Creating Regional Connections—UW Bothell Alumni at 21 Acres
- posted on: January 16, 2018
- posted by: 21 Acres
UW Bothell Magazine published an excellent article featuring our Volunteer Coordinator, and UW Bothell alum, Gretchen Johnson!
Gretchen’s work with 21 Acres began as a community service assignment for her undergraduate class, Topics in Sustainability. Seven years later Gretchen is still with us, inspiring other volunteers to love 21 Acres as much as she does!
Gretchen calls 21 Acres a “living laboratory” that “supplements everything you learn in class.” She encourages student volunteers to follow her footsteps—to “show up and do extra work some place where you want to be.”
Lots of alumni are doing exactly that.
“We have so many students coming out here. Some quarters we’ll have 20 volunteers.”
Johnson didn’t merely land a good job; she forged a new liaison role.
Gretchen isn’t our only UW Bothell alum! Marshall Leroy, 21 Acres Youth Farm and Garden Education Coordinator, and our Administrative Assistant, Krystal Wasson (Whitaker), who works our front desk, are also graduates of UW Bothell’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.
Read the rest of Stuart Glascock’s article to learn how “a growing cadre of innovative alums… is nurturing a vital link between community organizations and the University of Washington Bothell.”