The Carnegie Foundation recently announced that the University of Washington (UW), the NW CASC’s host institution, is a new recipient of its 2020 Community Engagement Classification. The Community Engagement classification recognizes institutions that have deep partnerships with local communities to enrich scholarship, teaching and learning; strengthen democracy and civic society; and advance the public good.
The NW CASC-funded Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources are one great example of the wide-ranging commitment to community engagement that this classification represents. The Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources, developed by the UW Climate Impacts Group, were designed to foster tribal capacity for assessing climate risks to natural and cultural resources by providing guidance and data tailored to the needs and priorities of Northwest and Great Basin tribes. This project was highly intentional, involving work with many entities and stakeholders, and was deeply iterative. The UW Impacts Group, in close collaboration with tribal partners, developed the Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources through the NW CASC and Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative-funded project “Building Tribal Capacity to Assess Vulnerability to Climate Change.”
The NW CASC is proud to be made up of a consortium of universities that have proven deep commitment to meaningful collaboration with local communities. In addition to the UW, the NW CASC’s other university consortium members also hold this designation. Western Washington University, Washington State University and Oregon State University received Carnegie’s 2020 Community Engagement Classification, while Boise State University and the University of Montana received this classification in 2015.