Welcome back to school! As you’re getting settled in and considering how to spend your time this year, I’d like to take this opportunity to make sure you’re aware of the ways you can have your voice heard in student government. ASUW and the UW itself can be confusing to navigate when trying to mobilize on issues you care about – it is my goal to reduce these barriers to student advocacy and make it as simple as possible to have your valuable opinions recognized.
At a time when college students are pulled in a million different directions between class, work, RSOs, friends, research, family and more, we know that not everyone has time to invest in regular involvement with ASUW – and that’s OK. This does not make your opinions or ideas any less valid or important to us and it is imperative to any democratic advocacy organization to have open channels of communication with its constituents – that’s you! ASUW Board of Directors meetings, as well as Senate meetings, are open public forums which means that anyone is welcome to join and voice their opinions.
So maybe you don’t have time to commit to being a Senator and voting at meetings every Tuesday. But hopefully you can find the time to join the conversation when a big issue you feel passionate about comes up. Or perhaps you’ll feel compelled to swing by our office in the HUB when a cool idea for a new campus event strikes. Even just a quick email is an easy but effective way to address a concern of yours.
Too often it is the case that students didn’t chime in on relevant campus issues because they didn’t feel empowered to do so, didn’t have access to the right conversations or nobody asked for their opinion. Consider this your formal invitation to join the conversation, whether it be for a few hours or for a few years. We don’t just want to hear from you, we need to!
Your ASUW Board of Directors meets Thursdays at 4:30 PM in HUB 303. Meeting agendas and documents can be found at bit.ly/asuwboard
The ASUW Student Senate meets Tuesdays from 5-7 in Gowen 301. Legislation can be found at senate.asuw.org
I look forward to working with you!