Candidate statement:

If you want “Fresh Eyes and a New Perspective” paired with a plethora of experience, personability, an intelligent and open mind and a dedication toward advocacy for this INCREDIBLE community that we are a part of, I Amanda Squires am the absolute best candidate for this position!! I am blown away everyday by this community of diverse, compassionate and intelligent free thinkers that I get to be a part of. I am a junior within the Human Services Department at WWU and I have an incredible passion for human rights and advocacy. I have no doubt that I can represent our community with the honor and dignity that are ours and listen intently to be sure that each student’s issues are addressed.

Why are you seeking this position?

As corny as it sounds, I want to be the change that I wish to see in the world. I want to help make sure all students at WWU are afforded the same quality of life basically, regardless of their interests, regardless if they’re really involved in clubs, like the club president, or if they’ve never set foot in a AS club before. I want them to know I’m a human being, and that I’ll be a nonjudgmental individual who will listen to them and advocate for their needs regardless of who they are.

What do you think is the role of the VP for student life?

Well the VP for Student Life is the liaison between the Board of Directors and the Rec Center, the sports teams, [and] the Whatcom Transportation Authority. We work with the Green Energy Fee committee. We’re also overseeing the RHA [the residences halls] the dining halls and campus safety.

What is one issue affecting students that you would like to focus on or work on next year?

My main thing, just being a student attending board meetings at first, was just that they’re doing some really incredible things, but in my opinion, there’s a huge divide between the general student population and the board of directors and other AS clubs.
I feel like there are a lot of people who don’t really know what’s going on or don’t know that they have an option to be involved. A lot of people have told me that they can’t name a single board member, that they don’t know what the board does, [or] that they feel intimidated talking to people. One issue I would like to change is visiting a different club, a different sports team and being out in Red Square at least once a week, and have face-to-face interactions with people so that they know me by name, and I know them, and they feel comfortable talking to me about anything.