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Student Civic Leader Fellowship 2020-21

The UWT Office of Community Partnerships is pleased to announce the opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to apply for a Student Civic Leader Fellowship that focuses on addressing food insecurity. There will be up to 3 fellowships awarded during the academic year 2020-2021. These fellowships will provide students with funding ($5,000) and the opportunity to develop leadership skills in addressing the sociocultural systems of food insecurity at UWT and Pierce County. The lack of sustainable access to healthy food among historically marginalized and underrepresented populations on our campus and in Pierce County will be even more urgent due to the vast disruption that COVID-19 has had on our economic and social systems. This fellowship will develop your leadership skills and innovative strategies to address food justice issues facing our campus and community.

Your Commitments on this Fellowship:

● Fellowship will be from September 30,2020 – June 11, 2021

● Attend UWT Fellowship meetings with faculty advisor Dr. Christine Stevens

● Participation in Fall Symposium online, October 26-27, 2020

● Participation in the Spring Symposium, April 25-26, 2021

● Completion of a final report and reflection, 30 days after completion of the fellowship. This will be done with faculty support.

Benefits to you: 

● Financial support of $5,000 along with a prestigious university fellowship recognizing your leadership and research skills.

● Practical experience in community-based research about food insecurity.

● Professional development in leadership to advocate for addressing food insecurity at UWT and Pierce County. You will learn to speak with civic leaders, campus administration, community leaders, and politicians to share research and strategies to address food justice issues.

● You will work with an experienced food justice researcher and activist for an entire year. Dr. Christine Stevens in the School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership will be your mentor.

● You will join a statewide network of student fellows and learn about civic discourse and strategies being used across Washington State.

For any questions regarding the application please contact Christine Stevens (


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Chancellor's Student Civic Leadership Awards 2019-20

As a Washington Campus Compact member institution, UW Tacoma annually recognizes and awards two of our student civic leaders who are addressing critical issues on their campuses and in their communities through service and social entrepreneurship. Students are nominated by faculty, staff, administrators, community partners, or can self-nominate for consideration by their institution’s president. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for nomination.

This year's winners receive the following:    

  • A $500 stipend to support their civic engagement work
  • ​Access to a learning community with other student civic leaders across Washington and Idaho
  • Training events and webinars prior to the awards ceremony that focus on best practices for civil discourse and civic education
  • Invitation to the awards ceremony where they will be recognized
  • Automatic consideration and eligibility for the Governor’s Student Civic Leader Award (where three winners will receive a $1,000 stipend)

2020 Nomination Categories
Emerging Student Civic Leader
This student is a civic leader in the making who is beginning to take initiative in their campus and/or community organizations and is striving for positive change. They may be new to campus or new to civic engagement, but their passion and drive shows potential as an emerging civic leader.

Outstanding Student Civic Leader
This designation is for a more experienced student who has effectively and meaningfully collaborated with their campus for positive change. They are deeply committed to their engagement projects and show the motivation and promise of someone aspiring to long-term civic engagement in their community and beyond.
Nominees for both categories should demonstrate the skills necessary to unify their peers in civic engagement within today’s highly polarized political climate. Successful candidates are able to facilitate common ground on civic goals while remaining open to ideologically diverse solutions and points of view.
We are looking for nominees focused on civic engagement in the following areas:

  • Housing & Food Insecurity
  • Opioid Epidemic
  • K-16 Civic Education
  • Mental Health
  • Breaking the Prison Pipeline

Student Nominee Criteria

  • Currently enrolled in a Washington Campus Compact institution as a graduate or undergraduate student
  • Has demonstrated civic engagement through Social entrepreneurship, service, advocacy, campus clubs/organizations, volunteering, and/or work-study positions in at least one of five critical issue areas (see below*)
  • Demonstrates the ability to unite their peers along critical issues while remaining open to ideological solutions that may differ from their own