Brian Davenport, PhD
University College at Eastern Washington University is pleased to announce that Dr. Brian Davenport has joined EWU as the Director of Community Engagement. Dr. Davenport will work with faculty to coordinate service-learning and courses and programs related community engagement. Dr. Davenport has been a faculty member at the University of Southern Maine and has been the Assistant Director of the Master in Teaching Program at Whitworth University. Dr. Barbara Holland, a leader in the area of community engagement, describes him as someone who “has often demonstrated his ability to bring people together, to encourage collaboration, and to build bridges of shared understanding.” She adds that since he has professional experience as a faculty and staff member he can move easily in those spheres. We are excited that Dr. Davenport has joined us and look forward to even more robust representation of EWU students in community partnerships.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Kayla Martinez is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Community Engagement. She was brought onto our team through the Americorps VISTA program which aims to end poverty in the US. She is from pa where she graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Regional and Environmental Planning. Throughout her college career Kayla was involved with many community and academic organizations. Her professional interests are civic engagement, environmental protection, and health and human services. Currently, she is working to combat hunger and homelessness in the Cheney Spokane area.
College Access Corps Coordinator
Jemma Riedel is a proud EWU graduate of ‘17 with a BA in Communication in Public Relations, a double minor in English and Journalism, and a Leadership Certificate. She has always been an active member of the campus and community, both here and previously at Wenatchee Valley College. Her new role at EWU, as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, is to provide economically disadvantaged 4-12 grade kids in the Cheney School District with college access activities that are fun and educational. Jemma has a passion for volunteerism and is eager to help students become more involved in the community.
Graduate Student Assistant (GSA)
Michael Watts graduated with his BA in international affairs and Japanese from EWU in 2012. After graduation he worked in Osaka, Japan for four years teaching English and writing textbooks for one of the largest English education companies in Japan. He returned to EWU in the fall of 2016 to pursue his master of science in cultural communication and his master of public administration. This past year, he worked as the assistant coordinator for the EWU Research and Creative Works Symposium and finished an internship with Gallatin Public Affairs. After finishing graduate school, he hopes to pursue a career in international development, diplomacy, and exchange.
Garrett is currently in his second year at EWU as a senior. He received his associates degree at Centralia College after running start. This is his second year working with the Office of Community Engagement and he is currently a volunteer mentoring coordinator at Betz Lunch Buddies with the Prime Time mentoring program. His major is elementary mathematics with a middle level endorsement. Garrett wants to use that degree to teach middle school mathematics.
Becca has been with the Office of Community Engagement for three years, working as an office assistant and volunteering in the Primetime Mentor program. She is currently in her senior year as a Criminal Justice major and hopes to work in the Juvenile Court System or as a Victim's Advocate.
Edith has been working in the office since fall of 2016. She is a transfer student from Columbia Basin College, where she received her associate’s degree. She is currently in her senior year of college pursuing a degree in Business Administration. After this year she is planning on continuing with her education and obtaining a master’s in Business.