Active Minds Changing Lives Week at Western

“Active Minds Changing Lives” is not just Western’s tag line, it’s an essential element to understanding our campus and community. It is a definition, an explanation, a motivator and our vision for the future. Social change and sustainability are so woven into the fabric of this community that it is nearly impossible to pull out just one thread; we are active minds changing lives. We are changemakers now, and we continually strive to be even better.

Western’s collective eagerness to lead in areas of valuable, significant global impact has led to a breadth of programming all across campus. Every division, department, college and club was invited to share their knowledge, skills and abilities through active and interactive workshops during Active Minds Changing Lives Week.

Join us to experience Western at its best. Play games with the Center for International Studies to learn more about global engagement opportunities here at Western. Watch the video release of Inhabit to explore a permaculture perspective that is reshaping agriculture and along with it, our food system. Experience a live TED-like experience at TEDxWWU when 13 students, staff, faculty and community members take to the stage to share their ideas worth spreading.

Events for the Week of April 11-17, 2015:

Saturday, April 11


10am-4pm | Performing Arts Center

Ideas worth spreading                   
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At TEDxWWU, TEDTalk videos and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.  Join us to hear local speakers share their idea worth spreading.

Sponsors:  Hanson Research, TEDxWWU Club and Associated Students

TEDxWWU Community Ice Cream Social

4-5:30pm | Viking Union

Join us for this celebration of community and connection.

Monday, April 13

Connecting Communities Launch and Info Fair

10am-2pm | Wilson Library 270, Learning Commons

“How do we ignite individual passion, purpose and potential to co-create a culture of trust?” The TLA welcomes everyone to join the launch event where students, faculty, and staff can learn about volunteer opportunities available throughout campus and within the community. Individuals will also have a chance to sign-up for the Celebrating Service day scheduled for April 17th. Light refreshments will be served.

Teaching-Learning Academy
Western Libraries

A Permaculture Perspective; Inhabit Film Release

Film 5-7pm | Fraser Hall 102

The film Inhabit, explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied.

Outback Farm
Extended Education
Inspiration Farms

Tuesday, April 14

Tech Tonic Innovation Showcase - Makers, Shakers and Innovators

11am-3pm | Wilson Library Reading Room

Tech Tonic is designed to showcase the technologies and projects happening at Western and to introduce the faculty, staff and students to resources (both physical and intellectual) available to them. Tech Tonic aims to foster creativity, inspire big thinking and lay the foundations for students to change the world.

Sponsor: ATUS
ATUS Tech Tonic website

IDEA Experience Interactive Workshop

5-7pm | Old Main 482

Come explore your inner changemaker, innovator, and entrepreneur. Work with others to explore innovative ideas to social and market challenges.

IDEA Institute

Wednesday, April 15

Learning for Sustainability- Hands on Skills Building Workshop

2-4pm | Location TBA

Learn about the distinctions between teaching about sustainability and teaching for sustainability.  This session features interactive practice activities to help promote development of a sustainable world view.

Sponsors: Woodring College of Education and WWU Sustainability Academy

Expanding our Understanding of the War of 1812:  Looking Beyond America’s Borders

4-5pm | Special Collections, Wilson Library 6th Floor

Western Libraries Heritage Resources is hosting a traveling exhibit commemorating the recent Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Curated by the Canadian War Museum and delivered to Western through the Canadian Consulate in Seattle, ‘1812’ presents a new and dramatic account of the War of 1812 as seen through the eyes of its Canadian, American, British, and First Peoples participants. As a complement to the exhibit, Dr. Jared Hardesty will give a presentation exploring how the war was significant in defining the cultural differences between the United States and Canada, ultimately helping create a Canadian identity that was in conversation with, yet separate from the emerging United States. The ‘1812’ exhibit is on display in Special Collections and the Wilson 4th floor Rotunda throughout spring quarter. Both it and Dr. Hardesty’s presentation are co-sponsored by Heritage Resources and the Center for Canadian-American Studies.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources
Center for Canadian-American Studies

Prompting Change: Gender, Knowledge and Justice

4-6:30pm | Communication Facility 110

Come discuss the impact of gender on professional development and research in science.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Thursday, April 16

Compass to Campus Mentoring Initiative: Creating the Future One Student at a Time.

11-12pm | Miller Hall 235

This presentation session will focus on explaining the Compass 2 Campus Program and its methodology of developing mentors for school age underrepresented, low income, diverse children with an emphasis on our goal of inspiring our young mentees to graduate from high school and consider some form of post-secondary education.

Sponsor: WCE- Special Education/Education Leadership

Global Minds Change Lives

12-2pm | Miller Hall 211 (lobby)

“Did you know?” session.  Participants will pick questions to initiate a discussion about global engagement and support through Western.

Center for International Studies

Prompting Change: Gender, Knowledge and Justice

4-6:30pm | Communication Facility 110

Come discuss the impact of gender on professional development and research in science.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Friday, April 17

Connecting Communities Service Day; Volunteer opportunity

9-4pm | Various sites

A chance to work together in service at various sites.  Build trusting relationships while fueling your passion, purpose and potential.  Participants are invited to celebrate at the ice cream social afterwards. Visit website to select the service site.

Teaching Learning Academy

Connecting Communities Ice Cream Social

4-5:30pm | Fairhaven Park Pavilion (off campus)

Connecting Communities Ice Cream Social

Saturday, April 18

Ethics Case Competition

9-5pm for competitors, 1:30-3pm for public | Communications Facility

This competition will show how Western students incorporate ethical decision making skills into their work.

Provost’s Office

Major Mixer

12-3pm | Viking Union 565

Student/alumni mixer
Join us for this networking opportunity.  Ask students about current courses at Western, or alumni about future career paths.

Sponsor: National Residence Hall Honorary

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