Associated Students of the University of Washington

Associated Students of the University of Washington

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The Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) is the student government on campus at the University of Washington. It is funded and supported by student fees, and provides services that directly and indirectly benefit them.


The ASUW was formed by charter in 1906.Fact|date=June 2008 In the early part of the 20th century, the ASUW founded the University Bookstore,Fact|date=June 2008 which has been run at the same location on University Way for the past 80 years.Fact|date=June 2008


Board of Directors

The Board is the executive body of the association. The president, vice president, and six at-large members of the Board of Directors are elected at the end of each academic year for the following year.Fact|date=March 2008 The other members of the ASUW Board of Directors are the Graduate and Professional Student Senate Secretary, the Student Senate Vice-Chair, the Personnel Director and the Finance & Budget Director.Fact|date=March 2008

Student Senate

The ASUW Student Senate comprises students from campus organizations, living groups, and the ASUW diversity commissions. Fact|date=March 2008 Every week they gather to discuss issues important to students at the University of Washington and establish resolutions of student opinion.Fact|date=March 2008 These resolutions help guide the Board of Directors, faculty & staff, and student volunteers representing the ASUW on Shared Governance Committees.Fact|date=March 2008 All students are welcome to submit legislation for the Senate to debate, but only Senators may vote.Fact|date=March 2008

Student Programs


ASUW provides funding for programming and advocates on behalf of issues affecting groups that have faced historical or social discrimination through its Commissions.Fact|date=March 2008 There are currently eight different commissions that host events relating to educational goals.

Experimental College

The ASUW Experimental College is the largest not-for-profit student-run program of its kind.Fact|date=January 2008 The college, part of the ASUW, was created in 1968 by several University of Washington students seeking to provide the campus and surrounding community with a selection of classes not offered on the university curriculum. [ [ :: About the Experimental College ] ] They publish over 100,000 catalogs a quarter and offer over 200 courses located at the University, the University District, and other locations within Seattle.Fact|date=January 2008

Other Officers and Activities

ASUW has an Office of Governmental Relations, which coordinates students with their representation in local, state and federal government, as well as lobbies on behalf of the UW student population.Fact|date=March 2008 The Legislative Steering Committee (LSC) determines the legislative agenda for ASUW each year.Fact|date=March 2008

ASUW's Arts & Entertainment department funds movies and concerts, in addition to many other different events on campus.Fact|date=March 2008 ASUW has coordinated the appearances of artists like the The Shins, Mos Def and Michael Ian Black.Fact|date=March 2008

Notable Alumni

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ASUW Presidents
1927-1928Fact|date=March 2008
[ [ Reader Reaction to "100 Alumni of the Century" ] ] 1948-1949Fact|date=March 2008
[ [ About Rob McKenna ] ] 1984-1985


External links

* [ ASUW Website]
* [ Student Senate]
* [ University of Washington]

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