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.

Your vote = Your voice!

Register to vote here by October 18th to vote in the General Election on November 8!

Contact camarilloe@wou.edu or pettengm@wou.edu for more information.

Effective Advocacy for Non-Profit Organizations Seminar

NEW Date Friday, December 2, 2022

Click here for event information and to register!



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

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, October 13th, 12:00 – 1:00
In-person and Online – zoom link TBD
HWC 205

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.