About SAO

The staff of the Student Activities Office (SAO) encourages UW students to participate in student activities and student government as an excellent way to experience personal growth, meet new friends, share common interests with other students, faculty and staff. The goal of SAO, a unit of the HUB, is to help students develop skills in leadership, event planning and management, decision-making, communication, goal setting, fiscal management, marketing and promotion, and even more importantly, to make life at UW fun and memorable.

Registered Student Organizations

The SAO helps over 750 RSOs register every year. The SAO is committed to assisting RSOs in putting on quality events, being an effective organization and developing leadership skills.

Student Government

SAO advises the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW), the undergraduate student government. ASUW provides an array of employment, elected, and volunteer opportunities to UW students as well as representing the UW student body in many levels of campus administration.
Learn more about ASUW.

SAO also works with the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS), the graduate and professional student government. GPSS is comprised of two senators from each degree-granting department, four officers, and several staff members. GPSS represents students to the University, funds graduate programming, and hosts regular social events.
Learn more about GPSS.

SAO Services

  • Support of approximately 3000 student leaders of registered organizations and student government (ASUW and GPSS)
  • Registered Student Organization (RSO) registration (over 785 in 2010-11)
  • Maintain the online student organization directory
  • Event-planning consultation
  • Advisers help student organization leaders work with and understand UW policies and procedures as well as local, state and federal laws.
  • Guide students in application for Use of University Facility (UUF) forms and other University requirements.
  • In 2010-11 we facilitated campus-wide programming, support and resources for student’s organizations and their advisors (SAUF Funding, Fall Fling, RSO Awards and much more)

How SAO Advisers Can Help

  • Provide free advise and guidance on event and program planning
  • Fund procurement
  • Fundraising ideas and programs
  • Organizational growth and development of RSOs
  • Guide students through the University structure to work within the system
  • Help with membership recruitment and retention