ESS Student Advisory Council

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APPLICATION for 2023-2024 Academic Year Open Now!

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What the ESS Student Advisory Council Does

Student Advisory Council members consult with and advise the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services on topics important to Western students throughout the academic year.

They do this by

  • Meeting monthly with the Vice President and ESS staff during the academic year (no meetings during summer term).
  • Discussing ongoing and emerging topics of importance to Western students.
  • Sharing meeting discussions with peers and groups they regularly participate in across campus, bringing any feedback back to SAC meetings for discussion.

Who are the Student Advisory Council members?

  • Up to fourteen students selected from applicants across Western Washington University campus locations to serve one-year appointments.
  • Selected from the application pool to represent all academic areas (majors) of the University and a diversity of student experiences from first year to graduate level.
  • All currently enrolled Western students can apply to join ESS Student Advisory Council for each Academic Year.

2022-2023 ESS Student Advisory Council Members:

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Zachary Cohen

Hi! My name is Zach Cohen and I use he/him/his pronouns.

I'm currently a Sophomore at Western and a political science major, as I've always had a passion for understanding and being involved in political processes.

This will be my second year with the ESS Advisory Council, and I hope to continue using the knowledge gained from this group to learn the most effective ways to build improved systems of communication between administration, faculty, and students.

Outside of ESS, I'm very excited about growing the membership and on-campus involvement of various political action clubs, especially the Young Democrats!

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Leif Creswell

Hi, my name is Leif Creswell (he/him/his), and I am a senior majoring in English Literature, with a teaching endorsement.

I am also getting a minor in Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacies.

Outside of class I enjoy brewing many different coffees in many ways.

I’m excited to join the ESS SAC for this year to emphasize and enhance the student experience for everyone at Western from dining to diversity.

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Christopher Rosenquist

Hi, my name is Christopher Rosenquist. I use he/him pronouns.

I’m a freshman and I plan on majoring in Political Science with a minor in sociology and Spanish.

I’m hoping that ESS can serve as a springboard for student input into the school administration, to help improve all aspects of the university. I’m also a member of Westerns Model United Nations club which I’m doing for the first time, so I’m excited to travel around and participate.

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Fiona Tracey

Hi, my name is Fiona Tracey. I use she/her pronouns.

I am currently in my fourth year pursuing a degree in Business Management.  

I am looking forward to this year serving on ESS SAC. This council is a great opportunity to represent my fellow peers and speak on important issues. I am grateful to be serving and look forward to this year! 

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Elizabeth Card

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Card (she/her) I am a junior and an American Cultural studies major and international studies minor.

I joined the ESS committee so I could be come more involved at Western and hope to bring a voice to students that have things to say.

This year I hope to become more involved in clubs such as crafting club and the girl gains club!

2022-23 Council Members not pictured

Stephanie Romero-Pinedo, Vivian Peil, Audrey Wheelock, Brandon Denny, Alyssa Rodriguez, Frozan Sadat, Jason  CassadyHana Amanuel, Sophie Snyder

Why you should consider applying to join

  • To help improve Western’s student-life experience outside of the classroom.
  • Gain experience serving on a volunteer advisory group.
  • Looks great on a resume.
  • Build skills representing issues and topics across groups.
  • Gain greater understanding of campus decision making and administrative processes.
  • In person meetings (when possible) include food!
  • Great networking with peers and Western professionals.

If this sounds like something you are interested in

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Contact us with questions or to find out more:


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