CCE Community Chat

CCE Community Chat

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Join the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) for our monthly online Zoom show "Community Chat." The one-hour-long Community Chats are an opportunity for us to share the good work happening in our community and introduce our students to critical issues and topics in the Spokane community. Each episode is centered on a topic or issue that matter to our students and our community and feature community partners, residents, faculty, and Gonzaga students in an interactive interview-style conversation. The chats are hosted by CCE's own Anthony Medina and a rotating cast of our wonderful student leaders. If you would like to suggest a future topic or issue for a future episode of Community Chat please fill out our feedback form here. For questions about Community Chat please contact Anthony Medina at

Previous Episodes

The first ever episode of "Community Chat: with Tony and Cat" ZOOM Session filmed on Thursday April 2nd, 2020.In this episode we have a short conversation about food insecurity in NE Spokane and what efforts are being taken to address the issue in the context of COVID-19

Guests for our pilot episode include:

Emily Banick, Campus Kitchens Program Manager
Pat Clelland, Sodexo Resident District Manager
Brent Perdue, Logan Elementary Principal


Our second episode of "Community Chat: with Tony and Cat" ZOOM Session filmed on 4/17/2020. For this chat we had a conversation about this year's Mission: Possible Spring Break Immersion trips and what the experience was like for a variety of participants.

Guests for our episode include:

Emma Leary '20, Student Leader (San Francisco, CA)
Courtney Brown '22, Student Participant (Denver, CO)
Thomas Morris '22, Student Participant (Neah Bay, WA)
Deirdre Murphy, Advisor, Fulbright Teacher Exchange, Faculty for Modern Languages & Literature—Irish Gaelic (Denver, CO)


Our third episode of "Community Chat: with Tony and Cat" ZOOM Session filmed on 5/1/2020. For this chat we partnered with Gonzaga University Specialized Recreation (GUSR) to celebrate abilities, highlight important inclusion work, and discuss ally opportunities within Spokane.

Guests for our episode include:

Danika Morrison '19, Previous GUSR Coordinator & Atwork Employment Consultant
Chris Nacarrato, Longtime GUSR Community Member
John Lemus, Self-advocate & Activist with Atwork Spokane


Our fourth episode of "Community Chat: with Tony and Cat" ZOOM Session filmed on 6/3/2020. For this chat we had a conversation about developing authentic relationships through the lens of former student leaders involved in the CCE's Youth Programs, specifically the Walking School Bus. The idea of developing authentic relationships comes out of scholarship from Dr. Tania Mitchell and is an integral tenet of her critical service learning model. In collaboration with Sociology and Criminology Professor, Dr. Joe Johnston.

Guests for our episode include:

Kellee Kikumoto, '17
Sanna Darvish, '20
Sarah Potter, '20


Our fifth episode of "Community Chat" filmed on 8/28/2020. For this chat we had a conversation about Refugee and Immigrant Experiences in Spokane that highlighted the various efforts that are being taken to support these communities. This chat was designed specifically for our First Year Students attending the RISE Affinity Group, but was open to our broader Gonzaga Community to join as guests.

Panelists for our episode include:

Maisa Abudayha, Chef Program Director at Feast World Kitchen
Brent Hendricks, Executive Director at Global Neighborhood Thrift Store
Sarah Smith, Volunteer Coordinator at World Relief Spokane