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For any questions or concerns please get in touch with Brandon Himes, Communications Director at asuwbdcm@uw.edu.

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THE DISSOLUTION OF OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING AFFAIRS

April 18th, 2014

Dear Campus Partners, 

The Associated Students of the University of Washington is the democratic voice of students that engages the campus community through programming, services and advocacy. The ASUW strives to enrich student life and develop future leaders. Founded in 1901, we have grown and adapted to fit the needs of students many times over the years.

Off-Campus Housing Affairs (OCHA) was created during a time when there was a lack of housing services for students to find housing. Due to recent changes in technology, such as online housing ads and the creation of many more housing options for students around campus the needs and focus of OCHA have now changed. This year, the ASUW Board of Directors commissioned a task force in coordination with OCHA employees to re-evaluate the mission and success of the entity.

Through these conversations we found that OCHA was no longer a wise investment in our pursuit of enriching student life. We strive to provide meaningful employment opportunities within our association and it was found that the students working for OCHA, despite their hard work and vision for the program, were unable to achieve their goals because of the environment in which OCHA currently functions.  Employees spent a majority of their time working with community members, faculty, staff and landlords and acting as an intermediary, sending students to other currently existing on-campus resources. 

Due to these concerns, OCHA will no longer continue their services and will be dissolved as an ASUW entity effective  June 6, 2014. The Board of Directors recognizes that OCHA has many successes that deserve continued support, including the Husky Housing Handbook and a $20,000 grant from the city of Seattle for promotion of tenant rights. These elements will continue through partnerships with other campus entities, such as the ASUW Office of Government Relations, Student Activities Office, and First Year Programs.

If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please contact myself, or our ASUW Vice President at asuwvp@uw.edu

Respectfully,

Michael Kutz, President 2013-14

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January 30th, 2013 – For Immediate Release

 

The ASUW is the undergraduate student government at the University of Washington. Our mission is to be the democratic voice of students, and serve the campus community through programming services and advocacy. We strive to enrich student life and develop future leaders.

We are excited to announce that we have been accepted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to host ‘Elect Her – Campus Women Win,’ an event that perfectly encompasses our mission. Elect Her is the only nationwide program that encourages and trains young women to run for elected position on their campuses, and beyond. This five-hour training empowers students through research and information about women and politics, inspiring local speakers, and interactive campaign exercises.

Over the past several months seventeen student volunteers and ASUW employees have come together to plan, coordinate and execute this event. They’re motivated by the fact that in 2013, ‘Elect Her-Cam- pus Women Win’ trained more than 850 participants on thirty-eight campuses. Results show that after the training approximately 20% more students said they are considering running for student govern- ment and for political office than before the training. Additionally, 100% of the participants reported that they would recommend Elect Her-Campus Women Win to a friend.

Currently sixty-five UW students have applied for, and been accepted to, attend this one of a kind event. The training will be held Saturday, February 1st from 10:30am-3:30pm on the University of Washington Campus.

The ASUW is excited to be partnered with AAUW and Running Start to provide opportunities for our students to grow as leaders and be actively involved in advocacy and the campus community.

 

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October 28th, 2013 – For Immediate Release 

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Members of the University of Washington Community,

I am excited to announce that we have brought in a talented new leader to the Association. With the hiring of Patricia Allen as our Director of Diversity Efforts, our ASUW Board of Directors is now complete.
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Patricia will greatly expand our capacity to advocate on issues affecting diverse communities, raise cultural awareness and understanding, and create a more inclusive campus. In addition, her background as the American Indian Student Commissioner for South Seattle Community College and active involvement at the UW will bring in a critical new perspective to our discussions at the ASUW Board of Directors table.
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I strongly believe her experience and goals will make her an effective liaison to all our colleagues on campus. I look forward to her representation of our Association and how she will collaborate with our community partners, and I expect this year to be a wonderful one as we all continue to strive for greater fluency in diversity and empowerment of our students at the University of Washington.

Should you wish to get in touch, Patricia can be contacted at asuwbddv@uw.edu

Sincerely,

MICHAEL KUTZ

President, Associated Students of the University of Washington

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September 17th, 2013 – For immediate release

As of September 17th, our Director of Diversity Efforts, Monica Mendoza, has resigned from her position on the ASUW Board of Directors due to personal reasons.

“Monica is an incredibly accomplished individual, and I am happy to have been able to work with her. We wish her the best moving forward.” – Ada Waelder, ASUW Vice President.

The application to become the new Director of Diversity Efforts is now available online at jobs.asuw.org. “I am confident that our hiring process will allow us to select a candidate qualified to work with our entities and community groups to promote diversity on campus.” – Maxine Sugarman, ASUW Personnel Director.

Despite these changes, the ASUW is excited to kick off a new year fulfilling our mission – to be the democratic voice of students that engages the campus community through programing, services and advocacy, while striving to enrich student life and develop future leaders.

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JOINT STATEMENT ON STATE BUDGET: June 28th, 2013

On behalf of the nearly 40,000 students of the University of Washington, we applaud the Washington State legislature for their commitment to higher education in the proposed operating budget.

Students have worked long and hard to make clear the need for investment in higher education, and we feel the new proposed budget shows that  our voices have been heard. Freezing tuition for the first time in 27 years would be a major step towards higher education affordability in recent memory, and will help ease the burden on the middle- and lower-income families of Washington.

This is truly a sound investment in the future of our state. We are excited to see these new dollars help keep our university one of the greatest in the world, and we are confident this will build an even stronger foundation for our state’s economy.

We applaud the legislature for hearing students when we’ve called on them to reinvest in our education. We ask that the legislature now pass this budget, without the proposed international student surcharge, and further lead Washington in this inspiring direction.

Sincerely,

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Michael Kutz
President, Associated Students of the University of Washington
Chair, Provost’s Advisory Committee for Students, 2012-2013
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Chris Lizotte
President, Graduate and Professional Student Senate

 

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LOBBY DAY: For Immediate Release – Feb. 12th, 2013

The Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) are excited to participated in Huskies on the Hill Lobby Day.

Huskies on the Hill is the annual lobby day that is planned and participated in by UW students. Students from all three UW campuses travel to Olympia and meet with legislators to discuss higher education issues that affect UW students. “We are excited to continue our tradition of engagement with the law-making process, and to make sure that students’ voices are heard”, says Molly Smith, ASUW’s Legislative Programming Coordinator.

200 students will advocate for increased and dedicated funding for higher education, the preservation of the Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program, and in favor of the repeal of differential tuition-setting authority, House Bill 1043 and Senate Bill 5548. “House Bill 1043 passed the House Higher Education Committee unanimously, with three members absent. This proposal has broad, bipartisan support and the support of students”, Angie Weiss, ASUW Office of Government Relations Director.

UW Students will also lobby on behalf of House Bill 1331, that authorizes the creation of student advisory committees for the use of students’ tuition dollars. Tuition at UW has doubled for current seniors since their freshman year. “In order to ensure we have the best campus decision-making possible, students must get involved and make their interests heard. We must stand as leaders of this generation and collectively work to move our university forward,” says Evan Smith, ASUW President.

Contact: Angie Weiss - Director, ASUW Office of Government Relations – asuworg@uw.edu (206) 902-6827

 

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November 13th, 2012

A great piece in the Seattle Times regarding our legislative priorities for the 2012-13 session.

 

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/2012/11/13/uw-students-want-legislature-to-raise-revenue/

 

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November 12th, 2012: 

TheAssociated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) would like to invite members of of the press to join students, elected officials, and members of the community for a student-driven conversation about the future of higher education in Washington state on November 13, 2012.

The GPSS will host its sixth annual Higher Education Summit from 2pm-6pm in the North Pre-Function room on the second floor of the new Husky Union Building, 4001 NE Stevens Way, at the University of Washington Seattle Campus. It will be a community conversation between students, elected officials, administrators, and community leaders about the challenges, changes, and opportunities in higher education.

This year the Higher Education Summit will focus on the following topics:

1) The role of online education in higher education – moderated by Ross Reynolds

2) State funding of higher education in Washington State – moderated by Enrique Cerna

3) The role of students in governing our institutions – moderated by Charles Plummer

“Investing in higher education is key for our state’s economic recovery, yet we’ve seen half of the UW’s state funding disappear in the past three years, with students forced to make up the difference through higher tuition.  It’s time to come up with solutions for this funding crisis, and students must be part of that conversation,” Melanie Mayock, GPSS Vice President

For a full description of the agenda please see the event webpage.

The ASUW will hold its sixth annual Student Empowerment Banquet in the Husky Union Building, 4001 NE Stevens, in the HUB Ballroom on the 2nd floor, 7:00-9:30pm. It will be an exciting opportunity for legislators to meet with their constituents on the UW Campus who are affected most by decisions related to higher education: students.

“It is essential that students drive the conversation for how higher education is funded, we are the most important stakeholders in the conversation” says Angie Weiss, the Director of the ASUW Office of Government Relations. “It is vital that the opportunities a four-year degree bring us are accessible to every student who works hard to make it happen.”

We look forward to welcoming members of the press.

 

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November 11th, 2012: 

Press Invitation: 

The Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate invite you to attend a press conference where we will present student priorities for the 2012-13 legislative session. 

The Associated Students of the University of Washington and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate are the representative student governments for the University of Washington campus. We strive to actively represent student voices in Olympia to preserve higher education funding and advocate for affordable tuition.

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The University Bookstore – Second Floor

4326 University Way, N.E.

Seattle, Washington 98105

9:30am

Tuesday, November 13th 2012

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1st, 2012

Contact:

Angie Weiss, Director, ASUW Office of Government Relationsasuworg@uw.edu  (206) 902-6827

Brandon Himes, ASUW Director of Communicationsasuwbdcm@uw.edu (406) 396-5010

The Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) Seattle are proud to support civic engagement on the UW Seattle campus by having a King County Elections Ballot Drop-off Van in Red Square for the 2012 General Election.

“We are excited to raise civic engagement and democracy on campus,” says ASUW President, Evan Smith.

The ASUW expects increased student voter turnout this election because of the accessible voting the Ballot Drop-off Van will bring. Students will be able to deliver their ballot without having to buy a stamp.

“Every step a student has to take to mail their ballot is a step between that person and casting their vote. Voting should be easy,” says Lucas Barash-David, the ASUW Office of Government Relations Assistant Director.

The Ballot Drop-off Van will be in Red Square, next to the Obelisk during these times:

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Friday November 2 – Monday November, 10:00AM to 5:00PM 

Tuesday, November 6, 7:00AM – 8:00PM 

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The ASUW Office of Government Relations worked for the past year to have a Ballot Drop Box placed on campus this year, and received support from the Seattle City Council, and local organizations such as the Washington Bus

“It took a year to make this happen. Something as simple as a ballot drop-off location will make the political process more accessible to students,” Angie Weiss, ASUW Office of Government Relations Director, “Students at other schools in Washington state have installed permanent ballot drop boxes, we hope to do the same.”

The ASUW will work to encourage political participation by hosting election-related events on campus through the election as part of the All Dawgs Vote campaign.

 

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October 30th, 2012

 

We would like to clarify some conversations that were had during our Board of Directors meetings on October 25th and that were subsequently printed in the October 26th edition of The Daily. Our discussion was revolving around approval of funding for continuation of a project for our Office of Off Campus Housing Affairs.

While our conversation did highlight some of our business concerns and scrutiny before moving on with approval of additional funding, we did approve the amount at the end of the conversation because we believed it was most beneficial to all parties involved. During this process due to an internal communication error we falsely referred to “UW Creative” as “Creative Communications” throughout this conversation and that name was reported in the initial story run in the newspaper.

We have taken steps to correct the name mistake both in our minutes and in the newspaper article. Creative Communications has received formal apologies from ASUW as well. While we did have concerns about the processes of the website, we are looking forward to moving on and working with UW Creative on the website again.

Again, we apologize for any resulting concerns from our conversation or the newspaper article.

Sincerely,

Evan Smith, ASUW President