Christina Van Wingerden, Ph.D. Candidate

she/her/hers, Academic Program Director for the Human Services Program, Field Studies Coordinator & Instructor


About Human Services

The Human Services major is a program that combines academic work and field experiences [internship(s)] culminating in a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and graduates who have human services experience and are ready for the field. Our website states that human services is a "combination of social work and psychology" - it is a professional, generalist degree and employment after graduation is extremely high (95%+). There are three programs within this major: an in-person program (Bellingham campus); a hybrid program (in-person and online) at our Everett campus, and a fully online distance learning program.

For people interested in serving, advocating, and empowering individuals and communities - this major and the students, faculty, and staff within the major are passionate about this work and the field.

About Field Studies 

Woodring College of Education's Human Services program is passionate about our students and communities. We have deep appreciation for those that partner with us to provide human services interns high quality internships, preparing them for professional human services jobs after graduation. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact me, and/or if you have any questions, ideas, or needs you may have as a faculty, student, and/or as part of our greater Bellingham and Whatcom county communities.

Looking forward to our work together,

Christina Van Wingerden
HS Field Studies Coordinator*Bellingham*Everett*Distance Learning
Miller Hall 318 A 

More about Christina

Christina is a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University in Educational Technology and Learning Design, with a research focus on inclusion and sense of belonging. Christina has a M.Ed. in College and Continuing Education (Adult and Higher Ed).  As Field Studies Coordinator for Bellingham, Everett, and Distance Learning and Instructor in Human Services, Christina has found passion, purpose and a love for working with students and our amazing nonprofits seeking to build and deepen relationships, and support students in high quality and high impact internship experiences as future human services professionals. Christina has volunteered in the community in schools, non-profits, served on the Whatcom Volunteer Center Board for several years, including the executive board, and was Executive Board Chair for the Flow Project a nonprofit infusing arts and leadership. Christina is familiar with the non-profits and service organizations in various counties in Washington state. Christina's joys are family, collaborations, and the outdoors.