Beyond Boundaries: All Welcome; Participation Free

Invite from the Center for Community Learning at Western Washington University

Dear Friends,

Please join us for free, upcoming Community Engagement Fellows programs in April and May!

Learning Together Trainings (April 12-16)

The Learning Together Training Sessions focus on poignant issues and needed skill sets of our time, including acknowledging indigenous land, sustainability and resiliency, intergenerational dialog, equitable teams and meetings, listening, healthy partnerships, social learning leadership, and more!

See the session schedule, descriptions, and facilitators on the Learning Together Trainings Page.

Sessions are designed as interactive social learning spaces. Be ready to explore new ideas, meet new people, and share your wisdom and experiences on these topics!  Participation is free and open to all, and will be conducted via Zoom. Participants can sign up using this simple Google Form:  Sign-up for Learning Together Trainings


CEF: Beyond Boundaries (April 21-May 27)

In response to the pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement, in February we launched a new program called CEF: Beyond Boundaries to more explicitly forge partnerships that transcend geographical, political, and sociocultural boundaries.

We hope you will sign up for the April-May edition of CEF: Beyond Boundaries, and spread the word! See words of encouragement from past participants below.

Fellows will join in a series of six 75-minute facilitated weekly meetings on Zoom starting April 21 and ending May 27. There are four cohort meeting time options, so you can more easily find a time that works for you.

During our highly interactive meetings, we will discuss the design of healthy collaborations and support each other in advancing our work through activities like Design Clinics. We value listening, reflection, and practical action. You’ll get no homework or assigned readings.  Our meeting topics will be:

  • Week 1: Why Engagement?
    • Why are you drawn to build new collaborations beyond boundaries?
  • Week 2: Preparing the Self 
    • What do you need to keep in mind about yourself as you engage?
  • Week 3: Forming Lasting Partnerships 
    • When challenges arise, how will you and partners respond?
  • Week 4: Integrating Your Work 
    • How can new collaborations support your work holistically?
  • Week 5: Defining Success
    • Where will new collaborations take you and your partners?
  • Week 6: Building Support 
    • Who will champion the collaborative work over time?

CEF: Beyond Boundaries is free and open to all. We hope to gather people living in many different places and of diverse backgrounds, and that participants include those working in higher education, tribal and non-tribal governments, non-profits, libraries, P-12 schools, and other community organizations.

To sign up, please complete this simple form by April 16:  Sign up for CEF: Beyond Boundaries

Please send questions about these exciting programs to

We are grateful to the hundreds of people who have helped CEF flourish and continue to thrive despite the pandemic. We welcome these new opportunities to work with you. Please spread the word.

Thank you,


Travis Tennessen, Ph.D. (he/him)
Western Washington University
WWU’s campuses are on Coast Salish territories. We all live on native land.

Community Engagement Fellows is a free public service of Western Washington University. If you’d rather not get nice emails like this, just send a note to Travis.

This program was beyond incredible – I learned multiple tools I can take back to my work, made connections with co-learners across the world, and found the structured reflection and facilitation to be top notch.” -Chelsea Lauder, Northeastern University
“I was pleasantly surprised at how Beyond Boundaries really stretched me beyond the boundaries of my comfort zone! Not only I crossed the obvious geographical boundaries, but also meeting people from a wide range of backgrounds who very generously shared their wisdom and challenges. I’m loving this program!” –Brahm Marjadi, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Australia
“Beyond Boundaries taught me a lot of great problem solving and bridge building strategies and helped open my mind to new ideas. I would definitely recommend participating in the program!” -Rondi Nordal, Re-Sources for Sustainable Communities
Find the time to do Beyond Boundaries. It is the exact type of life-giving work that is needed right now. The meetings fed my heart in a way that I always want my work to, but rarely have the chance to fully experience. Beyond Boundaries is an opportunity to tap back into that place within that led you to the work you are doing and hope to do.” -Brian Davenport, Eastern Washington University
Beyond Boundaries has stretched the physical geographic boundaries by transitioning these collaborative conversations to a virtual environment. Connect and learn with global colleagues!” -Britta Eschete, Career Services, Western Washington University
In this time where most of us experience “Zoom burnout” on a regular basis, it was refreshing to be part of the Beyond Boundaries seminar. Meetings were always positive, engaging, purposeful and refreshing.” -Chris Fiorentino, California State University-Fresno
“This is the first time I’ve participated with Community Engagement Fellows. I’m developing life-long skills using the Design Clinic. Travis & Laurel are kind & welcoming facilitators.” -Mona Gonzalez, Mid-Columbia Libraries, Tri-Cities, Washington
It has been amazing and is the meeting that I cannot wait for during the week. The information presented and resources shared have only helped me in my position both on and off-campus.” -Brian Kurisky, Virginia Wesleyan University
“I was “encouraged” to participate in Beyond Boundaries by my supervisor, but I was convinced that it was not going to be worth my time. I was very, very wrong: I have enjoyed a 30 year career in higher ed, and this turned out to be one of the most valuable development opportunities I have ever had.” -Susan Trudeau, University of North Florida
“Indigenous peoples of the Salish Sea are known as the Saltwater Salmon People. In the last 160 years, salmon peoples language and wild salmon are below 5% of survival. Salmon people are worth saving. Salmon people know no borders. We are all salmon people indigenous to Mother Earth. With one mind, one heart and as one people, we can move beyond boundaries to support thriving cultures and environment for all. Whiteswan Environmental (WE) encourages you to participate in Beyond Boundaries so we can meet each other and figure out how to do this together.” -Shirley Williams, Whiteswan Environmental
“This group has been invaluable for me, especially in these challenging times. It is so good to be part of a community committed to working collaboratively, amplifying our skills, and doing something to make positive change.” -Judy Pine, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University
“Beyond Boundaries gave me an opportunity to think differently and engage in a different type of work while connecting with people in a variety of professions and from different areas. I received direct feedback about things I might try with my work from different perspectives, and I helped inform the work of others.” -Michael Cox, Whatcom County Libraries
“This space felt like a space to rest in the many things I am balancing. I was able to show up exactly as I am, with the energy I had to offer, and put the background noise of never-ending work on hold.” -Liz Grewal, Oakland Unified School District
Beyond Boundaries helped me see a way forward in my organization without being caught in the “emotional weeds” when collaborating only with work colleagues.” -Pat Burnett, Whatcom Community College
Participation is not a lot of time out of the week but helps immensely to gather new ideas, make new connections, and think about your work from a different perspective. Absolutely worth it!” -Jenn Cook, Club Activities, Western Washington University

In a year of Zoom meeting after Zoom webinar, this actually was the most helpful, enlightening, and inspiring meeting/communities that I’ve been a part of. It really helped me improve my leadership, communication, and collaboration skills and given me ideas that I’ve already been implementing into my college’s programs. -Bradley Hartsell, Emory & Henry College

“I highly encourage anyone to engage in Beyond Boundaries; it will be a significant paradigm shift in mental models about how individuals and organizations can hold dialog and space about transforming and grappling with the challenges they are facing (or the changes they want to make). Do it!” -Jennifer Allen, Whatcom Community College
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Amy Sugerman Assistant Director, Center for Civic Engagement Amy Sugerman