CELE is interested in developing partnerships with non-profit, community-based, and public organizations in the greater Seattle area.
Ways to partner
Host a student in a community-engaged course
WHAT: Host a student at your public sector organization or school who is simultaneously engaging in learning and reflection through a course.
WHY: Community-engaged courses, Riverways seminars, and Dream Project lectures combine service in the community with structured preparation and reflection opportunities that deepen students’ learning. These service opportunities address concerns that are identified and articulated by the community organization, government agency, or public school.
HOW: If you would like to partner with a specific course, seminar or lecture, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host a paid intern at your middle or high school
WHAT: Host a College & Career Readiness Assistants (CCRAs) at your middle school or high school to support school identified college & career readiness initiatives. The CCRA intern term is one academic year (Sep – June).
WHY: CCRAs make a meaningful difference supporting school counselors to mentor students and lead workshops about pursuing higher education and accessing careers.
HOW: To learn more, email us at email@example.com
Host a paid intern at your non-profit or public sector organization
WHAT: Undergraduate Community-Based Internships (UCBI), is a paid internship program that places undergraduates in non-profit and public sector organizations. Students work on-site with their host organizations 10 hours per week and spend an additional two hours each week with UCBI staff and fellow interns through one-on-one mentorship and cohort meetings. The internship takes place January through June with the selection process taking place August to November.
WHY: Students interested in public service get the chance to explore, contribute, and grow as they work in, with, and for local communities. This cohort-based model allows students to learn in depth about social issues and reflect on power, privilege, identity, and systems of oppression.
HOW: Learn more and apply to host an intern.
Host tutors or mentors in your K-12 classroom
WHAT: Host a Riverways tutor in your classroom for a quarter or during our Alternative Spring Break program. During the academic year, students tutor at least 2.5 hours/week (at least 20 hours over the course of 8-9 weeks) in K-12 classrooms. Students sign up for their tutoring commitment one UW academic quarter at a time. Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an opportunity for undergraduates to spend their spring break (between winter quarter and spring quarter) connecting with students in rural or tribal communities throughout Washington State. Undergraduates support students' learning around literacy, environmental studies, or STEM.
WHY: Our project transforms the learning and inspires the growth of both UW and K-12 students, while addressing inequities in public education in Washington State.
HOW: Learn more and host at tutor on the Riverways website.
Host a team of students in your preschool classroom
WHAT: Host a team of 4-6 undergraduate students to work directly with your preschool students throughout the academic year with Jumpstart.
WHY: The Jumpstart curriculum focuses on enriching oral language experiences for children – including intentional attention paid to children’s emotional language skills, such as labeling and understanding feelings. Jumpstart Corps members implement the Jumpstart curriculum in preschool classrooms throughout South Seattle.
HOW: To learn more, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
List your volunteer opportunities
WHAT: If all other ways to engage with us do not fit your needs, or you have a one-time, short-term opportunity, post your volunteer opportunity on our website.
WHY: To increase reach to students and the UW community.
HOW: Fill out your information and opportunity on our interest form.
Serve as a mentor for UW students
WHAT: Serve as mentor for the Husky Leadership Certificate (HLC) program. Help recognize student leadership and engage students in a process of critical reflection on their leadership development and accomplishments. Students are matched with a Husky Leadership Certificate mentor and create an e-portfolio where they reflect upon, articulate, and demonstrate their leadership skills and abilities.
WHY: Mentorship is an invaluable component of the Husky Leadership Certificate program. Mentors not only guide the student through the program but also provide opportunities for critical reflection leading to enhanced learning and growth.
HOW: Learn more about HLC and apply to be a mentor.
Share your wisdom
WHAT: Husky Leadership Initiative Leadership Firesides offer ongoing opportunities for students to engage in meaningful dialogue with a diverse range of civic, corporate and campus leaders in an informal setting.
WHY: These leaders share their personal journeys and perspectives on leadership and become momentary mentors for students attending the event. The Firesides are a way for students to learn more about and reflect on leadership and build their leadership competence and confidence.
HOW: Learn more and connect by emailing email@example.com
Book our space
What: Othello-UW Commons is a learning and collaboration space for community partners, faculty, staff and students located at 4200 S. Othello St. Suite 117, Seattle, WA, 98118.
Why: The Commons will prioritize sustained partnerships that embrace the UW’s commitment to learning from and with local communities in Southeast Seattle.
How: Learn more and fill out an interest form.
Our goal is to build and sustain reciprocal relationships that simultaneously meet community-defined needs while advancing the learning goals of University of Washington students and their instructors.
Our partnerships are varied in their community focus and their depth of engagement. We are always eager to engage in conversations with new and current community partners.
What is a community-engaged learning course?
A course for undergraduates that links to a community-based organization.