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WSU Community Engagement Summit

Join WSU faculty, staff, students, and community partners from across the state in the first systemwide Community Engagement Summit. Attendees will celebrate recent success stories from across the state, and reflect on how WSU and its community partners can continue their important community engagement work together.

WSU is excited to welcome WSU Provost, Elizabeth Chilton, to provide opening remarks. Attendees will then hear from organizations and campuses from across the state share about their recent wins and ideas for navigating future community needs.

Friday, May 14
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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  • General Schedule

     10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.  Welcome, Land Acknowledgment, and Opening Remarks by WSU Provost, Elizabeth Chilton
     10:25 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. Community Engagement Success Stories
     11:05 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Break
     11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Community Engagement Success Stories
     11:50 am - 12:25 pm Breakout Sessions - Increasing your Organizational Capacity Through Partnerships with WSU
     12:25 - 12:30 pm Closing Remarks

  • Community Engagement Success Stories

    Vaccine Equity Initiative

    10:25am – 10:35am

    Freda Gandy, Executive Director, Martin Luther King Center, Kay L. Olson, MN RN, Teaching Associate Professor, WSU Nursing, and Kari Lidbeck, Imms Assessment & Promotion, Spokane Regional Health District.

    Broadband Access Team: Closing the Access Gap

    10:35am – 10:45am

    Brian Anderson, Research Coordinator, Division of Governmental Studies and Services (WSU Extension)

    Addressing Affordable Housing through HEAL (Housing Energy Affordability Laboratory)

    10:45am – 10:55am

    Ryan Smith, Director of WSU School of Design and Construction, and Jennifer Walllace, Director of Palouse Habitat for Humanity. (WSU Pullman)

    Developing Digital Tools for Immigrant Business Owners

    10:55am – 11:05am

    Anna Plemons, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs at WSU Tri-Cities, and and Martin Valadez, Executive Director at Tri Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (WSU Tri-Cities)


    11:05am – 11:15am

    Take Flight Snohomish

    11:15am – 11:25am

    Corrie Wilder, Assistant Professor, Murrow College of Communications (WSU Everett)

    Virtual Service Learning

    11:25am – 11:35am

    Debbie O’Donnell, Vice Chancellor of WSU Academic Outreach and Innovation, and Beth Ficklin, Outreach Director at Families Together (WSU Global)

    Dispatches from a Cross-State Collaboration

    11:35am – 11:45am

    Johanna Phelps, Assistant Professor, Director of Technical & Professional Writing; Amanda Mathena, WSU Vancouver, English major; and Christine Oakley from Palouse Alliance (WSU Vancouver)

  • Breakout Sessions

    Increasing Your Organizational Capacity Through Partnerships with WSU

    Please choose one 35 minute breakout session below.

    Collective Wisdom Design Clinic

    11:50 - 12:25 p.m.

    In this session, we will share a tool that can be used to help mobilize collective wisdom to work through challenges that arise in community-based work. *Adapted from the Community Engagement Fellows Program at Western Washington University.

    Presented by Veronica Puente, Director, Student Equity, Leadership and Community at WSU Health Science Spokane

    Service Learning as a Driver for Economic Development

    11:50 - 12:25 p.m.

    Students explore strategies to connect Snohomish County residents with aerospace and advanced manufacturing opportunities by asking the right question. Gain a better understanding of how WSU Everett is bringing together campus and industry partners to meet emerging community needs.

    Presented by Corrie Wilder, Assistant Professor, Murrow College of Communications, and Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive Director (WSU Everett)

    National Networks: Building Capacity & Connections Through the American Democracy Project

    11:50 - 12:25 p.m.

    This session will discuss the benefits and possibilities of connecting with national networks, using WSU Tri-Cities' current ADP project, "Engagement in Times of Crisis" as a starting point for the conversation.

    Presented by Anna Plemons, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at WSU Tri-Cities

    Regional Networking Breakout Rooms Facilitated by WSU Extension

    11:50 - 12:25 p.m.

    Join WSU Extension leaders from across the state to learn about ways your organization can partner with them to address emerging needs in your community. Breakout sessions are divided into regions.

    • North Region: Michael Gaffney, Assistant Director of WSU Extension
    • South Region: Christina Sanders, Director of Office of Emergency Management and the Division of Governmental Studies and Services
    • East Region: Cliff Moore, County Extension Director at Jefferson County
    • West Region: Trevor Lane, County Extension Director at Ferry County


    Range Community Clinic: Meeting People Where They Are.

    11:50 - 12:25 p.m.

    Range Community Clinic is the clinical practice for the WSU Health Sciences. Range focuses on providing healthcare services that address the specific needs of different communities, from rural towns without local clinical services to people experiencing homelessness. This session will provide an overview of our clinical programs and opportunities for connection within WSU and the larger community.

    Presented by Luis Manriquez, MD; Assistant Clinical Professor; medical director, Range Community Clinic.

    Open Rooms for Networking

    11:50 - 12:25 p.m.

    Did you hear something inspiring and want to learn more? Attendees can use the open breakout rooms to follow up with fellow participants.


Sponsored by the WSU Community Engagement Network

Includes representatives from all six WSU campuses plus Extension.

Center for Civic Engagement
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