Join the Washington Center Collaborative!

In 2020, the Washington Center launched the Washington Center Collaborative as a place where higher education scholars, practitioners, and administrators convene to learn and support one another. The Collaborative consists of monthly convenings, a newsletter, and a slack space.

This year we will be featuring mini-workshops led by the dynamic and talented Washington Center Resource Faculty.  These free, virtual workshops offer a taste of what you can expect to experience at the summer institute. 

Join the Washington Center Collaborative Slack space for future workshop announcements and to connect with colleagues. 

2021-22 Events

Where do we go from here, sacred ground or battleground?

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 10-11:15 am (Pacific Time)
Facilitated by Jen Leptien (Director of Learning Communities, Iowa State University), Larry Roper (Professor, School of Language, Culture and Society - Oregon State University) and Sonja Wiedenhaupt (Member of the Faculty – The Evergreen State College)

Over the past year, the deep wounds in our nation, local communities and campus environments have been revealed in astounding ways. Our campuses have experienced conflict, controversy and activism. Our students, faculty and staff bring with them to campus personal lived experiences, emotions, attitudes and behaviors that reflect the impact of the world and our social realities. As we begin to emerge from these tumultuous times, we must ask ourselves, where do we go from here? Do we continue on the path of conflict and confrontation or do we elevate our commitment to health and wholeness and honor the sacredness of our human communities? Our time together will look at the tensions we face and issues to consider as we move towards creating healing as restorative spaces.

Register for this session. 


Learning to Think Like a Community Organizer in Order to Advocate for Student Success: Collaboration is Key

Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 10-11:15 am (Pacific Time)
Facilitated by Emily Lardner (Vice President of Academic Affairs – Highline College) and Rachel Singer (Senior Resource Faculty – Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education)

The need to make our institutions work for students has never been clearer. Considering the past 2 years, the challenge of making genuine, substantial change is daunting. How can we learn from the traditions of Community Organizing and Collaborative Leadership to help us move forward to make the changes our students deserve? Join us in a deep dive to understand how we can take action on our campuses in order to make positive and lasting change. 

2020-2021 Events

Post-COVID: What will we take forward?
Friday, April 23, 2021
Facilitated by Julia Metzker (Director – The Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education)

This last year has been like none other. Many of us have changed the way we teach and work drastically. We are moving into a season of anniversaries, which include loss and change. For the final conversation of the year, Julia Metzker will guide you through a structured reflection  designed to help  articulate the learning and growth we’ve collectively experienced over the past year. And to make commitments to carry forward new approaches and, say goodbye to parts of the last year we won't miss.

Affective Labor: The Need for, and Cost of, Workplace Equanimity
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Facilitated by Lee Skallerup Bessette (Learning Design Specialist with the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship – Georgetown University)

What is affection and emotional labor, and how have staff in particular been asked to perform this form of labor during COVID-19 and beyond? Join us for a discussion about what we can do to start recognizing and rewarding this important form of labor we perform.

Post Covid19: What to do when the plan keeps changing?
Friday, January 26, 2021
Facilitated by Julia Metzker (Director – The Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education) and Jeannette Smith (Vice President of Student Affairs – Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts)

Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, what have we learned? How do we take this opportunity to do our work differently as we plan for fall 2021? How do we sustain ourselves while also providing better experiences for students?

Opportunities that Trauma Affords: Trauma-Impacted People as Assets in Communities
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Facilitated by Tara Hardy (Member of the Faculty – The Evergreen State College)

Explore the uses and benefits of trauma-impact showing up in our work with students. We will collectively investigate opportunities that arise from the impact of trauma being expected and accounted for in our learning communities. 

How can political science help us understand the results and implications of the 2020 Elections?
Monday, November 16, 2020 
Facilitated by Carlos Huerta (Professor of Political Science – Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi)

In this conversation, we will discuss explanations for why individuals choose to vote and how they make their vote choices. In addition, the Dr Huerta will provide some analysis of the 2020 election results and implications for governing and democracy.