Local Issues

Become a community ambassador


The Community Ambassador Network (CAN) is a student-collective of community-builders; amplifying student voice in Bellingham's Neighborhood Associations, engaging students in local issues, and promoting health and well-being in our communities.

Civically Engage

Learn the Local Issues where you live. Increase livability by supporting inclusive, vibrant neighborhoods. Advocate for students by building a broad coalition of sustainable partners who will unite Bellingham's intersectional needs.

Boost Your Resume

Collaborate with diverse partners among the student body and throughout Bellingham. Exercise critical-thinking, community development and professionalism in an ever-changing, yet familiar environment. Gain experience in meeting rules and facilitation skills. Refine your ability to successfully plan and advertise events.

Low Commitment

About 8 hrs/mo, sitting on your Neighborhood Association Board, connecting WWU, Bellingham Technical College (BTC), Whatcom Community College (WCC) and Northwest Indian College students to Bellingham Neighbors. Plan one event per quarter and receive supportive peer assistance from your CAN cohort.

Find your neighborhood

Local politics

"A Renaissance of Localism" resilience.org

"When Washington can't get things done, go local" Detroit Free Press

Opinion: "The Localist Revolution" The New York Times

"Make Way For the Localist Revolution" The Seattle Times

"Can 'Localism' Restore Sanity to U.S. Politics?" The New York Times

Attend City Council Mondays at 7pm, Council Chambers, City Hall

(In the front door, up the stairs)

Council Meetings Schedule/Agendas

Attend County Council Tuesdays at 7pm, Council Chambers, County Courthouse.

(In the front door, upstairs to the left. Do not go through security).

Meeting Calendar

Meeting Agendas/Minutes

Contact Your Representatives

City Council Map / Members

County Council Map / Members

Join our local issues team

Contact Us

Gabby Laipenieks, AS Local Issues Coordinator

Office Hours | VU519 M 3:30pm-4:30pm, TR 9am-12pm, F 1pm-4pm

e | as.oce.localliaison@wwu.edu