2017 SIF Allocations

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In Spring 2017, the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee (SPCC) allocated Strategic Initiative Funds to 10 projects. These initiatives (SIFs) began July 2017:  some are for one year, some are for multiple years and some invest in long-term changes to our campus operations.  Each SIF directly supports the strategic priorities/Impact Goals outlined in Charting Our Course: UW Tacoma’s Strategic Plan 2016-2021.  Click on the name of each SIF to read a brief description of the initiative as well as the SPCC’s rationale for recommending it for funding.  At the bottom of this page is a list of the many campus and community partners who have already agreed to collaborate in bringing these initiatives to life. We know the list of supporters will grow, and look forward to learning how these projects evolve in the months and years to come.

About the Funding Process  
The SPCC received twenty-seven proposals and faced the challenging task of making choices and recommendations to the Executive Budget Committee. First and foremost, we were guided by the funding priorities established by the SPCC which included proposals (1) that involve cross-campus collaborations, (2) have a broad scope of impact and are sustainable, and (3) create systemic change that reshapes the UW Tacoma experience in positive, enduring ways. Additionally, we made the decision not to consider proposals that were beyond the purview of the SPCC, including those that requested support for new or existing research centers, curriculum development, or space requests. Finally, the committee had to balance the total amount of temporary  ($250,000.00) and permanent  ($300,000.00) funds available for allocation against the amounts being requested. We allocated $445,793.00, with the remaining balance of $104,207.00 to be rolled over for the 2017-2018 year. Our decision-making involved a collaborative process that was both guided and constrained by the parameters noted above. The ten funded proposals, as a whole, represent the committee’s best attempt to support our campus strategic plan.  If you would like additional information, we invite you to review the SPCC’s minutes available here.

Annual Local Diverse Vendor Symposium

Suzanne Blais, Senior Contracts Manager 

This program will be offered in conjunction with the Business Diversity Program (BDP) and in partnership with other government agencies in Pierce County. It will feature events where the small and diverse business community can gain knowledge about public procurement and make meaningful connections throughout the region. Participants will meet and network with UW buying staff, anyone on campus that can influence a purchase and those who frequently make supplier recommendations to their department. This project was awarded $3,600 to be spent between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2020. 

This project invests a small amount of money toward making a potentially significant impact in our local diverse communities, and toward increasing the services and resources available to UW Tacoma offices and organizations. This proposal aligns with the University of Washington’s Diversity Blueprint and is unique in that is addresses infrastructure and operating systems, which both our Growth and Culture goals ask us to do. 

Art Building Community

Beverly Naidus, Associate Professor, SIAS, Culture Arts and Communication 

Ed Chamberlain, Assistant Professor, SIAS, Culture Arts and Communication 

Tony Perone, Lecturer, SIAS, Social, Behavioral and Human Sciences 

Inspired by the October 2016 event, Art Building Community, this is a three-year community arts project with three interrelated activities. The main focus of the project is a free, annual arts event where community members (both on campus and off) share their art, make art together, and participate in free arts-based workshops. Another dimension of the project features a series of interactive art workshops called “We Almost Didn’t Make It” where participants create artifacts that reflect their contributions to a sustainable future. Beverly Naidus will be co-facilitating those with her artist colleague, Carol Rashawna Williams, who co-founded the Race and Climate Change group in Seattle. Finally, the organizers are planning a symposium that focuses on climate change issues as they relate to art & social ecology. This project was awarded $77,236 to be spent between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2020. 

This initiative supports multiple impact goals (Students, Scholarship, Communities, Equity, Culture, and Growth) and shares leadership among multiple on- and off-campus partners. By involving students in the program design, and actively supporting more faculty members in using the arts in their teaching, the 2 project can broaden our campus’ approach to using high impact practices (HIPs). The arts also provide a distinctive anchor for engaging a diverse array of partners in the context of our urban serving mission. 

Collaborative Publicly Engaged Scholarship Fund

Turan Kayaoglu, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor, SIAS, Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs

 The Collaborative Publicly Engaged Scholarship Fund (CPES Fund) will provide seed grants to support projects by UW Tacoma faculty and students. This fund can be used to support research or creative work in publicly engaged projects, facilitate collaboration with community partners for the purpose of scholarship and creative activities, launch lecture series with community partners, and other initiatives that help the UW Tacoma to champion publicly engaged scholarship. This project was awarded $50,000 to be spent between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019. 

This initiative prioritizes cross-campus collaborations, student involvement, and projects that involve community partners, thus supporting multiple impact goals (Students, Scholarship, Communities, and Culture). Further, this project’s approach involves using high impact practices with students as well as provides institutional support to those interested in conducting publicly engaged scholarship. 

Constructive Engagement Development Series

Richard Wilkinson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Organizational Effectiveness and Development, HR

Jane Compson, Assistant Professor, SIAS, Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs 

“Our words create windows or walls.” This reminder from poet Ruth Bebermeyer is a call for faculty, staff and students to develop our skills in dialogue and handling difficult conversations. The Constructive Engagement Dialogue Series will use a train-the-trainer model to build our campus’ capacities to disagree constructively, to listen and be influenced, and to influence others while maintaining their selfesteem. These skills are central to creating a sustainable campus culture, one that fosters innovation and builds strong working relationships. Students are better served as the campus climate becomes one where open dialogue—the lively and respectful exchange to ideas—deepens our thinking and challenges one another’s assumptions. The series draws its inspiration from three sources: Crucial Conversations, by Kerry Patterson; Nonviolent Communication, by Marshal Rosenberg; and the cultivating compassion work of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research And Education. This project was awarded $50,500 to be spent between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019. 

The proposal is uniquely focused on both challenging and enriching our campus Culture, and its implementation will bolster our success related to Equity as well.

Designing Institutional Support for Community Engaged Work

Surtida Shelton, Associate Director of Student Development

Paul Prociv, Civic Engagement Specialist

Ed Mirecki, Dean of Student Engagement

This initiative will support the design of an institution-wide support center for community engaged work at UW Tacoma. It is a milestone for faculty, students and community members who have expressed a need for institutional support of community based work and an entry point for community engagement. The Strategic Initiative Fund allocation will match students’ Services and Activity Fee investment in a staff member who supports civic engagement efforts. It will also fund a year-long effort by students, faculty, staff and community representatives who will develop the vision for a campus-wide center for community engagement.This project was awarded $25,000 to be spent during the 2017-18 academic year and $43,383 annually in recurring funds for personnel.

This project has the potential to strengthen UW Tacoma’s culture of community service and to support high impact practices related specifically to increasing student engagement and retention. This effort, with cross-campus collaboration at its core, supports multiple impact goals including Students, Equity and Communities.

Fostering Civic Engagement through Community-Based Courses

Katie Baird, Associate Professor, SIAS, Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs

Sarah Hampson, Assistant Professor, SIAS, Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs

Benjamin Meiches, Assistant Professor, SIAS, Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs

The proposal supports two high-impact curricular and extra-curricular programs at UW Tacoma. Urban debate improves public speaking, research and critical thinking abilities by engaging contemporary political issues. Using competitive argumentation as a way of speaking to a diversity of topics of local and global concern, urban debate will stimulate civic dialogue on and beyond campus and provide students with portable skills for their academic and post-academic careers. Similarly, Street Law is a program designed to bring campus and community together in meaningful ways. Street Law develops students' practical legal knowledge as well as their teaching and presentation skills while providing a supportive structure for our undergraduates to then pass on what they have learned. This project was awarded $14,300 to be spent between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

This effort will result in the development of implementation processes, structures and partnerships toward building program sustainability beyond this first year of funding. Additionally, approaches to curricular integration that support student engagement in extra-curricular activities will be explored. While the primary focus will be upon Students, this project has the potential to support the remaining five impact goals (Communities, Equity, Culture, Growth and Scholarship).

New Student Collaborative Experience & Data for Building a Learning Commons

Lauren Pressley, Director of UW Tacoma Library and Associate Dean of University Libraries

This initiative aims to build a new type of collaborative and flexible space for UW Tacoma students in the library. This will facilitate group work and respond to student requests for spaces in which they can work together. We will gather data on how this space is used for future space design including planning for a Learning Commons. This project was awarded $27,000 to be spent between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

This initiative will result in direct impact upon Students; further progress on Scholarship, model a collaborative effort with shared leadership; support systemic change in students’ experience; and build capacity of existing, plan-aligned work. It is directly responsive to students’ articulated needs and offers a significant return on small investment.

Prospective Student DREAMS

Amanda Figueroa, Director of Student Transition Programs

Student Transition Programs, Admissions, and faculty will collaboratively design workshops for prospective students around majors offered at UW Tacoma. These workshops will be led by paid student Access Ambassadors, expanding paid opportunities for current students to become involved in prospective student outreach and helping UW Tacoma meet increasing requests for K-12 group visits. This project was awarded $25,166 to be spent between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019.

These workshops will have a direct impact on Students; further progress on multiple impact goals including Culture, Communities and Growth; provide an opportunity for collaboration with shared leadership among students, staff and faculty; support systemic change in students’ experience; and build capacity of existing, plan-aligned work. This project offers an opportunity to foster relationships between Student and Enrollment Services staff and faculty (Academic Affairs).

Student Case Management 

Terri Simonsen, Program Administrator, Social Work and Criminal Justice

Rose Graham, Program Coordinator, Social Work and Criminal Justice

Student case management is an emerging best practice that connects students in need with campus and community resources. UW Tacoma’s approach will help students address a range of issues including food insecurity, homelessness, legal aid, personal safety and more. Strategic Initiative Funds will support a full-time, licensed MSW case manager and two MSW student interns who will provide direct service to students and help educate faculty and staff about how to support students in need. This case management approach is a partnership between Student and Enrollment Services and the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program. This project was awarded $100,415 in recurring funds to pay the salary and benefits of a licensed social worker and the stipends of two UW Tacoma MSW graduate student interns.

The case management function is a priority for Chancellor Pagano, Academic Affairs and SAES because of its likely impact on student retention, campus culture, student satisfaction, student learning and community partnerships. In terms of the plan, this investment will support multiple impact goals, including Students, Equity, Scholarship, Communities; it involves shared leadership and is focused on students. The interns are not feasible or sustainable without the MSW position.

Transforming Global Learning Opportunities at UW Tacoma 

Cindy Schaarschmidt, Director, Student Fellowships & Awards

Colleen Carmean, Assistant Chancellor, Academic Affairs 

Deirdre Raynor, Director, Office of Undergraduate Education and Associate Professor, SIAS, Social and Historical Studies

This collaborative SIF project (Global Affairs, Undergraduate Education and Academic Technologies) will create global learning opportunities for our place-bound students by developing:

1. International, online classroom collaborations (with a focus on CORE classes),

2. Language exchanges between native speakers and language learners, and

3. A peer-to-peer Global Ambassador Program which connects domestic and international students.

This project was awarded $29,193 to be spent between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2020. 

This effort requires strong shared leadership and addresses multiple impact goals including Students, Equity, and Growth and corresponding indicators. It will result in direct impact on students by investing in a pedagogical infrastructure and expertise to support HIPs with a particular emphasis on lowerdivision students. Further, it will provide direct support for faculty Scholarship through professional development. 


The SPCC would like to thank the following individuals and groups that collaborated on the above initiatives, and apologizes in advance for inadvertently omitting any campus or community members.

Angela Battle | Director, Business Diversity Program 

Katie Baird | Assoc. Professor and Division Chair Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs 

Anne Bartlett | Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science 

Megan Beresford | Assoc. Director, Office of Admissions 

Dwayne Chambers | Assoc. Director, Quantitative Center / Teaching & Learning Center 

Jeff Cohen | Asst. Professor, Social Work and Criminal Justice; Exec. Director, Office of Global Affairs 

DJ Crisostomo | Pre-College Outreach Coordinator, Office of Student Transition Programs 

Rebecca Disrud| Coordinator, Writing Center / Teaching & Learning Center 

Robin Evans-Agnew | Asst. Professor, Nursing & Healthcare Leadership 

Kira Glynn | Academic Advisor; Academic Advising Center 

Lincoln High School 

Linda Ishem| Senior Lecturer, Urban Studies; and Asst. to the Chancellor for Community Engagement, Office of the Chancellor 

Ross Johnson | Space Planning Manager, Campus Planning & Real Estate 

Ed Mirecki | Dean, Student Engagement 

Ali Modarres | Director and Professor, Urban Studies 

Office of Research Faculty Development Council 

Pacific Lutheran University 

Paul Prociv | Civic Engagement Specialist, Center for Service and Leadership 

Pierce County 

Jill Purdy| Assoc. Professor Milgard School of Business; Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Affairs, Academic Affairs 

Surtida Shelton | Assoc. Director, Student Engagement 

University of Puget Sound 

University of Washington Seattle 

Christina Van Middlesworth | External Specialist, Business Diversity Program 

Carol Rashawna Williams | Exec. Director K-Love Art; Co-Founder Race & Climate Justice 

Anne Wessells | Assoc. Professor, Urban Studies

Katherine Wu| Program Specialist, Business Diversity Program 

Lauren Wugalter | Lecturer, Sciences and Mathematics 

Anaid Yerena | Asst. Professor, Urban Studies