The Center for Community Learning convenes people within and beyond WWU to learn together. We play a central role in helping the university achieve its strategic plan goal to advance a deeper understanding of and engagement with place.

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CCL Staff

A photograph of Travis Tennessen

Travis Tennessen

Director, Center for Community Learning


Travis’s childhood adventures in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin (Sauk and Meskwaki territory) and Alaska’s Kodiak Archipelago (Alutiiq/Sugpiak territory) inspired his curiosity about human-environment interactions and eagerness to help our species live more peacefully, collaboratively, and gently. He works to infuse an ethic and practice of place-based learning throughout the university and the region. Travis initiated Community Engagement Fellows in 2015, and serves as the lead convener. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A photograph of Laurel Hammond

Laurel Hammond

Program Specialist, Center for Community Learning


Laurel grew up in Western Colorado (Ute territory) and moved to the Salish Sea area (Lummi and Nooksack territory) to attend Western Washington University for her undergraduate and graduate work. She earned her Master’s in Adult and Higher Education while developing Whatcom Community College’s service-learning program in 2009. With over 15 years of experience working to center communities in higher education, Laurel continues to create learning partnerships and community-based engagement opportunities. Her work is driven by the wonder and education that people and place provides.

  • Mailing Address

    Western Washington University
    Center for Community Learning
    Wilson Library 481, Mail Stop 9125
    516 High Street
    Bellingham, WA 98225-9125

  • Physical Address

    Wilson Library
    Fourth Floor, WL 481
    516 High Street
    Bellingham, WA

  • Office Hours

    Monday through Friday


  • Contact Us

    (360) 650-7542