Community Relations

Building valuable community-university partnerships

The steps leading to the entrance of Old Main.

In Community Relations, we help the community connect with Western by building dynamic relationships with industry leaders, businesses and organizations. We also help individuals and businesses navigate Western’s comprehensive programs and services and help introduce valuable community-university connections. We believe in supporting the community and beyond. With nearly 16,000 students in more than 160 fields of study including management, education, marketing, engineering, sciences, liberal arts, and more; Western is a valuable business and community resource. Western’s driven, tech savvy, innovative students and faculty often seek opportunities to collaborate with partners for:

  • Research projects
  • Industry innovation projects
  • Speakers and lecturers
  • Business and economic development projects and support
  • Community service and volunteer opportunities
  • Data analysis and assessment
  • Initiatives that enhance economic development
  • Jobs, internships and apprenticeships

Do you have a challenge or need? Do you think we can collaborate in another way but unsure how? Want to simply connect with the University? Contact us and we can explore options together!

Praise for Community Relations:

"Through introduction and support by the center, I partnered an entire course in a community engagement project that put Western students on the forefront of planning and implementing the second annual Bellingham Brain Cancer Walk. This highly effective partnership between a local nonprofit, our campus, several local businesses, Squalicum High School and the City of Bellingham was facilitated through Community Relations. Students reported great feelings of efficacy and meaningful learning, the community partners echoed with gratitude for the connection and assistance, and support for a social cause in the greater community became palpable in the process."

- Heather Davidson
Department of Communication Studies
Western Washington University

"At the bakery our Research and Development process is always going strong, creating new products and making existing ones better; getting a wide range of feedback is an essential part of what makes these projects a success. I reached out to Chris at WWU for help and within a day he had me connected to organize a talk and tasting with a great group of marketing students. My experience was not only a pleasure but opened my eyes to the amazing resources available to us at WWU through Community Relations and Chris!"

- Erin Baker
Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods

"By having a great single point of contact at Western, we learned about many aspects of the university to which we can partner. Thank you for having such an outstanding resource at this great university"

- Johnathan Hopkins
Uber Bellingham

"We very much appreciate Chris’ willingness to listen to our appeal and help us develop a partnership effort with WWU. With his energy and enthusiasm, we are definitely hopeful! We are so very grateful to him for his skilled and expedient outreach efforts. Amazing."

- Deborah Granger
Bellingham SeaFeast