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.
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.
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.
"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)
Attend County Council Tuesdays at 7pm, Council Chambers, County Courthouse.
(In the front door, upstairs to the left. Do not go through security).
Contact Your Representatives
Gabby Laipenieks, AS Local Issues Coordinator
Office Hours | VU519 M 3:30pm-4:30pm, TR 9am-12pm, F 1pm-4pm