Wolff Fellowship


The Wolff Fellowship program is sponsored by Gonzaga University’s Center for Community Engagement thanks to the generosity of Fritz and Jeannie Wolff. Wolff Fellows co-design projects with local community-based organizations that build community capacity and strengthen partnerships between Gonzaga and the host agency. Projects are designed around Gonzaga’s six Arrupe Engagement Pathways. Through their unique projects, Wolff Fellows explore the connection between their disciplinary/career interests and public service, learn about community needs and assets, and partner with community organizations to build community capacity.

Start Date:
September 2019 
Term of Appointment: One Academic Year Commitment
Remuneration: The fellowship provides up to $1,500 for each Gonzaga student fellow (roughly 140 hours at $11/hour).
Duties & Responsibilities:
Wolff Fellows meet regularly with their host agency to develop and implement projects that build community capacity through one of the following Engagement Pathways:

  • Direct Service Giving personal time and energy to address immediate community needs or priorities.
  • Faith & Justice Committing to community-based projects and initiatives that explore the intersection of faith and justice.
  • Community-Engaged Learning and Research Enriching knowledge of and informing action on critical social issues by connecting coursework and research to community-identified concerns.
  • Philanthropy Raising/developing financial and other resources to actively promote human welfare.
  • Policy & Politics Participating in processes of democratic self-governance and civic engagement.
  • Advocacy and Awareness Engaging, educating and mobilizing individual or collective efforts that influence changes to systems and/or policies.
  • Social Innovation Finding novel solutions to address social challenges by applying concepts and principles found in fields like business and engineering. 

Wolff Fellows will engage in activities, such as:

  • Develop a community-engagement project in partnership with a local organization that meets an identifiable need and builds community capacity.
  • Plan and execute community engagement project in conjunction with a community agency.
  • Attend regular meetings with CCE and community agency supervisor.
  • Attend monthly reflection meetings with all Fellows and CCE staff.
  • Evaluate impact and effectiveness of community engagement project.
  • Publicly present community engagement project in Spring 2020 

2018-19 Wolff Fellows:

Gabriella Castro working with Center for Justice
Rayanna Smith working with Project: Inspire
Matthew Williams working with Spokane FAVS
Joe Jerome working with The Zone Project
Aminat Oladunjoye working with The Northeast Community Center/Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.