2020 award winners
Outstanding Community-Engaged Scholar Award
Lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Deborah’s community engaged scholarly work centers around creating community through performance. In her seven years as Lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and First Year Pre-Major Program, Deborah has partnered with several organizations; The Northwest Film Forum, Seattle Parks and Recreation, ArtsWest Playhouse, Macha Theatre Works, the Edmonds Center for the Arts, Silver Kite Community Arts, and the Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center (ABC). Deborah presents regionally about her CBLR course pedagogy, examining the impact of community-based learning on first year students and how this community engagement practice made meaningful connections between course content and the greater community of Bothell and beyond. Deborah also supported other faculty in their courses and partner development through her service as a CBLR Fellow Steering Committee member.
Deborah actively collaborates with the ABC arts staff to explore how to expand theatre curriculum and sensory-friendly performance experiences. Seattle Children’s is looking into how to replicate the successful UW Bothell/ABC partnership as a national model for Adult Transitions, and Deborah has been pivotal in the success of this partnership.
Outstanding Public Service Award
Danielle (Dani) Rowland
American & Ethnic Studies Librarian, UW Bothell/Cascadia Campus Library
Dani has been an active volunteer with University Beyond Bars (UBB) and the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) since 2012. With University Beyond Bars, she contributes to UBB student success through one-on-one and group tutoring, as well as occasional substitute teaching. She also collaborates with prisoners and other outside educators on UBB’s Educational Programming and Assessment Team. They plan course offerings, work on degree pathways, and develop policies to ensure prisoners’ equitable access to higher education through UBB. They have graduated nearly 100 students with AA degrees in the time Dani has volunteered there, with no student debt.
Through the Alternatives to Violence Project, Dani co-facilitates three-day intensive workshops (with active learning pedagogy) together with incarcerated facilitators. They use the shared experience of both participants and facilitators to build communication skills and trust. They examine how injustice, unwarranted assumptions, frustration, and anger can lead to aggressive behavior and violence, and explore our innate power to respond in new and creative ways.
Washington Campus Compact Chancellor’s Student Civic Leadership Awards
Outstanding Student Civic Leader
Mathematical Thinking & Visualization / Society, Ethics & Human Behavior
Paris is double majoring in Mathematical Thinking & Visualization & Society, Ethics & Human Behavior. Paris is a leader who inspires others with her commitment of working with youth and connecting students with opportunities in the STEM field and beyond. She has worked with youth for multiple quarters in the community with coding for kids at elementary schools for multiple quarters as a part of her CBLR course work. In 2019 she was promoted to lead teacher for Coding With Kids working with groups of 15 students aged 5-10 years old, volunteered with Achieving Community Transformation (ACT) as an Alternative Spring Break site lead, volunteered as a student ambassador for the office of Community-Based Learning and Research ,and has worked in the makerspace on campus, a creative environment with the equipment needed for curricular and co-curricular maker endeavors, for multiple years being promoted to a staff lead.
Emerging Student Civic Leader
Ada de la Cruz
Ada is currently a sophomore and a pre-major intending to major in biology. She is starting to think about how a degree in biology can connect to her civic leadership skills. Ada’s civic leadership was strong in high school, as a member of the national honor society, a Donor Monitor volunteer with Bloodworks Northwest, a Link Crew Leader, and a Citylife Leader with Casino Road. She continues to grow her civic leadership skills at the University of Washington Bothell as a Mariner Community Campus Student Liaison, deepening her civic leadership in Everett, having lived in Everett her whole life. In this position, Ada attends Mariner neighborhood community meetings, a group of local residents envisioning and planning out the future for a Mariner Community Campus, a central community hub space that currently doesn’t exist for this community. Ada shares Mariner Community Campus information back to the UW Bothell Community Engagement Council and to UW Bothell students who live in the neighborhood. Ada is both an emerging and committed leader in Everett, both in the Mariner neighborhood and Casino Road.