Our community partnerships are transformational and synergistic.
UW Tacoma was born of an engaged community, which informs our orientation today. The most
successful UW Tacoma-community partnerships are transformational and result in each partner
achieving more together than they can alone. Partnerships flourish when they are supported
with infrastructure including organizational processes, communication channels, staffing and
By creating a digital library of all faculty members who are engaged with community
initiatives, we will be able to connect future community engagement opportunities with
the appropriate faculty members. This initiative is intended to deepen the connection
of UW Tacoma faculty with our communities.
INCREASE AND DEEPEN INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
We will work to create more efficient and campus-relevant processes, policies, and
procedures designed to deepen our international institutional partnerships.
We will support academic units in their development of partnership MOU’s and MOA’s.
We will pursue the elective classification of Carnegie Community Engagement.
Carnegie defines Community Engagement as the collaboration between institutions
of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national,
global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context
of partnership and reciprocity.
We are creating an office and infrastructure to provide regular support for faculty,
staff and student-initiated community engagement projects. The Office of Community
Engagement will serve as a “front door” for the UW Tacoma campus for community members
and community based organizations.
This initiative is designed to adopt a common set of terms to describe what we mean by
Community Engagement at UW Tacoma. This process will facilitate discussions around community
engagement with faculty and other stakeholders inside and outside the academy.
We will build faculty-student partnerships designed to prepare students for a Ph.D. program,
support their research and publication work, and provide the necessary guidance to ensure
successful program applications. Funds will be raised to support the creation of a
Ph.D.-going culture at UW Tacoma.
PARTNER WITH TACOMA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
As an Urban Serving University, we value our partnerships with Tacoma Public
Schools (TPS). We will create an institution-level understanding of how to best
leverage our resources to benefit TPS, our faculty and students, and the
children and families of the greater Tacoma area.
We partner with JBLM to provide resources for those transitioning out of the
military into our local and regional economy. We strive to be a model for how
higher education can support transition from a large base into the surrounding
community and state.
We support the South Sound Alliance, an organization focused on important policy issues in
our region, through collaboration. As this organization develops, the Center for Applied
Urban Research will support their data needs through a contractual relationship.
We will build and support law-related opportunities and curriculum on campus and to promote
the success of students interested in pursuing law school, other graduate and professional
studies related to law, and law-related careers.