Active Minds Changing Lives

Western students, faculty, and community partners are working together to create positive change in our local and global communities. Look through the projects below to see service in action. Feel Inspired? Contact our office with your project ideas.


Course: Advanced Visual Journalism, Professor Sheila Webb
Project: Journalism students built a new website and created a portfolio of stock photos and marketing materials for Growing Veterans.
Course: Organizational Change Management, Professor Mary Sass
Project: Business students studied organizational change theories while providing strategic planning consultation services for Heritage Flight Museum. For more information about this project read the story “Knowing” on page 17 of the CSL webzine.
Course: Sophomore Industrial Design, Professor Jason Morris
Project: Engineering students faced the challenge of creating unique and functional furniture solutions for SPARK Museum using limited materials.
Course: Advocacy through Media, Professor Helen Morgan-Parmett
Project: A team of Communication students created an advocacy video for the Middle Women Worthy of Love campaign.
Course: Environmental Studies Spring Block, Professors Gene Myers and Wendy Walker
Project: Environmental students designed and implemented field study curricula for Windward High School students visiting Sucia Island. To read more about this project check out the “Partnership” story on page 21 in the CSL webzine.
Course: Advocacy through Media, Professor Helen Morgan-Parmett
Project: A team of Communication students created an advocacy video for Opportunity Council’s Head Start program about the importance of early childhood education.
Course: Kenya: Field Studies and Collaborative International Service-Learning, Professor Liz Mogford
Project: Students participate in community-based learning that takes place in the classroom of other cultures, and challenges assumptions about what it means to live in the age of globalization.
Event: Service Leader Days of Service
Project: The CSL’s Service Leader participants flexed their leadership skills while engaging in community projects throughout the year, like transplanting strawberries at Northwest Youth Service’s We Grow garden.
Course: Organizational Communication, Professor Karen Stout
Project: A student group provided communication analysis and recommendations on how Pickford Film Center could increase attendance among the 18-25 year old demographic.
Partnership: The CSL works with the Whatcom Volunteer Center to provide thousands of volunteer opportunities to Western students each year.
Event: Viking Launch Day of Service
Project: Incoming freshman spent the day harvesting vegetables to be shared with the community through the Bellingham Food Bank.
Event: Martin Luther King Jr. Read-In at Village Books
Project: Students read stories from around the world about tolerance, the civil rights movement, and diversity in honor of Dr. King’s birthday.
Course: Worksite Health Promotion, Professor Gordon Chalmers
Project: Kinesiology students designed and implemented a health promotion program for YMCA staff members.
Course: Travel Writing in Rwanda, Professor Lee Gulyas
Project: A group of interdisciplinary students discuss and practice travel writing through the lens of an international service-learning experience.
CSL Mascot: Juba the Cat
Event: Make a Difference Day
Project: Students planted hundreds of trees with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Agency.
Course: Advanced Technical and Professional Writing, Professor Margi Fox
Project: English students provided intensive assistance with a large grant for We-SNIP which helped the agency acquire $25,000. To learn more about this project read “Risk” on page 11 of the CSL webzine.
Page Updated 05.05.2014