The ASWCC Senate is an opportunity for students to use their voice to make decisions about funding, programming, events, and opportunities on campus. ASWCC Senate meetings are open the public and all students are welcomed—and encouraged—to attend!

If you would like to get on the agenda for an ASWCC Senate meeting, or have questions about Senate, please email ASWCC President, Lauren Besthoff, at

Check the WCC calendar to see when the next Senate meeting is scheduled.

Current ASWCC Senators


Alexander Wisely
Alex was born and raised in Indonesia and started studying at Whatcom Community College in Fall 2016. Even though he is really interested in working in Film industry, he prefers taking Communication Studies as his major, so that he can have the ability to socialize and interact with other people more.


Clara Black
Clara is a running start student from Sehome High School. She is currently pursuing an AAS Transfer Degree at Whatcom, and plans on graduating in spring of 2018. She was born in Seattle and raised in Bellingham. After graduating from WCC, she plans on attending a four year university to major in mechanical engineering.


Cora Lyon
Cora was born in Bellingham, Washington. She plans on attending the University of Alaska Anchorage in the Fall of 2018 to study Health Education and Biology. In her free time, Cora enjoys long walks and good meals.


Linh HT Nguyen
Linh was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. After graduating from Whatcom Community College in Spring 2018, Linh plans to pursue a bachelor degree in Environmental Science at Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University, with a goal to become an environmental consultant.


Mario Banuelos
Mario is a Workforce Scholarship recipient studying to become a Medical Assistant. Post-WCC, he plans to work in nonprofit health care management and social services. He speaks English, Spanish, and conversational Russian, and has traveled to 13 countries in Europe and South America. He enjoys public speaking, theatre arts, and social justice documentaries. He firmly believes that helping others and giving back to our communities is the way to transform our world. Mario's motto is: "Whatever path you take, leave a legacy, help somebody, and help empower next generations. Make a change."


Mason Green
Mason is a first year running start student studying for an Associates in Engineering transfer degree. He has not yet decided his major, or where he will attend college, but intends on being involved in a field related to the environment. Mason is currently exploring opportunities in engineering, business, and political areas to better determine his major. After just moving from New Hampshire, Mason is ready to get involved and established in the WCC community and is excited to serve as an ASWCC senator.


Susan Hess
Susan was born in Bellingham and currently lives in the Ferndale area. She is working towards completing her AAS Transfer Degree here at Whatcom Community College, and plans on graduating in spring of 2018 with both her Associate’s degree and high school diploma. After graduation, she hopes to transfer to a four-year university in order to study biological sciences and chemistry.


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