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Community Engagement in Spokane

  • Whitworth is leading an effort to "adopt" orphans, clinic, school devastated by Haiti quake
  • The MB 530 Entrepreneurship class has partnered with the West Central neighborhood to assist with economic development.

    Todd Crossett’s entrepreneurship class partnered with the West Central neighborhood to address three areas of economic development:
    • development of a business association
    • neighborhood retail development
    • marketing the neighborhood as an empowerment zone
    Team 1: Business Association Development
  • The neighborhood articulated the desire to form a business association. Students researched the policies, processes and procedures a neighborhood must follow in order to develop such an association. Students determined the benefits of forming and being a member of a business association. They prepared an educational document for distribution to entrepreneurs and spoke with neighborhood business owners about joining the association.

  • Outcome: Complete an application to form a business association in the West Central neighborhood

    Team 2: Neighborhood Retail Development

  • The neighborhood articulated the need for additional retail businesses. Students conducted market research on retail needs, conducted an analysis of existing retail businesses, and determined what types of retail businesses should be in West Central. What are key factors necessary to attract businesses into a community? Are there any transportation issues? What facilities are available?

  • Outcome: Present an analysis of retail opportunities within the West Central neighborhood, present options for additional retail businesses, and develop recruitment strategies.Team 3: Empowerment Zone Marketing TeamThe entire West Central neighborhood is an empowerment zone. Students prepared a marketing kit to market not just the empowerment zone, but the entire community. Students researched federal/state funding sources for an empowerment zone and detailed the policies, processes and procedures required for a business to apply for funding/incentives. The target business corridors are West Broadway and the Maple/Ash corridor. Outcome: Prepare a marketing package outlininga the benefits, funding and incentives for being located within an empowerment zone. This package also needs to include how a business would apply for the incentives/funding associated with being in such a zone.

    For more information, contact Rhosetta Rhodes.

  • President’s Honor Roll
    For the second time in three years, Whitworth was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to service as well 09 honor roll.

    The honor roll, launched in 2006, recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. The honor roll's Presidential Award, given each year to only a handful of institutions, is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The honor roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, and the U.S. departments of Education and Housing & Urban Development.

    Whitworth was selected for inclusion on the Community Service Honor Roll based on initiatives such as its annual Community Building Day project, its Engaging the Community, Inspiring Philanthropy Program, its Bonner Leaders Program, its Central America Service and Study Program, and its West Central Neighborhood Partnership. Whitworth also places a special focus on high-school completion and college-readiness support services for disadvantaged youth. Some of the programs and services that are part of that focus include Mentors and Students Together, the Street Kids Program, and the Whitworth Literacy Center. Click here for further information.
  • Faculty are engaged in an interdisciplinary project to work with the Spokane Police Department in eight neighborhoods. Whitworth faculty members Adrian Teo (Psychology), Patrick Van Inwegen (Political Science) and Noelle Wiersma (Psychology) are partnering with the Spokane Police Department to evaluate neighborhood policing strategy in eight neighborhoods. This community-based research project engages students from the Research Methods and Statistics II and Research Methods in Political Science courses. Students are designing a survey for data collection and writing a summary and analysis. For more information, contact Rhosetta Rhodes.



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