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Happy Holidays from the WSU Center for Civic Engagement

winter break


Students are Traveling Home for the Holidays: Get Them Involved With Your Organization!

Each year when WSU students travel home for break they seek out opportunities to get involved with organizations in their hometown. The Community Partnerships Team at the CCE has been compiling a list of opportunities for students in their hometowns. If you would like to add an opportunity to our list, let us know by filling out the form below. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Kayla Wakulich, CCE community partners graduate assistant, at


Welcome: Natalie Robinson

Natalie joins the Center for Civic Engagement as the new Community Programs Coordinator. She recently moved from New York City after receiving a Master of Social Work.  While the local scenery may look slightly different, Natalie is already feeling at home and ready to be part of not only the Pullman community but the greater Palouse region. Natalie is energized by the opportunity to be the Community Programs Coordinator with the CCE and to work directly with local organizations, developing each project and program to its fullest potential. Natalie oversees the CCE Project Leader and Literacy Mentors and is responsible for scheduling and managing the over 1,000 CCE-led service projects that take place each year. Natalie can be reached at or 509.335.4609.


Food summit flyer
Registration is Open
Join organizations and community members from across the Palouse-Clearwater region on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the Latah County Fair Grounds, in Moscow, Idaho, to learn about resilience and regeneration in the local foodshed. You will hear stories that weave together the heritage and the future of food in the region and help build food alliances to leverage local food access. The Palouse Tables Project will lead our afternoon session using 2018 food systems assessments from around the region to steer future efforts.

The past three Food Summits have filled to capacity. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m; the program will start at 9:00 a.m. Registration is on a sliding scale and includes a catered lunch. A limited number of need-based scholarships are also available. If you have questions, contact Ryan Lazo at

people talking at table

Save the Date: 2019 Campus Community Forum is April 2019, in Pullman

The Campus-Community Forum is an annual event for community partners, faculty, students, and staff to come together to discuss campus-community partnerships and student civic engagement. The Campus-Community Forum is presented in partnership by the Washington State University Center for Civic Engagement, the University of Idaho Center for Volunteerism and Social Action and the University of Idaho Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Registration will open early 2019 and if you have questions before that, contact CCE Assistant Director, Tiffanie Braun at or 509.335.7708.

Community Partner Spotlight Revisited: Whitman County Health Department
Last time the CCE put the spotlight on the partnership between the Whitman County Health Department and two Communications service-learning courses, Media Strategies and Techniques (COM 383), and Crisis Communication (COM 478).
Since that last update, the students have been hard at work meeting with the community partner to develop and implement communication strategies. Some examples of their work include:
  • Developed a Child Flu Vaccination Awareness Campaign
  • Developed a Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign
  • Developed a Flu Shot Awareness Campaign 
You can view the students’ concept designs here.

Students in class

Partner with a Service Learning Course!

Communication 486 Crisis Communication: Students will work with the community partner to identify potential crises and develop a crisis communication plan that will assist them effectively address the public should a crisis arise. Community Partners will receive a hard copy and electronic copy of the individualized Crisis Communication Plan. A Crisis Communication Plan may include:

  • A review of risks and threats to the agency/clients
  • Prevention strategies and containment efforts
  • Presentation of information to media: social media and traditional media
  • Develop a messaging plan checklist and chain of command

Digital Technology and Culture Courses are seeking organizations that need:

  • Website Usability and Creation
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Short Informational Videos
  • Graphic Design: Fliers, Brochures, Posters

Communication Strategies 383: Public Awareness Campaigns

  • Create media campaigns for events, issues, advertising

To learn more about service-learning courses and how your organization can partner with a course to better serve your organization, visit our website or contact CCE Faculty Consultant, Jessica Perone, at or 509.335.3271.


undergraduate student and a member of Palouse Civic Trust identify invasive plants along the Missouri Flat Creek

New CCE Publication Highlights Faculty Engagement in Service Learning

Check out the inaugural edition of The Engaged Scholar and learn how WSU faculty are engaging students in service learning opportunities throughout the state of Washington. For more information about partnering with faculty and service learning courses, contact Faculty Consultant, Jessica Perone, at


GivePulse is Coming to WSU Summer 2019 and to the University of Idaho Fall 2019

For community partners on who partner with the University of Idaho and Washington State University, you will soon notice changes to the online volunteer management system. WSU and UI will be working throughout the spring semester to launch GivePulse. This exciting move will allow community partners to reach university students in new ways from one online profile that will connect with different university campuses and the general community. GivePulse works to provide a platform to list, find, organize and measure the impact of service and volunteerism in the community. You can learn more about GivePulse on their website or by watching the video below. Additionally, hands-on training sessions will be held during the Campus Community Forum, in April. if you have questions, reach out to CCE Assistant Director, Tiffanie Braun, at 509.335.7708 or