Student Washington Education Association

Welcome to the WWU Chapter of SWEA!

SWEA is the student branch of the Washington Education Association. We are devoted to bringing professional experience, development opportunities, and community outreach to pre-service teachers at Western Washington University.

We Are Back for Another Awesome School Year!

Meeting Information

  • 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm in Miller Hall 258 (unless otherwise announced)

Upcoming Meetings

  • Spring: TBA

Upcoming Events

4th Annual Honoring Dr. William G. Demmert Lecture Series

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This event is in recognition of Dr. William G.  Demmert, Jr.'s international commitment to Indigenous education through language immersion and culturally-based education.

Event will be located in the Woodring College of Education Miller Hall Collaborative Space

Distinguished Indigenous Guest Speaker: Dr. Joseph E. Trimble

Joseph E. Trimble, PhD, is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of of Psychology at Western Washington University as well as a Research Associate in the Center for Cross-Cultural Research. He is a Professor of Education in the Woodring College of Education. Also, he is a President’s Professor at the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a Research Associate for the National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. From 2000-2001, he was a Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. Throughout his long career, he has focused his efforts on promoting psychological and sociocultural mental health research with indigenous populations, especially American Indians and Alaska Natives.


Since 1972, he has served as a member of numerous scientific review committees and research panels for the following federal agencies including: National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse; National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institute on Aging; National Institute on Mental Health; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; National Institute on Child Health and Human Development; National Cancer Institute; National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health; Risk, Prevention, and Health Behavior, National Institutes of Health; Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; National Academy of Sciences; National Science Foundation; National Institute of Drug Abuse’s Subcommittee on Epidemiology and Prevention Research, Risk, Prevention; the Center for Scientific Review’s Health Behavior Initial Review Group; National Institute of Drug Abuse’s Health Services Research Subcommittee; a member of the Independent Study Monitoring and Oversight Committee for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s National Children’s Study; a member of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/NIH Oral Health Disparities Collaborating Centers’ External Scientific Advisory Committee; and a member of the Expert Panel for Operationalizing Culture for Health Disparities Research project funded by the National Institutes of Health.


Dr. Trimble has held offices in the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology and the American Psychological Association; he holds Fellow status in three divisions in the APA (Divisions 9, 27, and 45). He is past-President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45 of the American Psychological Association) and a Council member for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Division 9 of the American Psychological Association). In 1994, he received a Lifetime Distinguished Career Award from the American Psychological Association's Division 45 for his research and dedication to cross-cultural and ethnic psychology. In 1991, he received a Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Contributions to the Development and Implementation of the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Special Populations Research Programs. And, in 2001, he was awarded the Eleventh Annual Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship in Professional Psychology at the Teachers College, Columbia University, 18th Annual Roundtable on Cross-Cultural Psychology and Education. He has presented over 150 papers, invited addresses, and invited lectures at professional meetings, and has generated over 125 journal publications book chapters, and technical reports on topics in ethnic and cultural psychology and higher education research including 19 authored or edited books. His co-edited book with Guillermo Bernal, Ann Kathleen Burlew, and Fred Leong, the Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology, was selected as CHOICE Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2004. His most recent books include (with Celia B. Fisher) The Handbook of Ethical Research with Ethnocultural Populations and Communities, (with P. Pedersen, J. Draguns, & W. J. Lonner) Counseling Across Cultures, 6th Edition, (with M. Gallardo, C. Yeh, & T. Parham), Working culturally and competently with persons of African, Asian, Latino, and Native Descent: The culturally adaptive responsive model of counseling, and (with F. Leong, L. Comas-Dias, G. Hall, and V. McLoyd) Handbook of multicultural psychology, Volumes I and II


He is a dedicated teacher, researcher and scholar. He is the recipient of three awards from Western Washington University -- the Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award in 1985, the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1987, and the Paul J. Olscamp Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 1999. In addition, the Washington State Psychological Association awarded him the Distinguished Psychologist Award for 2002. In 2004, he was the recipient of the Peace and Social Justice Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division on Peace Psychology. In 2006, he received the Allen L. Edwards Lecturer Fellowship from the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Elder Award from the National Multicultural Conference and Summit. And in 2009 he received the Henry Tomes Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Psychology from the American Psychological. and the International Lifetime Achievement Award for Multicultural and Diversity Counseling by the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He received other awards, including the 2013 Francis J. Bonner, MD Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital and the 2013 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award.

The Native American Student Union (NASU) in collaboration with the Center for Education, Equity and Diversity invite you to learn and participate in The Honoring Dr. William G. Demmert, Jr. Lecture Series, Native Lunch, and the NASU Pow-Wow 

Thursday - April 24th

5:30 pm:
Music & Community

5:45 pm:

6:20 pm
Honoring Dr. Demmert through Student Voices

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Joseph E. Trimble 

Friday - April 25th

12:00 pm
Native Lunch in Honoring Dr. Demmert

6:00 pm
NASU Pow-Wow (Day 1)
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Saturday- April 26th

11:00 am
NASU Pow-Wow (Day 2)

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm