Rooted in Community and Economic Development
Community Relations serves as the liaison between the community and the university by fostering positive relationships with local governments, surrounding neighborhoods, civic and community-based organizations, and the local business community. With 16,000 students and hundreds of faculty experts, Western is a valuable community resource and has many programs that support our communities. We are eager to partner with the public and private sector seeking to improve the quality of life of our citizens while promoting economic and community development.
Western Washington University Can Help You
Western works with hundreds of businesses statewide seeking anything from small business growth assistance to data analysis, research and development.
From nonprofits and local government to cities and tribal communities, Western proudly collaborates with hundreds of organizations to help tackle their greatest challenges. With 16,000 students and a drive to serve the greater good, Western seeks meaningful partnerships that help communities thrive.
Western’s faculty are exceptional researchers and teachers. As a nationally ranked comprehensive university, Western knows research with respected faculty scholars who lead programs unique to the region.
Western offers professional education, youth programs, and weekly lectures open to everyone.
Free business consulting and secondary market research in Whatcom County.
Economic and impact analysis, opinion research, and other business support.
Connects sustainability needs in Washington communities with faculty expertise and student innovation through custom designed courses.
Other Collaborative Community Partners:
Empowering diverse educators and community leaders to nurture engaged citizens, serve the public and improve our bioregion and the planet.
Collaborating with community nonprofit organizations to improve the world through active learning, engaged teaching and meaningful partnerships.
Mentoring initiative for 5th-12th grade students designed to increase opportunities toward higher education.
Hands on lending library and demonstration center on WWU’s campus geared to increase awareness and use of assistive technologies for a wide range of individuals with diverse needs.
Cultivates connections with community partners to send students on service-learning experiences that enrich their teaching education.
Incorporating sustainability into many areas of WWU through many diverse programs that partner with the broader community.
Partnering with many agencies and volunteers to transform palliative care in Whatcom County.
Addressing the science, technology, policy, business and economic aspects of energy systems.
Helps local nonprofit organizations educate WWU employees of community engagement opportunities through workshops, forums and dialogues.
The nation’s leader in researching Canadian/U.S. trade and transportation, border security, and economic relationships.
Provides experiential learning integrated with innovative marine research for scientists and learners worldwide.
Other Research Partners:
Family-wage, construction jobs, and contracts with local businesses
Retail, restaurants and housing
Hotels, attractions, restaurants and retail
WWU employs people in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Kitsap and Clallam Counties
Small Business Development Center
WWU SBDCs are located in Whatcom and Kitsap Counties
WWU's most recent graduates provide an immediate direct impact to the economy