Annual Membership & Network Meeting

Sheila Edwards Lange, Ph.D.
Sheila Edwards Lange, Ph.D. is the current President of Seattle Central College. Prior to accepting the position in May, Edwards Lange served as vice president for Minority Affairs and vice provost for Diversity at the University of Washington (UW). She was responsible for increasing diversity at the UW and working with senior leadership to improve the campus climate and retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff. She has managed student services and academic programs and led institutional transformation initiatives, community relations, and fundraising related to diversity. Prior to joining the UW, Edwards Lange worked for Seattle Colleges at the District office in Education and Planning and at North Seattle College. She has served on a number of national, state, and local committees and boards to advance equity and inclusion in higher education. She's received a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies and a master’s in public administration, both from the University of Washington, and she earned a bachelor’s in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine.

Susan Jeffords, Ph.D.
Dr. Susan Jeffords joined the University of WashingtonBothell in September of 2007 as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs where she serves as the chief academic officer and is responsible for advancing the academic and scholarly life of the campus. As Vice Chancellor, Jeffords oversees academic programs, the Teaching and Learning Center, Information Technologies, the Division of Enrollment Management and Admissions, Student Affairs, the Offices of Research Support and Institutional Research.

Jeffords has written and taught broadly in the area of American popular culture, with a particular emphasis on Hollywood film, the Vietnam War, and feminism. She is particularly committed to increasing opportunities for more diverse and underrepresented communities to participate actively in higher education, including expanding opportunities for international engagement. Read more...

Rhosetta Rhodes
Rhosetta Rhodes is the vice president of student life and dean of students for Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. She has served in that role since August 2015. In addition to her responsibilities in student life, Rhodes serves as Whitworth's Title IX Coordinator and is responsible for government relations and legislative affairs. Prior to becoming vice president of student life, she was the chief of staff in the office of the president since 2011; from 2007-11 she served as the director of the then-named Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement (now the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement). Rhosetta is deeply committed to engaged scholarship that connects higher education with solving social issues, and is passionate about collaborating with agencies and organizations to improve the quality of life for Spokane’s citizens.  She has received national awards for her work in neighborhood revitalization and community development.

Claire Peinado Fraczek, Ph.D.
Claire Peinado Fraczek serves as Director of Integrated Learning in the Office of Academic Affairs and is an affiliate faculty in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. She has spent a number of years developing pipeline programs at UW Seattle and UW Bothell to support more seamless pathways into higher education, particularly for first generation students, and leads organizational mission alignment for a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular activities generated throughout Academic Affairs. Her primary interests are to promote reflective practice as a catalyst for social justice, educational equity, and deepened student learning. She manages strategic alignment of new learning initiatives at UW Bothell, from academic advising to community engaged partnerships, and is a co-architect of the Latina Health & Equity Initiative to promote the health and well-being of the Latinx community. Her scholarship focuses on intersectional identities and ways to enable critical race feminist leadership within organizations.

Chris Wheatley
With over nine years’ experience in Higher Education Student Affairs, Chris Wheatley currently serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL) at Gonzaga University.  He is passionate about supporting students’ engagement with the community and their pursuit of social justice. Chris previously coordinated CCASL’s community-engaged learning program and currently directs student training and leadership formation. Chris received his BA and MA from Gonzaga University and his areas of interest include student leadership development, community engagement, intercultural competence, social justice education and organizational development.

Hannah Klaassen
Hannah Klaassen is the Coordinator of Student & Community Engagement for Gonzaga University’s Center for Community Action and Service Learning. In her role she supports student leaders and student volunteers who are involved in co-curricular community engagement opportunities. She is currently involved in creating new programming to expand student engagement capacity and increase the number of community partnerships. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, Hannah worked for nonprofit organizations in areas of refugee employment, communications, and young adult leadership development. She holds master’s degrees in theology and social work and is passionate about sustainable community development, undoing oppression, and the intersection of faith and justice.

Tim Costello
Tim Costello is the Director of the Center for Service-Learning at Western Washington University and has been in his position for 9 years.  Working at Western is an extension of his passion for promoting a just and diverse society. Prior to working at Western Tim worked in the nonprofit sector in areas related to HIV/AIDS, Hospice and child welfare. In 1987 while living in New York City he went to the first meeting of ACTUP, the acclaimed and controversial first HIV/AIDS activist organization in the world. He was an active member for 3 years and continued his HIV/AIDS work after moving to Bellingham, WA in 1992.  In memory of all women, men, and children who died or live with HIV/AIDS, Tim founded Slum Doctor Programme, an international NGO that brought HIV treatment and education to impoverished areas of Kenya and Uganda. Currently, Tim leads annual Rwanda and Kenya study abroad programs at Western that spring from his dedication to the transformative power of cross cultural relationships through shared living, love, and labor.  He also serves on the President’s Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Taskforce and the Faculty Senate Social Justice and Equity Committee. 

Ron Harris-White
Ron Harris-White, MPA, MA, is the Director of Urban Environmental Leadership and Diversity at Antioch University Seattle. Harris-White is also a proud member of the UEE faculty. As an award-winning teacher, public administrator and leader, Ron has developed unique programs to promote environmental education, social justice and community development. He teaches classes on “Diversity, Power and Privilege,” “21st Century Urban Food Systems,” and “Environmental Justice.” Ron is also the President of E3-Washington, the state’s environmental educator’s association. Ron helped establish Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative and Seattle Parks Urban Food System Program. He has nearly twenty years of communications, project management, and strategic planning experience in City of Seattle Government. In his spare time, Ron co-manages “Yes Farm” a community action learning lab in downtown Seattle.

Abigail Echo-Hawk
Abigail Echo-Hawk, MA is an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, she is also a member of the Upper Athabascan people of Mentasta Village, Alaska. Ms. Echo-Hawk is the Director of the Urban Indian Health Institute, a Tribal Epidemiology Center located in Seattle whose mission is to support the health and well-being of urban Indian communities through information, scientific inquiry, and technology. Specializing in facilitating cross cultural partnerships, Ms. Echo-Hawk has been an integral part of establishing health research projects and public health initiatives with rural and urban tribal communities across the United States. Her work embodies respect for Native culture, pursuit of excellence in providing opportunities and deliverables, and willingness to work in true partnership with communities. As a dedicated community volunteer, Abigail has concentrated on policy and institutional change in order to minimize health disparities for women of color locally and nationally.

Terryl J. Ross, Ph.D.
Dr. Terryl Ross has over 30 years of experience related to equity and social justice. Specifically, he specializes in examining the intersectionality of race, changing demographics, emerging trends, higher education, and new media. He is currently the Diversity Director at University of Washington Bothell and serves on UW’s Race and Equity Initiative. Terryl completed his Ph.D. in Educational and Communications Technology at the University of Washington. His dissertation topic was, “MOSAIC: The Case Study of a diversity-based, E-learning Community.” He received his MA from Syracuse University in Public Relations and he majored in Government at Eastern Washington University. Dr. Ross has been the founder and director of Mosaic Nation, the Director of Community and Diversity at Oregon State University, the Regional Affairs Manager at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and a Military Intelligence officer for the US Army.