Yordanos Dejen

Yordanos

View Yordanos’s Senate blog here.

Year: Class of 2016
Major(s): Ethnic Studies, Legal Studies
Minor(s): None
Hometown: San Jose, CA

E-mail: ydejen@asuc.org

Office Hours

Days: Monday, Wednesday
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Monday), 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Wednesday)
Location: Multicultural Community Center (Monday), Sproul Plaza (Wednesday)

Platforms:

1) Ensuring True Transparency:

There exists a major disconnect between administration and students on our campus: we entrust our administration to adequately and effectively run our university, yet often times we are unaware of what the administration is doing and what resources they can provide. Thus, as senator I will provide a list of possible grants for student organizations to receive funding outside of the ASUC, host grant workshops and email a list of grants available with their requirements. Furthermore, I intend to meet with Black administrators and professors to better the relationship between Black students and Black staff. Lastly, to guarantee transparency overall, I will be sending out monthly emails with updates from my office on the progress of my platforms, information useful to my community, and general ASUC business.

2) Supporting Cross-Community Organizing:

Communities across campus are engaged in important, transformative work. However, there are numerous opportunities for communities to come together and organize multiculturally that are missed because there is not the necessary infrastructure to bring communities together. I want cultivate this vital space by creating insightful and interactive events promoting cross-cultural growth and alliance. Comprising of open forums, community discussions, and joint events with other Senators, I hope to address and bridge the gaps between all our deeply involved communities and promote cross-cultural organizing.

3) Expanding Mental Health Education:

More than 30% of college students report that they felt so depressed that they found it difficult to function within the last academic year. Yet, this number doesn’t include the countless students who struggle in silence while our university doesn’t offer adequate help. As a Senator I will collaborate with University Health Services, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Students’ Mental Health, and the UC Berkeley Advising Council to develop their Gatekeeper Training Program into an accessible online mental health education course for all incoming students. This will ensure that the next generation of Cal students is educated about mental health issues and knows how and where to seek help.

What’s your favorite thing about Cal?

My favorite thing about Cal would have to be the pieces of the campus I have yet to discover. 

What inspires you to serve the student body at Cal?

In the past two years I have been fortunate enough to get to know the students at Cal and every time I engage with a person of color I hear the stories of passion, resilience, courage and humility. These students empower me to fight to ensure that all underrepresented students have access to campus resources as well as make Cal a more comfortable place for students like myself.