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The Fairhaven Difference

Our commitment to transformative, creative, inquiry-based learning empowers students to pursue social, economic, and environmental justice.

Mark Miyake named to Federation of State Humanities Council Board of Directors

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Mark Miyake, an assistant professor in Western's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, has been named to the Federation of State Humanities Council Board of Directors, representing Washington state.

Founded in 1977, the Federation of State Humanities Councils providse leadership, advocacy, and information to help members advance programs that engage millions of citizens across diverse populations in community and civic life.

Miyake leads the program in Audio Technology, Music, and Society at Western Washington University.

Western Today

Federation of State Humanities Councils


The Outback Farm is hiring.

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WWU Students: want to work on a farm? The Outback is hiring for a new Operations Coordinator to start January 1, 2022 and work through the calendar year. Come join our awesome team for this leadership position to plant garden beds and farm rows, harvest and distribute produce, care for chickens, and collaborate with students through events and work parties. Applications must be turned in by December 1 


Please contact Farm Manager Terri Kempton with any questions!

Accepting Applications for Winter Quarter 2022

Fairhaven College is Now Accepting Applications for Winter Quarter 2022.

Fairhaven College admits students at all levels:

  • High School Students
  • Transfer Students
  • Current WWU Students.

Fairhaven College admits students on a quarterly basis. As a small college within WWU, we can have a selective admissions process.

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Awards

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Statement from the WWU Theatre Dept:

Congratulations to the No Exit cast, crew, and creative team for their hard work and wonderful production.  Our respondent from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival made the following awards from our production:  

  • Meritorious Achievement in Ensemble Acting to Madeline Cooper, Jesse Gervais, Sepanta Yaghmaee, and Shona Carter 
  • Meritorious Achievement in Assistant Directing to Elijah Rakha-Sheketoff 
  • Meritorious Achievement in Sound Design to Ray Morgen
  • Meritorious Achievement in Costume Design to Camryn Gipe
  • Meritorious Achievement in Stage Management to Nina Stanyo  

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Christopher ‘Caskey’ Russell Named New Dean of Western's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Christopher ‘Caskey’ Russell has been named the new dean of the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University, Provost Brent Carbajal announced today.

Russell, hired following a national search, will start in his new job at Western on Aug. 16. He succeeds John Bower, a Fairhaven College faculty member, who served a one-year, fixed term appointment as Fairhaven College dean.

Read the full article

Dean's Newsletter

Fairhaven College Spotify Playlist

Music is bonding and exciting, so let’s unify around it! Join us as we collaboratively create a playlist commemorating our process, growth, and community. Share songs that helped you survive, feel, and exist throughout this extraordinary year! We will collect these songs from the Fairhaven community to then make a playlist on Spotify that is open for all to listen and engage with. Please send any questions to Avry Richter, Kailey Droz , or Dr. Villicana. Suggestions are welcome from all Fairhaven community members and can be made at the following link: Fairhaven Playlist Suggestions

This is the Fairhaven Playlist thus far! We'll continue adding songs as they come in. 



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Outback Farm

World Issues Forum

Adventure Learning Grant

Fairhaven College nurtures engaged learning, fostering social justice through innovative programs. 

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Fairhaven College is committed to Solving Local & Global Problems. Our students and faculty are actively engaged in community activism and research at local, national, and international levels.

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Fairhaven’s interdisciplinarity fosters collaboration within the College and across campus. Check out some of our exciting collaborations.


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Our students, staff, and faculty have followed many unique paths to get where we are today.



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Fairhaven's Commitments to the World

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University cultivates student responsibility for designing and assessing learning through interdisciplinary inquiry, creativity, and scholarship

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A Collaborative Living and Learning Community committed to Social, Economic, Racial, and Environmental Justice.

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