DEVELOPING ONLINE RESOURCES AND TRAININGS ON SELF-CARE FOR CATHERINE PLACE External Partner Organization: Catherine Place, Tacoma
Jane Compson, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Sunny Cheng, School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership
Huatong Sun, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
The project aims to deliver an online engagement tool that furthers the mission of a local non-profit to improve the quality of life for women by providing a safe digital space for care providers who have identified their schedules as a barrier to participation in regular Catherine Place activities.
The project will:
Deliver an online program with accessible modules and engaging social media content for the community partner
Train students into human service professionals and socially responsible designers with opportunities to understand their communities, learn from community partner, and obtain internship opportunities
Develop as a pilot program for a future collaborative project in developing accessible content to support wellness, self-care, and empowerment to bridge cultural differences
Anaid Yerena, School of Urban Studies
Rubén Casas, School of Interdisciplinary Arts &Sciences
This project supported the formation and one-year (hopefully longer) sustenance of an interdisciplinary group of faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma whose research promotes the public good, and whose teaching aims to prepare students to engage and work within communities. This project builds on the community-engaged ethos of the university and seeks to extend it by supporting faculty who wish to incorporate community-engaged teaching and learning into their courses.
The working group was composed by 6-7 faculty from across the university that came together to a) examine models of curriculum that ask students to engage with community ethically and productively, and b) develop community-engaged course assignments (compendium forthcoming).
The co-leads partnered with experienced community-engaged faculty members Linda Ishem and Chris Beasley and community partners Downtown on the Go! and Tacoma Community House in order to share with participants experiences from community partners’ perspective. Part of the CoP’s activities involved looking at examples of poor and/or unethical assignments alongside examples of ethical and successful ones. After establishing a foundation in praxis (through the first three meetings), participants collaborated in designing or revising specific assignments, resulting in a repository of community-engaged assignments accessible to all faculty at UWT. (Repository is being compiled, link to be updated here). The goals of this CoP were:
Explore theories and practices of community-engaged scholarship
Gain an understanding of ethics and practices informing sustainable community-engaged teaching and learning
Expand our circle of partnerships through public scholarship
DESIGNING LANGUAGE ACCESS
External Partner Organizations: City of Tacoma, WA Dept of Labor & Industries*, Concrete Technology*; Tacoma Community House, SeaTac City Council, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Providence Health, University of Florida
*Also member of Commission of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, City of Tacoma
Alison Cardinal, School of Interdisciplinary Arts &Sciences
Emma Rose, School of Interdisciplinary Arts &Sciences
The Designing Language Access Community of Practice (DLACoP) is a coalition of experts in translation, interpretation, language access, community engagement, and design who are working to improve language access for immigrant, refugee, and heritage language speaking communities in the Puget Sound. This group is comprised of local community leaders, civil servants, non-profit professionals, interpreters, translators, language access industry leaders, and scholars from the University of Washington Tacoma and University of Florida. This group represents broad expertise across social work, healthcare, non-profit services, language teaching and literacy, urban design, technology design, policy, human resources, communications, and community relations. This group meets monthly. This group is collaborating to conduct an initial needs assessment to holistically understand and work towards solutions for the continuing barriers to language access in the region.
THE WELL BEING FOR LIFE AND LEARNING IN NURSING PROJECT
Robin Evans-Agnew, School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership
Jane Compson, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Jane Cornman, School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership, Retired External Partner Organizations: Green River College, Pierce College
Nursing is perhaps the most important profession in the country during a pandemic. Yet nurse burnout in the USA is at an all-time high. Nurses are exposed to trauma in the course of a regular workday; and many nurses come from backgrounds where they already bear the burden of exposure to what are known in the industry as Adverse Childhood Experiences. Before the pandemic almost 25% reported feeling burned out; now it is reportedly close to double that number. Burnout leads to nurses quitting their positions and the daily news is rife with stories of nursing shortages. The Well Being for Life - RN project, sponsored by the Office of Community Partnerships, applied a Community of Practice model with two partnering south sound nursing education institutions (Green River and Pierce community colleges) to advance resiliency pedagogy. The group met fourteen times over the grant period, producing and distributing an innovative resilience tool for nursing educators in the state, and conducting focus groups with students and faculty. The Washington Center for Nursing recognized their activities in their end of year (4th Quarter, 2020) newsletter. The group plans to sustain their work seeking system change in nursing education in order to continue to design unique tools for promoting resiliency in students, faculty, and statewide nursing programs.
Ariana Ochoa Camacho, School of Interdisciplinary Arts &Sciences
Alyssa Ramírez Stege, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (formerly)
Rachel Hershberg, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Sonia De La Cruz, School of Interdisciplinary Arts &Sciences
Sarah Chavez, School of Interdisciplinary Arts &Sciences
This project is a partnership with Proyecto MoLE, a leading Tacoma-based Latino youth program, to develop a youth participatory action research project (YPAR) aimed at promoting mental health, well-being, and support among Latina adolescents in Tacoma. The goal of YPAR is to:
Understand how local Latinas understand mental health and well-being, and the common challenges they face (e.g., academic, familial, and sociopolitical);
Support Latina Youth to develop strategies to diminish the influence of stressors and develop affirming relationships
Strengthen identity development and healing through storytelling
Promote self-advocacy and support among Latina youth; and 5) Create a bridge between the UWT community and Latina teens (and other MoLE youth)