CBLR Fellows 2011-2015

2015 - 2016 Diversity, Equity, & Community Engagement Fellows 

Micha Cárdenas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Project: Project Unstoppable
Unstoppable, in which micha cárdenas and students will collaborate with local organizations to develop art practices that engage in direct action to protect the lives of black trans women specifically, and black people more broadly. micha cárdenas started the Unstoppable project in Los Angeles, where micha  collaborated with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, Edxie Betts, a black trans woman artist and activist, and Chris Head, a media artist, to find cheaply accessible materials to produce bulletproof clothing and backpacks. micha will continue this project here in the Seattle region by engaging student participation to imagine other methods of creating art objects and practices that make direct  interventions into the national crisis of the continuing murders of black trans women and black people.

Steven W. Collins, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Division of Engineering and Mathematics, School of STEM
Project: Educating Citizen Engineers through Community-Based Learning and Research

What does it mean to be an ethical professional engineer and a good citizen? How are the terms “ethical,” “professional,” “good,” and “citizen” interpreted, their meanings constructed? “Doing” engineering projects with partner organizations creates new possibilities for learning about how different communities define the ethical practice of engineering and situate engineering within the overall institutional structure of the society.
Through the Fellowship, Steve Collins will further develop the community-based learning component of the fourth year B ME 481 Citizen Engineer course, currently being piloted in Autumn 2015. As a Fellow, Steve hopes to deepen his knowledge of best practices in engineering community-based learning, improve assessment of learning and outcomes, identify more partners, and extend collaborations to international development projects. Steve’s CBLR fellowship will extend the campus’ capacity and enrich the connections between CBLR and the engineering curriculum, creating new possibilities for our students, staff, and faculty to collaborate around the goal of based scholarship through hands-on, project-based learning. Students will not only benefit from based, project-based learning, they will also be constructing a narrative of engineering that is socially inclusive, democratically accountable, and environmentally sustainable.

Shannon Cram, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Project: Hanford Nuclear Reservation Community-Based Work

Rooted in more than a decade of work and research with community partners focused on the complex task of regulating radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Shannon Cram aims to develop projects that integrate academic scholarship with community-based activism. Through the Fellowship, Shannon plans to build capacity for UW Bothell faculty and staff who want to participate in community-based work and to support Hanford organizations in achieving their goals. Opportunities for faculty and students include engagement with the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR) Particles on the Wall exhibit, WPSR podcast series, the Oregon Department of Energy “Sciences on Tap” lecture, and educational kayaking trips down the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River through Columbia Riverkeeper

Claire Peinado Fraczek, Ph.D.        

Director of Integrated Learning, Office of Academic Affairs
Project: Building a Learning Community of Practice

In partnerships with:

  • Dorothy Baumgartner, Director, Student Success Center
  • Jody Early, Associate Professor, Nursing and Health Studies
  • Victoria Breckwich Vasquez, Assistant Professor, Nursing and Health Studies
  • David Allen, Dean and Professor, Nursing and Health Studies

This pilot project is intended to bolster programmatic infrastructure for community based learning at UW Bothell. Our proposal creates a summer bridge program for a group of 25-30 rising sophomore students during summer C term, linking First Year Discovery Core strengths (interdisciplinary discovery, engagement, and reflection) with a local “study abroad” experience at the Whidbey Institute to establish an ongoing learning community of practice organized around intellectual and civic identity development. In a collaboration among the School of Nursing & Health Studies, the Student Success Center, and the Office of Academic Affairs, this pilot integrates the 3Cs methods to further advance the values and intentions articulated in the Latin@ Health Initiative (originating in the School of Nursing & Health Studies).

Charity Flener Lovitt, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Division of Physical Sciences, School of STEM
Project: Science and Technology Living Learning Community and the Pacific Science Center

Charity Flener Lovitt aims to develop partnerships between the School of STEM and the Pacific Science Center. The interactions will start with the Science and Technology Living Learning Community and Pacific Science Center high school interns (Discovery Corp). UWB students will create materials to be evaluated by staff at the Pacific Science Center and participate in a panel/discussion with the high school interns about the transition from high school to college. Charity’s goals include identifying ways to make the partnership sustainable for multiple years, and how to extend the partnership to include internships, mentorship, and upper division courses.

Debra Hildebrand, MBA, PMP

Part-Time Lecturer,  School of Business
Project: Quantitative Project Management Methodologies and Nonprofit Organizations

Through the Fellowship, Debra Hildebrand aims to develop partnerships with community nonprofit organizations for the BBUS 441 Business Project Management course. The hands on approach with the students, who will manage the projects with a learned, standard methodology, will allow the organization to not only see the benefits of utilizing a standard approach to projects but will also give the organization training in project management methods, project documentation, and risk & communication management strategies. Debra aims to develop qualitative and quantitative evaluations that would be completed by the community nonprofit during and after the course. These evaluations would have two purposes: 1.) to discover new strategies to improve the course and the partnership, and 2.) to aid in her research interests in the benefits of quantitative project management methodologies for organizations

Maura Shelton, Ph.D.

Part-Time Lecture, School of Business/First Year and Pre-Major Program
Cleo Neuclae, M.S.
Part-Time Lecture, School of Education/First Year and Pre-Major Program
Project: Valuing Our Community’s Ecosystems

Maura Shelton and Cleo Neuclae propose a project that would provide ecological research opportunities for students and faculty while assisting our community partners to achieve their goals and objectives. Our project seeks to estimate values of the ecosystem services for forests, wetlands and river systems near the UW Bothell Campus. These services include, but are not limited to, water quality, flood abatement and carbon sequestration in addition to providing key habitat for biodiversity. Understanding the value of these services is important for evaluations of risks and uncertainties associated with development and climate change impacts at a local scale, as well as with future conservation and restoration projects. Community partners include stewards and policy makers involved in the Sammamish River Watershed and Puget Sound, such as Friends of North Creek Forest, Sno-King Water Council, City of Bothell, City of Kenmore, King County, Snohomish County, One Bothell. An outline for course and internship involvement includes:

  • Phase 1: An introductory class that teaches students about ecosystem valuation, data requirements and modeling.
  • Phase 2. A summer intern program would work with a select group of students to continue the analysis. Students will present their findings to stakeholders and community partners.

Victoria Breckwich Vásquez, DrPH, MPH, MA

Assistant Professor,  School of Nursing & Health Studies
Project: Partnership Development and Undergraduate Research, Latin@Health Initiative

Through the Fellowship, Victoria Breckwich Vásquez aims to develop a community-based learning and research component for a new 200 level Latin@ Health & Culture course. She would like to build out community-based learning opportunities focused on Latina-inclusive organizations such as Casa Latina, El Centro de la Raza, WA State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, and WA Latino Community Fund. This work will also serve to increase the campus and School’s relationships with all entities and increase its engagement with Latina-serving and inclusive organizations in the region. In addition, she would like to build out opportunities for students to do Latino health-related research projects with these organizations, and research projects already in progress. This work will serve to increase the campus and School of Nursing and Health Science’s relationships with all entities and increase its engagement with Latina-serving and inclusive organizations in the region.

2014 - 2015 Fellows

Lauren Berliner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Project: Lake City Collaboratory

As part of the fellows program, Lauren would like to primarily focus on the development of a project that was first initiated by CBLR fellows Christian Anderson and Aina Braxton. The aim of this project (referred to as the “Lake City Collaboratory”) is to enhance learning opportunities for both Lake City youth and UW Bothell students by creating a network between the Lake City community and a broad spectrum of faculty across UWB programs. Their aim is  to establish a sustainable CBLR site that other UWB faculty across disciplines might eventually involve for class projects and learning modules and provide opportunities for youth who might not otherwise be introduced to college life or nontraditional pedagogy. They are currently seeking UWB institutional support, external funding, and commitments from established community stakeholders to launch a after school multimedia program for Lake City middle and high school students that will take place on the UWB campus.

Gary Carpenter, MFA

Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Project: Hybrid Community Based Public Art

Gary Carpenter would like to locate  a community group (such as a teen homeless or veteran group)  willing to collaborate  with a 200 or 300 level  art course on a public art project exploring empathy, equality and the meaning of community.  Public art is a  social tool capable of having a high impact in a variety of settings and this project would focus on identify a local group and that would elicit the most meaningful community and student interactions.  The project would also reach out to the community to find opportunities for the public artwork, either in the form of a mural or art exhibition and would explore funding options as well.  Teaching community based learning courses has lead him to a considerable amount of research into  socially based public art practices including how to collaborate in thoughtful, productive ways in communities that honor all involved participants and consider the short and longer term benefits of these interactions for students and communities alike. Having witnessed the incredible awakening among students through these collaborations and with an understanding of the healing potential of the arts in collaborative work, Gary Carpenter is very interested in having the time and resources to explore  options, nurture community connections and in designing an engaging course that could lead to work with other departments and faculty, and one that would represent the interdisciplinary goals and tone of UW Bothell.

Jody Early, Ph.D.,M.S.,MCHES

Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies
Project:  Community-Based Online Learning and Research

How do we transition community-based learning from high-touch to high-tech? Can our UW Bothell students engage in community-based learning effectively even when they are enrolled in courses which are primarily online? How can place-bound students reap the benefits of participating in service learning--in a virtual environment? These are just a few of the questions Jody will explore by developing her online BHS 420 Women's Global Health & Human Rights course to include a variety of service learning project options with local and international partners. With a community health background, and penchant for community-based participatory research and critical pedagogy, Jody's exploration of the "virtual meets village" approach seems instinctual. She was inspired by emerging literature ! exploring "E-service learning," and the call from researchers and public health organizations to integrate  service-learning into online courses (rather than abandon it). Jody is hoping the outcomes of her fellowship will include strengthening existing campus-community partnerships, fostering new ones, and contributing to scholarship which helps to enhance online pedagogy.

Deborah Hathaway (Jacoby), M.A.

Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences & First Year and Pre-Major Program
Project: Partnership Development for Applied Theater Course

As part of the fellowship program, Deborah Hathaway will be developing a new course on Applied Theater for the spring of 2015. Using her own applied theatre research and directing experience, Deborah hopes to build a mutually beneficial relationship with a community partner.  The partnership would engage both communities to share stories through theatre, discover meaningful connections, and create original theatrical performances.  Students would have an opportunity to fully grasp the meaning of applied theatre in practice.  She hopes to build learning objectives that challenge both the community partner and the students to feel empowered and inspired by their connection to theatre and to each other through their experience. Deborah also aims to explore the relevancy of theatre training to the growth and development of college students.  Deborah is honored to be a part of the fellowship and thrilled to gain an incredible opportunity to learn, receive feedback, and collaborate with other faculty and staff.

Caroline A. Lanza, MSW, Ph.C.

Pre-Doctoral Teaching Associate, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Project:  Community-Based Participatory Arts in Oaxaca, Mexico

Carrie Lanza will use community-based learning pedagogy for her class BIS 484  Dance with Intention: Embodying Healing, Culture and Community, partnering with Professor Diana Garcia-Snyder, MFA. This course will be hosted by Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca, a Spanish Language Immersion School.  The course is an experimental effort to integrate embodied practice with a critical historical, ethnographic, and theoretical approach to dance. We are particularly excited to carry this program out in Oaxaca during the Guelagetza festival as well as in conjunction with the fandango son Jarocho community in Oaxaca.  Their intention is that these opportunities will facilitate community-based learning.  Carrie would like to use the CBLR Fellows program as an opportunity to explore the work of building sustainable community partnerships abroad in conjunction with study abroad programs. She also wants to network to various music and dance collectives and organizations in order to coordinate community-based learning opportunities for our students and to learn how our class and connections to UW Bothell  might be of mutual benefit to them.

Julie Shayne, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Project:  Histories and Movements of Gender and Sexuality through Community-Based Learning

As part of the fellows program, Julie Shayne would like to develop the community-based research component of a course she will teach in IAS in spring 2015 called Histories and Movements of Gender and Sexuality. This course will offer students the opportunity to learn about some of the varied histories from which movements for gender and sexual justice emerge, working from a transnational perspective. Julie wants to include an activism and research component in the class; she envisions group projects where students have to research the history of a specific local gender or sexual justice organization and place it in context of the larger histories they will have studied in class. Julie Shayne hopes to design the assignment so students will have the opportunity to speak with and support local activists and thus get a better sense of the challenges of community organizing and significance of the movements  studied in class.


2013 - 2014 Fellows

Christian Anderson, Ph.D.

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

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:

  • 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
  • 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 CBLR 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, Business
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.

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 CBLR 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

Lecturer, 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.

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.

2012 - 2013 Fellows

Christian Anderson, PhD

Assistant Professor, IAS
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

Assistant Professor, IAS
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

Lecturer, 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

Associate 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

Assistant 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

Assistant 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

Assistant 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.

2011 - 2012 Fellows

Mabel Ezeonwu, Ph.D., R.N.

Assistant Professor, Nursing
I.C.B.L.R. Fellow 2011-2012
Project: Nursing in Communities

The goal of this project is to enhance RN~BSN 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. The Nursing in Communities project will be built into an existing core nursing course -- a section of BNURS 409 (Partnerships in Community Health). This project will involve strong collaboration between the Office of Community-Based Learning and Research, faculty, students, and staff at the clinical sites, to effectively determine specific activities that could best meet students’ learning needs as well as the needs of the clients in the community. RN~BSN students will be provided with opportunities to immerse themselves in multi-cultural settings where they will partner with public health professionals and work with underserved populations. Engaging students in such quality service-learning activities will not only support their academic growth through community integration, but will also expose them to community/public health nursing – an area of practice that has been plagued by shortage of practitioners. The health needs of local communities will also be supported by this project.

Young-Kyung Min, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Education
I.C.B.L.R. Fellow 2011-2012
Project: CUSP 135 (Research Writing): Ethnography as a Tool for Reading and Writing Research

Young-Kyung Min will use community-based learning pedagogy for her CUSP 135 (research writing) class utilizing ethnography methods. The power of ethnography lies in cultivating an organic environment in which students naturally grow as researchers as well as writers. She wants her students to see themselves as an integral part of their researching and writing processes in a more concrete—rather than abstract—way. Students explore their own communities—whether it can be an ethnic community, a disciplinary community, or a professional community—and report back their fieldworking processes each week. Working on such projects, students will also have an opportunity to write to a real audience with a real purpose: they will not just write to fulfill the course requirements to get a passing grade from their instructor. Students can use their research projects to prepare for their fields of study, admission to certain programs, internship opportunities, or entrance into the job market after graduation from UWB.

Amoshaun Toft, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
I.C.B.L.R. Fellow 2011-2012
Project: BIS MCS 343: Media Production Workshop—Community Radio Journalism

Amoshaun Toft will be working with the CBLR to further develop the community-based research component of a course he teaches in IAS called Community Radio Journalism. This course offers students the opportunity to learn how to produce journalism in the community radio style as they learn about what community radio is and can be. He plans on working with UWB’s Office of Community-Based Learning and Research to expand the ways that students engage with community radio stations over the quarter by continuing an optional 2-credt internship with local community radio station KBCS, integrating community radio case studies with guest speakers, and by enhancing the opportunities for the distributing and broadcast of student-generated content – both through existing area community radio stations and through the development of community media spaces at UWB.

Camille Walsh, Ph.D., J.D.

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
I.C.B.L.R. Fellow 2011-2012
Project: BIS 398—Directed Study/Research- Youth Court Task Force

Camille Walsh will use community-based learning in order to work in partnership with the Bothell Municipal Court to create a youth court. In the initial stages of this project, UWB students will research and present 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. Ultimately, students will work closely with faculty and professionals at the municipal court in order to train the teen participants in youth courts, gaining skill in researching and teaching in the areas of 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.

Linda Watts, Ph.D.

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
I.C.B.L.R. Fellow 2011-2012
Project: BIS 498—Undergraduate Research

Linda Watt's project represents the first scholarly treatment of its subject matter. Until now, there have been no books concerning the Seattle Liberation Front, The Day After Demonstration, or the Seattle 7. The purpose of this research is to address that gap. The project will combine archival research with oral history to assemble a full picture of the topic and its enduring impact. The judicious use of oral history will both generate an archive of first-person testimony and inform a written account of the trial's nature, complexity, and significance. The anticipated products of research are a book-length study and a digital archive of related documents.


Dan Jacoby, Ph.D.

Professor; Director, Office of Institutional Research
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Academic Affairs
2nd Year I.C.B.L.R. Fellow 2011-2012

Project: BPOLST 501—Public Finance and Budgeting

The arts of public finance and budgeting involve financial and economic analysis. These arts build on microeconomics and accounting concepts and skills in ways intended to encourage government and other organizations to be efficient and effective in their use of scarce resources. In calling these tools arts rather than sciences we admit to a certain level of judgment such that costs and benefits are never be fully defined. Moreover, some public activities are pursued precisely because standard concepts of efficiency do not address all of our important needs.  Nonetheless, without accepted tools essential comparisons and evaluation would be difficult and politics would likely resort to raw power. Or this class we’ll seek out community sponsors who will involve us in some aspect of their budgeting process that enables students to both develop technical skills, and also gain ground level perspectives on the impact public budgeting and finance makes upon the people served. The aim is to increase students’ appreciation for the benefits of formal evaluation, while sensitizing them to its limits. Students will be asked to write up an analysis of exactly these considerations with respect to the project they have undertaken. That is, they will be asked, 1) What tools of analysis were used? 2) What tools of analysis should have been used and why? 3) Did your involvement with the community demonstrate specific weaknesses in formal budgetary evaluation? 4) If so, were those limitations so severe that the community would have been better off without using any formal tools of analysis? 5) Define the areas in which the critical judgments of experts are crucial, and what background one needs to make those judgments

Jin-Kyu Jung, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
2nd Year I.C.B.L.R. Fellow 2011-2012
Project: Mapping Communities

Jung is proposing a project to bring an understanding of “community” through mapping. Maps can be powerful tools to tell stories about communities in which we live, play, work and engage with other people. It helps us to collect, manage, and particularly ‘visualize’ valuable knowledge about the people and places around us. Most up-to-date digital maps on the web and popular geoportal sites such as Google Map provide us unprecedented power to make and use maps in more sophisticated and creative ways. By taking advantage of these accessible web-based maps, students will explore new understandings of their communities that were not so visible and tangible without mapping. As an outcome, Jung hopes “Mapping Communities” project creates a community map of what is ‘understood’ and ‘known’ rather than what is merely 'seen.'