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

Interim Director, Center for Community Learning


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.

A photograph of Laurel Hammond

Laurel Hammond

Program Specialist, Center for Community Learning


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


  • Contact Us

    (360) 650-7542