Recent Events

Recent Events

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 2:00pm to Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 11:30am

The Ershig - Assistive Technology Resource Center

& Department of Special Education and Education Leadership


Keith Jones

Musician, President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences and Disability Rights Advocate

Keith Jones Video

2018 Speaker Event

Friday May 18
2 - 3:30pm
Miller Hall 138​​​

Saturday May 19
​10 - 11:30am
​Fraser Hall 102

Keith Jones Presentation Poster

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Fill out and submit our Contact Form to receive details for the Face to Face AHE Information Session.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Palliative Care Institute Spring Conference

Settlemyer Hall, Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

The Palliative Care Institute is offering a day-long conference on Holistic Pain Management: Alternatives to the Opioids.  Over the day we will explore multiple approaches to pain management, including complementary and experimental interventions, such as meditation and psilocybin and MDMA. We have a terrific line up of speakers!!  And CMEs available.

Visit for more information, or email



Saturday, May 5, 2018 (All day)

Woodring College of Education’s Justice Speaks Planning Committee is organizing I am a Teacher of Color: Teachers Speak Back to the Academy on Saturday, May 5. 
The conference, which the committee hopes will become an annual event, is intended to create a supportive, healing space that centers the needs of educators of color. 

The event, also known as ToCBack, will include two panels of veteran and early career teachers, workshop sessions, and a poster session open to participants at all stages of their careers. The conference will also serve as an opportunity to learn from and lean on one another and engage in coalition-building across schools and districts.   

Once in the profession teachers of color often lack the necessary institutional support needed to thrive. The event will center the voices of teachers of color as they "speak back" and enrich the feedback loop that informs teacher preparation programs on how to better prepare teaching candidates of color. 

ToCBack is free to attend and includes breakfast, lunch and clock hours. Registration is mandatory.

This event is a collaboration including the Education & Social Justice Minor; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Woodring Office of the Dean; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; and the President's Diversity Fund.

For questions, contact the ToCBack Planning Committee at WWUJusticeSpeaks@gmail or message on Facebook.

PDF icon ToC Back event flyer

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:30pm

Whatcom Hospice Administration Building, 2800 Douglas Ave, Bellingham, WA

What questions about death and dying have you been wanting to ask? What questions have you been afraid to ask? Can art-based investigations help us to think about death in new ways? …to  think about hope in new ways? How can an exploration of death help us to live life more fully?  

Join us for an all day workshop. Through a series of writing, movement, dialogue, and art-based exercises, we'll dive into these questions and open an honest conversation about death and dying.

The Facilitators:

Jenna Bean Veatch (MFA) is a multi-disciplinary artist, teacher, and facilitator who has been accused of creating "pure, unadulterated, heart-stopping whimsy." She makes dance-theater shows, stop-action animated music videos, delightful objects, and community gatherings designed to facilitate connection. She earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies and teaches classes on the creative process locally.

Sharmon Figenshaw (RN, MN, ARNP, ACHPN-BC) is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner working with families facing end-of-life transitions for almost 30 years. She is active in end-of-life community education and outreach, including state and nation-wide projects on advance directives and end-of-life choices. As a consultant, she supports people facing serious illness/ debility; she hopes to engage our community in conversations about how we embrace and care for those affected by illness or debility, including care of the dying.

Gracen Bookmyer is a senior at Fairhaven College with a concentration in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. She is a volunteer with WAHA, Hospice and sings with the Threshold Choir. Gracen is motivated to engage people in topics around death and dying because she sees it to be integral to living fully and believes it has tremendous potential for fostering connection with community. 

Marie Eaton (PhD) taught courses on Death and Dying and is the Director of the Palliative Care Institute at Western Washington University. The Palliative Care Institute mounts projects with other partners focusing on provider training and community education and activation to demonstrate how ‘palliative care’ can improve quality of life, not just physically, but also in mind and spirit, and help patients live as actively as possible until death and ease their dying process when that time arrives. 

Cost: $65.00 (includes lunch). Pre-registration is required. Some discounted tuition spaces are available, especially for students.  Email to register or to request a discount. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

"It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late." 

The Palliative Care Institute, in collaboration with PeaceHealth, The Chuckanut Health Foundation, the Whatcom Alliance for Heath Advancement, and community activist, Micki Jackson, is hosting an evening of stories about the importance of Advance Care Planning to help you better understand the implications of your healthcare choices if an accident or serious illness happens. 

Perhaps you think you’re too young to begin these conversations – or perhaps you’ve just been procrastinating. Over the evening, community members from every generation will share stories about why planning ahead is so important. 

Resources for completing your own advance care directive will be shared.

In a special effort to encourage students to attend, there will be a raffle drawing for five $1500 scholarship awards for any current student at NWIC, WWU, BTC, WCC or SVC. So bring your student body card along.

Scott Foster, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Executive, PeaceHealth Medical Group, will highlight PeaceHealth's commitment to a comprehensive system for understanding, documenting and honoring patient values and goals for care at the end of life in all healthcare settings, including Advance Directives.

This event is free and is offered in support of National Health Care Decisions Day.  

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:15pm to 7:45pm


Bellingham Public Library - Downtown

One in seven children lose someone important to them before they are 18, and yet, we often shy away from talking with children about death.

If you are worried about how to talk about death with children and youth, you’re not alone. Books provide a way to begin these conversations.

Representatives from the Palliative Care Institute, the Whatcom County Library System and Western Washington University Libraries have collaborated to share information about some of the books that address grief and loss.  

We’ll talk about developmental phases of grief through childhood and adolescence and share some of the ways books can be used successfully to open doors for conversations on these topics with children and youth.

This event is free and open to the public.


Thom Barthelmess, Youth Services Manager, Whatcom County Library System

Sylvia Tag, Curator, Children’s Literature Collection, Western Washington University Libraries

Marie Eaton, Director, Palliative Care Institute, Woodring College of Education, Western Washington University

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:30pm

Justice Speaks & WGSS Present:

School-Prison Nexus: Building Freedom, Resistance & Communities

Thursday, Feb. 22nd
6:30 pm
Fraser Hall 102
***Admission is FREE***

Dr. Erica Meiners, Professor of Education and Women's and Gender Studies at Northeastern Illinois University, and Dr. Sabina Vaught, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Education Director of the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Tufts University, will be co-visiting WWU as a two-day event and as a part of the Justice Speaks series organized by ESJ. Dr. Meiners is the author of a number of books including: For the Children? Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and The right to be hostile: Schools, prisons and the making of public enemies (Routledge 2007).

Dr. Vaught's forthcoming book, Compulsory: Education and the Dispossession of Youth in a Juvenile Prison School (University of Minnesota Press) is a critical ethnography of one state’s juvenile prison schooling system.

Both are considered leading scholars in better understanding and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline/nexus. Within this context, they will also be incorporating feminisms, slow work in always urgent times, building freedoms, resistance, and communities.

Event Poster