Juan Manuel Heredia


View Juan’s Senate blog here.

Year: Class of 2015
Major(s): Political Science, Public Policy, Chicano/a Studies
Minor(s): None
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

E-mail: jheredia@asuc.org

Office Hours

Days: Monday
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Cafe Milano


(1) Building a Stronger Raza Community

As the Raza-endorsed candidate, I will make community-building my top priority. To strengthen our community, I intend to continue the two-year project to establish Raza Cabinet, a collective body of community members that will establish academic, political, and social direction for Latin@/Xican@ students at Cal. My second goal is to host the First Annual Latin@/XIcan@ Spring Conference to cultivate constructive dialogues, institutionalize our stories, and pass on the torch to next year’s cohort of community leaders. This conference will bring together members from every student organization to exchange information, share knowledge, and show the larger Cal community what it means to be a Latin@ at Cal.

(2) Developing Your Roadmap at Cal

Berkeley is a large University with hundreds of academic disciplines, classes, and extracurricular opportunities to navigate. Many students, particularly students of color, require additional support to ensure they can make the most of their time at Cal. As a Senator, I will establish a collaborative effort between the Career Center, Summer Bridge, and the Educational Opportunity Program to develop a 2-4 year counseling program for incoming freshman and transfers. This counseling will support students in creating their roadmap for their time at Cal, provide vital information about when and how to utilize Cal’s many resources, and ensure that students feel confident in their direction at Cal.

(3) Fighting for Students’ Rights to Take Action

Students should be proud of Berkeley’s legacy of political activism and direct action. This University is home to many passionate student organizers whose voices should be heard, not silenced. As a Senator, I will work to increase Civic Engagement at Cal by working with the ASUC Vote Coalition and Voto Latin@ in order to increase the student voice and input in the upcoming midterm elections by working to register students to vote. I will also work with the Academic Senate Committee on Demonstrations & Student Actions, UCPD, faculty, and administrators to hopefully develop a task force that will hold the University accountable to reducing unethical police behavior.

What’s your favorite thing about Cal?

My favorite thing about Cal is that there is always something to do on and off campus. Whether its student organizations, a club trip to an exciting place in the Bay Area, student political life, or hanging out on campus in between classes, the general vibe of Cal, in conjunction with the student body, are what make it such a great place.

What inspires you to serve the student body at Cal?

My inspiration to serve the student body at Cal comes from the same communities that elected and allowed me to serve them in our student government. Over these past three years I’ve had the privilege of being actively involved in multiple capacities, in a variety of organizations, spaces, and communities that have given me a sense of appreciation for the student body of this campus. The work I have done with the Raza Recruitment and Retention Center and the many multicultural spaces on campus have acted as a foundation for my motivation to create tangible change and represent those communities to the best of my abilities.