Distinguished Community Engagement Award

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The Distinguished Community Engagement Award was created in 2013. Given annually, the award recognizes the important and innovative community-engaged and community-based work by faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma. Such work is based on an ethic of mutual benefit in which both the community partner and/or public and the university, its faculty, and/or its students benefit in ways not possible without the partnership. This work may be short or long term and may be with a single or multiple partners, and should have been active within the past three years. It may be focused on teaching and learning, research, policy, citizenship building, creative work, or community building.

2018 Recipient

Lauren Wugalter, Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Lauren Wugalter has been a tremendous ally in building connections between Peace Community Center and UW Tacoma, and supporting their mission of college readiness for Hilltop youth. At McCarver Elementary, she led “Mad Science” enrichments with a group of 2nd through 5th graders, bringing in lab coats and goggles for a meaningful, exciting learning experience. She also brought together a group of UW Tacoma students and faculty members to work one-on-one or in small groups with McCarver students and collaborated with math faculty to lead a joint math-science enrichment activity. Lauren exudes positivity and an excitement about science that is infectious for young learners. She sees the bigger picture and how an excitement about science can inspire young students as they navigate a challenging school system.

Additional 2018 Nominees

  • Dr. David Coon, Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Michael Honey, Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Turan Kayaoglu, Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Past Recipients

  • 2014 - Dr. Jill Purdy, Associate Professor, Milgard School of Business; Joe Lawless, Executive Director, Center for Leadership & Social Responsibility, Milgard School of Business