What Did Madison Do This Year?
What a year it has been! Let me first just say what an honor and privilege it has been to serve as your ASUC Senator. I did not take that responsibility lightly, so thank you for allowing me to hold it.
I wanted to give you all a snapshot of what I have done this year. So below is a portion of my End of Year Report that every elected and appointed official of the ASUC must submit:
- Passed Wellness Referendum garnering roughly $10M annually to extend hours of operation at the Tang Center on weekends and select weekdays, keep the RSF open and operating, hire more psychiatrists to work in primary care clinics, support sexual violence survivors with resources or advocate, allocate funding to support underserved populations (i.e. hiring counselors, PT, etc.), and more
- Met weekly with the Wellness Committee to develop the research and plan leading up to the referendum
- Secured free season football tickets for all incoming transfer students in 2014 and beyond
- Hosted a Fall and Spring Service Fair to help service clubs recruit at the beginning of the semester
- Held a Service Community beginning-of-year training to bring awareness to services the ASUC/LEAD Center/Student Union provide
- Met regularly with Village Residents’ Association (VRA) and RSSP to address issues of security and affordable housing
- Lobbied administration which led to the creation of 24/7 satellite UCPD location at University Village
- Oversaw the ASUC annual budgeting process in which over $2M was allocated to student groups
- Held bi-monthly office meetings with professional development and community advocacy components
- Traveled to Washington DC with USSA to lobby for an increase in Pell-Grant funding as well as the Dream Act, Stop Racial Profiling Act, and Safe&Healthy Relationships Act
- Testified at Berkeley City Council and Police Review Board meetings in regards to police brutality during the Berkeley Black Lives Matter Protest
- Awarded the AAVP SPARCL Scholarship Award Committee as well at the Public Service Fund (PSF) and the Educational Equity & Excellence Fund (EEEF)
- Accompanied other ASUC elected officials to meetings with campus and UC system-wide administrators to lobby them on behalf of the student body
There is still so much to do and I am excited for the incoming class of elected and appointed officials to take on our campuses largest initiatives such as the Undergraduate Initiative (which could fundamentally alter undergraduate education at Cal as well know it), the Richmond Bay Global Campus, the transition from RSSP (Residence Halls) to Real Estate, and the boom of construction that will be taking place on campus in the next decade. As the new Eshelmann and MLK open up Fall 2015, I encourage each and every one of you to stay involved on what the ASUC is doing, and make your voice heard. Senate meetings will be every Wednesday at around 7pm on the top floor.
As for me, I will be staying involved on the Wellness Committee to make sure the funds collected are used responsibly towards the things that were promised to students. I will also be around to help transition newly elected senators into the role. I can’t wait to see what they accomplish.
Thank you again, I will never forget my time as a Senator, and it has been an honor.