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Student Support and Campus Involvement
- Associated Students of Western Oregon University (ASWOU): ASWOU is the student government body of Western Oregon University. This organization is designed to encompass all of the students at WOU. The student government is tasked with advocating for students’ rights to the WOU administration as well as the state of Oregon and the nation. In addition, ASWOU oversees WOU student clubs and organizations, sponsors student events and coordinates the Food Pantry and Book Exchange program. Students can get involved in ASWOU as interns, senators or Food Pantry volunteers, or can visit ASWOU to learn about and get involved with WOU’s many student clubs and organizations. The ASWOU office is located on the first floor of the Werner University Center, room 122. http://86465.orgsync.com/org/aswou/home
- WOU Food Pantry: This student-led and student-run resource has a mission to reduce the dilemma of food insecurity on Western’s campus and in the Monmouth-Independence community. The Food Pantry is located in Academic Programs & Support Center (APSC) on the second floor (feels like the first floor) near the SEP Office and Honors Department.
Book Exchange: The Book Exchange is a free ASWOU service and a way for students to sell and buy used textbooks for their classes. Students can sell their used textbooks in the Book Exchange, and other students have the ability to buy the book through their Portal. To purchase or reserve a book through the Book Exchange, log onto your Portal and click on the Book Exchange tab. You can search for a book by the ISBN Number.
- Office of Disability Services (ODS): The Office of Disability Services provides reasonable accommodations to ensure that students with disabilities have access to Western Oregon University and its programs; through intentional interventions, programs, and services in order that WOU will meet federal requirements, encourage personal growth, and increase effective communication for our students. Located in the Academic Programs & Support Center (APSC), room 405. http://www.wou.edu/disabilityservices/
- Multicultural Student Services & Programs (MSSP): The Office of Multicultural Student Services & Programs is committed to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented and underserved populations by providing educational opportunities and outstanding programming for ethnic and culturally diverse students. MSSP offers personal support and assistance with academic advising, financial aid and resources, conducts workshops preparing students for higher education, organizes annual programming focused on the multicultural student population, advises the Multicultural Student Union, and coordinates the On-Track and Diversity Scholars programs. Office is located on the second floor of the Werner University Center, room 212. http://www.wou.edu/multicultural/
Multicultural Student Union (MSU): To promote diversity and cultural awareness throughout the Western Oregon University campus and the surrounding community. MSU gives students, faculty and staff an opportunity to share their cultural background while learning about others. Annual events include Out & Proud, Nuestra Fiesta Latina, Pow Wow and Women of Culture Celebration, and the club meets weekly.
- On-Track Program: The On-Track program is designed to assist and support students with the goals of promoting academic success, fostering personal and professional growth as well as providing opportunities for social development. Serves low-income, first generation and culturally underrepresented students and offers academic advising, cultural support, peer mentoring and more.
- Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA): The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is charged with the responsibility of taking care of our thousands of students during the 150-plus hours a week when they are not in class. Services include assistance with student grievances and complaints, advising of WOU policies and procedures, sexual misconduct resources, National Student Exchange program, voter registration, and the WOU Safe Ride program. For more information on VSPA services including limited availability of emergency funds, contact Debbie Diehm firstname.lastname@example.org; 503.838.8423. The VPSA office is located on the second floor of Werner University Center (WUC), room 203. http://www.wou.edu/student/
- Resource and Liaison Services: The office serves as a starting point for students who need assistance on where to get help on campus. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is here to help make students’ lives easier.
- Safe Ride (WOLF Ride) Program: A free shuttle service offered to Western students as a safe alternative for those who would otherwise walk alone at night. The WOLF Ride program is operated by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Students can call 503.428.7238 during service hours to request a ride between the hours of 5:00pm and 12:00am, Monday through Sunday. Ride requests are taken on a first come, first served basis (there is no “route”). There is only one van. The WOLF Ride van is equipped with a wheelchair lift.
- Flux book (available at WOU Hamersly Library)
“What do I wish someone had told me when I was 15, 18, 25?” Flux: Life After Foster Care is a real labor of love from more than 100 members of the alumni community to our younger brothers and sisters in care who are facing the transition from foster care to adulthood. The purpose of FLUX is to describe, predict and support some of the emotional aspects of that journey and addresses issues like dealing with your biological family, developing a new identity, or creating intimate relationships. Flux is available in Hamersly Library for check out, 3rd floor, HV875.55 .F58 2010