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Center for Civic Engagement

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WSU Community Engagement Network


Washington State University is a public research university committed to its land-grant heritage and tradition of service to society. In alignment with this mission and WSU’s strategic plan, the WSU Community Engagement Network is a cohesive network comprised of representatives across the WSU system. Through reciprocal community-university partnerships, we encourage transformational curricular and co-curricular student experiences and engage faculty, staff, and community partners to support our communities of practice and purpose for the public good. 

Goals & Objectives

Developing more Efficient System-wide Collaboration 

  • Create efficiencies in process to reduce duplication (e.g. risk management, shared data collection and assessment on student learning and community impact). 
  • Creating a community and a network for learning, supporting, strategizing, coordinating and collaborating for advancing community engagement across the university system 
  • Develop a systemwide communication strategy for publication of stories, courses, and impacts across the system.  

Supporting System-wide Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship 

  • Develop training for faculty committees on how to evaluate community-based scholarship in the tenure and promotion process and provide faculty resources and support (e.g., public scholarship) Note: Support people doing public scholarship. 
  • Provide ongoing training opportunities for faculty systemwide via webinars and other relevant delivery systems (Note:  trainings could include topical issues like food insecurity, community-based health/wellness or trainings around process, I.e. campus advocacy, curriculum, interacting with campus and systemwide CCE entities, etc.)
  • Develop a community based research agenda that captures, among other things, the impact of WSU community collaborations. 
  • Engage new faculty through such things as new faculty orientations, to engage faculty interest in collaboration with community partners. 
  • Promote graduate student involvement in engagement/service work to foster linkages between their research and service agendas. 

Establishing Impactful, Co-Educator, and Community-based Partnerships  

  • Align community partnership development across the university system. 
  • Strategic, regular community needs assessments applicable across campuses and initiatives  
  • Partnership development around relationship building 
  • Partner recognition opportunities  

Current Campus/Extension Representatives

WSU Health Sciences Spokane 

WSU Office of Community Engagement & Service Learning

  • Verónica Puente, Director of Student Equity, Leadership, and Community
  • Kathie Chi, Student Involvement and Community Engagement Coordinator  

WSU Pullman/Global 

WSU Center for Civic Engagement

  • Tiffanie Braun, Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships & Community Engagement  
  • Ben Calabretta, Associate Director of Civic Learning & Leadership  
  • Jessica Perone, Faculty Consultant  
  • Ryan T. Lazo, Community Partnerships Coordinator  
  • Jeanne Weiler, Community Engagement-Pullman, Office of the President
  • Brian Kraft, Assistant Vice President, Office of Research
  • Tiffany Reiss, Program Coordinator, Innovation and Research Engagement

WSU Tri-Cities 

WSU Office of Advancement & Community Engagement

  • Jamie Heppler, Executive Director of Advancement & Community Engagement
  • Kelly Slocum Gabel, Development Coordinator
  • Kate McAteer, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 
  • Anna Plemons, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs
  • Stephanie Bauman, Associate Professor, Psychology  
  • Shannon Calderone, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership  

WSU Vancouver 

  • Narek Daniyelyan, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Partnerships 
  • Johanna Phelps, Director of Technical and Professional Writing, Assistant Professor of English  

WSU Everett  

  • Mark Beattie, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 
  • Lucrezia Paxson, Clinical Assistant Professor, Murrow College of Communications 

WSU Extension 

  • Mike Gaffney, Assistant Director, WSU Extension 
  • Christina Sanders, Director, WSU Division of Governmental Studies & Services 

Center for Civic Engagement
Compton Union Building (CUB) L48 & L45
PO Box 647204, Pullman, WA, 99164-7204 p 509-335-7708 f 509-335-3400