Our programs are centered around the areas of community-engaged learning, democratic engagement, leadership education, preK-12 student success and place-based initiatives.
Spend one, two or three quarters taking on programmatic projects such as needs assessment, program evaluation, communication to support campus-community mission of the Commons.
Capstone experience combining reflection, mentorship and creation of a leadership e-portfolio.
Inspire preschoolers to love learning.
EDUC 401 Riverways Seminars pair your tutoring experience with a once-weekly seminar focusing on a theme in education.
2021 Virtual Showcase
Even in a year of remote learning, staff, faculty, community partners and students have thought creatively about how to pivot their work and address critical issues in our communities. This Virtual Showcase offers you a glimpse of what community engagement and leadership looked like this past year at the University of Washington.Visit Showcase
My work with Alternative Spring Break in my home community of Neah Bay was the beginning of learning how to articulate myself. For the first time, I felt like I could belong to both worlds: the world of the Makah elementary students and the world of UW undergrads. It was during this surreal moment — having dinner as a guest at my former principals house — that I started to see how my academic life could circle back to my home community.
—Auston Jimmicum, '20
News & Events
CELE Center is Hiring!
CELE Center is seeking a dynamic and collaborative individual to join the team as their new Othello-UW Commons Program Manager. The Program Manager oversees the daily management for the Othello-UW Commons facility and coordinates the curation of Othello-UW Commons programming and activities. In addition, the Program Manager supports evaluation and communication strategies for the Othello-UW Commons and connects campus and community partners to advance their goals and facilitate resource sharing.
Seeking dynamic graduate students to join our team!
The CELE Center is seeking dynamic and community-minded graduate students to fill four distinct roles during the 2021-2022 academic year. Each role and the corresponding deadlines are summarized below; click the embedded links to read full position descriptions and application instructions.
Undergraduate Community Based Internship (UCBI) Mentors are paid hourly to facilitate school and community-based internships for undergraduate students. We will add five UCBI Mentors to the cohort that supports undergraduate interns in public school and non-profit organizations. Ideal candidates have work and/or lived experience with community-based organizations, BIPOC communities, or social justice movements and a deep interest in facilitating undergraduate student learning. Priority deadline for applications is July 11.
The Graduate Staff Assistant for Evaluation and Assessment will support development and implementation of our Center-wide evaluation and assessment processes--revising current practice and helping us vision a shared assessment plan across Center programming. Ideal candidates will have experience with community engagement pedagogy and demonstrated proficiency with assessment tools and data management tasks. Priority deadline for applications is July 12.
The Curriculum & Student Support Liaison is an hourly role will work with our professional staff team on facilitator and student support for our practicum in community service (EDUC 401) courses. Ideal candidates will have experience working in K-12 education and a robust network of graduate student contacts with interest and experience in education policy and educational equity. Priority deadline for applications is July 14.
The Husky Leadership Initiative (HLI) Graduate Intern is a key member of the team that implements the Husky Leadership Certificate program and supports other civic leadership development programming within the Center. The ideal candidate has a strong commitment to supporting students’ socially responsible leadership learning and development. Priority date for applications is August 12.
We seek competitive applications from individuals who fully embrace the University of Washington's commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to building and supporting a diverse and inclusive work team and to bringing these core values into our daily work with students, faculty, staff, and the communities in which and with whom we work.
We are hiring an Equity in STEM AmeriCorps Member!
The Equity in STEM AmeriCorps Member will serve at the University of Washington in the Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center. The AmeriCorps Member will assist in the implementation of a K-12 STEM tutoring and mentoring program to address K-12 STEM success. They will also develop innovative strategies to increase volunteer tutor participation rates in the STEM fields.
The Equity in STEM AmeriCorps Member will serve from September 1, 2021- July 15, 2022.
Applications are DUE by 11:59 PM (PST) on Friday July 9th, 2021.
Hiring Student Staff: Community-Engaged Courses Communications Assistant
The Community-Engaged Courses (CEC) Communications Assistant will work in close cooperation with CEC staff in the CELE Center to provide support on key components of the center’s Community-Engaged Courses program and will support digital communications through email, web contact forms, and CELE social media channels. The CEC Communications Assistant will contribute to the University of Washington’s commitment to community engagement through supporting both community organizations and undergraduate students in the community-engaged learning process.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday August 9th, 2021.
Pongo Poetry Mentors
Pongo Poetry Project
Pongo Poetry Mentors volunteer their time to work with youth in writing heartfelt, personal poetry.
Youth Program Tutors and Mentors
Coalition for Refugees from Burma
CRB is seeking volunteer tutors to provide individualized and small group tutoring to refugee and ELL youth attending Kent School District schools.