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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

Local Issues

Help you represent your community, get involved with local politics and keep informed!

Become a Community Ambassador


Mission 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


Local News


Contact Us


Natale Szabo (She/Her/Hers), ASOCE Local Issues Coordinator

Office Hours over Microsoft Teams & Zoom: M 9:30am-12pm, T 9-10am, W 9:30am-12pm, Th 9-10am, F 9am-12pm

as.local@wwu.edu