Year: Class of 2016
Major(s): American Studies – Environmental Politics, Gender Inequalities
Hometown: Seal Beach, CA
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Sproul Plaza
Creating a Regenerative Campus Plan
Cal is known as a leader in sustainability, but there is great potential for progress on this issue. Building on the vision of the Sustainability Master Plan I developed with EVP Nolan Pack as the ASUC Director of Sustainability, I will create a regenerative campus plan for our school that goes beyond simply zero waste and renewable energy. I will restore native landscapes and habitats, promote sustainable businesses and campus eateries, and work towards environmental justice with city organizations and campus groups to continue activism against environmental racism to better the Berkeley community. Our campus has many beautiful niches, but there are also many areas that could be transformed into enriching community gathering spaces.
Stand with Survivors: As colleges across the country are facing increased scrutiny of their sexual assault policies, we must stand with survivors and ensure that their rights are protected by our university. Simply increasing resources is not enough; we must strive to create better policies of zero-tolerance for sexual violence. Student voices must be taken into account in a way that empowers survivors and gives them agency. We can do this by creating a student-run support system that enables survivors by helping them navigate campus policy while providing valuable resources and care. This space will be a way for survivors to find their own path to healing, whether through use of campus resources, the legal system, or alternate methods. I will work with BAWAR (Bay Area Women Against Rape) to administer structured support without mandated reporting or unhelpful resources.
Empowering Food Justice in Berkeley
Our campus has under-utilized spaces that have the potential to become productive, sustainable systems. I will work to create Student Organic Garden Association (SOGA) continuation gardens that teach students hands-on gardening techniques and spread edible gardens around our campus with a “lawns to meadows” approach. This technique emphasizes the utility of hands-on education as opposed to theory-based lecturing to hyper-localize the food system and allow for holistic learning that recalls Berkeley’s foundation as a land-grant agricultural research institution. By growing food on campus, we can serve as an example to the community as a successful hyper-localized food system that provides local, organic food at low prices. Produce will be distributed to students, as well as through the Berkeley Food Pantry in partnership with the Berkeley Student Food Collective and SOGA.
What’s your favorite thing about Cal?
My favorite thing about Cal is that everyone has an opinion about everything, whether it be the best place to buy kale (Berkeley Bowl) or the least sleep-inducing library (Music), or the current drought situation (awful).
What inspires you to serve the student body at Cal?
I’m inspired to serve the student body at Cal because I know we can empower student voices to speak out against campus-wide and state-wide injustices, and I look forward to amplifying these voices for climate justice, for women’s rights, and for food sovereignty so that student input is not just noted, but heard and enacted.