ASWSU Global was founded in 1998 — before distance learning had evolved into the online format that it is currently (at the time, most distance learning was done by mail!). As such, it was the first student government in the country that was created to help provide representation for students earning their degree from a distance.
Distance learning has changed since then, and so has ASWSU Global. After careful consideration and planning throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, ASWSU Global was restructured to provide the events, leadership opportunities, resources, services, and advocacy that Global Campus students have identified as their top priorities.
ASWSU Global migrated in the 2020-2021 academic year from a traditional student government to an executive board with seven paid board members specializing in their respective areas of expertise, along with three specialized committees.
The Resources, Events and Programming, and Diversity Committees meet once a month, while the Executive Board meets twice a month. All of these meetings are open to students, and we rely on student attendees to help allocate resources and plan student programming.
Gina Vasquez, President
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021
Current City: Pasco, Washington
Hello! My name is Gina Vasquez, I’ll be graduating in Spring 2021 with a Bachelors in anthropology and minor in psychology. I’ve lived in Washington my whole life and as such have a love of coffee and hiking! When I’m not working on ASWSUG projects or doing homework, I’m usually looking for my next road trip destination, binge watching something, baking, or spending time with my favorite people and pets. Although the PNW is home and no other place could compare, upon graduating I hope to broaden my horizons and seek a career with the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer.
This is my second year serving students with ASWSUG, last fall I began as a Senator then moved on to become Student Involvement Chair and was selected to be President for the 2020-2021 academic year. Before becoming a WSU student, I attended Columbia Basin College from which I received an AA degree. Coming from a family of migrant workers and being a first-generation college student, I know from first-hand experience that the journey to academic success is much easier when you have support from your academic institution and the resources to accomplish your goals. This year I hope to empower students to chase their dreams and provide support and resources so students can reach those dreams and goals. Go Cougs!
Heather Leasure, Vice President
Major: Integrated Strategic Communications
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021
Current City: Vancouver, Washington
Hello Global Campus Cougs! My name is Heather Leasure and I am your new ASWSUG Vice President. I am currently in my last year of my BA program of Integrated Strategic Communications. I am currently researching grad programs for higher education in student affairs masters. I live in Vancouver, Washington and have been here for 9 years.
I started my educational journey at Clark College and now work there in the career services department assisting students. My plan was always to be in marketing and public relations. But, as all plans do my changed. I fell in love with the student affairs aspect of higher education and have changed my whole direction. I would love to be a college president one day. Short term goal is to become a Dean of Student Engagement. Bottom line is I love helping students on their educational path and hope to do this in my long term career.
My hobbies outside of work and school are photography, crochet, I love movie trivia, and more recently I have fallen in love with bees and hummingbirds and all that they can do and accomplish with being so small. During quarantine we planted a flower garden, a specific pollinator garden and a fruits & veggies. The yard turned from just a yard to a secret garden with food and pollinators all over. Though quarantine has been hard it has made myself and my family stop and change our pace as well as change our environment. I hope to be here for each of you to help you in this same way. Lets have a wonderful academic year and we hope you can join us for our events even if only online.
Nigeria Tyler-Williams, Director, Academic Affairs
Major: Social Science
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021
Current City: Federal Way, Washington
Greeting Everyone! My name is Nigeria Tyler-Williams. I’m expected to graduate in Spring 2021 with my bachelors degree in Social Science with concentrations in women studies, sociology, and human development. I’ve recently relocated to Federal Way, Washington last year but, overall been in Washington State since 2016. I’ve had the opportunity of getting acquainted with various of organizations in the area by volunteering. I am a single mother of two little ones who happens to be 2 years old and 7 months. I’m looking forward to finding autistic organizations in the future to volunteer at as my oldest has autism. I enjoy connecting with people of a diverse background in order to understand and find ways to better assist people of diverse backgrounds.
As I am thankful for the opportunity to serve on this committee because nothing is more important to me than to make sure everyone knows that they have a voice and it should be heard. As the director of academic affairs I would like to ensure that each and every student voice is heard because what might seem little to some is huge to others. I have little hobbies outside of activities with my family and school. I often think about starting support clubs for who are juggling online schooling and other activities which tend to add more stress onto them.
Tessa Endencia, Director, Communication and Compliance
Expected Graduation: Spring 2022
Current City: Portland, Oregon
Tessa Clare Endencia is an author, freelance writer, and the Director of Communication and Compliance for ASWSUG. Her YA book, The Divinity Bureau, debuted in the top 40 in three categories on Amazon, and her work has appeared in USA Today, Medium Editors’ Top Picks, and numerous other blogs and publications.
Prior to her appointment to ASWSUG, she worked as a digital marketing strategist in the hospitality industry, where she was responsible for the campaign planning, messaging, and digital strategy across thirteen hotels and their corresponding food and beverage outlets. She returned to her literary roots in 2020 to major in English at WSU Global, and she is excited to help make a difference for the global campus.
She currently lives in Portland, OR with her partner and two cats, and she can typically be found playing board games or curled up with a book.
Laud Williams, Director, Finance
Major: Business Administration, HR Management
Expected Graduation: May 2021
Current City: Oxford, Indiana
Laud Williams is an avid traveler and has been traveling around the United Statesis since he first moved here in 2009. Laud was born in Sierra Lione, but due to hardships, his family relocated to Accra, Ghana when he was a child, where he spent most of his childhood. Laud developed a strong love for the game of soccer after playing it with friends on the beach nearly every day.
His love for the game did not end after moving to the United States. In America, he first lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he graduated with honors from Roy J. Wasson High School. Laud was a three-sport athlete in high school. He played soccer, run tracks, and cross country. In soccer, he was named CHSAA All-State first team for two years and captained the Varsity team. Laud continued to play soccer in Junior College at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois. While at WCC, he helped his team win multiple recognition, including qualifying for the NJCAA national soccer tournament in Yavapai, Arizona. This achievement was the first in the school’s forty years soccer history.
Laud was not only into sports. In high school, he was involved in many clubs outside the classroom including National Honor Society (NHS), Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievements (MESA), and Distributive Clubs of America (DECA). While in MESA and DECA, Laud won many states and national awards which led him to be recognized by the school board and a nomination to the Mayor’s 100 list.
Laud developed a strong love for finance during his time in DECA. As the Vice President, he was in charge of the school’s store and the finances.
As the Director of Finance for ASWSUG, there is no doubt he will be a great asset in helping lighten any burdens during this trying time. As an Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America, he is prepared to help the coug community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to him with any questions or problems at email@example.com.
Samantha Fakharzadeh, Director, Legislative Affairs
Major: Political Science
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021
Hello everyone! My name is Samantha Fakharzadeh. I am a Political Science major here at WSU Global, going into my senior year. I began my WSU Global journey after earning my AA degree in Sustainability Science from Bellevue College. Prior to that, I worked in the Clinical Laboratory Science field. After earning my bachelor’s degree, I plan on attending law school in the Fall of 2021. I decided to join student government due to the opportunity it provides me to act as a representative for the Global Campus student body and other students of color.
My spare time is typically spent backwoods camping and overlanding in our surrounding National Forests with my husband, three children, and dog. My hobbies include trying out new recipes, working on new projects to make our household run more efficiently, gardening, and crafting. I also love hiking and mushroom foraging.
Chelsea Rollins, Director, Student Events and Programming
Expected Graduation: August 2022
Current City: Denton, Texas
I’m a returning Junior to Washington State University with a major in Marketing and a minor in Hospitality Business Management. I attended WSU Pullman for 2 years before moving to the great state of Texas. I am enthusiastic about the school year ahead and ready for a new challenge. I have been in event planning since high school and I’m eager to bring my skills to this position.
In my spare time, I pretend I’m a streamer/vlogger. I also paint, do light digital designing, and am passionate about creating beautiful things. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or just to chat!