Western Oregon University’s Department of Politics, Policy, and Administration’s Empowered Communities Project: Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Democracy promotes and facilitates opportunities for WOU students and members of the surrounding communities to participate in deliberative dialogue and engaged learning in order to cultivate stronger, more inclusive local communities. The series values the cultivation of knowledge through engaged learning and the development of critical thinking skills, community partnerships, life-long active citizenship, and the creation of access for all. The series focuses on Deliberative Democracy by cultivating awareness, promoting civil service, and encouraging advocacy to effect meaningful social collaborations and change.


Contact Earlene Camarillo camarilloe@wou.edu or Mary Pettenger pettengm@wou.edu for more information.

Freedom of Expression

Free Workshop
Learn strategies to promote current issues.
Friday, May 10th 9:30 – 2:00
 Western Oregon University

Monday, April 18th 2022 4-5PM, HWC 204


With Oregon Speaker of the House:

Brought to you by the Department of Politics, Policy & Administration’s Civic Engagement Project.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Henkels, henkelm@wou.edu

“Environmental Policy: Preparing for the 2024 Legislative Session”

Thursday, August 24, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Travel Salem

Effective Advocacy for Non-Profit Organizations Seminar

Friday, December 2, 2022

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March 9th 2022 at Noon, Willamette Room

How to get a Hummingbird to Listen

Learn tips to craft persuasive and succinct messages to hummingbirds (a person such as an…..

The Social Science Symposium presents Greg Leo, an expert in the field of lobbying. Greg is the founder of The Leo Company LLC, a marketing, public relations, and government affairs firm that specializes in assisting local governments, Native American tribes, corporations, non-profit corporations, and individuals to turn their ideas into policy.

How to Start a Nonprofit

March 8, 2023  12:00 – 1:00 pm   

Columbia Room, Warner University Center (WUC)

WOU Calendar

2022 Election Forum: Voting Information, Races and Initiatives to Watch

A campus forum presented by the WOU Empowered Communities Project featuring faculty from the Departments of Politics, Policy & Administration and Communication Studies

Thursday, 10/13, 12:00 – 1:00
In-person and Online – zoom link TBD
HWC 205

Congress to Campus comes to WOU!

The Department of Politics, Policy, and Administration brought former U.S. House Representatives Nick Lampson (D-TX) and Rod Chandler (R-WA) to WOU to: educate about how the US Congress functions, promote bipartisanship, and discuss the value of public service