Associated Student Body (ASB)

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What is ASB?

ASB is the Associated Student Body (ASB) of University of Western States whose purpose is to support the UWS mission and core values, along with the educational, professional, social and cultural development of its members through:

  • Representation of and advocacy for ASB member interests
  • Cultivation of acceptance, inclusion and a sense of belonging among ASB members
  • Organization of programming and activities to support student well-being and professional development

All UWS students enrolled in a degree-seeking program, certificate or academic credential are considered members of ASB.

General Structure

ASB is governed by an executive committee, which consists of the following elected executive officer positions: president; vice president; secretary; treasurer; diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer; and one college officer from each academic college.

Along with the executive committee, ASB representation consists of college councils, made up of up to two representatives from each academic program (College of Graduate Studies), or from each cohort of students (in the College of Chiropractic or the College of Naturopathic Medicine). College officers are the liaison officers (LOs) between the ASB executive committee and the college councils.

Each college council representative represents the students in their academic program or cohort.

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Executive Officer Positions

The follow officer positions make up the ASB executive committee. Students from all academic programs are eligible to run for the offices of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and DEI officer.

Students must be a member of the population they are seeking to represent to be eligible for the position of college officer.

President 

The ASB president sets the agenda and presides at ASB general assembly meetings and at executive committee meetings. The ASB president conveys student body concerns and collaborates with the office of student affairs administrator to enact student initiatives. The ASB president votes only in the event of a tie. The ASB president is a member of the ASB executive committee. The president performs such duties as defined by ASB bylaws or affirmative vote of the ASB executive committee.

Vice President

In the absence of the president, the vice president acts as president. The vice president is a member of the executive committee. The vice president performs such duties as defined by ASB bylaws or affirmative vote of the ASB executive committee.

Secretary

The secretary keeps minutes of ASB meetings and is the custodian of ASB records. The secretary provides notice of ASB meetings to ASB members and/or the executive committee, as appropriate. The secretary acts as president in the absence of the president and vice president. The secretary is a member of the executive committee. The secretary performs such duties as defined by ASB bylaws or affirmative vote of the ASB executive committee.

Treasurer

The treasurer records all financial activities of ASB using generally accepted accounting principles and ensures that ASB financial reports are presented to ASB, the office of student affairs, or the university leadership as requested. The treasurer is a member of the executive committee. The treasurer performs such duties as defined by ASB bylaws or affirmative vote of the ASB executive committee.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer

The DEI officer represents the student body at meetings of the UWS diversity, equity and inclusion committee and leads efforts to cultivate a sense of belonging and inclusion among UWS students. The DEI officer is a member of the executive committee. The DEI officer performs such duties as defined by ASB bylaws or affirmative vote of the ASB executive committee.

One (1) College Officer from each academic college

The college officers represent the students in their academic college at ASB meetings. College officers chair their respective college council meetings to share information with and solicit feedback from the college council representatives. College officers are members of the executive committee. College officers perform such duties as defined by ASB bylaws or affirmative vote of the ASB executive committee.

College Council Representatives

College council representative represents the students in their academic program or cohort. Students must be a member of the population they are seeking to represent to be eligible for the position of college council representative.

College council representatives are responsible for sharing information from college council meetings with the students they represent. College council representatives bring forward concerns or ideas from the students they represent to college council meetings. College council representatives may suggest agenda items to the college officer for inclusion in ASB executive committee meetings or general assembly meetings. College council representatives perform such duties as defined by ASB bylaws or affirmative vote of the ASB executive committee.

Current Officers

  • President: Alex Pham
  • Vice President: Lovie Tabron
  • Treasurer: Melanie Muller
  • Secretary: Larissa Omura
  • DEI Officer: Dylan Shalagan
  • College Officer – Graduate Studies: Erin Cochran
  • College Officer – Doctor of Chiropractic: Lauren Crowe

Get Involved

Make your voice heard in student governance!

  • Nominate yourself for an officer position. 
  • Join a general assembly or college council meetings. Dates for upcoming ASB meetings will be published when available.

ASB Bylaws

You can view the full ASB bylaws here.

ASB Meetings

General assembly meetings are held at least three times per academic term. All ASB members (current UWS students) are invited to attend and participate in ASB meetings.

College council meetings are held at least once per academic term. All students represented by the college council are invited to attend and participate in college council meetings

All meetings are conducted in a virtual format, or in-person with virtual options, and publicized through university communications (Weekly Vitals, website, etc.).

Meeting Minutes

Coming soon!

Officer Self-Nomination Form

Please use the below webform to nominate yourself for one of the elected ASB positions.