Vinay Ramesh


View Vinay’s Senate blog here.

Year: Class of 2016
Major(s): Political Science
Minor(s): Public Policy
Hometown: San Jose, CA


Office Hours

Days: Friday
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location: 114 Hearst Gym


1. Safety Through Lighting
The City of Berkeley is unsafe in many areas due to the lack of effective lighting. I will strive to work with the Berkeley City Council, PG&E and the school administration to not only secure funding, but also implement brand-new energy efficient streetlights in and around dimly lit streets such Channing, Regent, Parker, Ellsworth & Fulton. Through this initiative I will push to make Berkeley a safer place for everybody, students and residents alike.

2. Disabled Students Initiative
While technology improves for the general student body of UC Berkeley annually, many disabled students find it difficult to keep up with schoolwork, with many considerations being neglected or ignored by the administration. To rectify this, I will work with various academic online entities, along with the school administration to create an online tool that makes individual considerations for disabled students, and that pushes the University’s administration to follow through on mandates which equalize education for the disabled and able-bodied students.

3. South Asian Representation
The South Asian community is one of the largest and most diverse communities at UC Berkeley, but it still struggles to find a voice in the greater university community. I will strive for further, more prominent South Asian representation in the ASUC and the administration by paying attention to the details that matter most to each organization.

What’s your favorite thing about Cal?

Our undying Cal pride. 

What inspires you to serve the student body at Cal?

I’m motivated by my sense of duty. I believe that if you have the ability and opportunity to do something good for the people around you, that it is your responsibility to do the same.