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Tunny Vann was Director of Community Relations for the 109th Session. He ran for reelection in the 2010 ASUW Elections with the OneCampus Ticket but lost to Yong Cho by a razor-thin margin of 62 votes. He is a member of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity where he served as the Vice-President of Public Affairs. In ASUW, he currently serves as the chair of the Senate Publicity, Outreach, and Membership Committee for Session XVII of the Student Senate, a mentor for UW Leaders and as a member of the Student Publications Board.
He has previously served in 2008-2009 as the Student Senate Publicity & Outreach Committee Chair, RHSA-at-large Senator, Haggett Peoples Council Senator Special Appropriations Committee Member, and a member of the Legislative Planning Committee for the Office of Governmental Relations.
Beginnings in ASUW
Tunny first got involved in ASUW through the Haggett Peoples Council of Haggett Hall. He ran for ASUW Senator where he served with Dylan Yu who went on to become a leader within the UW Leaders program and a Co-Director for Husky Mentors. Through his time within the ASUW Senate, Tunny managed to gain chairmanship of the Publicity & Outreach Committee and became the senate representative to the Special Appropriations Committee once again serving alongside Dylan Yu, who later went on to become the National Communications Coordinator for the Residence Hall Student Association.
Goals for 2009-2010 as Director of Community Relations
Building Personal Relationships
- Establishing outreach to the various communities on and off campus serving as the primary liaison for the ASUW to the ECC, The Daily, IFC/ Panhellenic, UGC/NPHC, Commuters, RSOs, and Residence Halls.
- Facilitating and engaging in conversations that are meaningful to the community letting them know what is going on within the University.
- Not being just a face on campus that shows up at events and meetings, but being someone who serves as a resource to the entire student body.
- Meeting with students in both formal and informal settings so I can establish both a working and personal relationship.
Increasing Visibility: Promoting ASUW
- Continuing the efforts of the current board by staying committed to projects involving transparency.
- Maximizing the effectiveness of existing resources such as the ASUW Dawg Dish newsletter, SAO Calendar, and various listserves to promote the Association.
- Coordinating with the various offices and entities within the ASUW to make the Association more accessible to the students by meeting regularly with leaders on campus and working in partnership with the Director of Organizational Relations.
- Publishing accountability reports in The Daily so the students of the University are informed of the ASUW process every step of the way.
- Increasing the number of town hall meetings and forums with the Board of Directors so students are more informed.
Connecting the Community
- Raising awareness about different volunteer positions that are available in the association and lining them up with the interest of the students.
- Work with the Director of Diversity Efforts as well as the Vice President to ensure that the ASUW pulls in students from all communities to get involved with the Association.
- Utilizing existing coalitions whilst creating more so students have a forum to connect to like-minded students on campus.
- Work with the Director of Programming to ensure that the ASUW puts on programs that bring the community together.
- Not only letting students know about existing opportunities, but creating more opportunities via coalitions, task forces, and volunteer assistants so students could learn more about ASUW while getting involved.
Associate Director of Community Relations
During his term as Director of Community Relations, Tunny created a position called the Associate Director of Community Relations. The creation of this position was part of Tunny's plan to expand the position of Community Relations to oversee a number of Associate Directors who would help the Director outreach to various communities. The Associate Director of Community Relations for the 109th Session was Jonathan Yan, who serves on the Board of Directors as the Director of Organizational Relations for the 110th Session.
North Precinct Advisory Council
As a result of the reactivation of the Committee on Student Safety, Tunny started a working relationship with Reudi Risler and the University Park Community. From there, it was discovered that ASUW formerly held a position on the North Precinct Advisory Council. Due to lackluster attendance by former ASUW representatives, NPAC removed ASUW's seat on the council. Through his work on the Committee on Student Safety, Tunny has added into the job description of the Director of Community Relations to attend the NPAC meetings or to appoint a proxy.
North of 45th Committee
As a result of seeking new communities to actively engage with, Tunny came across the North of 45th Committee, which is co-chaired by Aaron Hoard of the Department of Regional Affairs and Elizabeth Higgins of the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct. The Committee was formed under the Office of Student Life to engage the University Community with the permanent and non-permanent residents north of 45th street. Members of the committee include the Husky Neighborhood Assistants, the University Park Community, UWPD, and representatives from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. The Director of Community Relations is now a permanent member of the North of 45th Committee and Tunny added the committee as one of the liaison-ships for the position.
Washington Student Athlete Advisory Council
During Autumn Quarter, Tunny forged a relationship with the Washington Student Athlete Advisory Council (WSAAC). This was part of Tunny's long-term plan to establish a relationship with ASUW and the UW Athletic Department. His ultimate goal was to recruit a student athlete to become a senator within ASUW on behalf of WSAAC. He was unsuccessful in his attempt, but his initial outreach to WSAAC marked the first time ASUW has outreached to them in their 6 years of existence.
As part of a community building/ tradition creating initiative by the ASUW, Tunny got involved with the Husky Principles (formerly the Husky Creed). Tunny's involvement began in the Summer of 2009 when he was beginning the process of meting with various administrators on campus. One of these administrators was Grant Kollett with First Year Programs. Tunny expressed interest in starting some community building initiatives on campus and Grant expressed an interest in starting a tradition on campus. This led Tunny to the Husky Creed Committee where he began his involvement as part of the planning committee. The initiative was started in 2006 by ASUW President Tyler J. Dockins. The purpose of the initiative was to answer the question, "What does it mean to be a Husky?". To answer that question, a committee was formulated from the Office of Student Life to draft a set of statements that would answer that question. After over 3 years of revision, the following set of statements were approved and endorsed by multiple student groups and faculty councils.
The values upheld at the University of Washington serve as the foundation for our excellence in higher education. As a member of the UW community I strive to:
- Practice high standards of honesty and integrity
- Respect the dignity and rights of all persons
- Support freedom of thought and expression
- Pursue ongoing intellectual and personal development
- Engage in critical thinking and discovery
- Improve our university community and the world
The Husky Principles have since then been passed by the ASUW Senate and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. It has also been endorsed by the Faculty Council on Student Affairs and ASUW Tacoma. The Principles itself will also be featured in the Student Planner, Calendar, Orientation Tours, and during Commencement and Convocation ceremonies.