In light of the most recent recommendations from the CDC to limit the size of all social and public gatherings, along with the Governor’s March 23 "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order for the State of Washington, the Viking Union will be closed to the public until further notice. For more details on this temporary closure of the Viking Union, and any other coronavirus related information, please visit WWU’s coronavirus resource site

Office of Civic Engagement


Who are we?

The Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) exists to provide the resources, services, and support necessary to ensure student representation in decisions that impact students at the university, local, state, and federal levels; to promote effective citizenship and civic engagement through services, programs, and collaboration.

The OCE is located in Viking Union 435 near the Wellness Outreach Center. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for information about FREE events, jobs, elections, and more! Fill out this quick google form to get involved.


Contact OCE Director Adah Barenburg (She/Her/Hers) or during her Zoom & Microsoft Teams Office Hours: M 9-11AM, T 10-1PM, W 9-11AM, R 10-1PM, F 12-1PM.

Legislative Education Assistant Anna Corinne Huffman (She/Her/Hers) or during her Zoom & Microsoft Teams Office Hours: Mon 10-2 Tues 10-1 Thurs 10-1

Civic Involvement Coordinator Stephen Cooper (He/Him/His) or during his Zoom & Microsoft Teams Office Hours: M 12-2, T/TH 2-4, W/F 11-1

Components of the OCE

Western Votes

A student run program that seeks to advocate for student interests in politics. They register students to vote, educate students about elections, encourage students to vote, make voting easier, help students contact elected officials, and organize free trips to Olympia.

Nathalie Wagler

AS OCE Voter Engagement & Recruitment Coordinator


Office Hours: M & T 8-11, W 8-12



Vote in Student Elections at!

Register to Vote in Washington WesternVotes!

Register to Vote Outside of Washington VoteGov!

Step By Step Video on Registering: ASWWU OCE!


The AS and University appoint 200+ students a year to committees that make a variety of decisions across campus. Become a student committee member today! Email for more information! 


ASWWU Elections

Each Spring the Associated Students holds an election for the AS Board of Directors and each Fall for the Student Senate seeks student input through referenda, and student-led initiatives on the Western Involvement Network. Contact Annie Byers if you would like to run for a PAID student government position and make a difference at WWU!

referendum: a direct vote by all students at WWU who are invited to vote on a particular proposal

Past referendums:

2019 - Anti-Made for Waste Coffee Cup Initiative

2018 - Bringing Back the College of Ethnic Studies

2017 - Providing free legal services for students

2016 - General Education Reform Proposal

2015 - Student Bus Pass

2014 - Plastic Water Bottle Ban No Longer Sold on Campus


ASWWU Legislative Liaison

A student employee that works to represent the student body to the State Legislature in Olympia. This position works with the Washington Student Association Washington Student Association to lobby legislators, testify to state committees, and then report back to students about higher education issues.

Chat with Jude (she/her) the 2020-2021 Liaison by email, meet over Microsoft Teams & Zoom during her office hours MWTRF 8:00 - 12:00AM or over twitter @aswwulobbyist

Jude in Olympia!

AS Local Coordinator

A student employee that works to represent the student body to city and county governments on issues that affect students locally. Every year student volunteers participate in Local Lobby Day to advocate for student issues like homelessness, rental rights, etc. to local government members.

Local Lobby Day

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