Today’s students are vital to Washington’s economic success and recovery. Using the strength of a unified collective voice, college students across the state and across sectors are rising up and speaking out about why higher education and equity in financial aid is important to them. Now more than ever, advocating for other avenues to support student success include programs that increase food and housing security as well as access to transportation and childcare.
Washington Student Engagement Networks (WA-SEN) brings together students on private and public, 2-year and 4-year campuses to engage and educate legislators about the importance of higher education for all Washingtonians. Recruiting a diverse and inclusive student network is an essential component of WA-SEN’s commitment to advance equity, leading through the lens of race.
As the student voice arm of the College Promise Coalition, WA-SEN believes systemic racism permeates every institution in our country. We believe it should not stay that way. Our work strives to create more equitable and increased access to higher education for Black, Indigenous, students of color, low-income students, and other historically marginalized students.
The program work is guided by an advisory committee that comprises members from:
- College Success Foundation
- Council of Presidents
- Independent Colleges of Washington
- State Board of Community and Technical Colleges
- Washington Student Association