Year: Class of 2016
Major(s): Molecular and Cell Biology, Near Eastern Studies
Minor(s): Global Poverty and Practice
Hometown: Lomita, CA
Uniting Campus Organizations:
At Cal, we are fortunate to have a large number of student organizations, but at times student groups can feel lost or disconnected because of the size of the system. As a senator, I intend to unite the campus through creating an electronic campus-wide calendar and a central communication system through which like-minded organizations can connect with each other. The updated campus calendar will serve as a tool for every student on campus to find events to attend and will aid organizers in collaborating with other groups. The central communication system will also unite the campus by bringing together student groups with similar goals to use their resources and time more efficiently. I will use LEAD center resources to help jump start this project.
There are many minorities on campus that are marginalized by the administration and the student government. These groups have no facilities on this campus to address their needs. I intend to identify minority groups on our campus that do not have institutionalized advisory centers and spaces on this campus, and find spaces for them on this campus. These centers will have advisory services for the specific groups based off of what their community needs as well as physical spaces for them to use to help build their communities and support the individuals they serve. I will also ensure that any other resources that are necessary for these minorities, can be provided.
In addition to these platforms I will be working closely on UC Regent Reform as well as Campus Climate projects. It’s important that we hold our administrators and the UC system as a whole accountable. There have been too many instances where the student voice has simply been ignored and thrown to the side. I will do everything in my power to fight for the student voice on the administrative level and try my best to ensure that this university does not become just another private corporation where special interest groups hold more value than the average student.
What’s your favorite thing about Cal?
Cal is the love-hate relationship of the century. This university will push you to the edge, will test every ounce of strength you have, will test your morals, values, and resilience, will challenge you in ways you never thought were possible. And, yet, through all the blood, sweat, and tears, one day you will turn around and get a glimpse of the best person you could possibly be. You won’t see a finished project. Oh no, you’re much too young for that, but you will see growth, a very beautiful growth. At Cal, you will never know true success until you have experienced the most difficult of failures and THAT is what I love about our university. This hazardous, challenging, unforgettable journey we are somehow convinced into embarking on, is my favorite thing about Cal.
What inspires you to serve the student body at Cal?
Every time I walk onto campus I can’t help but be grateful for the diversity of students I see at Cal. Every day, I learn something new from someone and there’s always a beautiful experience to share with a fellow student. It is this diversity that inspires me to serve the student body. When there are policies that marginalize students or hurt our educational experience, the plethora of backgrounds and the amazing stories each of us holds in our being is what inspires me to work on changing that policy.