Melissa Hsu


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Year: Class of 2016
Major(s): Business Administration
Minor(s): Chinese
Hometown: San Marino, CA


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Days: Tuesday
Time: 11:00 – 12:30 pm
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1. Streamlining the DeCal Process
Decals are quintessentially Berkeley; they are unique, student run, and unconventional. As the current Educational Enhancement Fund Director and Budget Manager of the DeCal Board*, I have been able to identify specifically what can be improved. If elected, my goals are to:
- Increase student enrollment in popular DeCal courses
- Create a simpler facilitating process
- Grant Access to FPF students
I have worked with several student facilitators and the main thing prohibiting them from allowing more students into their classes is a lack of funding. I will increase funding resources for Decals in order to satisfy class-size needs; I want more students to enroll in the DeCal classes that interest them. Furthermore, I will improve the process for facilitators by consolidating all of the paperwork deadlines and updating the DeCal website and other resources to be more user friendly.

2. Establishing Rest Spaces on Campus
As a student involved with many student organizations and rigorous classes that result in long, sleepless nights, I understand that there is a genuine need for recuperation throughout the day. Many of us have gaps in our schedules that offer themselves as a perfect opportunity to re-energize in between classes. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 40- minute naps improve performance by 34% and alertness by 100%. Therefore, if elected, I want to create rest spaces on campus to increase student productivity and cognitive performance. As the Director of Student Resources,* I plan to continue my work with the office of the EVP to establish areas on campus for this purpose.

3. Promoting Sexual Assault Education in the Greek Community
A recent Title IX study states that 53% of sexual assaults occur in Greek community spaces. As a member of the Greek community, I have seen personally how this issue has been silenced. As a Senator, I will require all house leaders to receive comprehensive training in how to react and support survivors after a sexual assault situation. For risk management training, which is required for all affiliated Greek houses, I will work with PartySafe@Cal, the Gender Equity Resource Center, and the Tang Center to provide a workshop for students about the importance of affirmative consent, and how to recognize and prevent an attack.

What’s your favorite thing about Cal?

Cal has been the most challenging yet rewarding experience of my life.  

What inspires you to serve the student body at Cal?

As 1 out of 35,000 students at Cal, I didn’t think that I could make a difference but after interning for the ASUC, I realized the student government at Cal does have influence. At that moment, I realized I could take initiative and make the change I, along with others, wanted to see on campus.