The Research Institute at WOU

Center on Student & Community Services

The Center on Student and Community Service (CSCS) supports education and community health initiatives with a focus on students, families, and communities.  Staff in CSCS provide consultation in program development, implementation, and evaluation for community organization, state, and national initiatives.  CSCS is committed to helping programs create community conditions that help reduce health disparities so all people have an equal chance for a long and healthy life.  Support is provided in a collaborative, comprehensive, and evidence-based fashion to confirm all programs have the most efficient and effective outcome. 

Current programs within CSCS prove its dedication to supporting students, families, and communities.  These include diverse initiatives focused on traffic safety and driver education, early childhood educator training, university sexual violence response and prevention, and university mental health promotion and suicide prevention.  These efforts are supported by local, state, and national funding sources.

Center Projects

ODOT Traffic Safety Education

Oregon has one of the best Driver Education instructor-training programs in the entire nation. In order to keep the quality of our program uniformly high and ensure that teens receive consistent and thorough instruction, all individuals who wish to teach Driver Education in an Oregon Department of Transportation-Transportation Safety Division (ODOT-TSD) approved program are required to first complete a rigorous Traffic Safety Education curriculum that is coordinated through Western Oregon University.

Center Staff

Tonya East

Tonya East

Senior Project/Program Manager

Tonya is a collaborative and results-driven professional providing more than 15 years of cross-industry project management success within government and private industry. She is resourceful and innovative with record of successfully developing, implementing, and executing strategic initiatives and programs. Tonya is a staff/employee and stakeholder-centric change agent adept at building and leading top-performing, cross-functional and motivated teams to achieve goals.


Aaron East

Aaron East

Traffic Safety Education Grant Coordinator
(503) 838-9237

Aaron earned his baccalaureate of science in 1987 from Western Oregon State College with a major in law enforcement and minor in business administration. Aaron's primary expertise is program and financial management. He has worked in the field managing programs in the areas of military service, criminal justice and early childhood for 25 years. Aaron started at TRI in 2013 as a Grants Financial Specialist. When not working, Aaron enjoys playing golf, wine tasting and hiking the red rocks of Sedona Arizona.


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