The Center for Service and Community Engagement (CSCE) is providing
centralized coordination and staffing for this University-wide effort.
Kent Koth will remain Director of the Center for Service and Community
Engagement and will also take on the new role as Director the Seattle
University Youth Initiative.
In 2012, SUYI welcomed Deleena Patton to be the SUYI Data Analyst, coordinating and streamlining data collection and evaluation practices among the multiple community stakeholders.
In 2012, SUYI welcomed Contina Kemp as the Student Engagement Coordinator, supervising the K-12 Leadership Team and placing students in SUYI volunteer opportunities.
In the fall of 2011, the Children’s Literacy Project merged with
CSCE which has significantly enhanced the University’s ability to
implement the Initiative.
Each college, school and division has designated an individual to
serve as a liaison to the Initiative. These liaisons will work to
develop and implement Youth Initiative activities that compliment the
strategic direction of their given school, college or division.
2012, SUYI formed an Advisory Board consisting of on and off-campus
leaders in the areas of affordable housing, education, philanthropy, and
In 2011, SUYI selected proposals for the first Fund for Engagement, a community engagement grant, making possible a number of educational activities for local children and families. In 2012-2013, the Fund for Engagement Selection Committee granted $75,000 to campus and community partners for both planning and implementation grants. In 2013-2014, $50,000 is available for selected grantees.
Highlighted Activities (2011-2012):
- The College of Education hosted two college preview days for over 140 Garfield High School
- Albers undergraduate and graduate students are partnering with the
United Way to provide income tax assistance to the parents of
- Students in dozens of service-learning courses are engaging in the
Initiative. For example, Sociology students are exploring solutions to
the crisis in American public education through coursework and service
with several neighborhood-based education organizations.
- Science and engineering students are serving as math tutors to neighborhood elementary and middle school students.
- The Center for Service and Community Engagement is partnering with
Seattle Housing Authority to coordinate campus visits for neighborhood
parents to learn more about how to support their children’s interest in
going to college.
- SU staff have taken advantage of the University’s Community Service
Leave Policy to serve as tutors and mentors to neighborhood children.
- An interdisciplinary collaboration of six faculty are partnering
with Neighborhood House to address research questions that could improve
the delivery of early childhood education at Yesler Terrace.