Community Based Learning and Research

CBLR Faculty and Staff Fellows 2013-2014

Christian Anderson, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor IAS
C.B.L.R. Faculty Fellow 2012-2014


Aina Braxton

PreviewProgram Coordinator, Digital Futures Lab
C.B.L.R. Staff Fellow 2013-2014

Project: Strategic Organizing for Community Relationships and Participatory Action in Lake City/Northeast Seattle
Our proposed collaborative project is a preliminary step towards the establishment of a broader long-term relationship between the University of Washington Bothell and communities in Lake City/Northeast Seattle. We will use the fellowship and the workshops as a springboard to evaluate possibilities for and begin the development of a suite of community based activities that will eventually include:

  1. Arts-based youth programming in collaboration with the YMCA of Lake City, to be implemented in conjunction with community driven participatory asset mapping exercises geared towards identifying opportunities for our longer term objectives
  2. A wider range of participatory action research and community based learning activities in Lake City, including additional youth and social reproduction/social justice oriented programs, possibly in collaboration with the “Beyond the Carceral State” and campus organizing initiatives also becoming established at UWB. 

Johanna Crane, Ph.D.

Lecturer, IAS
C.B.L.R. Faculty Fellow 2013-2014


Project: Community-Based Research on Health and Aging in Prison
Johanna’s ICBLR project is part of a groundswell of interest in and work related to incarceration on the UW-Bothell campus. Johanna aims to develop a Community-Based ethnographic research project that examines practices and experiences of prison medicine at the Washington State Reformatory (WSR) in Monroe, WA. Some of the questions she hopes to explore through her project are... what does it mean to seek (and deliver) care in a context of punishment?  How are aging and illness managed in a correctional context?  What are the concerns and priorities of prisoners, families, and medical professionals regarding health and aging in prison?  The project aims to both improve incarcerated individuals’ access to and experiences with medical care, and contribute to broader efforts to end mass incarceration.

Bill Erdly, Ph.D.

Director, Interactive Media Design
C.B.L.R. Staff Fellow 2013-2014


Deanna M. Kennedy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Buisiness
C.B.L.R. Faculty Fellow 2013-2014


Project:The Tribal Education Network (T-E-N)
As fellows of the Community-Based Learning and Research, we aim to advance our goals of research and education as we develop and implement the Tribal Education Network (T-E-N) project. T-E-N is a developing partnership between the University of Washington Bothell and Indian peoples within the Northwest to provide culturally-relevant, innovative curricula for tribal members preparing for, and beginning, their college-level studies. The T-E-N project will 1) enhance the research of the fellows who will explore pedagogical and educational best practices; 2) benefit tribes through tribal youth development; and 3) contribute to UW student learning through meaningful projects involving case designs, technology/media development, and opportunities to work with tribal mentors and educators.

Kristin Gustafson, Ph.D.

KristinGustafson-(5).JPG  Lecturer, IAS
  C.B.L.R. Faculty Fellow 2012-2014



Project: Nikkei Newspaper Digital Archive Project (NNDAP)
The NNDAP aligns with Kristin’s interests in Asian American media, the Pacific Northwest, journalism history, and social change. Kristin’s ICBLR Fellowship aims to assist the shared efforts of the Hokubei Hochi Foundation  and the University of Washington Libraries Digital Initiatives Program through the recruitment of more UWB students so that NNDAP can successfully create a digital archive and related metadata and continue efforts to showcase this pilot effort to secure future funding. In addition, she hopes to use this work to enliven the senior spring 2014 seminar she is developing on “Asian American Media in the Pacific Northwest” to enhanced CBLR opportunities such as enabling students to engage with the North American Post in deeper context and with greater understanding of the broader efforts toward community preservation.

Lauren Lichty, Ph.D.


  Assistant Professor, IAS
  C.B.L.R. Faculty Fellow 2013-2014


Project: Ecological Reconnaissance in the Classroom
Ecological reconnaissance (e.g., Kelly, 1988) is a process of mapping the social, organizational, and political landscape of a community in relation to a particular social issue. The act of ecological reconnaissance grounds individuals in the community context and encourages meaningful reflection on how the social ecology informs the creation, maintenance, and response to a social issue, including the role of power, voice, and the flow of resources. One primary goal of the Ecological Reconnaissance in the Classroom project is to develop a set of assignments that will integrate students into this process. The assignments will be developed in a way that can be readily adapted to multiple classroom contexts and facilitate building a multifaceted local understanding of a social issue. All resources developed from this project will be made available to students, faculty, and community members to facilitate opportunities for learning and engagement more broadly.

Jonathan Murr

J-Murr-bio-pic-(2).jpgLecturer, IAS
C.B.L.R. Faculty Fellow 2013-2014



Project: The Culture, Movement, and Social Transformations
The Culture, Movement, and Social Transformations Project is intended to build and deepen connections between UWB students and faculty and local arts and performance communities. Advancing a critical interdisciplinary approach to thinking about the creation, circulation, reception, and politics of different forms of cultural production, including performance, dance, music, and visual art, the project and course will engage members of the UWB community in the role of cultural work in imagining and enacting social transformations. Based on connections developed as part of Jed's BIS 216: Introduction to Cultural Studies course and his years of labor with the Race/Knowledge Project collective at UW Seattle, Culture, Movement and Social Transformations invites students to write and create for multiple publics and in a variety of modes, from blog entries and YouTube reviews to community radio pieces and creative visual and sonic texts in dialogue with local art and performance. The project is centered around three local community-partnership sites (the non-profit, artist-run gallery SOIL, the local hip-hop scene, and Velocity Dance Center) and, among other things, it encourages students to produce work for potential placement with local periodicals, online journals, and the new UWB radio station. Turning to different community sites as domains of knowledge production, students' engagement with the problems and politics of culture and possibilities for social transformation will be enriched by enabling them to think with and alongside differently located cultural workers and their practices. While the project draws from Jed's collaborations with artists and his research and writing on visual, literary, and popular cultures and the politics of race and gender in the contemporary US, the aim is to develop and model sustainable relationships and practices that other UWB students and faculty can utilize and further in coming years.

Rebecca Rivera, Ph.D.

Lecturer, IAS
C.B.L.R. Faculty Fellow 2013-2014


Project: Campus Community Garden
One of my goals in working on a community garden on campus is to connect and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with a variety of local organizations. These organizations (such as City Fruit, the Beacon Hill Food Forest, among others) may offer a community garden support through mentoring of students and faculty about the process and horticultural practices. We may assist their organizations through increased CBLR opportunities for students. After a community garden is developed it represents an opportunity for faculty to easily accommodate CBLR opportunities for their students.

Both the development and management of a community garden on campus would offer students, including my own, CBLR opportunities to work in and around the garden. Students would be able to apply course concepts to the community garden work, build community on campus, and serve as a way to broaden student and faculty engagement at the university.

Janelle M Silva, Ph.D.

Janelle-Silva-(3).JPG   Assistant Professor, IAS
   C.B.L.R. Faculty Fellow 2013-2014



Project: Developing & Evaluating a Pilot K-12 Program for Global Citizenship and Leadership Skills
As a community psychologist, my overarching research examines how social institutions can empower and engage young people to be positive agents of change in their communities; in turn, developing skills for the future. In collaboration with Dr. Paul Markham and founder of Power to Define Luis Ortega, we are developing a pilot program for the Secondary Academy of Success (SAS) in the Northshore School District.  Entitled the “21st Century Global Citizenship & Leadership Lab,” this pilot program focuses on positive youth development to facilitate students’ skill development.  UWB undergraduates will take on the role of “coaches” in the school as they work with students from across the K-12 classrooms. The overall objectives of the program are to foster positive identity, social competencies, a commitment to learning, and positive values.