Board of Directors
- President- Michael Kutz
- Vice President- Ada Waelder
- Personnel Director- Maxine Sugarman
- Finance & Budget Director- Emma van Inwegen
- Communications Director- Brandon Himes
- Director of Community Relations- Shivani Changela
- Director of Policy & Procedures- Evelina Vaisvilaite
- Director of Diversity Efforts- Patricia Allen
- Director of Programming- Kelli Feeley
- Director of University Affairs- Jeffrey McNerney
- Student Senate Vice-Speaker- Michael Zangl
- Graduate and Professional Student Senate Secretary- Elisa Law
Summary of Important Board Actions
For more comprehensive information, see the Quarterly Reports at records.asuw.org
- The Board of Directors made a conscious effort to set collaboration, empowerment of employees and volunteers, and productive service of students as the centerpiece of work.
- Board meetings were made to be more productive through the use of project charters. These documents allowed for clear delineation of responsibility for projects, and strong commitment to follow through in their execution.
- Featured Projects of the Week were added to meeting agendas to increase Board collaboration on major initiatives. Board members would present the project in detail, and then get feedback from other members based on their varying perspectives.
- Husky Leadership Retreat: An event created for RSO leaders to meet each other and learn new collaboration opportunities. This was the event's first year, and it proved to be very successful with many RSO leaders expressing they had not had a previous chance to engage with other RSO leaders from different interest areas than their own.
- Homecoming: This aligned with W Day, and included a performance by Pickwick, an ASUW Top Dawg talent competition, and a Dollars for Dawgs event which raised over $1,000 for the Husky Pride Fund.
- There Will Be Blood (Blood Drive): Coordinated with ASWSU to facilitate a UW/WSU blood drive competition organized by the Puget Sound Blood Center. We won the competition, attracting over 200 students to the trucks at UW and helping up to 467 patients in the Puget Sound Area.
- ASUW Quarterly Day of Service: Took place at a local school, cleaning up the playground and doing work that the district could not afford to pay for.
- Husky Innovation Project: This was formed as a team of employees and experienced volunteers that meet biweekly to address areas where ASUW could improve in terms of internal and external effectiveness.
- Office Space Restructure': Opened space for a conference, which turned out to be extremely helpful for internal committee meetings and improving collaboration between entities. ASUW+ was also renamed to 131 to reinforce the fact that we are all ASUW.
- Volunteer, Communications, Financial, Evaluation Policies: These policies were passed and clarify the way ASUW works.
- Student Debt Reduction Working Group: A group that worked on finding ways to reduce debt on campus. The group planned a financial aid literacy campaign to educate students on grant, loan, and scholarship information, and to encourage them to fill out their FAFSA. They also researched policy options for increasing aid.
- College Councils: A College Councils Budgeting guide was created, and the first meeting of the College of Engineering Dean's Advisory Council was coordinated. This was the last College with a major undergraduate population to not have a College Council, so this was a major accomplishment.
- EPP Advisory Committee: This committee was implemented for the first time this year, and was made up of students with interest/experience in ASUW elections to make a recommendation to the Board on potential changes to the elections process. This allowed more input and involvement from students in their elections process.
- New Campus relationship with Starbucks: Collaborated with the UW Sponsorship office on the new University relationship with them. We also made a decision to push Starbucks to use compostable cups on campus.
- Pay it Forward: A presentation was given to the Student Senate on this program's details, allowing for a robust discussion on the floor of the implications of supporting a pilot program. The decision was made to support exploring this at a university where both the administration and student body support it.
- Diversity Requirement: Implementation of the Requirement, and ensuring that it meets the original intentions of students that supported it.
- Diversity Caucus: This was formed within the Student Senate, which has served as a great way to get Senators thinking of issues that matter to them and discussing them in a safe place.
- Financial Report: This was brought back to the Board as a featured project. It helped serve as an introduction to the budgeting issues that the Association will deal with in detail in future quarters, and showed the Board areas where funds are available for strategic investments.
- Elect Her: An initiative to encourage more women to run for elected positions, and for campus elections. The responses received were only positive, and inspired people to be more politically engaged.
- All Debt Is Not Created Equal Campaign: A financial aid literacy campaign was launched through the Student Debt Reduction Working Group. The goal for the campaign was to increase FAFSA participation, ensure everyone understands federal loans are cheaper than private loans, and improve loan repayment awareness. Over 2,000 students were reached directly through class presentations, over 100 student organization leaders were reached, and many more through sandwich board signs and postcards.
- Legislative Session: Along with the annual Huskies on the Hill Lobby Day, the Student Debt Reduction Working Group presented to the House Higher Education Committee and Rep. Larry Seaquist's 24 Corners group on the impact of debt on UW students.
- ASUW Budget and Personnel Recommendations: Major changes included the dissolution of OCHA, the creation of the Student Food Co-op, the merge of Tech with OComm, and more efficient and consistent hours for many entities.
- Diversity Calendar: This was launched as a way to give students access to a single location for events programmed in a safe space for the sake of promoting inclusivity on campus.
- Husky Pride Fund: Opened its application for the first time since its creation in 2006 after meeting its endowment and clarifying its purpose. Over 170 applications were received for the 2 available scholarships, showing that the need for scholarship funding for Exploration Seminars is indeed large.
- 2014 EPP: Major changes included the lowering of campaign spending limits for candidates running on a ticket, and a shortened campaigning time period - from 30 days to 3 weeks.
- Safety Guide/Safety Video: The Committee on Student Safety published these resources to help students stay safe on campus by spreading best practices for avoiding robbery and other campus crimes.
- Stack Your Debt Event: The Student Debt Reduction Working Group encouraged students to 'stack' their debt as a visual display of debt on campus. Several categories of debt were set up, and students placed a cardboard box on the debt category that represented them. It resulted with an interesting 3-D bar graph of student debt frequencies.
- JCC Retreat: The first JCC Retreat of at least the past few years was organized. The Commissions and the Director of Diversity Efforts spent a weekend together where they talked about goals and came up with a much more collaborative dynamic and some new ideas.
- JCC Meet and Greet: This was put on at the ECC for students to learn how to get involved in ASUW Diversity Efforts. This created a very open, safe space for students to learn all the various opportunities Commissions have.
- MLK Day Collaboration: The Martin Luther King Jr. day of service was put on in collaboration with the Carlson Center, the OMAD, and local service organizations. The ASUW's efforts involved promotion through social media and our 17,000 student list-serve, and leading two projects during the day.
- ROOTS Service Day: The ASUW Quarterly Day of Service was put on with ROOTS, a local youth homeless shelter.
- Husky Night Walk: Huskies got together to investigate the campus for any areas that may be deemed unsafe for students. Several areas for improvement were identified to UWPD.
- You(Nique) Programming Series: This series was a new way for students to interact with Winter Quarter programs, and for the six event that made up the series to be able to share marketing and promotion.
- The Board focused much of its energy on legislative issues during the legislative session. Board members and OGR staff met with the administration, including President Mark Emmert to attempt to reach a compromise on a tuition bill, but failed to do so. Ultimately, no bill passed out of the legislature, but UW received a 6% budget cut.
- The Open Selection Process was added to the Bylaws instead of being up for approval every year. Committee Chairs were given the responsibility of appointing their members, rather than the Vice President.
- An amendment to the ASUW Constitution was proposed that would enable the Governance Committee to draft an ASUW University Agenda similar to the Legislative Agenda used for lobbying in Olympia. The Committee had been inactive for several years.
- The Husky Pride Fund reached endowment level.
Spring Quarter Report coming soon.
We have established the following philosophies for the 2013-2014 academic year to increase our ability to focus priorities. Our Association Philosophies are as follows:
- 1. Empower those that work for and with the ASUW with the resources to reach their potential and improve student life.
- 2. Seek creative opportunities to collaborate with other organizations and ASUW entities.
- 3. Focus on serving students not governing them.
Taskforces and Entity Review Groups
The Board evaluated the performance of entities using a combination of Entity Review Groups and Taskforces. The following entities were evaluated using these methods:
- Arts & Entertainment
- Experimental College
- Office of Volunteer Opportunities
- Technical Services
- Off-Campus Housing Affairs (dissolution task force)
- Student Food Co-op (creation task force)