolitan area. The goal is to identify local activist groups, public initiatives, grassroots social efforts, and other community partners for future university-community collaborations, with an particular interest in initiatives where courses and research activities might be developed in ways that are bottom-up, community-driven, and participatory. This effort will generate a long-term resource for Anderson’s own teaching and urban research agenda while opening up a potentially diverse array of future community-based teaching and research activities at UWB more broadly. The initial outcome will involve the compilation of a portfolio describing potential partners and detailing the kinds of collaborative activities that they may be interested in pursuing alongside students and faculty members at UWB. Subsequently, a wide variety of community-based courses and research projects will be developed based on these foundations.

Dan Berger, PhD

Dan-Berger-Pic.jpgAssistant Professor
C.B.L.R. Faculty Fellow 2012-2013

Project: Prison Education and Action Project

The Prison Education and Action Project has two goals: the first is to strengthen the ties between UWB and existing prison education programs in the region; the second is to expand the scope of such projects to include advocacy and artistic representation as part of an innovative, community-based pedagogy concerning issues of incarceration. Dan Berger plans to use this fellowship to facilitate the participation of the UW Bothell community in prison education programs while connecting such educational experiences to community advocacy projects that seek to educate the public about the dangers of mass incarceration. This combined approach will provide an exemplary new model for conducting multi-sited community engagement and education. This proposal comes out of his research on the history of mass incarceration and prison protest; my experience teaching a section of BCULST593: Topics in Cultural Advocacy and Activism entitled “Prisons, Politics, and Activism” this fall; and my participation in the Critical Legal and Prison Studies Research Interest Group with faculty from IAS and Nursing and Health Studies.

Kristin Gustafson, PhD

School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
C.B.L.R. Faculty Fellow 2012-2013

Project: “Integrating community newspaper production into student lives”

Kristin Gustafson will develop the BIS 204 Introduction to Journalism course in three new ways that build on our community-based learning and scholarship. The project, “Integrating community newspaper production into student lives,” will increase the number of media workers with whom our students are exposed, engage our career services in ways to encourage engagement beyond the classroom, and create more explicit connections with community newspapers that complement our campus diversity efforts. The project’s goals includes working with new community newspapers, developing plans with career services, and aligning the project with University of Washington Bothell’s diversity efforts.

Selina Mohammed, PhD, MPH, RN

selina-mohammed-2.jpgAssociate Professor
Nursing and Health Studies
C.B.L.R Faculty Fellow 2012-2013

Project: Community-Based Participatory Research Course Development

Selina is developing a course on community-based participatory research (CBPR) that will introduce the core principles, concepts, and strategies involved in using a CBPR approach. There is increasing recognition of the need for participatory research approaches when working with communities to address health issues. As students at UW Bothell increasingly collaborate with communities, it is important to offer pedagogy that provides students with knowledge and skills necessary for creating effective partnerships and participating in community-based research. Class participants will gain an understanding of the theoretical perspectives from which CBPR has evolved; partnership formation, maintenance, and evaluation; how to design and use various research methods in alignment with a CBPR approach; interpretation, dissemination, and application of CBPR project results; benefits and challenges associated with using a CBPR approach; and skills necessary for successfully engaging with communities and conducting CBPR projects. Pedagogical approaches will include lectures, group discussions, case studies, and small group exercises. The class will be offered as an upper division elective in the Nursing and Health Studies Program and open to all majors. Creating a CBPR course is relevant to many Programs/Departments on campus and beneficial not only to students who want to enhance their abilities to work with communities, but also to the communities who work with these individuals.

Christopher H. Wade, PhD, MPH

chris-wade.jpgAssistant Professor
C.B.L.R. Faculty Fellow 2012-2013

Project: Integrating Community-Based Learning into the New Health Studies Major

The objective of Dr. Wade’s project will be to provide resources and recommendations for integrating community-based learning (CBL) into the curricula of the new Health Studies (HS) Major, which is launching in the Fall of 2013. There is broad consensus that quality undergraduate education in health-related fields should provide CBL opportunities, and this need is reflected in the initial design plans of the HS Major curriculum. Nonetheless, there are still many issues that need to be worked out before this can be put into practice. These include: 1) determining how Nursing and Health Studies faculty anticipate implementing CBL in HS Major courses and what their needs are for resources, 2) establishing processes for connecting HS Major faculty with the CBLR leadership and staff, and 3) development of resources and connections with health-related community organizations. This project seeks to assist the Nursing and Health Studies program in accomplishing these steps and to help ensure that HS students have high-quality and mutually beneficial experiences with community groups.


Mabel Ezeonwu, PhD, RN

Dr--Mabel-Ezeonwu.JPGAssistant Professor
Nursing and Health Studies
CBLR Faculty Fellow 2011-2013

Project: Nursing in Communities

This project aims to enhance nursing students’ knowledge and skills in working with local communities; and in conducting community health needs assessments, disease prevention and health promotion activities that benefit clients and community partners. In addition, students will engage in community project evaluations to determine their learning outcomes and community health outcomes. The Nursing in Communities project is built into an existing core undergraduate nursing course - a section of BNURS 409 (Partnerships in Community Health). It involves collaborations between the faculty, students, and staff at different community sites to effectively determine specific students’ learning needs and subsequent health promotion activities that could best meet the needs of clients in the community. Students will gain a strong exposure to community/public health nursing – an area of nursing practice plagued by shortage of practitioners, as they partner with public health professionals and work with underserved populations.

Camille Walsh, PhD, JD

CamilleWalsh.JPGAssistant Professor
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
C.B.L.R. Faculty Fellow 2011-2013

Project: BIS 494C — Youth Court Task Force

Camille Walsh is working in partnership with the Bothell Municipal Court to launch a youth court. In the initial stages of this project, UWB students researched and presented possible youth court structures to a community advisory board as part of a group independent study course, directly contributing to the development of an alternative sanction model for peer judgment. This year, students are working closely with faculty and professionals each term in order to train the teen participants in the youth court, gaining skill and understanding in both law and civic involvement. For the community, youth courts nationwide have had a powerful impact on recidivism, and the focus on restorative justice and peer participation facilitates learning, accountability and community involvement among all the participants. Youth courts also reduce the costs and administrative burdens on courts, benefiting our partners in the city government and enabling more direct and positive interactions between court officials and teens than the more traditional punitive model. Bothell Youth Court will officially launch and begin hearing cases on January 28, 2013.