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Recent Events

Recent Events

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

The Wolpow Institute is partnering with the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle in bringing the workshop Teaching the Holocaust 101 to WWU on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

The workshop is open to teachers and pre-service teachers. The deposit of $20 for registration is refundable upon attendance.

Holocaust 101 workshop flyer

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: MH Collaborative Space

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

The Center for Education, Equity and Diversity will be holding its annual award ceremony on Friday June 8th, 2018 at 12:00 PM in the Miller Hall collaborative space. Individuals will be recognized for their excellence in promoting diversity and inclusion on Western Washington University's campus.

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.