Introducing the Dawg Pack Advisory Committee

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So what is the Dawg Pack Advisory Committee?

Over the summer, ASUW, GPSS, and the UW Athletics Department formally established the Dawg Pack Advisory Committee—or DPAC—to involve students in the “planning side” of Husky Athletic events, the Dawg Pack, and student ticket packages. The committee has spots for representatives from ASUW, GPSS, and the student body at-large.

What role will the DPAC have on campus? What will the committee actually do?

Broadly speaking, the DPAC will have three roles: advisory, policy, and programming.

Advisory

When Athletics reviews current game-day programs and policies, or creates new ones, they can bring their ideas to the DPAC and ask for students’ opinions. This works visa versa, too—students can also bring ideas and recommendations to DPAC meetings to share with Athletics’ staff.

In order to best represent ‘student opinion’ at a school with tens of thousands of students from all kinds of backgrounds, the students on the DPAC will be doing a lot of outreach work to gather student feedback. This could mean anything from creating focus groups, to distributing polls and surveys, to speaking with Student Senate—it’ll be up to the committee members to decide how they reach out to the Dawg Pack and student body.

Policy

The DPAC is formally established by two documents: Article XII of the ASUW Bylaws (which lists the formal, or “standing,” committees of the Association) and the 2015 Memorandum of Understanding between Athletics, ASUW, and GPSS (which will be made public in the next few weeks—stay tuned!). One of the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding—or MOU—is that the DPAC will be responsible for formally reviewing and updating the MOU every year to make sure the document always reflects the needs and priorities of the Dawg Pack, which may change over time.

Programming

The DPAC will be responsible for running two new programs to reward and recognize awesome UW students at Husky athletic events. The 2015-2016 DPAC members will be responsible for shaping how these programs are run—AKA, huge opportunity for students to get creative with marketing and promotional ideas at Husky games! The committee will also build relationships with the marketing, outreach, and promotions team at Athletics to collaborate on new ways to take the Dawg Pack experience to the next level.

Who sits on the DPAC, and what do they do?

In addition to representatives from the Athletics Department, the committee will have the following personnel:

  1. The Director of Campus Partnerships, who shall serve as Chair;
  2. The ASUW President, or proxy;
  3. The GPSS President, or proxy;
  4. One representative of the ASUW Student Senate;
  5. Three undergraduate students at ­large, who shall be selected through the ASUW Open Selection Process;
  6. One graduate student at ­large, and;
  7. One additional GPSS representative, who may be either a graduate student at­ large, or a locally­ located, recent UW graduate.

Each student representative will serve a term of one academic year. Since this is the committee’s first year, the exact time commitment isn’t set in stone, but we expect students will spend about 10-15 hours/quarter (an average of 1-1.5 hours/week) on DPAC business. We will have one hour meetings every 2-3 weeks throughout the school year, and committee members will work on projects outside of meeting time, such as conducting focus groups, working on the Dawg Pack’s social media presence, or selecting students to recognize at Athletic events.

For the 2015-2016 school year, DPAC meetings are tentatively scheduled to be bi-weekly on Wednesday afternoons at 4 PM, although this time and frequency is subject to change at the discretion of the committee members, once appointed.

When can students apply to serve on the committee?

The at-large student application for the 2015-2016 Dawg Pack Advisory Committee is open from September 28th-October 12th at 11:45 PM. All application information and the application itself can be found online at tinyurl.com/DPACapp2015.

For answers to questions like,What are the benefits of serving on the DPAC?” and “What qualities are you looking for in applicants?”, check out the application at the link below!

DAWG PACK ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPLICATION (2015-2016)

APPLICATIONS DUE OCTOBER 12 AT 11:45 PM

If you have any other questions, feel free to email Leigh Friedman at asuwbdsp@uw.edu.

GO DAWGS!

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Always Doing Better

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know betterdo better ” –Maya Angelou

The above quote has been my motto for working with diversity. There is always so much to know about history and resistance movements, but also so much to know about the structures of diversity we are working within at UW. Navigating these structures has been part of getting a running start with everything, and I have slipped up a bit along the way, but the most I can do is keep getting better at everything and keep building relationships. The focus of most of these posts will be reflective, because I think that is the side of this job that I don’t get to share as much with people. I love the work I’m doing, and while it can be a struggle to balance the millions of things going on, I’m learning a lot about how diversity works at UW, and how I can best support and learn from it.

Best,

Varsha

 

 

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First Quarter Introductions and Projects

Hello everyone !

I am very excited to be serving as the Director of Service and Partnerships for the ASUW. I am currently a senior studying Business Administration and Social Welfare and a passionate about giving back.

Some goals and projects I am working include finding new innovative ways to fund raise for the Husky Pride Fund, which is a scholarship created by the ASUW to help students study abroad. Last year two scholarships were given out and this year I am working to increase that number.

Some ideas are to send a proposal to have the Husky Pride Fund placed on the Senior Class gift, in which in the past has raised over $70k and this would be incredible in building the foundation of the scholarship. I also have a few other ideas I will be sharing in my other blogs.

Also I am focusing on creating a campus wide service event and am finding groups I can partner with. Ideas I have so far are campus food and clothing drives, as well volunteering with a community organization that does community feeds, during the Thanksgiving weekend. This can be for students who do not leave campus for the Thanksgiving break and want to give back and serve. 

Lastly I am working on creating a list of volunteer opportunities in the community every week or month and posting it to to the student population and promote community service.

If you ever have questions or ideas about events for community service or anything please email me or come into the office in the HUB 131 room.

Thanks and Go Dawgs!!

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Hey y’all

Hey y’all,

For those that don’t know me, my name is Jack Bernatovicz and I am this years ASUW Vice President. I am a senior, originally from Vancouver, WA, and I am studying Community, Environment, and Planning.  As VP I focus on the internal operations of the Association, acting as both Chief of Staff (where I oversee the elected members of the Board of Directors) and Chief Operating Officer (where I oversee day to day operations such as employees and the budget, our enterprises and services, leadership development, and all Association volunteers). I have been involved with ASUW since my first year on campus as an ASUW Ambassador and UW Leader, and now help oversee the Association that has helped me develop in a variety of ways.

I started working back in June on a variety of projects, so here is a summary of those and what I am working on this Fall.

Summer Projects

Association Vision Statement

Following in the tradition of past ASUW Board of Directors, this summer the Board created the 2014-2015 ASUW Vision Statement. Our Vision Statement, following our mission statement, acts as the ASUW’s long term goals for the year, stating what we want to do and how we will do it. This year as the ASUW we are working to serve all students and this Vision Statement demonstrates how we will do so…

“For the 2014-2015 academic year, the Associated Students of the University of Washington strive to:

  • practice horizontal leadership and actively engage all voices
  • act as an intersection for cross campus collaboration and support, and
  • stay accountable to and advocate for our communities and constituents

in order to best serve students & better the Husky experience”

ASUW Orientation

The week before classes started all of the ASUW Employees were welcomed back to the office with ASUW Orientation. This year we the emphasized the nuts and bolts of being an ASUW Employee and building a community within the Association, and based on employee evaluations it was a success.

2014-15 Housing Plan

Last spring with the ASUW’s decision to dissolve Off-Campus Housing Affairs (OCHA), the question of “what are we going to do with OCHA?” was left for the Vice President and new Board of Directors to decide. This summer with the 2014-2015 Off-Campus Housing Affairs Plan, the ASUW has decided to continue the services of OCHA and no longer continue using the OCHA brand. The Husky Housing Handbook will be continued to be published and printed everyother year, and housing.asuw.org will continue to help connect students with local landlords.

2nd Annual PAC 12 Leadership Summit

In early August the ASUW President and I made the 6 hour trek to Pullman, WA for the 2nd Annual PAC 12 Leadership Summit. Six of the PAC 12 schools came to share about their student governments, compare campus issues, and come together around our PAC 12 Initiative to address sexual assault and violence on all of our campuses.

Fall Projects

Volunteer Recruitment

This fall the ASUW had a strong presence during Dawg Daze with a wide range of events for new and returning students, ranging from Fall Fling, to the ASUW Open House, to the Student Food CoOp’s Recipe Testing, to registering voters throughout the week. This year the ASUW hosted our first annual ASUW Open House, where we opened up the ASUW 121 suite to those that wanted to learn more about what we do and how to get involved. We also hosted four More Than a Student Government: Get to Know the ASUW sessions, giving those that wanted to get involved a chance to learn more and meet current employees.

Enterprise Advisory Committees

This summer in collaboration with the ASUW Bike Shop and Experimental College, I assessed the Experimental College Advisory Committee (ECAC) and created the Bike Shop Advisory Committee (BSAC). With the purpose of keeping the ASUW and its enterprises accountable, allowing for collaboration, and for financial and outreach planning, the advisory committees will be working on a variety of projects this year.

Leadership Development Programming

One way I am “overseeing” leadership development in the Association this year is through campus wide leadership development programming. I am currently working on two events, the Husky Leadership Retreat and Elect Her. I am collaborating with the Director of Community Relations on the ASUW’s 2nd Annual Husky Leadership Retreat, a chance for RSO and campus community leaders to connect, learn, develop, and collaborate. The event will be November 1st, at the UW Tower, and you can register at http://tinyurl.com/HLR2014. Elect Her: Campus Women Win, planned by multiple ASUW entities, promotes female participation in politics and running for office. The event will be November 15th, and you can register at http://tinyurl.com/electher2.

Husky Innovation Project

This quarter I am starting up the Husky Innovation Project, an ASUW committee focused on the creation of the ASUW Four Year Plan. The ASUW Four Year Plan will be looking into what the ASUW can to for students long term, beyond single year goals and commitments. The Husky Innovation Project (aka HIP) will be the committee helping to plan and development of the Four Year Plan. If you are interested in getting involved, the application is open till 10/22nd at http://tinyurl.com/ASUW4YRP. This is something the ASUW has yet to try and will be something new for everyone involved.

That is just a highlight of what I have been working on, so if you have any questions or want to get more involved with ASUW you can contact me at asuwvp@uw.edu.

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Introduction and Tuition Issues

Hey UW!

My name is Christina Xiao and I am a senior studying Informatics with a minor in Geography. I’m from Seattle, Washington and went to Garfield High School (Go Bulldogs!). The President’s job has a lot of different moving parts and responsibilities but they can be mainly broken down into three areas: 1) serve as the CEO of the Association (ASUW) 2) oversee all local, state, and national student lobbying efforts 3) Facilitate on campus collaboration between students, faculty, and administration. Within these broad categories, each President pursues goals they feel align with the needs of student body for the year.

Over the summer we laid the groundwork for our legislative efforts in the state legislature for the 2015 session. The University of Washington gets a proportion of its funding from the Washington State Legislature since it is a public University. Over the past few years we have seen an unfortunate decline in the amount of state funding provided–leading to increases in tuition. Over the summer we met with several local legislators promoting three main themes: in addition to lower income students, middle class students are also greatly struggling to afford a college education; levels of student debt are too high; and student affordability should be centered around a student’s ability to work their way through school. Currently, a student would have to work 54 hours a week at Washington State minimum wage to afford the full cost of attendance here at the UW. This year is set to be especially challenging and funding for higher education in general could be highly constricted.

We need your help more than ever! This is an issue that impacts all of us and there are several ways to contribute. You can volunteer your time with the ASUW Office of Government Relations who will be leading the community and student outreach effort. You can attend ASUW events around legislative advocacy; we will be inviting legislators to campus at various times throughout the year to hear from you. Student stories are our most powerful tool in legislative advocacy so please share your story with us, with your local legislators, and with the community members around you. If you have additional questions or want to know more, please don’t hesitate to email me at asuwpres@uw.edu.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Christina Xiao
ASUW President

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What’s Up Dawgs!

Hello Huskies,

First off I would like to welcome you/welcome you back to campus! My name is Tyler Wu, and as your new Director of Community Relations I have been up to a lot of exciting things in store for fall quarter and the upcoming year. This year, my ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between disconnected communities in order to increase cross campus collaboration.

With that being said, here is what I have been up to these past three weeks:

  • Husky Leadership Retreat: Get excited for the 2nd annual Husky Leadership Retreat which is November 1st from 10:00-3:00! This is going to be a great opportunity for RSO leaders to not only connect with one another, but learn about all of the resources ASUW can offer. If you are apart of an RSO, remember to sign up and be apart of what is going to be an intersection of cross campus collaboration and support. Sign up at tinyurl.com/HLR2014 by 10/31!Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 3.09.10 PM
  • Homecoming Royalty: We are excited to announce that we had 86 applicants this year! Congratulations to who applied, because we had an extremely strong applicant pool. Keep an eye out for who will be selected on the court as well as the royalty announcement on Friday, October 25 in Red Square!
  • Homecoming & W Day Celebration: This year Emmeline (Director of Programming) and I have been working with the UW Alumni Association, UW Marketing, and the UW Office of Advancement to have a Homecoming & W Day Celebration! This will all start on Friday, October 24 at 11:00. In addition ASUW is sponsoring our very own event that is going to be announced this week!

I am extremely excited for what is to come, and I can’t wait to serve this campus. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at asuwbdcr@uw.edu. Cheers to what is going to be a wonderful year!

GO PURPLE, BE GOLD!

Tyler Wu

ASUW Director of Community Relations

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Consider This Your Formal Invitation

Hey Huskies,

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!
Amber

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Welcome to a new year at UW!

Hi everyone!

My name is Emmeline Vu and I will be serving as your Director of Programming this year for ASUW. I am currently a junior at the Foster School of Business, pursuing a double concentration in Information Systems and Marketing. I come from many different communities here on campus, three of the most impactful to me being Delta Sigma Pi (a co-ed business fraternity), TEDxUofW (UW’s own TED talk conference), and YEOC (Young Executives of Color – a program for minority high school students interested in business). These different organizations have shaped who I am for the past 2 years and I’m excited to take what I’ve learned and apply it to my position in ASUW.

On September 22nd, ASUW’s Arts & Entertainment hosted G-Eazy for the Fall Fling Concert. A beautiful, sunny autumn day, hundreds of students, and some great entertainment – needless to say, it was a success! Arts & Entertainment is one of the three entities I oversee in my position, and they did an incredible job putting on such a large event. They played a huge role in Dawg Daze by putting on 2 other events in addition to Fall Fling – Quad Flicks and Comedy Show. Both events had a tremendous turnout and indeed did its job in entertaining the incoming class. The Comedy Show started out with students interacting through a hashtag wall at the beginning and had the students in tears from laughing by the end of it because of the great comedians they brought in! This is only the beginning to all the exciting events ahead Arts & Entertainment will be planning. Check out their website at http://arts.asuw.org/ to learn more about what they do and for more information about upcoming programs!

The Student Health Consortium is another entity I have the honor of overseeing, and they have been busy at work planning for the year ahead. Daniel Masin, the director and sole SHC representative (for now!), has already made big strides towards reaching his goals for the year. In an effort to collaborate with the multiple health-related RSOs on campus, Daniel created contracts and has been meeting with several clubs to build a partnership between the respective RSO and SHC. This is an excellent way to get more students involved, have greater outreach overall for both the RSOs and SHC, and allow for cross-collaboration on our campus. In addition, Daniel’s started recruiting for his intern team for the year – applications were released a couple weeks ago and are due today! Visit SHC’s website here: http://health.asuw.org/ to stay up to date with what’s going on.

The third entity I oversee, Rainy Dawg Radio, has been keeping busy with multiple projects. Whether they are training new DJs, ordering more promotion materials, or DJing events around campus, the team is always on the run. Most recently, they’re hosting a contest to give away tickets to UW students for the Black Keys concert at Key Arena on November 1st. Students can post a picture of what they think a Rainy Dawg means/looks like and hashtag it with #rainydawgblackkeys on either instagram, facebook, or twitter for a chance to win. When not hosting contests or running a radio station, Rainy Dawg also does shows around campus. I got to see them turn a HUB Crawl during Dawg Daze into a dance party for the Class of 2018, and I can’t wait to see them again DJing all of Homecoming/W Day come October 24th. Check out their incredible website here: http://rainydawg.org/ and tune in to their radio station!

Speaking of Homecoming/W Day, this has been the biggest project that I personally have been working on. The Director of Community Relations, Tyler, and I have been collaborating with UW Marketing, the UW Alumni Association, and our advisers on planning a big and grand Homecoming Celebration that will coincide with W Day again this year. More information to come this week… expect a big announcement/Facebook event invite soon!

Since being elected, we’ve really hit the ground running with different projects and work. Though it’s been a lot to take in, I’ve had the time of my life getting to explore new workings of our university and getting to meet so many amazing people that share a passion for giving back to our campus – and I know I’ve only skimmed the surface! Please don’t hesitate to swing by HUB 121 anytime and say hi, or shoot me an email at asuwbdpg@uw.edu. Wishing you all a great school year!

 

Best regards,

Emmeline

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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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Moving with the Past

Hello everyone!

My name is Varsha, the new Director of Diversity Efforts for this year. With the school year starting, I’ve done a lot of reflecting about the past, the goals I ran on, running unopposed, and what that means for the future. With it being my senior year, it feels like a last shot to give something back to a campus that has changed me on so many levels. This university helped me find friends to last a lifetime, connect with my culture, and learn about activism which in turn made me think about myself and my life in a completely different way. Being Director of Diversity Efforts, I want to give back to this campus, my communities, and communities I want to learn more about through the same education, activism, and unlearning that allowed me to rediscover myself.

When thinking about elections, I always thought that running unopposed meant that I hadn’t earned this position in the same way that others had. I felt like I couldn’t represent everyone under the sun, and that there was so much more I wish I knew. Now that I’ve removed from the lack of sleep and stress of elections, I have a new perspective on everything. Over the summer and even during elections, I had people message me and approach me saying that they were asked to run but turned it down when they found out I was running. Those statements hit me in a way I never thought about before. I knew that I couldn’t represent everyone personally, but I could learn and immerse myself, and through that, be someone that brought a unique perspective to the table. If the communities that helped form myself believed in me, I would believe in them and what they were saying.

All of that in mind, I have always seen myself as a catalyst for change. Change within myself, and for people in this big, messy, and complex institution. I’m excited to learn from others, I’ve excited to be challenged and rethink things, and I’m excited to grow with the amazing leaders on this campus. We all have something to offer, and it’s our histories that have brought us to this moment. The future is scary and daunting, but holds the promise for change, and change we can all create.

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