Student Handbook

Student Identity and Involvement Quick Links

Student Involvement: CUB 320, (509) 335-9667; Helping advise/facilitate ASWSU (student government) and over 200 student organizations, student involvement offers something for everyone.

Multicultural Student Services: CUB 409, (509) 335-7852; Offers free tutoring and academic resources to all students, four dedicated student centers (African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Native American, Chicana/o Latina/o) with mentoring programs and meeting spaces.

International Programs: Bryan 206, (509) 335-2541; Connects students to study abroad/global learning opportunities, assists/advises international students, coordinates the international mentorship program.

Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center: CUB 401, (509) 335-8841; Promotes retention, academic success, and graduation, provides ally training, and advises the Graduate and Professional Alliance of Washington State.

For more information, please watch this brief video on some of the different resources available or read more below.

Student Identity and Involvement Resource Guide

ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY (ASWSU)

335-9676; CUB 314; 8am-5pm, M-F;

  • ASWSU represents student interests, needs, and welfare within the WSU community at large on issues affecting student life.
  • ASWSU is comprised of the three arms of government including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. The legislative power of ASWSU is vested in the ASWSU Senate, which is comprised of six (6) Senators representing all ASWSU members, ten (10) Senators representing ASWSU members certified into academic colleges, four (4) Senators representing ASWSU members not certified into an academic college, two (2) Delegates representing Freshmen students, and one (1) Delegate representing the Honors College.
  • ASWSU funds more than 15 student committees including the Multi-Cultural, Entertainment, Awareness, and Service Committees to provide a variety of programs and services for students and WSU community.

CENTER FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (CCE)

335-7708; CUB L48; 8am-5pm, M-F;

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) offers WSU students, faculty, campus departments, and community partners opportunities to share knowledge, skills, and resources for the benefit of student learning and the wellbeing of our communities.

Established partnerships with local, regional, national and international organizations provide students with diverse opportunities for learning the skills necessary to create positive change in the world. The CCE offers students:

  • Curricular and co-curricular civic engagement opportunities, local and statewide
  • Individual placements, group projects, and internships
  • Leadership and professional development
  • On-line database to seek and record community involvement
  • Scholarships for civic engagement

CENTER FOR FRATERNITY AND SORORITY LIFE (CFSL)

335-5433; CUB 315; 8am-5pm, M-F;

The Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life (CFSL) engages fraternity and sorority affiliated students, alumni, and (Inter) National Organizations, as well as University faculty and staff, in creating a dynamic environment that enhances the intellectual, creative, and practical abilities of all members. The CFSL is dedicated to fostering quality undergraduate fraternity and sorority experiences that build community among all Chapters and with the institution through emphasizing founding fraternal principles of Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Lifelong Relationships.

There are four councils that represent the organizations that make up Fraternity and Sorority Life. They are:

CULTURE AND HERITAGE HOUSES

334-0279, See below for specific locations;

The Office of Equity and Diversity operates four culture and heritage houses at WSU. The houses provide spaces off campus for study groups, student organization meetings, and social gatherings. The houses offer fully equipped kitchens and meeting rooms, including wireless internet. Collections of art, books and films are being developed for each house.

Locations:

  • Talmadge Anderson Heritage House- 935 B Street
  • Casa Latina- 955 B Street
  • Native American Cultural House- 975 B Street
  • Asian American Pacific Islander Cultural House – 905 C Street

DIVERSITY EDUCATION

334-0279; Talmadge Anderson Heritage House, 935 B Street;

Washington State University has a long-term commitment to diversity education and cultural competency; and is eager to provide programs that will help to achieve its mission. Our programs will provide valuable tools to improve working relationships among students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and a more effective learning environment. A partnership with Student Involvement and Leadership Development (SILD) will give student leaders critical experience to handle tough multicultural issues in any environment.

The program will help you:

  • Build better relationships across group lines; sharpen skills to listen to people with whom you may disagree.
  • Enhance your leadership capacity by learning new information and skills.
  • Learn new skills to avoid unintentional conflict and a different approach to conflict resolution.
  • Learn commonalities that all people share.
  • Deal with problems of cultural differences and bias.
  • Develop a global perspective of different cultural values, norms, behaviors and expectations.

GENDER IDENTITY/EXPRESSION AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION RESOURCE CENTER (GIESORC)

335-6388; CUB 401; 8am-5pm, M-F;

  • Promotes retention, academic success and graduation
  • Referrals to university and community resources
  • Educational and cultural workshops, programs, and events
  • Ally Training
  • Advising for Graduate and Professional Alliance of Washington State (GPAWS)
  • Unofficial name changes

GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION (GPSA)*

335-9545; CUB 308; 7am-4pm, M-F; Senate meetings: M 5:30-8pm CUB 212; mainoffice.gpsa@wsu.edu or  concerns.gpsa@wsu.edu;  

  • Governing and representative body for graduate and professional students at WSU
  • Enhances the academic successes and student experience for graduate and professional students
  • Activities include Graduate/Professional Bi-annual Social, Annual Wiley Research Expo, Advisor/TA/RA Excellence Awards, grant funding for conference registration and travel, Graduate and Professional Student Project Funding, Computer Study Center, 4 cent copies, Evening Childcare Subsidy, and free tickets to most WSU Theatre productions. For more information about other events and services go to the website or call/visit the office.

 *The GPSA is a separate entity from the WSU Graduate School. For Graduate School information, contact the Graduate School at 335-6424 or follow this hyperlink: gradschool.wsu.edu.

MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SERVICES (MSS)

335-7852; CUB 409; 8am-5pm, M-F;

Academic Enrichment Center

335-1773; CUB 421; 8am-9pm, M-Th; 8am-5pm, F

Free tutoring, free access to a computer lab, and workshops to support students' academic goals

African American Student Center (AAS)

335-2626; CUB 420; 8am-8pm, M-Th; 8am-5pm, F

Academic advising; personal, career, and financial aid counseling; orientation and retention programs; referrals; student mentoring program; facilitate programs with ASWSU, AAA, BWC, CWS, sororities, fraternities and other organizations; employment, internship, and scholarship information; cultural programs and events; leadership development and training

Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Center (AAPI)

335-1986; CUB 414; 8am-7pm, M-Th; 8am-5pm, F

Academic advising; student mentoring program; assistance with financial aid and scholarship information; personal and career advising; orientation and retention programs; cultural events and programs; leadership development and training; referral to university and community resources; advising for Asian American and Pacific Islander student organizations

Native American Student Center (NAS)

335-8676; Cleveland Hall 21B; 8am-7pm, M-Th; 8am-5pm, F

Resource for Native American students that promotes retention, academic success, and graduation; referral to university and community resources; academic advising; student mentoring program; provides scholarship, financial aid, internship, and special opportunity information; resource for current native issues; advising for Native American student organizations

Chicana/o Latina/o Student Center

335-2616; CUB 402; 8am-7pm, M-Th; 8am-5pm, F

Resource for Chicana/o Latina/o students that promotes retention, academic success, and graduation; referral to university and community resources; academic advising; student mentoring and support; personal, financial, and career counseling; scholarship and internship information; leadership development opportunities; cultural events and programming; advising for Chicana/o Latina/o student organizations

SmartStart

335-7852; CUB 4th Floor;  8am-5pm, M-F;

THE SMART START PROGRAM (SSP) uses a high-touch retention model that delivers support for first-year (freshman) students, through classroom instruction, one-to-one personal counseling, and academic advising. Participating students have daily access to an academic work center, which has computers, free printing, and a comprehensive tutorial program. Students, who stay active in the Smart Start program for one full academic year, are eligible for partial scholarship, special activities, and priority registration for classes. All participants work with our Retention team to develop personal Academic Success Plans, as well as financial aid and campus resource guidance.

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

335-9667; CUB 320; 8am-5pm, M-F; getinvolved@wsu.edu;

Explore the arts, engage in leadership, get involved in student organizations, or lead your peers via your student government. Get Involved! Student Involvement is the hub of resources designed to help students finds ways to get involved at WSU. Our staff work with arts and entertainment, including the CUB Gallery and the Student Entertainment Board; partner with others in the Cougar Leadership Program; connect with over 400 student organizations through CougSync; advise ASWSU, your student government, and its committees and services.

WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER (WRC)

335-6849; Wilson-Short Hall 8; 8am-5pm, M-F;

Promoting a safe and supportive climate that enables women to engage as full and active students.  The WRC helps transform the educational environment into a more inclusive and progressive institution by assisting, supporting and mentoring women at Washington State University.  Our programs and service help student to develop competence, connectedness and autonomy.

  • Professional development programs
  • Programs and resources
  • Safety program & risk reduction education
  • Student support groups
  • Advocacy and referral services
  • Women’s Resource Library
  • Lactation Station
  • Computer lab and conference rooms

YWCA OF WSU

Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women 335-2572; Wilson-Short Hall 8; M-F, 8am-5pm;

  • Volunteer organization which strives to eliminate racism and create opportunities for women’s growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, and dignity for all people.
  • As a student movement committed to building a coalition of all women to address issues of oppression through the process of empowerment, we develop skills in leadership, project development, and social activism.
  • Programs include: Racial Justice Conference, the Clothesline Project, the Week without Violence, the Civil Rights Art and Essay Project, and mentoring young women to hold regional and national offices with the YWCA of the USA.
  • Academic credit available through internships.