Philip E. Sharpe, Jr. Community Engagement Award

2013 Recipient: David Willet

Project Manager, Facilities Development/Capital Budget

David is the project manager for the Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget at Western. Outside the university, Willett is an active community volunteer. He has been a board member of With Change in Mind, a company that creates humanitarian travel adventures, since 2010, he is a member of the City of Bellingham’s Design Review Board, and has volunteered at Bellingham’s Lighthouse Mission. On a recent service trip to the Republic of Malawi in Africa to manage the construction of a playground for an orphanage he taught the older children to mix concrete, read plans, and help with the project while learning new skills.


2012 Recipient: James Loucky

Professor, Anthropology

James Loucky began teaching at Western in 1989, and specializes in Latin American affairs, international migration and intercultural education. Since his graduate study at UCLA, he has been involved with the Maya of Guatemala, through expert testimony in asylum cases and helping to build community wellbeing across the diaspora that now encompasses Whatcom County and most of North America.  He serves on the Bellingham Sister Cities Association and for ten years has co-organized the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival.  Loucky is a vocal advocate for human rights, and frequent contributor to public awareness through presentations on immigration and social equity.  He works closely with the Lummi community, public school teachers, refugees, and colleagues across campus to bring speakers on critical world issues.  His international field courses have involved students in learning from small communities in Peru, India, Thailand, and Kenya.


2011 Recipient: Korry Harvey

Senior Instructor and Assistant Director, Forensics, Communications Department, College of Humanities and Social Sciences


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