CCL Staff

A photograph of Tim Costello

Tim Costello

Director, Center for Community Learning

360.650.2503

Timothy.Costello@wwu.edu

Tim Costello is the Director of the Center for Community Learning and has been in his position since 2006. Working at Western is an extension of his passion for promoting a just and diverse society. Prior to working at Western, Tim worked in the nonprofit sector in areas related to HIV/AIDS, hospice, and child welfare. In 1987, while living in New York City, he went to the inaugural meeting of ACTUP, the acclaimed HIV/AIDS activist organization. After moving to Bellingham in 1992, Tim continued his HIV/AIDS work locally, then internationally when he founded Slum Doctor Programme, an NGO that brought HIV treatment and increased access for secondary education to areas of Kenya and Uganda. At Western, Tim has carried forward the knowledge he gained from his international NGO experiences to the Rwanda and Kenya study abroad programs. These programs are dedicated to the transformative power of cross-cultural relationships through shared living, and love.

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Travis Tennessen

Assistant Director, Center for Community Learning

360.650.2446

Travis.Tennessen@wwu.edu

Travis is a geographer and community educator fascinated by the evolution of human-environment systems through time, and our species’ struggles to live more peacefully and gently. He seeks to infuse an ethic and practice of place-based learning throughout the university and the region. Travis created and co-facilitates Community Engagement Fellows and enjoys supporting the Sustainability Ambassadors. His work takes him around Bellingham and the broader region, and he enjoys the opportunities he has to learn new things every day.

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Danielle Smith

First-Year Engagement Coordinator, Center for Community Learning

360.650.7546

Danielle.Smith@wwu.edu

Danielle has been an educator for more than a decade, with the bulk of her work in higher education focused on first-year students and students in transition, including teaching first-year seminars focused on engaged and transformative learning. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Danielle moved to Bellingham to attend Western’s graduate program in creative writing. With an educational background in writing and gender studies, Danielle is interested in how writers and communities use the medium of language in movements for social change.

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April McMurry

Program Coordinator, Center for Community Learning

360.650.7520

April.McMurry@wwu.edu

As a lifelong learner, April is continuously humbled and inspired by Not Knowing. Her sincere, collaborative, and empathetic approaches to work have been deepened through roles ranging from special education para-educator and nonprofit executive director to mom, board member, and CCL Program Coordinator. Her work with the Partnerships for Change program is creating new community learning opportunities that lift up equity, personal growth, and possibilities.

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Laurel Hammond

Program Specialist, Center for Community Learning

360.650.7542

Laurel.Hammond@wwu.edu

Laurel grew up in Colorado and moved to Washington to attend WWU for her undergraduate and graduate work. She earned her Master’s in Continuing and College Education while developing Whatcom Community College’s service-learning program in 2009. Laurel joined the Center for Community Learning at Western Washington University in 2014. She currently leads the Community Connect program and is a co-convener for the Community Engagement Fellows program. As a Program Specialist, Laurel strives to create community-based engagement opportunities.




  • 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

    9:00am-4:00pm

  • Contact Us

    communitylearning@wwu.edu

    (360) 650-7542