Award winners

Award winners

On this page: Outstanding Community-Engaged Scholar AwardOutstanding Public Service Award |Outstanding Student Civic LeaderEmerging Student Civic Leader

Outstanding Community-Engaged Scholar Award

2021 - Dr. Gülru Özkan-Seely
Assistant Professor, School of Business

Dr. Özkan-Seely’s community engaged scholarship is driven by her devotion to accumulate, create and disseminate knowledge and is also closely connected to the teaching and service components of her work. She integrates community-engaged teaching into her undergraduate and graduate level operations management courses, having worked with 37 partners on 53 projects with graduate students and 137 partners on 143 projects with undergraduate students. At the graduate level, 30% of partners are small businesses, 22% nonprofit organizations, and 8% startups. At the undergraduate level, 80% of partners are small businesses. Throughout the range of these sectors, Gülru prioritizes institutions who focus on institutionally marginalized communities.

One of the most meaningful projects she organized is with the Stanwood Camano Food Bank (SCFB) project. Her students completed projects around the flow of customers and goods. Changes recommended by the teams were implemented by SCFB, which now operates like a grocery store and tracks items much more efficiently. They went from being able to serve eight people accessing the food bank to 20 at a time.

As part of her service, Gülru serves as the co-adviser of Supply Chain Management (SCM) Club, facilitating twelve community based events bringing together students and industry partners in knowledge exchange environments. Gülru has also served on the campus-level Community Engagement Council for the previous two years.

2020 - Deborah Hathaway 
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.

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Outstanding Public Service Award

2021 - Maria Lamarca Anderson
Director of Communications, Advancement and External Relations

Over the last 24 years, Maria delivered food weekly to people with HIV/AIDS through the Chicken Soup Brigade/Lifelong AIDS Alliance. This was in honor of Maria’s friend who received its services until his passing in 1995. At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Maria learned that the Seattle Community Kitchen Collective was providing free meals to anyone who needed them. Realizing the restaurants didn’t have a distribution system, Maria offered to deliver meals to those who needed them most yet either didn’t know about their availability or didn’t have transportation. Since March 23, 2020, Maria has delivered 5000 meals to the unsheltered in Seattle, on average serving 50 meals three days a week. If you would like to join Maria on a delivery, or provide protein drinks and snacks for the unsheltered, email Maria.

Maria is an original member of the Seattle Women’s Chorus (2002). SWC provides a dynamic and powerful voice for LGBTQ and women’s social justice in greater Seattle. As she became familiar with oppression the LQBTQ community faced, as a straight accomplice she worked for the passage of SB 5336, Ref. 71 and Ref. 74. After the latter, she became an internet-ordained, volunteer minister to marry those who don’t have a supportive faith community or could not afford to pay for services. Maria is also an original member of Puget Soundworks (2018), an inclusive singing community where all people’s voices are heard through energizing performance and social action.

Additionally, since 2004 Maria has served on the board of the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She currently serves on its Scholarship Committee, focusing on soliciting applications from college students of color.

In her spare time, Maria mentors several young professionals on their careers and helps them focus on ways to support their community.

2020 - 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.

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Washington Campus Compact Chancellor’s Student Civic Leadership Awards

Outstanding Student Civic Leader

2020 -Paris Bruner
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

2020 -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. 

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