Leadership Opportunities

Student Activities, in collaboration with the other offices in Student Involvement, advises many student leaders throughout Willamette. Check out the various leadership opportunities available through our offices below.

Associated Students of Willamette University (ASWU)

ASWU is the student organization designed to oversee student life at Willamette and serves as the primary source of student advocacy on campus.

President – Amarit Ubhi
Vice President – Tatiana Amrein
Treasurer – Carlo Rivas

Senate Representatives:
Senior – 
Junior – 
Sophomore – 

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Judicial Board:

Chief Justice: Sarah Ortiz

ASWU Sound:
General Manager – Jaz Williams

Blitz the Bearcat

Blitz the Bearcat is the official mascot of Willamette University.  The mascot program is student program managed by the Blitz coordinator.

Manager: Jordan DeGelia

Bistro Willamette

The Bistro is a student-run cafe which serves as a gathering place for students, faculty and staff. Day-to-day management of the Bistro is handled by student managers. Applications are available as positions become available.

General Manager – Tania Palafox
Finance Manager – Maria Del Rocio Ortiz-Chavarria
Kitchen Manager – Andrea Rivas

Honors and Awards in Bearcat Excellence

Chair: Miranda Livers

CSL (Community Service Learning)

CSL coordinators support the work of the Office of Community Service Learning, raise awareness of social justice issues, provide opportunities to address these issues through service in the community, and foster a cooperative spirit between Willamette and the surrounding community.

Lead Coordinator: Sophie Bunch

Club Approval and Finance Committee

The Club Approval and Finance Committee is one of the ASWU Senate committees. The fundamental mission of ASWU is to facilitate the growth of a healthy, diverse, and sustainable community of student organizations at Willamette. The Club Approval and Finance Committee is committed to improving the infrastructure of student organizations by helping new groups focus their visions and improve upon their weaknesses.

This committee's primary purpose is to evaluate the affiliation materials (Affiliation Form, Petition of Interest, and Constitution and Bylaws) of newly forming student organizations. In its evaluation process, the Club Approval and Finance Committee provides feedback, suggestions, and resources to newly forming student organizations. Once the affiliation materials have been reviewed and revised to their satisfaction, this committee has the authority to recommend new groups to ASWU Senate for official recognition as student organizations.

For more information contact ASWU Treasurer, Carlo Rivas.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend staff creates, plans, coordinates and attends all events during this program each fall semester.

Coordinator: Grace Gautereaux

Fraternities at Willamette

The fraternities below are listed with their current president. For more information, see Greek life.

Phi Delta Theta:
President – Ricky Oropeza

Kappa Sigma:
President – Ezra Gabbert

Sigma Alpha Epsilon:
President – Luther Jessie

Sigma Chi:
President – Brendan Peterson

Beta Theta Pi:
President – Brian Peck

Intramural Sports

Serving as an IM rep is one way to start building recreational leadership skills. The IM activities program also hires and trains students to work as intramural referees, scorekeepers and timekeepers. If you like sports, like to have fun, and want to enhance your leadership and assertiveness skills, this is the job for you.

Intramural Coordinator: Hannah Deighton


ASP Lead:

Interfraternity Council

IFC is the governing body for the fraternities, composed of elected representatives from each of Willamette's chapters.

2019 Officers:
President – Andrew Choe
VP Administration – Saige Swan
VP Recruitment – Joel Westby
VP Programming – Daniel Santos
VP Public Relations – Kyle Martz

SLS (Service, Leadership & Sustainability)

SLS Leaders assist new students in doing community service in Salem and surrounding areas during the four-day Jump Start program in mid-August. The team leads evening activities and reflection, encouraging students to bring meaning to their experiences and their role in the Salem community.

2019 Coordinator: Sophie Bunch

Outdoor Program

Located in the Montag Center, the Willamette Outdoor Program is a fantastic resource for the Willamette community to connect the varied and great aspects of the Pacific Northwest. We provide a variety of services that help students, faculty and staff through guided outings, gear rental and connection to related local events. We can even assist you in planning your own outings!

Outdoor Program Coordinators:
Emma Smoll

Ellis Cobb

Opening Days

The Opening Days staff facilitates the adjustment of each year's entering class to academic and campus life at Willamette during a five-day orientation program. Opening Days Coordinator and Leadership Team applications are available in November and Leader applications are available in January.

2019 Lead Team:
Coordinator - Jaelin Sonoda

CJ Chow

Katie Bick

Tara Hickman

Panhellenic Council (PHC)

Panhellenic Council is the governing body for Willamette's three sororities. The PHC Executive Council is comprised of five executive officers, who create and oversee programs for all of the sororities - President, Vice President of Recruitment, Vice President of Programming, Vice President of Public Relations, and Vice President of Administration. Applications are available in November of each academic year to be considered for these executive officer positions.

2019 Officers:
President – Julia Fleener
Vice President of Recruitment – Sophia Abegglen
Vice President of Programming – Amy Meyerson
Vice President of Public Relations – TBD
Vice President of Administration – Hannah Deighton

VP Public Relations has not been filled at this moment; anyone interested in the position is welcome to contact Julia Fleener with questions!

Sororities at Willamette

The sororities below are listed with their charter year and current president. For more information, visit Greek life.

Alpha Chi Omega (1944):
President – Lucy Cort

Alpha Phi (2015):
President - LaShae Smith

Pi Beta Phi (1944):
President – Melissa Scott

TaB (Take a Break)

Take-a-Break is a student-run alternative break program that sends groups of students, faculty, and staff to communities throughout Oregon and the United States to learn and serve. Student facilitators and coordinators play active roles in the development and support of TaB trips.

Director: McKenna Noland

Assistant Director: Marion Powell

Tiger Club

Tiger club invites Willamette volunteers to provide after-school mentoring and tutoring to students at near-by Bush Elementary. Opportunities are available for Willamette students to serve as tutors as well as coordinators for the program.

Coordinator: Ericka Bryan

Willamette Events Board (WEB)

Student leaders plan activities and events for the entire campus community. Through this experience students gain valuable skills in event planning, leadership, and communication.

President: Cynthia Ramirez

Vice President:  Adriana Escorcia-Lopez

Treasurer:  TBD

Wellness Program

The Wellness Program provides a variety of ways to engage in healthy life choices.  Programs, information, and education are provided in exercise, nutrition, and rest.  Students can sign up/train for a 5k run, take a cooking class, get a personal trainer, enroll in a group exercise class, or engage in the many formal and informal programs!

Wellness & Fitness Program Coordinator:
Gian Olsen

Nathan VanDeWalde


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