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The Center for Student Involvement is staffed by both student and professional staff members. Read below to learn more about us!

Professional Staff

Elizabeth Hansen

Director for Student Involvement & Leadership
253-692-4685 /

Contact Liz for: General Center for Student Involvement Questions, Associated Students of UW Tacoma (ASUWT), Campus Event Fund (CEF), Conference and Training Fund (CTF), University Y Student Center - YMCA Partnership

Learn more about Liz!
Liz serves as the advisor to the Associated Students of the University of Washington Tacoma (ASUWT), oversees the Conference and Event Fund, and works with our partners at the YMCA to further the work being done in the University Y Student Center. Originally from the state of Maine, she has a Master’s in Higher Education and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from the University of Maine. Liz joined the UW Tacoma family in 2014 and loves how hardworking, passionate and dedicated the students at UW Tacoma are!

Conor Leary

Assistant Director for Student Involvement

Contact Conor for: Registered Student Organizations, student and event spaces in the University Y Student Center and Dawg House Student Lounge, and general Center for Student Involvement questions

Learn more about Conor!
Conor comes to UWT from the great state of New Jersey (yes, it may not have the best reputation according to national opinion, but NJ is a pretty great place to grow up). He spent most of his college career reading, writing stories, dancing, and performing on stage while working towards the completion of his Bachelor's of Arts Degree in English & Theatre Arts. He continued at Providence College to earn his Masters Degree in Education. As he developed his passion for student activities and programming, he also could not deny how much he loved to study, which led him to complete his second Masters Degree in Student Services Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham. Although his love of NJ will never fade, he is more than excited to be surrounded by all the Washington nature (and can't wait to explore all the hiking possibilities). When he's away from the Y Student Center and the Dawg House, Conor enjoys writing new story ideas, attempting to finish one, and sorting through the endless amount of streamable content with his husband.

Zvon Casanova

Program Assistant
253-692-4937 /

Contact Zvon for: University Y Scheduling Availability, University Y Events Invoices, Campus Event Fund and Conference & Training Fund Reimbursements, RSO Fund Reimbursements

Learn more about Zvon!
Zvon serves as the jack-of-all-trades providing administrative support for the Center for Student Involvement. Some of his various roles include: scheduling spaces in the University Y Student Center, reconciling departmental budgets, participating in campus committees, advising students, and more. Zvon is also known for his work in multimedia producing videos, photos, graphics, music, and podcasts. If he’s not too busy, sometimes he’ll shoot videos with his friends and work on other multimedia side projects. Zvon graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma with a Bachelor’s in Communications.

Daniel Nash

Student Media Specialist
253-692-4813 /

Contact Daniel for: The Ledger Student Newspaper, Tahoma West, Husky411 Weekly Emails, Campus Television Advertisement Screens

Learn more about Daniel!
Daniel is responsible for the advisement and support of the staff of the university’s student publications, which include The Tacoma Ledger newspaper, and the literary journal Tahoma West. He also supervises the Department of Student Engagement’s two-person student marketing team. A member of UW Tacoma’s Class of 2009, Daniel has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, with a concentration in Communications. Over the course of eight years, he worked as a reporter and editor for various community newspapers in King and Pierce counties, and won multiple awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. When the sweet siren song of Netflix quiets its throaty wail, Daniel spends his free time with his manuscript, his girlfriend, and his girlfriend’s dog. The cat is invited too, if it has to be.

Steve Schauz

Student Programs Specialist
253-692-4301 /

Contact for: Student Activities Board (SAB), Hendrix the Husky Mascot, Welcome Days

Learn more about Steve!
Steve serves as the advisor to the Student Activities Board (SAB), coordinates Welcome Days, and cares for Hendrix the Husky...making sure to keep his kibble bowl full at all times. Steve has a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Carroll University. Originally hailing from Wisconsin and having lived in different areas of the Midwest his whole life, Steve is thrilled to finally have some mountains in his life. He now lives in Tacoma with his feline side-kick, Cora Rey.

Student Staff - Student Organizations, Marketing and Programming

RSO Coordinator

Marketing Assistant


Student Staff - Front Desk