Areas of Support: Community Engagement

Community Engagement

At Eastern, it’s not enough to just be in a community, we want to be part of it. As a student-centered, regionally engaged university, we encourage an institutionwide commitment to community involvement. Eastern’s partnerships with various organizations allow our students and faculty to impact the lives of individuals from the classroom to the boardroom.

Advancement of Community Health

One of Eastern’s key initiatives is to become engaged in the communities we serve and to encourage our students to contribute to the well-being of those they live around. These efforts have resulted in the development of a number of programs that provide health services to the local community. EWU’s service clinics, outreach programs and research activities directly benefit the health of the community. This is our way of ensuring that our students stay grounded in their chosen practice and connected to those needing critical health services.

Advancement of Economic Vitality

Eastern Washington University has many resources that can assist in the economic development of communities around the region. The skill and expertise among our faculty and staff can be mobilized to mentor and support student projects that help local communities grow and prosper.

Through its Community Indicators project, Eastern’s Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis provides critical data to help counties around the Northwest make important planning decisions.



Office of Community Engagement

Under the leadership of President Arévalo, Eastern is committed to supporting our local and regional communities.

The university’s new Office of Community Engagement connects students, faculty and staff to the wider community through partnerships, outreach programs and initiatives which enrich student learning and promote civic responsibility.
learn to navigate the university system.

  • Expansion of PT/OT Programs
  • Domino Project
  • Health Informatics Initiative
  • Dental Hygiene Clinic
  • Office of Community Engagement
  • Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis
  • Get Lit! Festival
  • Master of Public Health Program

Dental Hygiene

Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis

“Attending Eastern has helped me improve my social, professional, leadership and study skills,” said Lena Riley, a dental hygiene student. “Eastern’s Dental Hygiene Program has prepared me to be a competent and passionate hygienist. I have learned much more than basic clinical skills. I have grown into a professional.”

Riley has helped organize, and has participated in, Eastern’s free dental care events such as Senior Smile Day and Eagles Day. “These events have opened my eyes to Spokane County’s need for dental care,” said Riley. “I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to make a difference in our community. Providing community dental care has helped expand my knowledge of public dynamics, and has helped me improve the public’s oral health through dental hygiene therapy and education.”

Riley plans to one day work full time in private practice. During her time off, she plans to provide community education on oral health.

Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis provides data on a variety of critical issues facing local governments, businesses and non-profit groups around the Northwest. Executive Director Patrick Jones strives to make the Institute a model for how EWU makes connections to surrounding communities.

One example is the Community Indicators Initiative, which includes websites devoted to fostering economic development in counties throughout the region. Community Indicators provides information and trends on issues such as population, transportation, public safety, education and recreation that help leaders make important public policy decisions.

“Community leaders utilize this information for long-range planning, grant applications and key business decisions,” said Jones.

The Institute is one reason why the College of Business and Public Administration is such a vital component of Spokane’s University District.

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