Community Engagement Fellows empowers educators and community leaders to nurture engaged citizens, serve the public, and improve the Salish Sea bioregion and the planet, using social and place-based learning methods to facilitate the growth of effective, durable learning partnerships across organizational boundaries. Western Washington University’s Center for Community Learning has served as the convener since the program began in 2015.
The Community Engagement Fellows are inviting you to register and participate in the 3rd Community Engagement Fellows: Africa program, October-November 2022. This is an opportunity to create community solutions through collaborations that transcend geographical, political, and sociocultural boundaries.
Community leaders across Africa will have an opportunity to share their experiences and learn from fellow leaders from different African countries. Our varying contexts, dynamics and social problems from community to community will help create rich learning opportunities. The program will be co-facilitated by Dominic Savio, Director of the Akili Pana Initiative in Uganda, and Travis Tennessen, Convener of Community Engagement Fellows at Western Washington University, USA.
Below are reflections from past Fellows;
“Being part of the Community Engagement Fellowship, Africa introduced me to a new way of viewing and sharing challenges faced in my daily community through the Design Clinic sessions. Most importantly, it made me appreciate the value of community involvement in overcoming communal challenges. I also had the opportunity to network and collaborate with young Africans across the continent that shares the same values as me. I highly recommend the Fellowship to any young African seeking to broaden their Community Development knowledge.” – Aaron Tokwaro, Uganda.
“I have greatly enjoyed the CEF Africa programme. Not only did the programme allow me to pause and learn from my past experiences but also to learn from other fellows through sharing of experiences and challenges and in our diversity, an aspect I loved, and I am confident I will continue to learn from and implement in my everyday work. I am also coming away from the programme having made new friends who I continue to bounce ideas off as we work to improve our communities. It’s been an enjoyable experience.” – Mphatso Kumwenda, Malawi.
“The CEF Africa Experience has allowed me to share and learn new ideas through the design clinics with other global leaders and has given me different perspectives on my community project implementations. The fellowship also supported my professional development and improved network relationship with other leaders driving social change initiatives in their communities across different SDGs.” -Ubaida Sanda, Ghana.
Venue: Zoom Date: Every Wednesday between 12 October – 16 November
Time: 8:00-9:15 pm East Africa Time Registration: Free (Open to all working in African community development)
Register Here: Sign up for CE Fellows: Africa
Meeting #1: Why Engagement? Why are you drawn to building new collaborations?
October 12, 8:00-9:15 PM East Africa Time (EAT)
Meeting #2: Preparing the Self What do you need to keep in mind about yourself as you engage?
October 19, 8:00-9:15 PM EAT
Meeting #3: Forming Lasting Partnerships When challenges arise, how will you and your partners respond?
October 26, 8:00-9:15 PM EAT
Meeting #4 Integrating Your Work How can new collaborations support your work holistically?
November 2, 8:00-9:15 PM EAT
Meeting #5: Defining Success Where will new collaborations take you and your partners?
November 9, 8:00-9:15 PM EAT
Meeting #6: Building Support Who will champion the collaborative work over time?
November 16, 8:00-9:15 PM EAT