Category Archives: Government Relations

Welcome to a New Year

My name is Hailey Badger and I am the Director of University Affairs. I’m a junior studying political science and philosophy. I’ve been involved in ASUW since my freshman year: first with Student Senate, and then with the Student Debt Reduction Working Group and the Office of Government Relations. The Director of University Affairs is the student liaison to the faculty and administration — I represent and advocate for student opinion at decision-making arenas at the faculty and administrative levels. I work to make sure that University policies, whether it be financial aid policy or academic policies (such as major requirements), are reflective of student interests.

Students have a successful track record of making our voices heard at the University. In the past few years, we have done things like implement a diversity curriculum requirement, which requires students to take a class that examines some form of diversity as a graduation requirement. This year’s incoming class is the first that will need to satisfy this requirement before graduation. Additionally, students spearheaded a movement against differential tuition, which would set higher tuition levels for certain majors (like engineering and business). We’ve had major impacts not only on campus, but also at the State level. Students working on behalf of the Office of Government Relations were instrumental in securing the tuition freeze we were granted two years ago. When students rally around an issue they care about, the results are powerful.

This year, I’ll be working on a few main issues. First, the Student Debt Reduction Working Group (SDRWG) will continue to study student debt and explore institutional policy options to mediate debt on campus. Last year, we wrote a report titled “Meet us in the Middle: Affordability for the Working Student” — if you haven’t read it, check it out here. In the report, we urge the state to recognize a clear definition of “affordability,” which in our eyes, is measured by a student’s ability to work their way through college. Basically, a student shouldn’t be expected to contribute to their education more than what they can earn by working 40 hours per week over the summer and 20 hours per week during the school year. We’ll be working with the Office of Government Relations to advocate for this and other ideas posed in the report to the state legislature in Olympia.

I’m so excited to have the opportunity to represent students in this role and I can’t wait to see what we’ll be able to accomplish this year. However, I can’t do it alone– if you’re interested in getting involved or have any questions at all, please email me at asuwbdua@uw.edu or visit volunteer.asuw.org.

Thanks for reading,

Hailey

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Beginning of the Legislative Session

Fellow Huskies,

Happy New Year and welcome back! Though the Seahawks didn’t come out with a win this weekend, I think we still have a lot to look forward to in 2013.

Today marks the beginning of Washington’s legislative session. Lawmakers will debate a number of issues that directly affect us in the higher education community. We at the ASUW are committed to ensuring that your voice and interests are represented in Olympia through our Office of Government Relations.

To learn more about how to get involved, check out the video we made below by clicking the picture below, or clicking here to view it.

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Our Huskies on the Hill Lobby Day will be on Friday, February 15th. Click here to register! Also, the ASUW Board of Directors will be having a forum with the Student Senate about potential restructure of our Board. If you are interested in attending, come to Gowen 301 at 5pm on Tuesday, January 15th.

Thanks for tuning in this week and, as always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Until next time,

Evan Smith
ASUW President

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A New Year of ASUW

It’s been so exciting these past few weeks, watching all the new ASUW employees start their jobs, and beginning planning for the year with my fellow Board members. Due to of all this transitioning and new energy, it is also an excellent opportunity for me to make sure everyone is on the page, and that we start this year out stronger than ever.

This week, I worked with Desiree (Vice President), and Riley (Finance and Budget Director) to rework the Quarterly Reports that all the entity directors are responsible for completing at the end of each quarter. We all agreed that it is important that Quarterly Reports be a resource for future directors to know what was done with their entity in past years, as well as a way to get a better understanding of how our entities are doing, and how they are working to meet their goals and the overall vision of the Association. We also added an entirely new feature to these reports- a self-reported budget sheet so entities can have more ownership of their own budgets, and the Finance and Budget Committee can get a better sense of how and where budgets are being spent.

I also worked with the Tech department to update our records page (records.asuw.org) so we can continue to be a transparent association. You can now find all Board Minutes, Reports, and Bills under the 1213 (2012-2013) folders on this page.

My final project for the week was facilitating the creation of the all-new board.asuw.org! This project has intrigued me since I got elected, and I am looking forward to being a more transparent and accessible Board so you can understand what we are up to and be assured that we are always working for YOU, even if it is occasionally behind the scenes.

I hope this provides a better insight into who we are, what we are doing, and how we are serving you!

Looking forward to future updates,

-Kate

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