2019-2020 Chair's Welcome 

A welcome message from Deanna Kennedy 

September 20, 2019
Deanna Kennedy, Chair of Community Engagement Council and Associate Professor in School of Business

Welcome to 2019/20! As the now seasoned Chair of the Community Engagement Council, I am impressed by all the we accomplished last year, but also excited about all the possibilities for this year. We are awaiting the announcement of our application for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification that will happen in December 2019. Although our application was solid, we are not waiting for this decision to jump into next steps. In fact, we have already started a number of initiatives as I will discuss below.

To begin, I want to welcome a number of new members to the Council including Karlisa Callwood, Vice President of the Science Engagement and Outreach at the Pacific Science Center, Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Dean from the School of Business, Raissa DeSmet, Lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Diversity, Equity, Community Engagement Fellows co-facilitator, Paolo Rodriquez Hidalgo, Assistant Professor in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Faculty, Julie Klein, Associate Director for Advancement, Ryan McIrvin, Government and Community Relations, Carrie Tzou, Director, Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal and Maureen West, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing & Health Studies. Little do they know they join a raucous group of community engagement advocates that are helping guide UWB in generating positive impact through research, teaching and service. We welcome their expertise and energy to the Council.

Next, I want to acknowledge the work started (and some that we finished) last year. In particular, the CE Council was key in motivating the pursuit and finalizing the submission of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Sub-committees and members of the Council were involved in the inputs and outcomes of the application processes. For example, the Council’s Reviewers Working Group provided feedback and editorial comments on the application before it was submitted. Additionally, the Council’s Recommendations Working Group has had its hands full digesting and synthesizing the gaps and recommendations made by the Carnegie working groups that will inform next steps in our community engagement action plan. Yet, along the way, there were a number of community engagement achievements worth noting.

  • Promoting an Inclusive Definition of Scholarship Statement. A working group of the Carnegie application took on collecting information, reviewing documents and engaging with other school leaders to advance the following statement that was passed by the GFO EC on December 4, 2018. The statement reads as follows:

We are committed to diverse forms of scholarship, and we believe that scholarship should be made public in meaningful and significant ways. Scholarship may contribute to disciplinary or interdisciplinary knowledge; be conducted in collaboration with community and organizational partners; and offer new theoretical insights or forge new fields of inquiry. Because of the breadth of scholarly activity and its conduct, the path and gestation period of any scholarly agenda will vary according to the nature of its questions and the means of their pursuit.

In order to ensure alignment with school- and division-based statements, we recommend that each unit complete a review of its P&T criteria (tenure- and lecturer-track) for inclusion of work on community-engagement and diversity, inclusion, and equity. Each unit should then review its P&T policies and practices to remove obstacles to the valuing of work that matches those criteria in P&T processes.

  • Proposed for New Undergraduate Campus-wide Community Engagement Learning Goal. Another working group of the Carnegie application took on collecting drafted a proposed campus-wide undergraduate learning goal for community engagement. After extensive review across campus, this was brought to the GFO EC at the end of the year, and is awaiting further review. The proposed learning goal reads as follows: Application of theory and skills that contribute to the public good through mutually beneficial engagement with community.

Some of the other achievements include, but are not limited to, the introduction of Community Engagement Surveys, a revision to the Community Engagement Mission Statement, and the draft of a Partnership Spectrum.

These achievements set the stage for the exciting work we will take on this year. These are the working groups planned for the 2019/20 year include Partnerships, Assessment, Curriculum, and Faculty Rewards. Below I briefly mention the expectations of these working groups this year.

Assessment - This working group will consider the key indicators of community engagement and advise the administration on benchmarks and strategies of assessment use.

Curriculum & Co-Curriculum - This working group will help oversee on-going efforts that clarify the pathways for students to participate in  community engagement during their UWB career.

Faculty Rewards - This working group will focus on the mechanisms that enable and recognize the value of the student-faculty-partner relationship in community engagement.

Partnerships - This working group will focus on community partnerships, how we can better communicate internally and externally where we have engagement opportunities, and develop broader strategies for our institutional purpose and focus in partnering. 

Yet, we also want to acknowledge that there is a community from which we can learn about community engagement practices and possibilities. As such, we will be connecting the Council and the UWB campus to a number of workshops, conferences, and peer institutional practices this year. Be sure to ask your CE Council representative and keep an eye on the Community Engagement at UW Bothell webpage for more information about the calendar of events.

Finally, I want to end by saying that the Council has an important role to play in advising the administration on matters of Community Engagement. Moreover, this is a pivotal year, as we move into our new Campus strategic plan, our efforts are needed to set the direction in advancing the right initiatives that can help our campus and our community achieve their goals.  I know our Council will work hard to enable those that want to involve communities in research, teaching, and service that provide positive mutual and reciprocal outcomes for our students, campus, and communities.