Collaborative

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

The Washington Center Collaborative is a space for higher education faculty, scholars, practitioners, and administrators to come together and discuss emergent issues of importance to our collective work educating and supporting students. We launched the collaborative in fall 2020 as a way to keep connected to our higher education community during a pandemic-induced hiatus from our national summer institutes. If you’ve ever attended one of our institutes, you know first hand the magic that can happen when a team of people who’ve chosen to work on an issue come together to have the conversations that matter and will ultimately lead to change for their students. This is what we are hoping the Washington Center Collaborative will do in small ways by helping us sustain relationships across institutions.

The Collaborative consists of free monthly convenings like those listed below, a newsletter, and a slack space. If you haven’t yet joined the slack workspace, we encourage you to do so. We will post an invitation link to the chat and can support you getting connected to that text-based, asynchronous space for continuing the conversation, sharing resources, and building your network. If you aren’t a slack aficionado, don’t worry we can help you get connected - or sign you up for the monthly newsletter.

2022-2023 Events

Plan to attend our free virtual workshop series. These workshops offer the chance to learn with (and from) peers from other campuses.  Check back for more events!

Sometimes the Best Laid Plans: Creating Sustainable LC Programs
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct 12, 2022 | 9:00 - 10:00 am (Pacific Time)

Rachel Singer, Washington Center Senior Resource Faculty
Janine Graziano, Kingsborough Community College-CUNY

We usually put a lot of energy into launching our LC programs, but often don't consider if our programs, once established, can weather the storms of change. How can we design LC programs that have resiliency? Please join us as we consider the key questions we need to address and the features we do need to include to create LC programs with staying power.

Watch the recording on Slack

Tools for Teaching and Learning -- Creating Integrative Assignments with attention to Culturally Responsive Teaching
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
Monday, Nov 14, 2022 | 9:00 - 10:30 am (Pacific Time)

Jennifer Whetham, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Sonja Wiedenhaupt, Evergreen State College

In thinking about equitable student outcomes, there is value in focusing on the qualities of assignments and opportunities for students to learn through them. Integrative and interdisciplinary assignments can invite students to work in meaningful ways that reach beyond the four walls of the classroom. During this session, we will begin to think together about some principles for creating accountable and culturally relevant learning spaces through these assignments. This hands-on session guides participants through the process of developing an integrative or interdisciplinary assignment through a backwards design process that considers the qualities of: (i) questions for inquiry; (ii) learning outcomes; and (iii) materials and co-curricular opportunities that inform the inquiry and assignment. Imagining the “end” result from the very beginning leads to a curriculum planning process that can help faculty design appropriately scaffolded assignments and engage students by being transparent about the purposes behind those assignments -- a process that can also be used to design integrative co-curricular activities.  Finally, we will take a moment to think together about the opportunities for engaging work like this as part of a campus strategy for the action plan to meet some team goals.

Watch the recording on Slack

Seeking Student Engagement in Assessment
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 | 9:00 - 10:30 am (Pacific Time)

Jaime O'Connor, The Evergreen State College

Students bring a much-needed fresh perspective to learning outcomes assessment, breaking faculty out of familiar patterns that can sometimes enshrine assumptions and biases contrary to equitable assessment practice. Student engagement in assessment can be accomplished following many models and at any stage of the assessment process. In this workshop, faculty will explore the possibilities for forming partnerships with students within the context of their own course, program, and institution with the goal of gaining insights to improve transparency and equity in assessment.

Register Here

 

Strategies that build community - social belonging is key
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | 10:00 - 11:15 am (Pacific Time)

Cynthia Alby, Georgia College and State University
Karynne Kleine, Georgia College and State University
JuliA Metzker, The Evergreen State College
Caralyn Zehnder, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Students that better engage with their peers, professors, and advisors learn more, are healthier, and have stronger affiliations to their institutions. In this interactive workshop, participants will examine and practice strategies for building community through the lens of social belonging research. Three easy to implement strategies will be demonstrated and current research will be shared.

Register Here

 

Are your HIPs HIP?
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
Monday, April 17th, 2023 | 9:00 - 10:00 am (Pacific Time)

Janine Graziano, Kingsborough Community College
Carlos Huerta, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi

Students that better engage with their peers, professors, and advisors learn more, are healthier, and have stronger affiliations to their institutions. In this interactive workshop, participants will examine and practice strategies for building community through the lens of social belonging research. Three easy to implement strategies will be demonstrated and current research will be shared.

Register Here

2021-2022 Events

Recordings for many of these workshops are available in slack.

Applying an Equity Lens to Assessment: Practical Frameworks and Institution and Program-Level Examples
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
Friday, April 15, 2022 | 12:00 - 1:15 pm (Pacific Time)

Shawna Freeman, Highline College
Jillian Kinzie, Indiana University Bloomington
Aaron Moehlig, Highline College

Conducting assessment in ways that recognizes and centers our increasingly diverse student populations, improves equity in learning, and that helps close achievement gaps is critically important in higher education today. What does assessment look like when we attend to issues of equity? This collaborative workshop introduces equity-centered assessment and then highlights the efforts at Highline College to assess college-wide outcomes and implement program reviews and improvement with an equity lens.

Engaging the campus community: Thinking strategically about communicating your vision
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
Friday, March 4, 2022 | 10-11:15 am (Pacific Time)

Wendi Dew, Valencia College
Tate Hurvitz, Grossmont College

Change is hard, even in the best circumstances.  So how can we avoid making important changes even harder - and maybe even help move them forward - by communicating them effectively?  Who should do the telling?  With whom should we communicate, and when?  How do we tell?  What do we include (and why)?  Come learn some tips and spend some time unpacking the possibilities for communicating a change project at your own institutions.

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

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 10-11:15 am (Pacific Time)

Jen Leptien, Iowa State University
Larry Roper, Oregon State University
Sonja Wiedenhaupt, 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.

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

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP
Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 10-11:15 am (Pacific Time)

Emily Lardner, Highline College
Rachel Singer, 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

Julia Metzker, Washington Center at Evergreen State College

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

Lee Skallerup Bessette, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship at 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

Julia Metzker, Washington Center at Evergreen State College
Jeannette Smith, 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

Tara Hardy, 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 

Carlos Huerta, 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.