UW Bothell celebrates its community partners

Community partners recognition luncheon

Community-based learning and research partners. / Marc Studer photos 

Community engagement is in the core DNA of the University of Washington Bothell and one of its top priorities, Chancellor Wolf Yeigh said as he welcomed more than 50 community-based learning and research partners to a recognition luncheon at Mobius Hall. 

The opportunity for engaged scholarship transforms learning, Yeigh said. 

The partners in organizations, businesses, schools and government agencies work with UW Bothell in a variety of ways. They collaborate with faculty, work with students and visit classes, said Kara Adams, UW Bothell's director of community engagement. One example she highlighted is Voyager Middle School in Mukilteo, where seventh-grade teacher Annamarie Jordan mentors UW Bothell students working at the school. One such student, Ayva Thomas, who is pursuing a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, helped Voyager develop a writing center.  

All the partners present at the May 14 celebration were asked to stand and be acknowledged with applause. Each received a certificate of appreciation and a writing pad or tote bag. In addition, several partners who have worked with the University five years or longer received special attention for their accomplishments: 

  • The Bothell Youth Court was developed by Municipal Court Judge Michelle Gehlsen and Camille Walsh, an associate professor in UW Bothell's School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS). Through this program, UW Bothell students mentor local high school students who counsel teenage traffic offenders. Joren Clowers, a Master of Arts in Public Policy student, is the program coordinator. 
  • Tim Parnell, the principal of Hazelwood Elementary in Edmonds, has welcomed at least 30 student teachers from UW Bothell for more than a decade. Parnell also served on the Professional Education Advisory Board for the UW Bothell School of Educational Studies. “He’s a true partner and friend,” said Allison Hintz, associate professor in the school. 
  • The Pacific Science Center has engaged in multiple collaborative projects, including Myth Buster videos by UW Bothell Discovery Core students, the Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program, summer science camps on campus for middle school students and support for the UW Bothell Office of Research. These kinds of partnerships change our community for the better, said lecturer Charity Lovitt, lecturer in the UW Bothell School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. 
  • The Youth Migrant Project in the Skagit Valley welcomes students each year to work in its food bank during the Alternative Spring Break Program. Jose Ortiz and other staff members partner with the Achieving Community Transformation (ACT) program, said Shauniece Drayton, ACT adviser. 
  • Through University Beyond Bars (UBB), IAS lecturer Gary Carpenter teaches a public art class made up of UW Bothell students and inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex. The course explores social change through the arts. Michelle Giesler (Society, Ethics and Human Behavior ’16) is a former student of Carpenter’s and the new UBB program coordinator. 
  • The Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants supports UW Bothell's School of Business with connections and advice from CEO Kimberly Scott, said Associate Professor Rajib Doogar. This year, the society selected five UW Bothell students for $5,000 scholarships.   

Michelle Gehlsen, Joren Clowers. Camille Walsh

Michelle Gehlsen, Joren Clowers and Camille Walsh of Bothell Youth Court.

Here are the 55 community-based learning and research partners honored at the event: 

21 Acres 

21 Progress 

ARCH - A Regional Coalition for Housing 

Bloodworks Northwest 

Bothell Community Kitchen at Bothell United Methodist Church 

Bothell Natural Health / Inside Health Institute 

Bothell Youth Court 

Catholic Community Services - Volunteer Services 

Center for Human Services 

Cocoon House 

Coding with Kids 

Compass Housing Alliance 

Dale Turner Family YMCA 

Denney Juvenile Justice Center and Snohomish County Superior Court 

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County 

Eastside Audubon 

Everett Gospel Mission 

Everett Housing Authority 

Farmer Frog 

Foundation for Edmonds School District 

Foundation for Sex Positive Culture 

Friends of North Creek Forest 

Full Life Care 

Green Kirkland Partnership - City of Kirkland 

Hazelwood Elementary School 


Korean Women’s Association (KWA) Cares 

Latino Educational Training Institute 

Moon Construction 

Mukilteo School District 

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Eastside 

New Beginnings 

Northshore School District 

Northwest Film Forum 

Olivia Park Elementary School 

Pacific Science Center 

Providence Institute for a Healthier Community 

Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse 

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett 

Public Health - Seattle & King County 

Puget Sound Kidney Centers 

Reel Grrls 

Refugee Women’s Alliance 

SAgE / Viva Farms 

Seattle Children's Hospital - Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center 

Snohomish County Lakes 

Snohomish Health District - Medical Reserve Corps 

Sound Salmon Solutions 

Swedish Hospital 

Tri-Parish Foodbank / Youth Migrant Project 

University Beyond Bars 

University Family YMCA 

Voyager Middle School - North Star Mentorship Program 

Washington Community Action Network 

Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants 



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