Imagine the Future Roundtable Series
The Imagine the Future series is designed to bring expert thinkers, scholars and practitioners to the Yakima Valley to consult with community leaders in true dialogue, discussing the issues that matter most to us.
Filiberto Barajas-López, Ph.D. - May 2015
The Center for a New Washington at Heritage University was delighted to host Dr. Filiberto Barajas-López on March 14, 2015 as the guest presenter in our Imagine the Future education series. His forum, entitled “Imagining New Directions in Latino/Latina & Native American Education," examined the achievement gap in K-12 math education among Latino/Latina and Native American students.
Among the 36 participants were education professionals from Yakima Valley school districts and Heritage faculty. Two Heritage students also attended. Several members of the Heritage faculty had the opportunity to meet in small groups with him later in the day for discussion on this critical subject.
Dr. Barajas-Lopez is currently an Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Washington. He is one of the foremost experts on K-12 math education disparities in Washington State regarding achievement gaps for underserved students. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics education at the University of California in Los Angeles. His program areas include excellence in content instruction, mathematics or science, teacher quality and teacher education and equity.
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David Julian, Ph.D. - February 2015
The Center for a New Washington at Heritage University was pleased to present our February 2015 Imagine the Future roundtable, led by Dr. David Julian. His presentation is entitled, “Maximizing the Impact of Community Partnerships.” Utilizing Dr. Julian’s extensive work with successful community collaborations, this workshop focused on the most current methods for creating and enhancing the effectiveness of collaborations in addressing community challenges.
Dr. Julian is a nationally recognized expert in program design, implementation and evaluation. He is currently Director of Community Planning and Evaluation at the Center for Education and Training for Employment (CETE) at Ohio State University. He has a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Community Psychology and over 20 years of experience in program design. He also holds a degree in MCRP (city and regional planning) from the Ohio state University. From 1992 until 2001, Dr. Julian was the Director of Evaluation and Research at the United Way in Franklin County, Ohio. During his tenure, Dr. Julian was instrumental in developing and implementing a comprehensive system for defining and measuring program level outcomes
Aaron Hegde, Ph.D. - December, 2014
On Monday, December 8th, the Center for a New Washington welcomed Dr. Aaron Hegde for an Imagine the Future presentation and roundtable entitled “Growing in Today's Regulatory Environment: The Agriculture Industry.” The Imagine the Future series is designed to bring expert thinkers, scholars and practitioners to the Yakima Valley to consult with community leaders in true dialogue, discussing the issues that matter most to us.
Dr. Hegde is an Associate Professor of Economics, Director of the Environmental Resource Management (ERM) Program, as well as the Agricultural Business Program in the School of Business and Public Administration at California State University, Bakersfield. He received his doctorate in Agricultural Economics from North Carolina State University. In his tenure at CSUB, he has helped grow both the ERM and AGBS programs. He helped secure an $800,000 endowment for an Occupational Safety and Health concentration. While his research interests are varied, they are related to the broader topic of agriculture.
Frances Contreras, Ph.D. - May 2012
Dr. Frances Contreras is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the College of Education in Leadership and Policy Studies. She researches issues of equity and access for Latina/o and underrepresented students in the education pipeline, including the transition between K-12 and higher education, community college transfer, affirmative action in higher education and the role of the public policy arena in ensuring student access and equity across a P-20 continuum. Dr. Contreras received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Educational Administration & Policy Analysis, Master of Education from Harvard University, and B.A. from University of California, Berkeley.
Her most recent book Achieving Equity for Latino Students: Expanding the Pathway to Higher Education through Public Policy (Teachers College Press, 2011) focuses on select policy issues that have inhibited Latino student success, and select levers to alter the path of under investment in Latinos, raise student achievement, increase the number of Latino students transitioning to and completing college in the United States. Frances is also co-author of The Latino Education Crisis (Harvard University Press, 2009) with P. Gandara and her work has been published in leading education journals including the Harvard Educational Review, Educational Policy, Journal of Hispanics in Higher Education, Journal of Advanced Academics, the Encyclopedia for Diversity in Education and the Bilingual Research Journal. She is also the lead researcher for the Latino Edition of the College Completion Agenda for The College Board (In press, September 2011).
Dr. Contreras serves on the Board of the ACLU of Washington, the Journal of Advanced Academics, and Latino Education Achievement Project, the Lupe Contreras Memorial Foundation in California, and is a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Achievement Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee in Washington.
- CNW hosted Dr. Jason Fruth's Presentation of "Nurturing Environments: A proven cost-effective way of increasing student success".
On March 3rd, 2015, Jason Fruth, Ph.D., visited campus to present "Nurturing Environments: A proven cost-effective way of increasing student success".
Dr. Fruth is an Assistant Professor in Wright State University’s College of Education and Human Services and is the Program Director of the Nationally Recognized Intervention Specialist Program. He is also the head of Wright State University’s Office for Educational Research and has published multiple articles on the impact of PAX and Prevention in the classroom. Dr. Fruth is currently the lead investigator on four randomized control trials tracking the impact of PAX on Ohio Schools. In addition to developing the PAX Pre-service Teacher Course for early and middle childhood teachers, Dr. Fruth has created a community engagement extension for prevention entitled, Creating Nurturing Environments that is already at work spreading prevention strategies in the community through juvenile justice, the police force, daycares, and medical facilities.
Heritage University’s Center for a New Washington partnered with the Yakima Valley Community Foundation and Harrah Elementary School to extend the reach of Dr. Fruth to various change agents such as Heritage's teaching prep directors and staff, HU 105 professors, school principals, superintendents and other key leaders interested in learning about how the program and philosophy works.
Difficult Dialogue Series
- CNW Launches Difficult Dialogues Series - May 2, 2014
The Center for a New Washington launched a new community engagement series, the Difficult Dialogues, on Friday May 2, 2014 with an event on the topic of marijuana cultivation and distribution in Yakima County. Since Initiative 502 was approved by popular vote in Washington State in November 2012, community members in Yakima County have engaged in rigorous debate about our involvement in our local community.
The Difficult Dialogues series is designed to bring opinion-leaders to the Yakima Valley to present their divergent viewpoints to an audience of local community leaders. We then invite participants to engage in cross-sector dialogue facilitated by skilled Heritage faculty and staff. Our goal is to initiate true dialogue by focusing on the process of healthy and productive engagement, working together to gain a clear understanding of multiple positions on a conflicted issue that matters to us.
Following the speakers’ presentations, participants engaged in cross-sector roundtable discussions facilitated by faculty and staff from Heritage University. Comments participants included in the event survey include, “the event was very respectfully organized,” and “thank you for organizing a thoughtful discussion.” The Heritage facilitation team has undergone training from the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima.
||Alex Newhouse, a private attorney from Sunnyside who was a vocal advocate for Initiative 502, made a presentation supporting Marijuana cultivation and distribution in Yakima County.
||Anna Maria Dufault, Community Mobilization and Drug-Free Communities Coordinator for Education Service District 105, made a presentation opposing the distribution and cultivation of marijuana in Yakima County.
Initiative 502 defined and legalized small amounts of marijuana-related products for adults 21 and over, taxes them and designates the revenue for healthcare and substance-abuse prevention and education.
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- CNW hosts Dr. Roseann Umana to lead two Student Veteran Seminars - Monday, March 24, 2014
Dr. Roseann Umana, a clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in military mental health treatment joined us from the Columbus, OH Veterans Administration Center. Dr. Umana gave two outstanding seminars. The first, entitled “What Assets Veterans Bring to Higher Education and the Work Place,” was held at Heritage University’s main campus in Toppenish, WA, and was immediately followed by a luncheon that enabled student veterans to have a meaningful conversation with Dr. Umana. The second seminar held at ESD 105 in Yakima was entitled “Readjusting from Deployment and Transitioning from Military to Civilian Culture.” A number of high level community members gathered to discuss the issues surrounding veteran’s readjustment to civilian life and what we as a community can do to help support the transition. Both seminars were introduced by Kay Bassett, Director of CNW and welcomed by Dr. John Bassett, President of Heritage University.
We would like to thank Dr. Umana for joining us to lead such an important discussion!
- The Center for a New Washington Hosts State-wide Healthcare Meeting
On November 5th 2014, the Center for a New Washington at Heritage University hosted a Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) Community of Health Planning Grantee Meeting. Grants were awarded in July to ten regions covering the State to plan for collaborative approaches to healthcare as part of the State Health Innovation Plan. Heritage was one of the recipients of these grants to plan for Yakima County. Dan Peplow and Katherine Bell are our grant Project Director and Project Liaison, respectively.
Representatives from each of the grantee regions attended this meeting as well as State Healthcare administrators and staff. The group reviewed their progress in meeting the goals of “Better Health, Better Healthcare, Lower Cost” through building Communities of Health. The Center was honored to be chosen as the site for this event.
- Envisioning a Healthier Yakima: Creating a Regional Health Improvement Collaborative (RHIC) to address local health concerns
On December 6, 2013, CNW facilitated a discussion about the possibility of creating a Regional Health Improvement Collaborative (RHIC) in central Washington. The forum was facilitated by Dr. Joy Howard, Interim Assistant Director.
The “Envisioning a Healthier Yakima” forum combined local, regional and state-level representatives who are interested in or are currently implementing Washington RHIC initiatives. A RHIC calls all members of the health care sector—providers, purchasers, payers, and consumers--to work collaboratively with business, criminal justice, education, faith-based, government, philanthropy, social service, tribal, and other sectors to efficiently and effectively improve health care for its targeted community. Our goal was for panel participants to engage in dialogue with attendees to inform the ongoing conversation, and contribute to an action plan for creating a RHIC that includes the Yakima valley. CNW is pleased to announce that we achieved this goal.
CNW would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our panelists for their valuable contributions to the discussion:
Nathan Johnson, Division Director, Health Care Policy, WA State Health Care Authority
Jonathan Seib, Senior Vice President, Healthcare, Strategies 360
Carol Moser, Executive Director, Health Alliance, Benton-Franklin
Deanna Davis, Executive Director, Better Health Together, Spokane
Sheryl DePietro, Yakima Public Health District
Deborah Guack, Strategic Development Consultant
Jackie McPhee, Executive Director, Children’s Village
Rich Spiegel, Signal Health
View the "Envisioning a Healthier Yakima" public report.
- Building a Healthier Yakima: Creating an Interprofessional Medical Education, Research and Practice Institute
On November 18, 2013, CNW at Heritage University, in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest University hosted a forum entitled “Building a Healthier Yakima: Creating an Interprofessional Medical Education, Research and Practice Institute,” featuring Dr. Mark Taylor. Dr. Taylor, Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences and Chair of Cellular Science department at PNWU, is instrumental in spearheading the establishment of this collaborative approach to healthcare education for central and eastern Washington. The forum brought together expert thinkers, scholars and practitioners to the Yakima Valley to consult with community leaders in true dialogue.
The following panelists contributed valuable thoughts to the discussion:
Dr. Robert Sutton, Senior Advisor and Associate Dean of Medical Education at Pacific Northwest University
Dr. David Darda, Associate Dean of College of the Sciences at Central Washington University
Dr. Barbara Richardson, Director of Interprofessional Education at Washington State University
Dr. Dan Ferguson, Director of the Allied Health Center at Yakima Valley Community College
Dr. Christina Nyirati, Director of Nursing Program, Heritage University
Dr. Judd Case, the College of Science, Health and Engineering at Eastern Washington University
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) training - November 21st, 2014
On Friday, November 21st, the Center for a New Washington (CNW) at Heritage University, in collaboration with ESD 105 and the Foundation for Healthy Generations, was pleased to present a specialized Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) training by Laura Porter. Adverse Childhood Experiences are significant early traumas that affect brain development and can lead to serious physical, mental and emotional issues if left unaddressed.
However we learned that resilience, built into our daily lives in simple ways can act to offset the effect of ACEs.
This training provided data and intervention strategies to help attendees, in collaboration with their peers, generate and develop action ideas focused to help all children succeed.
Laura Porter directs the Averse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Learning Institute for the Foundation for Healthy Generations. She oversees analysis of ACE and resilience data from Washington youth and adults and works with local and state leaders to embed developmental neuroscience and resilience findings into policy, practice and community norms. Laura is an award winning ACEs advocate who is best known for directing systemic improvements
- Washington Educational Research Association - December 11, 2013
On December 11, 2013, the All Children Exceeding Standards research team presented a workshop entitled, “P-3- Where You Start is Where You Finish” at the Washington Education Research Association Conference. This three-hour workshop explored the ACES initiative in Richland School district in tandem with the One Voice for Higher Education project initiative of Yakima County.
Participants explored visioning, funding, and finding district and community support for innovation in the education system. This hands-on workshop focused on exploring the practical application of collective impact initiatives, from the local context of participants. Participants were encouraged to explore opportunities in their areas, with an eye to overcoming barriers. The program abstract is below. Presenters were Erich Bolz, Nicole Blake, Sarah Augustine, Karen Weakley, and Rick Shulte.
P-3: It Makes the Difference
Where You Start is Where You Finish
Access to high quality early learning opportunities seems to be en vogue in today’s political climate. While the research mandates a move of scarce resources to this endeavor, we must ask the question, “Can my district afford to wait for policy-makers to do the right thing?” This presentation showcases two approaches (and an interesting loosely coupled collaboration) to changing the school readiness paradigm, one in the Richland School District (ACES) and one in the Yakima Valley (One Voice). Participants will leave energized and with powerful strategies to engage their communities in this effort.
Erich Bolz, Assistant Superintendent, Richland School District
Nicole Blake, Coordinator of ECE, Parent Involvement, and AVID at Richland School District 400
Sarah Augustine, Assistant Director, Center for a New Washington, Heritage University
Karen Weakley, Early Learning Consultant
Rick Donahoe, Richland School Board
- Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) meets at Heritage University - October 15, 2013
The Center for a New Washington (CNW) at Heritage University hosted a community forum presented by the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC).
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- Heritage University's First Alumnae Gathering
On September 4, 2013, Heritage University and the Center for a New Washington held HU’s first alumni gathering. The event brought together both current staff/faculty who are HU alumni, as well as off campus alumni who are making a difference in our community every day. The event was moderated by Kay Bassett, Director of the Center for a New Washington. Presentations were made by: Theresa Vitello, Director of the Early Learning Center, Crystal Bass, Director of Alumni Affairs and Yuridia Valencia, a student/parent at Heritage University.
In keeping with CNW’s mission to provide a space where community interests can explore innovative and practical solutions, the Center hosted a community panel that discussed immigration reform from the perspective of multiple stakeholders. Panelists included: local grower Jim Doornick, Mayor Clara Jimenez, Representative Bruce Chandler, Tadeo Saenz-Thompson, CEO of Inspire (formerly the Migrant Council), and Pastor David Bell. The discussion was led by Bishop Joseph Tyson, and moderated by HU president Dr. John Bassett. Above please find a link to an article published by the Yakima Herald Republic.