Associated Students of the University of Washington

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The Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) is thought of as the undergraduate student government on campus. While being concerned mostly with undergraduate needs and concerns, the ASUW also addresses concerns of graduate and professional students from time to time. The graduate and professional counterpart to the ASUW is the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS).

The Two Governing Bodies of ASUW

Board of Directors (BOD)

The Board is the executive body of the association. The 8 are elected at the end of each academic year for the following year. There are also additionally, two hired positions that sit without vote on the Board: the Personnel Director and the Finance and Budget Director. Beyond leadership of the ASUW, with the Finance and Budget Committee and Special Appropriations Committee, it allocates funds to its operations as well as disperses money RSO sponsored student events.

Student Senate

The ASUW Student Senate is the opinion making body of the association, comprised of students from Registered Student Organizations, living groups (residence hall, commuter, and Greek) and the ASUW diversity commissions. Every week it meets to discuss issues important to students at the UW and establish resolutions of official student opinion which are then approved by the BOD. ASUW leaders are bound by these resolutions.



ASUW works on issues affecting underrepresented groups on campus through our Commission Directors. We currently have 8 different commissions that host events for educational goals as well as community building.

Office of Governmental Relations (OGR)

The director of this office is the student lobbyist who serves full time in Olympia during the legislative session, Winter Quarter. This office coordinates voting registration efforts, promotes voter education, and plans the annual lobby day in Olympia. Although our primary focus is on the State Legislature and State Agencies, we also advocate on relevant public policy issues to the U.S. Congress and to various county and city governments


Arts & Entertainment (A&E)

It implements a variety of programming interests from mainstream national acts to local and regional talent. It provides free entertainment to students whenever possible, and guarantees a low ticket price for UW students. Past events include: The Shins Concert, serving 4500 in Hec Edmunson Pavilion as well as smaller 1500 person concerts and comedy shows like: Michael Ian Black.

Experimental College

The Experimental College is the largest not-for-profit student-run program of its kind. They offer fun, non-credit classes in over twenty different categories. The variety of classes presents you with a unique opportunity to expand your interests and knowledge. We publish over 100,000 catalogs a quarter and offer over 200 courses located conveniently at the University, the University District, and other locations within Seattle.

Rainy Dawg Radio

It is a fully functional internet radio station with music focused toward our campus and region.

Bike Shop

The Bike shop is fully capable of handling any bike repair or tune-ups needed. One of the oldest ASUW not-for-profit entities, they offer quality repair, affordable prices, and a convenient location.

Committee Organizing Rape Education (CORE)

The ASUW CORE is comprised of students and is committed to ending sexual assault through peer education. They serve the University community by providing presentations and facilitating discussion on the issues surrounding sexual assault.

Committee on Eating Disorder Awareness (CEDA)

The newly inaugurated CEDA focuses on how to identify and treat eating disorders, a growing problem on college campuses. The committee, established by the ASUW Board of Directors last year, hopes to increase awareness not only of eating disorders, but spotlight resources available to combat them.

UW Leaders

This program encourages and aids students in developing and maturing as individuals and will improve student participation on campus and in the community through the development, improvement, and application of student leadership skills.

Off-Campus Housing Affairs (OCHA)

OCHA maintains listings for off-campus rentals, roommates wanted, housing wanted and sublets; however, OCHA never recommends or endorses any listings. It has a variety of housing related resources available for students and others visiting UW on a temporary basis such as bicycle trail maps and references for legal help. The office and online database serves as a posting service for off-campus housing information.

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