a space to engage with colleagues in conversations that matter
a space to engage with colleagues in conversations that matter

Our Guiding Purpose

We are guided by the academic success of all students. Ultimately, the measures of our success are improvements in students’ persistence, achievement, and graduation rates—particularly students who are the first in their families to go to college and those from groups historically under‐served in higher education. 

A Note from the Director

To our community,
This year in our opening newsletter, I shared the wise words of Joye Hardiman - We have a sacred duty to restore that which is in ruin and make it better than before. As we wrap up the academic year with graduation celebrations, final evaluations, and (hopefully) thoughts of time away from work, I hope you will take a moment to reflect on your own growth over the past year. What did you make better? How are you different from the person you were a year ago? What we do each day is the first step towards creating a more just and more joyful future. (Even if sometimes it feels like we are taking those steps through setting concrete)
As the Washington Center gears up for our first on-ground summer institute since 2019, I am getting more and more excited. The teams who have applied so far will arrive with projects inspired by their desire to better support and serve students. I look forward to the opportunity to witness teams bring their projects to life at the institute. If you have a project or initiative on your campus that could use sustained and supported time to develop, there is still time to submit an application. We will welcome you with open arms and you'll certainly be in good company!
Submit your application before May 31 to avoid late fees. If you are on the fence, I encourage you to schedule a call with me to see if the institute is right for you.
As we close the final newsletter of the academic year, the Washington Center staff wishes you all a wonderful summer. We also want to thank you for what you’ve done this year to support and care for students and colleagues on your campus. You won't hear from us for a few months while we turn our attention to hosting the summer institute in July and planning for the year ahead. We look forward to connecting with our community again in Fall!
In Community,
Julia Metzker, Director
(on behalf of my amazing partners - Rachel Homchick & Emily Johnston)

Final Call: Don't miss your chance to take action on your campus change initiative this summer

23rd Annual National Summer Institute for
Improving Undergraduate Education

July 11-14, 2022
The Evergreen State College | Olympia, WA

The Washington Center Summer Institute for Improving Undergraduate Education is a team event.  You bring a team of invested people with knowledge about an issue that matters on your campus. Almost any initiative that has the goal of improving equitable outcomes for students is appropriate for the institute.

The Washington Center will provide skillful coaching, a tested action-planning process, and thought-provoking opportunities to learn from well-known experts.
Applications received after May 31 are subject to late fees.
Submit your team application now!

Summer Institute Plenary Sessions

Centering Healing for Our Students

Dr. Gianina Baker
Acting Director at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)

Relationship-Rich Education: 
Making College Equitable, Flexible, and Humane

Peter Felten
Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University
The institute also includes several pre-institute workshops!
Visit wacenter.evergreen.edu/institute-sessions for details

Community highlights

Join the National Learning Community Association 
for their virtual happy hour series!

June 2 | 1-2 PM (Pacific Time)

Virtual “Happy Hour” on Professional Development

You are invited to join members of the NLCA Professional Development Committee for a virtual happy hour conversation about how we can best support your ongoing professional development needs. To register, please visit: iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_be0LcUGwFcW9kYS.
A zoom link will be sent via email to all registrants in advance of the happy hour session. 

Call for Proposals: Imagining America National Gathering 

October 14-16, 2022
New Orleans, LA

This year's Gathering theme Rituals of Repair and Renewal invites participants to engage in joyful celebration of the magic in being together.
The 2022 Gathering will explore questions such as:
  • How does ritual in our daily work and lives help heal individual and collective traumas?
  • How do the rituals of cultural and creative practitioners dismantle enduring oppressions, such as environmental racism and colonialism, and inspire hopeful visions of the future?
  • How do the methods of art, design, and narrative practice connect and ignite people around an equitable, just, and caring vision for the future and create pathways to fight for it together?
  • How does the work of artists, designers, and interdisciplinary humanities scholars help us radically re-imagine education in ways that are more sustainable, just, and healing?
  • How does the work of public, engaged, and activist artists, designers, and humanities scholars help us radically re-imagine the struggle for climate justice?
  • How are faculty and staff in higher education striving to combat social and racial inequalities reflected in higher education and our greater communities
  • What are the tools (data, digital, and design) that scholars can share with communities to advance their resident-led municipal advocacy and social justice fights?
 Visit the Washington Center website to learn more about submitting a proposal.

Call for Proposals:
National Learning Community Conference

November 17-19, 2022
Chandler, AZ

The theme for this year’s NLCC Like Water in the Desert: Learning Communities Replenished, Renewed, Reimagined invites LC practitioners to share their innovations in sustaining and renewing learning communities during the pandemic. How have you reimagined your LCs as you respond to changing student needs? How are learning communities replenishing teaching and learning at your institution? How are you planning for a more resilient future even as you face the “droughts” caused by pandemic-era disruptions to education?
 Visit www.cgc.edu/campaign/nlcc for the conference program and registration details. 

About the Collaborative

In 2020, the Washington Center launched the Washington Center Collaborative as a place where higher education scholars, practitioners, and administrators convene to learn with supportive colleagues. The Collaborative consists of monthly convenings, a newsletter, and a Slack space
We encourage you to join the Washington Center Collaborative Slack for future workshop announcements and to connect with colleagues. 
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