Name: Nate Blanchard
What’s your position/role in ASUWB?
Director of Government Relations
What projects are you currently working on?
Legislative Affairs during our State’s Legislative Session – HB1561: a bill which would work towards creating free alternatives to textbooks, SB6021 which would extend the voter registration deadline to expand voting accessibility for students, and HB1488 Dream Act 2.0 which would ensure DACA recipients continue to have access to the Opportunity Scholarship.
What has your experience on ASUWB been like so far this year?
This is the first year I have been a part of the Associated Students of the University of Washington Bothell. It has been a humbling experience to meet so many fellow student leaders here on campus and across the state. Every day I walk into the office I am filled with joy that I get to start another day working to help students.
In your opinion how does ASUWB help the campus?
In my specific role, the direct benefit to students is fairly abstract. It can be difficult to quantitatively measure the impact of a bill passed in Olympia on our student body. Fortunately, in this session, our bills have clear and tangible goals. For example, SB6021 would allow our Student Legislative Action Committee an additional three weeks to register students to votes.
If you could recommend one food item to the students that is available to purchase on the UWB/Cascadia campus, what would it be and where can you find it?
Purchasing the ‘Half Donor’ plate at the Gyro trucks on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. It is roughly five dollars for Greek fries and your choice of protein. It is one of the best deals I have found around campus!