Hall Council is the foundation of the resident leadership experience. Working at the ground level with residents, each council establishes community in their building through programming, advocacy, and education.
Through several different positions on each council, residents are given the opportunity to practice and learn leadership skills, explore various organizations, and ultimately make a difference in their communities.
The Residential Community Student Association (RCSA) serves as the democratic voice of on-campus residents. RCSA works at a higher level with University administrators, campus partners, and the ASUW to affect positive and necessary change that improves the resident experience.
Executive Board - The day-to-day operations of the RCSA are entrusted to an Executive Board of 1 elected President and 4 appointed Directors, each with different and distinct responsibilities. Learn about each board member.
General Council - The opinion-making body of the RCSA is captured by the General Council. Over 50 RCSA Representatives, each chosen by their Hall Council, serve on the General Council and take part in advocating for fellow residents and voting on funding requests. Become a representative through taking part in your own Hall Council.
Hall Caucus - RCSA’s great partnership with the ASUW is thanks, in a large part, to the work of Hall Caucus. Each Hall Council sends two residents who serve in the ASUW Student Senate on behalf of their community. These senators become educated on a wide range of issues and will draft and vote on hundreds of items each year in the ASUW. Check out more about the ASUW Senate.
Budget Advisory Committee - The BAC is a twelve-week long committee where members learn about the budget process of HFS and give feedback about the process as well as spending priorities. Each Hall Council selects one BAC member who will present to their council twice, once on the budget process as a whole and once on the annual rates proposal. Become a member through your own Hall Council.
The Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) form the entirety of the student body government. Serving over 40,000 students, ASUW operates 25 entities, employs over 70 students, and functions with the help of over 500 volunteers. As the official voice of all students, ASUW is a powerful body with many ways to get involved.
Board of Directors - Make a difference in a big way by running for one of 8 elected student positions who set the strategy and goals of the Association as a whole. The Board works with campus partners, University administrators, as well as local and state governments to serve you and the UW community.
Student Senate - The Student Senate is a great option for students who are highly motivated by engaging in debate, voting on and drafting legislation, and being an advocate for fellow students. You can become a senator through a protected seat, like a Hall Senator, or by collecting the signatures of 15 fellow students.
Entities - With 25 different entities, or units, there are many different ways and opportunities to get involved with something you enjoy. From Rainy Dawg Radio, the on-campus radio station, to UW Leaders, a mentoring program, to any one of the 8 diversity commissions representing minority groups on campus, there will be something for you to get involved with.
Jobs - Want to make an impact and also get paid? Look no further than ASUW jobs. With over 70 positions with varying degrees of qualifications and commitments, you will be sure to find something that meets your needs and fits into your skill set. Typically, job openings occur in Spring, but there may be positions open at any time.
Volunteer - Looking for something low-key or just a one-time thing? ASUW is always on the lookout for new volunteers to fill a variety of roles from committee members to interns to program volunteers. Volunteering with the ASUW is a great way to stick your toe into the world of student government. Many students start off as volunteers and move on to become board members and local community leaders.