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  • Locations: Bellingham, Washington, United States; San Juan Islands, United States; Southern Gulf Islands, Canada;
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Anthropology, Art, Biology, Development & Sustainability, Ecology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Field Research Methods, History, Humanities, Leadership, Service Learning, Social Work & Human Rights, Sustainability
Housing Options: Other Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

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WWU Global Learning Program:

Redfish School of Change:
Leadership in the Salish Sea


Courses: canada salish sea

Program Dates: June 14 (online coursework) - July 23, 2019
Travel Dates: July 3 - July 23, 2019

Itinerary: Redfish School of Change Program Overview 2019.pdf

Program Description:

Redfish School of Change is celebrating its 10-year-anniversary.  This summer brings a special focus on internships in and around the Salish Sea, while learning about Indigenous resurgence and revitalization, and advanced leadership skills. Redfish brings together a cohort of students from Canada and the USA to explore the richness and complexity of the Salish Sea. We will be working with Indigenous elders, interviewing local politicians, and seeing some of the wildest parts of this bioregion in an effort to work toward social and environmental change. 

Program Highlights:

  • Learn about indigenous cultural resurgence movements from local tribal and band leaders; canada redfish
  • Practice advance leadership skills;
  • Engage in internships and practicums across the two boarders;
  • Kayak through the Gulf Islands.

Expectations for Participants:

With or without reasonable accommodations, must be able to walk for 2-3 hours/day, sit for 3-4 hours/day.  

All activities will be made accessible and cater to the groups needs. These will include:

  • Light hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Optional swimming and snorkeling
Refrigeration is available for the duration of the program.


Nick Stanger, PhD, Instructor and program co-director
Nick currently works collaboratively with Coast Salish members to support acts of resurgence and find appropriate ways for settlers to engage and learn about this work. Nick works as an assistant professor of environmental education at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. He completed his Doctorate at the University of Victoria in 2014 and was a Social Sciences and Humanities Council Doctoral Fellow. The main focus of his research revolved around the learning that occurs within outdoor childhood places (, and their lasting effects on our lives. 
Phone: 360-650-2203
Office: AH 201

Ryan Hilperts, MA - Ryan Hilperts is committed to the art of transformational education. She guides processes of individual, group, and community discovery through workshops in facilitation, interpersonal communication, group dynamics, visioning, and living with purpose. She designs her work using ecological systems as inspiration and guides.

Program Cost:

See the Budget Sheet.



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This program is currently not accepting applications.