ASUCI Constitution

The ASUCI Senate has adopted R55-43, which will put a new ASUCI Constitution to the vote of the students.  Click here to see the proposed new ASUCI Constitution.

Fee Referendum

Click here to be taken to the fee referendums available this year.

ASUCI Candidates

Declared Candidates will show in random order below by office.  If they are part of a slate, the name of the slate will show up on the right side of their name.

ASUCI President

Cindy El 'Eljamrah' Slate:
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Name: Cindy El ‘Eljamrah’
Email: celjamra@uci.edu
Seat: ASUCI President
Slate: Slate:

Hi my name is Cindy El “Eljamrah”. My pronouns are she/her/hers and I am currently a second year Political Science major, pursuing a double major in Drama. I am a woman of color and first generation student. Being a part of these marginalized groups has affected me to see the issues within these communities, especially UCI. I personally have been faced with basic needs issues and have seen the importance of the existing programs within the school. My first year I joined ASUCI and interned for the Campus Climate Commission and Legislative Affairs. This year I continued in ASUCI as the Federal Legislative Coordinator.  Throughout these past two years I have seen what capacity student government has and would like to address the discrepancies to make a government that serves the students.

As President I will:

  • Re Envision ASUCI: Reconstruct ASUCI to better serve you. In order to do this I would like to expand on the communication within our government, this would decrease the redundancy and increase focused efforts to better serve the students. I would like to establish a webpage that is easy to navigate and outlines all of the programs, meetings, and events going on within ASUCI. Overall, creating a more accessible student government that would better serve the students.
  • Basic Needs:
  • Housing – OC is expensive and Irvine is expensive. Finding livable housing in Irvine is nearly impossible. I will focus on lowering On- Campus housing costs. This will be done by focusing on ACC housing. Aiming to have a one application payment for all ACC apartments and giving students the opportunity to sublease September – June. This way students will have a choice to stay over the summer and are not left to pay for housing when school isn’t in session.
  • More plans to address Mental Health, Food Insecurity, and Accessibility by working with Campus Partners and Departments to develop services better equipped for students.
  • Address Diversity and Inclusivity: UCI has students from marginalized groups that need to uplift these groups’ voices through working aside clubs and organizations that serve students. Women are not given respect within these spaces. The work that I do will include these voices and I will lead with compassion and empathy for all the voices I represent.

Thank You for your time, with your vote we can help make this student government serve students like you.

For more information on how I plan to achieve these goals and who I am visit this site

Campaign Website: https://cindyelasuci.weebly.com

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Malik Carmichael Slate: Anteaters For Anteaters
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Name: Malik Carmichael
Email: mecarmic@uci.edu
Seat: ASUCI President
Slate: Slate: Anteaters For Anteaters

Fellow Anteaters,

My name is Malik Carmichael, and I am running to serve as your ASUCI President. I am from San Clemente, California and I am majoring in Political Science and minoring in Business Management in pursuit of obtaining an MBA. 

During my time at UCI, I have served students in ASUCI’s Housing Security Commission  under the Office of the President. I also joined Sorority & Fraternity Life as a Kappa Sigma. I believe my experience in AS and  in the SFL Community has prepared me for the position by broadening my view of the school, ASUCI, and student life. With this knowledge, I can bring new perspectives and ideas to improve life on campus for students. 

I’ve seen in my past 3 years that our campus culture heavily relies on clubs. It is inspiring to see the unadvertised culture that students have created. I want to help clubs and organizations flourish. Myself and my slate, Fund The Clubs, intends on giving these clubs and organizations the funding they need and deserve. We will give ⅓ of ASUCI funds ($750,000) to clubs and organizations. 

My goals as President include:

  • Voting Yes on Constitutional reform as well as redistributing funds from SPFB that will give all clubs and organizations proper funding.
  • Obtain Temporary Housing for Homeless Students. 
  • Working with Administration to provide free swipes to financially insecure students.
  • Assisting students Appeal Parking Tickets
  • Expanding access to Mental Health Services.
  • Making the FRESH Basic Needs Hub more accessible to all students. 

We, the Anteaters, have been underrepresented. I will ensure that the student body will benefit from our tuition and resources. I hope to eliminate the disconnect between students and ASUCI. We have not had a voice on campus, and I want to help give us one. As President, I promise that change will be made and that we, the students, will be heard. I would be honored to serve as your President, and I promise to be Your Voice

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Anthony Gallardo Slate:
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Name: Anthony Gallardo
Email: agallar3@uci.edu
Seat: ASUCI President
Slate: Slate:

I’ll try keep it this short by going into what I would do as president. It’s time anteaters take back control of student funding. It’s time for student funding for benefiting students! Let’s advocate for more grants, more aid, less rent, reduce parking fines and permit costs.

Let’s bring back free EV charging to UCI & encourage a green campus to stay green! Let’s add free EV charging stations to resident parking!

Lets make student IDs digital.

Let’s pressure the administration to increase the amount online classes!

Let’s advocate for excusable absents for mental health, family leave, and sickness without fear of penalty.

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Michelle Mallari Slate: Anteaters United
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Name: Michelle Mallari
Email: mamallar@uci.edu
Seat: ASUCI President
Slate: Slate: Anteaters United

Click here for Michelle Mallari – Full ASUCI President Candidate Statement

“Stay awake so you can dream.”

I’ve found it impossible to turn away from our student government or to ignore how people’s actions within ASUCI have hurt students and the overall campus climate at UCI.

To close my eyes and remain passive is to disregard the voices of students in need of resources from our university.

To stay awake is to listen to the students that come to me and deserve to be heard. To keep my eyes open is to identify the disparities between what has been asked for, what currently exists, and what is still lacking.

To dream is to know that we as a student government can do better than the toxicity, stubbornness, and retaliatory attitude that has breeded in ASUCI and spread throughout UCI.

To stay awake and work towards my dreams is to share my knowledge of UCI, my visions in addressing pressing campus issues, and my whole heart to reclaim your voices and reconnect the UCI community by serving as your ASUCI President.

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“Stay awake…”

Over the past three years, I’ve found myself wide-awake through my ever-expanding awareness of the key issues concerning students and through my heavy involvement in Student Affairs. Interning under the Associate Dean of Students for a year, planning and attending the All-University Leadership Conference twice, and staffing SPOP this past summer has helped me connect with students throughout almost every major and department across the university. After hearing and watching what it’s like for students to question where their next meal will come from, wonder if they can afford another month’s worth of rent, go a quarter without buying textbooks in order to pay for other basic necessities, struggle to find jobs while living in fear of displacement due to their or their family’s citizenship status, discredit their accomplishments because someone pointed out their race or gender or economic background, miss inaccessible opportunities because a physical disability, hold themselves back from showing their love for another person because it contradicts the model of a heteronormative society, compromise their mental health in order to make ends meet and balance their never-ending commitments to support themselves and their loved ones––I hold all of your stories with me. When I see what UCI lacks, I see the experiences that we have lived through.

Serving Students, Not the Senate

Out of all of my involvements, my time serving as the Business Senator in the ASUCI Senate this year and witnessing every accusation and crisis within our student government firsthand have proved a few things to me. While I have done my best to represent students’ interests and remain transparent with the student body, I am saddened to admit that many Senators have failed to do the same.

The sight that I’ve been left with while serving in the Senate is one of uneasiness and turmoil within the student body. In order to navigate the confusion and restore our campus climate, our student leaders have had to sacrifice their time and energy––time and energy that was reserved to address the issues that have been inhibiting your success––leaving students to tend for the needs they expected their student government would advocate for.

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“…so you can dream.”

Despite what I have witnessed in ASUCI, I continue to dream of an institution that truly serves you. My vision as the ASUCI President is to rebuild a community rooted in acceptance and understanding, and to cultivate a climate of sustainable growth and service.

Rooted in Understanding

In addition to my connections with student leaders in student organizations and every ASUCI branch, the networks that stemmed from my time interning with the Associate Dean of Students have branched into working relationships with directors from centers and departments across UCI. I will work to balance any existing tension with our focus to carry out action items to address students’ concerns. I intend to rebuild any relations that were damaged between the Executive Branch, Senate, and Judicial Board by holding joint and one-on-one meetings with the heads of each office as well as with any other officer that wishes to join.

I also plan to enforce stronger transparency within ASUCI. While I was able to collect and disseminate information on current student government events and statements through social media on a Google spreadsheet, it was an effort that should have already been established and accessible through the ASUCI website. A more established method of transparency could take the form of a Google calendar to keep track of every ASUCI event and of a newsletter with relevant student government activities and statements, both of which could be shared on the ASUCI website and through campus wide emails. In keeping students and officers informed of what is happening within the student government, I hope to address this year’s lack of communication between students, ASUCI, and UCI administration.

Sustainability

In forming stronger bonds with one another, I believe that our student government can grow into a sustainable and stable institution and foster a schoolwide culture that encourages students to carry out their missions. If elected as ASUCI President, I look forward to collaborating with next year’s officers and administrators to focus on feasible and long-lasting solutions to address the problems that many students face, including: basic needs, housing security, parking, digital learning and access to academic resources, environmental sustainability, mental health, civic engagement and the freedom of movement and expression, and financial literacy and support.

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Thank you for your time and attention that you have put into ASUCI. Regardless of who you vote for, I am grateful for your willingness to open your eyes to the matters concerning you, and I urge you to keep dreaming for and creating a better world, starting here at UCI.

Lastly, I hope you are taking care of yourselves physically and mentally, and I encourage you all to cherish the people and moments that keep you grounded during a period of such uncertainty.

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Qualifications and Experiences

Find more in my LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelleannmallari/

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Ahmad Abu Nasra Slate:

Name: Ahmad Abu Nasra
Email: aabunasr@uci.edu
Seat: ASUCI President
Slate: Slate:

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Praneet Sah Slate: 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐀 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞
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Name: Praneet Sah
Email: praneets@uci.edu
Seat: ASUCI President
Slate: Slate: 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐀 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞

My name is Praneet Sah and I am a third-year Computer Science Major. I am running to be your ASUCI President for the 2020-21 academic year and bring effective changes on campus. I have been heavily involved with campus from starting my own club in freshman year, Hedge Fund Society, being a part of ASUCI, on-campus research, and many other avenues.

There’s a lot of issues on campus and during my time as the president I would like to address the following issues (as always, less talk, more action):

 

Issue #1: A Focused Approach Toward Mental Health 

With over 30,000 students in UC Irvine, students absolutely need to be provided accessible mental health services in a reasonable and timely manner. Although the progress made on mental health awareness has led to more students seeking counsel, we must realize the mental health division in our counseling center is considerably understaffed and that appropriate measures need to be taken to ensure those in need are rightfully accommodated 

(I recently learned from a few friends that wait times are over a couple of months; DMVs doing better at this point honestly).

Probable solution:

  • Increase overall awareness of the counseling center
    • Provide an additional $40,000 allocation of funding towards the Mental Health Commission and increase the available number of student positions in that department. 
    • Plan, organize, and direct biweekly marketing campaigns for mental health awareness across highly populated student areas.
  • Advocate for additional staff and lesser wait times for scheduling an appointment 
    • Survey the needs currently employed mental health staff may have and organize student-led discussions with the administration. 
    • I will personally direct a petitioning campaign on Ring Road to increase the budget for the student counseling center.

Issue #2: Rebalancing the Budget and Proper Allocation of Funds

This year alone, students collectively paid over $2.68 million of fees in support of ASUCI and it is crucial that allocation is given with proper oversight. I have seen a lack of financial transparency with the utilization of these student-derived funds and I aim to shed light on the $100,000 of miscellaneous expenses that have been accrued on the behalf of the general student population. 

The second task on my agenda will be to eliminate unnecessary expenditures and divert those resources to increase the budgets of important social services that promote health & wellness, mental health, diversity inclusion, and career counseling. By using no less than a fully transparent approach, I will subsequently draft and reinforce a measure that calls for additional checks and balances on all ASUCI financial operations. 

Probable solution:

  • Elimination of unnecessary expenses to secure additional funding for student-managed programs
    • Cut down on over $100,000 of administrative expense budgets for the bank, credit card, telephone, and other non-essential fees.
    • Allocate these resources towards the committee’s that provide important student services and strengthen community outlook.
  • Increase fiscal accountability in a systematic manner
    • Create a record of exact budget spending, surpluses, deficits, and other details in a publically available valuation statement that will be updated month-to-month.
    • Ensure a document is published to inform the public on the stipend amount, distributions, and payment frequency of all AS elected officers.

The above-mentioned issues are just a few out of tens of other issues on my agenda that students of the UCI community face on a day to day basis. With evolving needs and dynamic environment, I’ll try to be as flexible as possible and reprioritize agendas if needed.

With that, I hope y’all vote during the elections and stay safe in this coronavirus season!

 

Thank you,

Praneet Sah(he/him)

 

 

 

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Randy Yan Slate: Re-Ignite Change
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Name: Randy Yan
Email: rwyan@uci.edu
Seat: ASUCI President
Slate: Slate: Re-Ignite Change

Hello fellow Anteaters! 

First off, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my candidate’s statement! My name is Randy Yan and I am excited to once again announce my candidacy to serve as your President of the Associated Students of UC Irvine! I am a third year Biological Sciences major with a minor in Public Health here at UCI. I am a proud first-generation college student running to be the voice of the entire student body. I began my journey in ASUCI as an intern during my first-year at UCI for the Anteaters in Action Commission under the Office of the Internal Vice President, dedicating my time and commitment to service and opportunity for the students. During my second year, I served as the ASUCI Biological Sciences Senator, representing the interests of the students in the School of Biological Sciences, as well as the general interests at hand of the entire student body. This past year and continuing forward, I served as the ASUCI Student Body President, and through my position, I have been continuously able to advocate for effective change that will benefit the student body at-large. 

Serving the Anteater community in an effort to make higher education accessible and affordable has been extremely gratifying, and I’m excited to continue to do so as your ASUCI President. If elected, I aim to represent the interests of the marginalized communities on campus in hopes of dismantling barriers to educational success. 

For me, serving as Student Body President means re-engaging the student body. It means to find ways and opportunities to help create and redefine the student experience at UC Irvine. It means redefining equity and making sure we help uplift the voices of underserved student communities and supporting our undocumented students through providing resources. Serving as the Student Body President means to re-envision campus safety and ensure our students feel safe and belong on this campus. For all of our students who are basic needs insecure, it means to be able to achieve a quality higher education without having to worry about having to worry about going hungry or not having a place to stay. With the amount of various stressors we face as college students to the difficulty of balancing extracurriculars, it’s important to create a culture where mental health is prioritized and mental illness is destigmatized. On this campaign trail, I am running once again to be your Student Body President to help reform accountability and transparency in order to once again ensure that our student government functions of the people, by the people, and for the people. 

I am excited to share my current goals, but I do know they will be crafted to shift into other directions in order to truly serve the student body. Throughout the course of this past year as President, I have met with many constituencies that have helped me define new goals and objectives to help serve the students at UCI. My current platform is as follows: 

Re-Engage the Student Body 

  • Work to provide greater sources of funding and resources to support the student media outlets and campus newspaper.
  • More focus on professional career development through partnering with the Division of Career Pathways and the various schools on campus to host career fairs that cater to all fields, including the arts, humanities, etc. 
  • Revitalizing the student experience through partnering with the UCI Alumni Association to engage in outreach with alumni of color to establish workshops and other educational resources to help uplift the voices of underrepresented student communities.
  • Re-establishing the Club Leadership Assembly to engage with leadership teams from Registered Campus Organizations (RCO) in order to better understand the needs of the students and obtain input regarding student issues directly from RCO leadership.
  • Find greater opportunities for students to get involved with such as through research, internships, and more with faculty and professional staff
  • Negotiate contracts to obtain student subscriptions to online streaming services, photo/video editing tools, and other important necessities to be academically successful.
  • Find ways to work with the campus leadership in order to expand wireless network capabilities on the Ring Mall, Aldrich Park, and improved access in the libraries and study spaces.
  • Work with the ASUCI Office of Academic Affairs to expand free and/or reduced cost academic resources, including, but not limited to: testing materials (scantrons and greenbooks), art supplies, course access codes.

Re-Envision Campus Safety

  • Establish and launch the Campus Safety Alliance, a composition of representatives from cultural, safety-related, and community-based organizations here at UCI, as well as administrative bodies to come together in order to increase student input in order to cultivate a safer campus community for all students.
  • Work with the UCI Division of Finance and Administration to improve traffic safety conditions and overall pedestrian safety, not just on the main UCI campus, but also in surrounding areas, such as ACC apartments and other housing communities.
  • Work with the Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) office to expand the annual Take Back the Night event and help students learn more about the resources that the CARE office offers. 

Reclaim Mental Health 

  • Through the work of this past year, we have formed and launched the UCI Mental Health Coalition, a collective body of individuals from ASUCI and various subject matter experts on mental health issues at the university level. 
  • Advocate for greater mental health resources to be shared through partnerships and events coordinated with various campus entities and departments that include the Disabilities Services Center, International Center, Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion, and many others. 
  • Highlight lesser known mental health disorders through initiatives throughout the year and as well as at the annual Reclaim Mental Health Conference. 
  • Host a Mental Health Awareness Week in partnership with the entire campus to address and remove the stigma behind mental health concerns in college students. 
  • Launch the More Than You Know campaign, a platform similar to the Humans of New York, to help educate students regarding mental health concerns students face today. 

Reform Transparency and Accountability 

  • Work to continue the President’s Corner in collaboration with Anteater Television to carry on the efforts to making ASUCI as transparent as possible to the student body. 
  • Work to bring in activists and leaders of underserved student communities and different student groups on campus into meetings with the UCI Administration to address important concerns relating to student issues. 
  • Launch the development of the ASUCI 2025 Strategic Plan, a long-term initiative to structure the way student government serves the students, and analyzes the funding received in order to pave the way to address greater issues at-large.
  • Hold UCI Administration accountable to their actions and ensure that they do what they were hired to do in helping students have the college experience that they have been working diligently for
  • Increase ASUCI outreach efforts to the local governments and work with the Government Relations Department of UCI to ensure that our elected officials are held accountable and are making decisions that directly benefit the students of UC Irvine. 
  • Increase accountability and transparency in ASUCI through ensuring checks and balances are held, as well as bringing in the press to report on all matters of ASUCI.

Address Basic Needs Insecurity

  • Work on tangible goals to help alleviate food and housing insecurity for UCI students.
  • Advocate for greater accessibility to the FRESH Basic Needs Hub and work with FRESH to expand resources to various parts of campus through mobile food pantries and other innovative options.
  • Address housing concerns to the UCI Administration and advocate for the demand in housing affordability.
  • Advocate for a decreased cost in parking through working with the UCI Transportation and Distribution Services, in order to help commuter students and others alike. 

During my time serving in ASUCI, I have made every effort to follow up on my purpose as a servant leader and have addressed student concerns on every level. Having served as an intern during my first year, Biological Sciences Senator my second year, and now as the ASUCI Student Body President, I believe that my proven track record will allow me to do even more to serve the student body. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my candidacy statement and I hope to have your support in the upcoming elections to once again serve as your ASUCI Student Body President. It is up to us to be the change we wish to see at UCI. Let us re-ignite change 

With passion and service,

Randy Yan

For Supplemental Information, check out this link here: http://bit.ly/ASUCI_President_Supplemental_Info 

My Initiatives and Accomplishments:

Additional Involvements and Qualifications:

  • ASUCI President, 2019-2020
  • Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC), 2019-2020
    • Member
  • ASUCI Biological Sciences Senator, 2018-2019
    • Chair, Senate Advocacy Committee 
  • Bren Events Center Advisory Board, 2018-2020
    • Chair of the Board, 2019-2020
    • Vice-Chair of the Board, 2018-2019
  • Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee (SHIAC), 2018-2019
    • At-Large Undergraduate Student Representative
  • Morning Sign Out at UCI, 2018-2020
    • Writer
  • ASUCI Anteaters in Action Commission, 2017-2018
    • Intern

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External Vice President

Andy Yam Slate:
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Name: Andy Yam
Email: ajyam@uci.edu
Seat: External Vice President
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Checkout my Platform Below!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10NbHxc32oHcba6ylP0sDCWF8CyfATYO3ldlsfUWEbmo

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Shadi Hamdan Slate:
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Name: Shadi Hamdan
Email: shadih13@gmail.com
Seat: External Vice President
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Alan Calderon Slate: Anteaters United
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Name: Alan Calderon
Email: ajcalde2@uci.edu
Seat: External Vice President
Slate: Slate: Anteaters United

Hi everyone! My name is Alan Calderon and I am a third year Political Science and International Studies major. I have served as the Chief of Staff for the Office of the External Vice President for the last two years. As a former Senator, I authored and passed the first ethics legislation that prevents our elected officials from harassing constituents or engaging in libel and slander in the Senate. I am committed to promoting transparency and accountability in this government. 

As Chief of Staff to the EVP for the past two years, I have remained focused on what matters: external advocacy for all students. I intend to continue it with my clear goals.

  • Fight tuition increases and the cohort-based tuition system, which would hurt students across all demographics
  • Focus our advocacy on the local level where we can make a difference
  • Strengthen this government’s relationship with Irvine City Council and fight policies that unfairly target the interests of students
  • In collaboration with our local California Assemblymembers and Senators, we will present legislation in Sacramento to address mental health, basic needs security, food security, and housing security
  • Make voting in the 2020 Presidential Election more accessible through centralized vote centers, ballot drop-off locations, and institutionalized voter registration

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Jacob Lohrbach Slate: Anteaters For Anteaters
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Name: Jacob Lohrbach
Email: jlohrbac@uci.edu
Seat: External Vice President
Slate: Slate: Anteaters For Anteaters

Hello there! My name is Jacob Lohrbach, and I am running in hopes of serving as your External Vice President for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am from Mission Viejo, California, and came to UCI in pursuit of an economics degree, with plans for a minor in psychology, and an eventual MA in applied economics

During my time at UCI, I joined UCI’s club athletics as a walk-on member of the rowing team, and the sorority and fraternity life community as a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. I believe my strength lies in bringing new perspectives to ASUCI and implementing new ideas that will truly improve the undergraduate experience.

Though I was limited by my current schedule, I was drawn to several additional clubs outside of rowing. It was inspiring to see driven students in each organization who wished to further extend their hobbies, cultures, religions, and academics into the UCI environment.

I believe clubs give one of the best representations of the student body on campus, encompassing the passions of an incredibly large portion of the student body. With my slate, Fund the Clubs, I intend to give these clubs the resources they need to truly thrive.

My goals as external Vice President are as follows:

  • Work with administration and local representatives to secure temporary housing for homeless students
  • Fight any attempts to raise tuition
  • Rejuvenate and assist school organizations in the wake of an online-based quarter
    • Working with clubs and resource offices to increase publicity to the student body
    • Ensure students know of resources available to them
    • Help offices regain their administrative footing after months of decreased student involvement
  • Make ASUCI’s stance on issues known to public officials
  • Engage the student body towards active participation in the affairs of UCI
    • Increase knowledge of ASUCI decisions, especially those which directly impact the students

I would be honored to serve as your Executive Vice President to voice the concerns of the student body in relations with outside organizations. At the local level and beyond, I hope to push for changes that will benefit us all.

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Melissa Cruz Slate: Re-Ignite Change
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Name: Melissa Cruz
Email: melissc7@uci.edu
Seat: External Vice President
Slate: Slate: Re-Ignite Change

Hello Anteaters !

My name is Melissa Cruz pronouns she/her, I am a second year political science major and I am running to be ASUCI External Vice President. I am passionate about change, advocacy and serving students.

As a first generation student I struggled to find my place here at UC Irvine and suffered from imposter syndrome. I now know that this is not an uncommon experience for first generation students. I want all students to feel confident in themselves, know that they do in fact belong here, and understand that they have immeasurable, untapped potential. I strongly believe in the voices of students and believe that student concerns are the most urgent and should be addressed.

Since I’ve been at UC Irvine I have done community outreach work not only within my living community but also with UC Irvine’s external student organizations. As a first year I was Middle Earth’s Community Council President and often reached out to co-program with student organization such as the Womxn’s Hub. I believe in acknowledging the great work and progress of our student organizations and strongly think that collaborations between ASUCI and student organizations are great ways to unify the student body and bring student resources.

As the Resident Housing Association President I worked along side other UC schools such as Berkeley and Los Angeles in addressing housing issues. We established several committees such as the affordability committee which addresses the rising cost of student housing. During my time as Resident Housing Association President I also reestablished the communication and collaboration between UC Irvine’s student housing and ASUCI by addressing a voting memorandum that has been signed by ASUCI and student housing but was never acted on. In addition, I assisted in the conference bid writing for a regional business conference that is coming to UC Irvine in 2021. This conference will bring schools from all over the west coast to our campus and will also bring great volunteer and leadership opportunities to UC Irvine students who wish to participate. Additionally, as UC Irvine’s Title IX undergraduate representative at UCOP, I hope to create a safer environment by bringing awareness to on-campus sexual assault and violence to better provide survivors with the resources they need to feel safe and comfortable.

I have been working in outreach and advocacy for as long as I’ve been here and would like to be the External Vice President to further outreach and bring resources to our students at a larger scale. I am passionate for student rights, and will advocate for students and call out injustices in both the institution and ASUCI. I believe in accountability and transparency and know that these two core values are also important to our student body. I hope to be able to work with students to create safe, and inclusive spaces. I believe in celebrating diversity and hope to increase leadership opportunities for undergraduate students here on campus.

With your support, I look forward to strengthening the relationship between the undergraduate community and ASUCI. I intend to uplift UC Irvine’s most marginalized voices through advocacy work, student organization collaborations and addressing on-campus injustices.

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Internal Vice President

Jordan Young Slate:
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Name: Jordan Young
Email: jordanby@uci.edu
Seat: Internal Vice President
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Danielle Sugano Slate:
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Name: Danielle Sugano
Email: dsugano@uci.edu
Seat: Internal Vice President
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Hello, fellow UCI students and staff.  My name is Danielle Hisako Sugano and I am a third year English Major and Psych Minor. I am a proud member of Delta Lambda Chi and the English Majors Association. My main goal and aim is to help evolve the student council. ASUCI has many great ideas in motion but inorder to make a lasting impact it needs to constantly stay active and maintain their values. It is the beginning of a new decade and with that; new students, new dilemmas, and priorities. I want to actively improve on the infrastructure of our student council; balancing the need for change with the respect for tradition. Some of the skills I am most proud of is my active listening, my ability to maintain patience, and my love for communicating. I want to be transparent with the student body and staff and maintain a healthy relationship with everyone.

Two of the goals that I want to focus on is the reemphasis of the mental health reform. I want to encourage a positive, open environment and remind everyone of the resources available. Building onto that, my time here has showed me that we need to improve on the communication between other student clubs and associations. I feel that communication is key and letting the students know who ASUCI is and what our purpose is, is important. Coming into UCI, I realized how much I had to seek involvement on my end. I had to search for the resources, making Google my best friend. I want to be a part of ASUCI to help bridge the gap between the students and student council, including more intramural activities that involve everyone as whole. I can’t promise the world but I can guarantee that I will give ASUCI, the students, and their voice my undevoted commitment to help make campus more inclusive for everyone. Thank you. Let’s make this year a great one!

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Hannah Quach Slate: Anteaters United
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Name: Hannah Quach
Email: haquach@uci.edu
Seat: Internal Vice President
Slate: Slate: Anteaters United

Hello Anteaters! My name is Hannah Quach and I am a third year business administration major from San Diego, California. My ASUCI experience began in the summer of 2017 and I have worked under the Office of the Internal Vice President for the past three years. 

Some of my experience that would assist me in being an ideal candidate are:

  • Anteaters in Action Intern (2017-2018) 
  • Anteaters in Action Commissioner (2018-2019)
  • Chief of Staff for Internal Vice President (2019-2020)
  • VP of Finance for Alpha Chi Omega (2018-2019)
  • Risk Assistant for Alpha Chi Omega (2019-2020)
  • Vice Chair of Anteater Recreation Center Advisory Board (2019-2020)
  • Violence Intervention and Prevention Chair with the CARE office (2019-2020)

My vision for ASUCI as Internal Vice President would be to create real ASUCI transparency, increase support to students through collaboration with on campus organizations, connect students to resources available to them, ensure the safety and wellbeing of the students at UCI both physically and mentally, and actively represent communities on campus. 

The initiatives that I want to work on in the 2020-2021 academic year is as follows: 

  • Collaborate with on campus resource centers through events available to students
    • Co-Hosting and offering ASUCI resources to increase exposure and awareness to students
  • Offer financial support to registered on campus organizations
    • Funding their clubs to further their involvement on campus and allow them to continue hosting events without financial burden
  • Represent the Students
    • Educate myself on the needs of the different communities on campus and address their concerns
    • Collaboratively work with the rest of ASUCI to ensure all our work is dedicated to the students

I would be honored to serve as your Internal Vice President for the 2020-2021 academic year. I recognize that each individual on our campus has different and unique experiences and I am prepared to make it my priority to ensure that each individual is being represented and heard to the best of my ability. With my experience in ASUCI I am well-versed in the office I am running for, however, I am prepared to create change to better represent both the students and ASUCI overall. 

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Kaitlyn Sapida Slate:
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Name: Kaitlyn Sapida
Email: kesapida@uci.edu
Seat: Internal Vice President
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Hi everyone!

My name is Kaitlyn Sapida and I would like to be your next Internal Vice President. If chosen to be your next Internal Vice President, some of the issues that I would want to focus on is basic needs security and wanting to help out marginalized students. I also want students to know what resources are available to them!

I have past experience in ASUCI through my freshmen year, I was an intern underneath the Food Security Commission in the Office of Internal Affairs. During my sophomore year, I was one of the Food Security Co-Commissioners. Through being a Food Security Co-Commissioner, I was able to collect donations for Zot Out Hunger and be a part of the Basic Needs Coalition.

I am also one of the Bio Sci 2A Coordinators. Bio Sci 2A is a freshmen seminar class that all incoming biology majors are required to take. As one of the coordinators, I helped create a wonderful team of teaching assistants and will help facilitate the class in fall quarter. I am also involved in PUSO and Kababayan!

 

Advocacy Goals

  1. Ensure that students basic needs are met
      1. According to the 2018 UC Undergraduate Experience Survey, 47% of UCI students have experienced food insecurity throughout the year. I would want to ensure that students basic needs are met through helping implementing various programs such as a food recovery program on campus. I would work with FRESH and the Basic Needs Coalition to help facilitate the conversation of offering an on campus kitchen through working with outside partners. I would also want to increase the meal swipe cap as students who have a meal plan are only able to donate up to 5 of their guest meal swipes every quarter. I would help facilitate the conversation between UCI Dining and the ASUCI Food Security Commission to help increase the meal swipe cap. I would also want to raise awareness about the issues of food insecurity and how it affects many students on campus.

    2. Increase the ASUCI Office of Internal Affairs presence on campus and have students be aware of what resources are available to them

      1. Ensure that students who are pursuing higher education feel supported through grants and scholarship
        1. The Higher Education Access Travel Award grant was introduced to ASUCI in 2019. Students who apply to higher education after college have to pay out of their own pocket when traveling for professional school interviews. For some students, this makes it inaccessible for them. With the Higher Education Access Grant, students will be able to apply for it and will be reimbursed for their travel.
        2. Another scholarship that was also introduced to ASUCI in 2019 was the ASUCI Commitment to a Better Education Scholarship. Students who do not hold paid positions in ASUCI had the opportunity to receive $1,500 from ASUCI and it would go towards their Spring Quarter tuition. I would hope to establish this scholarship to help students out for Winter and Spring Quarter.
      2. Host quarterly resource fairs to showcase what programs ASUCI has to offer for students and to educate the UCI community about what ASUCI does
        1. I would want the ASUCI Office of Internal Affairs to participate in quarterly resource fairs. Through each commission educating the students about what they do and what resources are available to them, it ensures how ASUCI will be more present on this campus and be able to give back to students.
      3. Ensure that students have equitable access to test prep materials
        1. Many students plan to take standardized tests for professional schools. Not having access to their test prep materials can hinder the students ability to perform well on these tests. I hope to offer scholarships for these test prep materials and utilize an open access course to share the test prep materials with all students. 
      4. Establish a permanent clothing donation program to help students gain equitable access to professional clothes
          1. UC Berkeley currently has a campus not-for-profit thrift store called ReUSE. It is run by student volunteers and ensures that students are able to exchange and donate items. I hope to work with centers on campus like the Cross Cultural Center and  the Womxn’s Hub to help enact this on our campus. Some students do not have access to professional clothes. Not having access can hinder their ability to receive jobs/internships. Through implementing a permanent clothing donation program on campus, students will be able to have access to professional clothes at all times. With the Cross Cultural Center and the Womxn’s Hub currently doing programs such as Zot N Clothes and the Love Boutique, I would work with them and with the ASUCI Sustainability & Garden Commission to help make this a permanent space on campus.

        5. Host a Sustainability Conference to showcase how UCI has made progress in sustainability and learn how other universities are also implementing their own sustainable practices

                1. A conference like this would allow us to showcase our best practices, learn from other schools, and come together to make a more effortful mark on sustainability within higher education. 
                2. Sustainability is more than just recycling and reusing materials and UCI has taken a major step at leading the effort. In 2019, UCI was recognized by Sierra magazine as the #1 “Cool School” in the United States. I would want this conference to showcase how we have achieved that and how other universities can implement the same practices that we do into their campus.
                3. UCI is committed to responsible stewardship of resources and to demonstrating leadership in sustainable practices.
                4. There are over 45 research centers on campus that help address sustainability
                5. I would want UCI to showcase how our campus has evolved in sustainability practices and I would also want to give other universities the opportunity to showcase how they have implemented their own sustainability measures.

 3. Ensure that all students feel supported at UCI

    1. Facilitate the conversation about reentry and “citizenship” students  
      1. A reentry student is someone who returns back to school after taking a gap in education. Reentry students have different concerns than other students. Their concerns can vary from being a student-parent to working a job. I would want to make sure that the university has programs for them so they feel supported. Through having various resources available to them such as scholarships and workshops, they can have the same access to an education as everyone else.
      2. I would also want to help out of state students gain their in state citizenship status. When I first came into UCI, I was underneath the Condit Bill. This meant that even though I was considered an out of state student, I was still able to get the in state tuition rate through being a dependent of a California resident. I hope to host workshops that help educate people about their status and what they can do to obtain the in state tuition rate.

4. Ensure that resources on campus feel supported and are able to hear students voices

        1. Acknowledge that different resource centers on campus have different capacities to handle students
          1. I would want to meet with on campus resource centers and ask them how they can feel more supported through ASUCI. I would also want to know what capacity they have to handle students and how they can serve all students. This is to ensure that students needs are being met and that the office can offer valuable resources that are not widely offered
        2. Facilitate conversations with the Counseling Center about long wait times and how students can feel more supported
          1. The Counseling Center is known to have long wait times and their appointments tend to get full quickly. All students have access to this resource and many students utilize this resource. I would want to ensure that all students are aware of this resource. However, I would also want to know if the counseling center has the capacity to handle these students. Through meeting with the counseling center and discussing how online alternatives could help, I would want to ensure that students gain access to equitable mental health services.
        3. Ensure that the Anteater Express remains accessible and affordable to students
          1. In 2019, the Anteater Express announced that the D and S line would be free. I would want to ensure that these bus lines remain free. I would also want to work with UCI Transportation and the Bus Love Board to discuss how to keep the Anteater Express can be kept more accessible and affordable especially for students who pay for the W line. 

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Academic Affairs Vice President

Brenna Champlin Slate: Anteaters For Anteaters
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Name: Brenna Champlin
Email: champlib@uci.edu
Seat: Academic Affairs Vice President
Slate: Slate: Anteaters For Anteaters

Fellow Students,

My name is Brenna Champlin, and I am running for ASUCI Academic Affairs Vice President. 

Like many students at UC Irvine, I always thought of ASUCI as an organization that only planned concerts and other events on campus. After joining ASUCI, I realized it is so much more than that. I want to show students, like yourself, how ASUCI can positively affect your experience throughout your journey at UCI. Under my leadership, ASUCI will accomplish this by:

              • Providing free scantrons, blue books and basic school supplies for all students 
              • Expanding free academic resources such as peer tutoring 
              • Giving more resources to Clubs
              • Hosting professional speakers to speak with students 

How will I accomplish these goals? ASUCI has a multi-million dollar budget to fund these events. I will also work tirelessly with administration to ensure students like yourself are granted these necessities throughout your time at this university. 

Thank you for your consideration,

Brenna Champlin  

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Gabriela Yonarta Slate:
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Name: Gabriela Yonarta
Email: gyonarta@uci.edu
Seat: Academic Affairs Vice President
Slate: Slate:

https://tinyurl.com/aavp-candidatestatement

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Phil De Vera Slate: Anteaters United
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Name: Phil De Vera
Email: pjdevera@uci.edu
Seat: Academic Affairs Vice President
Slate: Slate: Anteaters United

At UCI, I have already found a place in two homes on campus: Student Housing and ASUCI. Finding a place in these organizations has broadened my perspective on the concept of diversity, while fueling my intrinsic drive to leave an impact on my communities. In Middle Earth Student Housing, I am the Events Chair of the Community Council—a space that allows me to program community-wide events for residents. We strive to promote inclusion and integrity, among other values, in order to serve our community and create lifelong connections and memories for our residents. I strive to make the experience worthwhile because I am aware that living in a residence hall in college is a privilege, as it is increasingly expensive to afford housing. In ASUCI, I am currently an intern for the Anteaters in Action commission—a commission dedicated to promoting community service and to highlighting various organizations, like the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Through my commitment to the organization, I gained experience from co-leading our program for CHOC, where we made “Kits for Kids” with toys and activities for the patients, and I have gained vast exposure to important organizations that support the well-being and rights of many different populations. My mission is always to give back to my community and represent those who may be vulnerable or feel voiceless. As one of the first in my family to attend university in the United States, I came into college relying on other people for guidance, as the college system in the US is very different from the college systems abroad. Because of my experiences and other experiences that I have seen through my positions, I am inspired to do what I can, when I can for other students who may be like me—who may feel lost or without direction. Even at the moment, I am still deciding which path I will pursue after college, and I want to provide ways to support students in the same situation. I will do my best to provide the academic resources and events that UCI students need because, ultimately, we are at a university to learn and grow. I would work with the other Executives to ensure that all of our programs create a holistic experience that fosters academic and personal growth because UCI is where I want to help people discover their passions, succeed academically but, most importantly, feel supported.

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Student Services Vice President

Agustin Richardson Slate:
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Name: Agustin Richardson
Email: agustir@uci.edu
Seat: Student Services Vice President
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Dear Students, my name is Agustin Richardson. My purpose is to bring excitement, school spirit, fun, and overall very long lasting memories for all students at UC Irvine. I am a Political Science Major and Business Management Minor. I am now starting my fourth year, and throughout my time at UC Irvine I have accumulated countless experiences that have given me clarity on how to achieve this task. Many of them have to do with the different groups and organizations that I have been a part of. The two main ones are Greek Life, and the New Venture Competition which supports innovation and entrepreneurship.

 I always want to be honest and transparent to you, therefore let me start by saying that the moments that you will remember for the rest of your life about this university, are those that created excitement, and those that were different! For example your first welcome week, or the UCI talent show “Soulstice”, or the school games you attended, or all those concerts you had a lot of fun at.

Let me be honest with you again, and tell you that what really made me run for this position is the fact that this year there was not enough done. Our school spirit and attendance at school games was ok, but not great, our homecoming was good but I want to do even better, and the best event, and most anticipated event according to many students “SHOCKTOBERFEST”… NEVER HAPPENED! It will be my first task to get an event with the excitement of Shocktoberfest back at UCI. I want to support school organizations that are beneficial to students and I want to dramatically increment our school spirit. I will do so through my vast knowledge of marketing, branding, and the creation of… first and most important a great product for all of our students.   

We need someone that can negotiate with admin, someone that can act, and deliver what all of us, great and talented students of UC Irvine want. I am that person! vote AGUSTIN RICHARDSON, and let’s make the CHANGE! 

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Cathlyn Diller Slate:
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Name: Cathlyn Diller
Email: cdiller@uci.edu
Seat: Student Services Vice President
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Hello UCI!

My name is Cathlyn Diller, and I am running to be your Student Services Vice President for the 2020-2021 term!

A little bit about my background:

  • I am currently a third year, studying to get my B.A in Business Economics, and B.A in Sociology.
  • I was born in Washington and lived there for about half my life, but moved to Southern California when I was ten years old. I now live in the Inland Empire!
  • I have been a member of Student Services for three years now, as I was hired as an Athletics intern during Fall quarter of my first year. My second year, I became a Multimedia intern to expand my experience in different commissions. Currently, I am serving as the Athletics Commissioner.
  • I am a member of the Student Alumni Association, and we help to organize large scale alumni events, such as Homecoming. We also maintain alumni relationships for the students to benefit off of through experience and growth!

I am running for the position of Student Services Vice President because I want to continue the legacy of successful student events that have been occurring over the years. The primary way I hope to tend to the student body would be to plan and execute events according to the student body’s desires, while simultaneously promoting school spirit. I would be keen on fostering a deeper transparency between the student body and the office, and I would be open to keeping the communication vacant for constructive criticism. Being more forthcoming through emails and social media would allow for more conveyance for all sides involved. Having been in Student Services for the entirety of my college career thus far has permitted me to develop a deep passion for serving the students of UCI, as well as allow me to curate a vision over the years for the team dynamic of the office and ASUCI all together.

Below, I have listed the ways I intend to maintain, change, or improve the commissions we currently have in our office:

Athletics:

  • Continue encouraging UCI school spirit, support, and attendance for UCI athletes
  • Implement 2-3 events per quarter. These events will include, but are not limited to, rallies, t-shirt/ gear/ food giveaways, tailgates, etc
  • Rallies and events will be collaborative with UCI Athletics, Antourage, student dance teams, KUCI, and other campus orgs.
  • Collaborate with the Concerts Commission by having giveaways at rallies for prizes (free guest tickets for Summerlands, Moonlight Melodies, etc) to increase attendance

Campus Spirit:

  • Maintain the organizing and helping with large scale events such as Anteater Involvement Fair, Homecoming, and Spirit Week
  • Increase presence on social media to encourage spirit and a more positive campus climate. Examples: Giveaways on IG, FB, Twitter, etc. closer to exam dates, as students tend to be less present around midterms, finals, etc

Concerts:

  • Increase diversity of the genres of music at the shows. Examples include: alternative/ indie music, rock, jazz, R&B, hip hop, throwbacks, etc.
  • Expand the available activities (games, merchandise, food, etc) at each concert to allow for a more well-rounded concert experience
  • Implement merchandise drops/ giveaways before a big show to hype up and market the event more.
  • Having small scale shows with artists who are up and coming. These could be located in a smaller venue on campus collaborative with Content Creation to record and broadcast the performance for those who are unable to attend.

Content Creation:

  • Continue creating individualized marketing graphics and videos for all of our events. Examples include: artist reveals, Soulstice talent, concert logos, advanced screenings, etc.

Multimedia:

  • Continue Advanced Screenings, Screen on the Green, and workshop events. Implement at least 2-3 events per quarter.
  • Collaborate with Content Creation or another AS Office for workshops regarding Video/Photo Editing, Special Effects, creating Music using online softwares, etc.
  • Have more collaborations with the UTC Edwards theater for advanced screenings.
  • Implement more media related events by recruiting webstars, youtubers, etc.

Student Talent:

  • Continue working hard to sell out the Bren for Soulstice, by creating more incentives to attend.
    • Examples: Working with housing to have a ticket sale competition, the most tickets sold to a specific hall earns a front of the line pass to Summerlands, etc.
  • Increase communication between Student Talent and Soulstice League for a smoother preparation for day of show and a more organized execution of the show. 
  • Collaborating with Soulstice League to publicize their content and materials on our Social Media pages. 
  • Implement different positions within the commission to have set people in charge of the varying large parts of soulstice.
  • Have clear and set timelines for auditions, acceptances, and rehearsals for Soulstice.

I also hope to increase the accessibility for feedback from the student body within the Office of Student Services! 

Thank you for your time, and make sure to Vote for CATHLYN DILLER as Student Services Vice President 2020-2021!!!!!!!

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Student Advocate General

Isabelle Lee Slate:
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Name: Isabelle Lee
Email: isabel3@uci.edu
Seat: Student Advocate General
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Hello Anteaters!

My name is Isabelle Lee and I am a current third-year Psychology and Social Behavior and Social Ecology double major! I am excited to declare that I am running for the Student Advocate General position for the 2020-2021 year.

Because of the current status of ASUCI and recent events, I have personally understood and gone through what has happened “behind the scenes” of ASUCI while also understanding the confusion this has brought upon the general student body with the lack of information present. Because of my own hardships related to the lack of transparency, accountability, confusion, and lack of voice I felt like I had during this recent year, I want and hope to voice all individuals so they feel as if their voices are heard. Since I first joined ASUCI in my freshman year, my main goal has and will always be to serve the students first and foremostBy voting for me as your Student Advocate General, I will do everything in my power to ensure that ASUCI is more accessible for all students and that there is greater transparency between our student government and our students, the individuals we serve under.

– IMPROVEMENTS –

  1. TRANSPARENCY: ASUCI first and foremost serves the student body. As Student Advocate General, I hope to improve transparency within and outside of ASUCI to better inform students about the current state of affairs.
    1. Heavily publicize office hours for staff under the Office of the Student Advocate General to ensure that students know about the drop-in hours. Office hours can help us connect with students, the individuals that we have the privilege of serving, who can share their concerns or ideas on how our office and ASUCI as a whole can better support them.
    2. Create events between the Office of the Student Advocate General, ASUCI, ASUCI Senate, and the general public so the public can come and ask questions/share their concerns in regards to any of the offices under ASUCI. This can include of town hall forums, Coffee & Sweets events, etc.
    3. Host workshops that better inform the general public of what the Office of the Student Advocate General does and have a place for current ASUCI staff to share any concerns. Other workshop topics can include of understanding the rights that students as a whole have, collaborating with the ASUCI Senate and ASUCI Executives to provide a rundown of ASUCI, and the steps individuals can take if they have any concerns.
  2. ACCOUNTABILITY: The primary purpose of the Office of the Student Advocate General is to investigate, audit, and hold ASUCI members accountable. I want to ensure that this is implemented to the best of our ability in an effective, efficient manner.
    1. Post budget reports from each of the Offices under ASUCI to not only the ASUCI website but to various social media platforms to ensure that students are aware of where their Associated Students Fee goes towards each quarter. This allows students to easily access information in regards to how ASUCI spends their budget yearly as there have been prior concerns of a lack of transparency regarding ASUCI budgets.
    2. Address any complaints received in a time-effective and efficient manner as it is important that our office handles complaints as soon as possible, but also in a thorough manner. When students come forward with complaints, it often takes a lot of courage for them to come forward, and as our duty as elected/appointed officers, we are here to serve the students. Our office will ensure that all parties will be contacted as soon as possible and a resolution made once all evidence, interviews, testimony, etc., have been received. We also want to ensure that the individual who comes forward understands their rights such as their right to remain anonymous and such.
  3. AWARENESS: 
    1. After working in Associated Students of the University of California (ASUCI) for the past three years, I understand the lack of transparency and communication students feel between ASUCI and students, which can lead to confusion. I hope to provide awareness by providing infographics of what each ASUCI office does for students to better understand the role(s).
    2. Past my set duties, I hope to work with other on-campus department/resources and find ways to better promote the various missions(s) that each department holds. As a whole, ASUCI first and foremost serves the student community and I want to be able to ensure that students are aware of everything our campus can provide to them. As a freshman, I found out most resources on campus mostly throughout my second and third year that could have been beneficial during my first year. I want to increase awareness of these resources to students so that they are aware of what resources we have for them. This can be done through social media campaigns and boothing opportunities with these resources.

– PREVIOUS ASUCI EXPERIENCE – 

  • Office of the Academic Affairs Vice President
    • Antleader Mentorship Program [AMP] Mentee (2017-2018)
    • Antleader Mentorship Program [AMP] Mentor (2018-2019)
  • Office of the President
    • Mental Health Commission Policy and Outreach Intern (2017-2018)
    • Mental Health Commission Creative Visioning Lead (2018-2019)
    • Office of the President Interim Chief of Staff (2019)
    • Mental Health Commissioner (2019-Present)

– OTHER LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCES – 

  • Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion Peer Health Educator (2017-Present)
  • Marketing/Social Media Student Assistant at the UCI Blum Center (2018-Present)
  • Front Desk Administrative Staff at UCI Learning and Academic Resources Center (2019-Present)
  • Asian Pacific Rim Universities Undergraduate Leadership Participant (2019)
  • UCI School of Social Ecology Global Service Scholar – Nepal (2019)
  • UCI Costa Rica Program Ambassador (2019)

Thank you so much for reading my statement and I hope to have the privilege of serving you in the 2020-2021 academic year. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me through my email: isabel3@uci.edu!

Yours in Service Always,

Isabelle Lee 

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Wiley Wilson Slate:
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Name: Wiley Wilson
Email: wgwilson@uci.edu
Seat: Student Advocate General
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Greetings Students,

My name is Wiley Wilson and for the 2020-2021 school year I will be applying to become your Student Advocate General (SAG). I know that a lot of you have never heard of me, nor have any interest in me, but i have full interest in you and the issues that you as students of UCI go through. Though this is my first year being an undergraduate in this institution, in less than a quarter i gained experiences that i had hoped to gain while being here. I am currently the Chief Accountability Officer within the office of the SAG, am a student represenative under SFAC, and am the one of the two UMOJA Lead Ambassadors under the Admissions Office

As the Student Advocate General, what I want to do is create better relationships and change how ASUCI does things pertaining to, but not limited to:

 

 

 

  1. Accountability- Better attendance monitoring within all Offices, as well as systematic ways of accountability
  2. Relationship Building/Communication Building – Assisting having offices communicate with eachother more (having Commisions do joint events so they can be bigger and better
  3. More Transparency with Compalint Processes – Better response time with students complaints, as well as training during the Fall Quarter for ALL SAG STUDENT STAFF; Also, will have multiple mock interviews for Internal/External SAG so they can understand how to conduct an interview during an investigation
  4. Better Training/Retreat/s – Will have better retreats with better relationship building with numerous tests/assesments so other officials within the SAG (and other offices) will be able to better work together
  5.  Promotion of Students Rights and How That Applies to Individual or Student Groups

Overall, my goal for the SAG is to improve the quality of ASUCI, as well, and especially, the SAG’s quality with working with other ASUCI Offices.

Even if I do not win this position, I will still do all that I can, and more for the students and only for the students

P.S.: For more information, or questions, please send me an email, Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn

wgwilson@uci.edu

Instagram – wiley.wilson.52

Facebook – Wiley Wilson Jr.

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/wiley-wilson-858076171

Thank You

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Logan Taylor Knight Slate:
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Name: Logan Taylor Knight
Email: ltknight@uci.edu
Seat: Student Advocate General
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The Student Advocate General is a vital position within ASUCI that allows for maintaining order and impartiality in processing complaints against ASUCI offices and staff. The duties of this position are outlined in the ASUCI Constitution, where it states that “The Office of the Student Advocate General has primary investigative, auditing, and prosecutorial authority for ASUCI.”

However, we have seen the aura of impartiality surrounding the office of the SAG erode over the past year, and the Student Advocate General has turned into an office that does the political bidding of the executive cabinet. This has created a climate where the most vulnerable members of our community are unable to seek justice through the very office that was created to help them. I will restore the office of the Student Advocate General to its former status, and I am the most qualified candidate to do so.

Most will recognize me as the prosecutor in the impeachment hearing of ASUCI President Yan. I have both played a role in the investigations into President Yan and served as a representative for the Senate in the hearings regarding his impeachment. I will use this experience in my tenure as SAG to represent ANY student who brings a complaint to my office and investigate ANY ASUCI office alleged to be in misconduct. While I am deeply involved in this current case, as SAG I will assist ANY member of our community when they are in need.

Some of my other leadership experiences and qualifications include the following:

  • President and Founder of the undergraduate moot court team, Moot Court at UCI.
  • ASUCI Senate President Pro-Tempore and Social Sciences Senator
  • President of the Blum Ambassadors Council, the student-led council for the UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation.
  • Judicial Operations Intern in the Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Founder of Bridge to Higher Education Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting the income disparity gap in high school standardized testing.

 

As the Student Advocate General, I will implement the following:

  1. An anonymous complaint system to allow for complaints to be filed for minor issues within commissions or offices, in which the subject will be asked to meet with the office of the SAG to discuss the complaint and possible solutions/improvements without any confrontations within that office.
  2. A mandate on additional Robert’s Rules of Order training for ASUCI Senators per the ASUCI Constitution Art. IX Sec. 3(B)(2).
  3. Updating the SAG Website Resources page to include additional resources from the Irvine and Orange County community.
  4. A new form for complaints against UCI Campus Staff, Faculty, and Administrators to allow student concerns to be formally submitted to relevant campus departments for consideration.

 

The SAG must be an individual who is willing and able to fight for students while keeping a standard of impartiality. 

The SAG must be an individual who is willing and able to fight for anyone who is in need of assistance.

And most importantly, the SAG must be an individual who understands the system inside and out.

Who do you want to be fighting on your side when you need it most?

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At Large Senator

Maximillian Matey Slate: 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐀 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞
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Name: Maximillian Matey
Email: mmatey@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐀 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞

Hello Anteaters! My name is Max Matey, and I am running for At-Large Senator because I want to show students that ASUCI is on their side. I am a third year Business Administration major at UC Irvine, and I am currently the president of the Financial Literacy Association and a Vice President of Hedge Fund Society, where we teach undergraduates of all majors and backgrounds how to manage their time and personal finances wisely. I want to offer these skills and more to the leadership at ASUCI. I can honestly say without a doubt that I love this school, and that through clubs, classes, work, and friends I have been able to build a strong community here. Now, I want to give back to you! I have seen so much at UC Irvine, and while it is a beautiful school there are many things we can improve. My vision for UCI is to work towards seeing an improvement in student physical and mental health services, the proper allocation of funds by the school, expanding representation, and most importantly informing the students of decisions made by their government. By connecting with the student body, I believe that we can grow a culture of understanding and awareness so that all can have accurate information on the news and updates throughout our campus. Thank you for your time, and vote Max Matey for Senate to represent YOU!

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Aileen Juang Slate: Fund the Clubs
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Name: Aileen Juang
Email: juanga@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Fund the Clubs

Hello. My name is Aileen Juang, and I am running for at-large senator.

I would like to serve all UCI students by helping fund clubs, provide test materials, and bring artists whom the students want to hear. I also want to address the availability of mental health services and help students appeal parking tickets. I support the ASUCI constitutional reform because it will provide $750,000 to UCI clubs.

I would be honored to receive your support and represent you in the ASUCI Senate.

Sincerely,

Aileen Juang

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Matthew Plaza Slate: Anteaters United
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Name: Matthew Plaza
Email: meplaza@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Anteaters United

Hello Friends,

I am Matthew Plaza and I am running for your At-Large Senator for the 2020-2021 school year. I am a third year Political Science and Social Policy and Public Service double major and I hope to gain your vote to represent you in Senate next year. Here is my platform:

1) Restore integrity and transparency to the ASUCI Senate.

Based off events from these past two quarters, many students have lost confidence in our student government in its ability to properly represent them. The Senate has been filled with corrupt and greedy individuals who are only looking out for themselves and their allies.  I vow with all my power to restore transparency, integrity, and honesty between the Senate and the student body. Instead of tearing down people and fostering internal problems, I will work with the Executives, other Senators, and Commissioners to create solutions to student problems that actually matter.

2) Continue to support and fund ASUCI’s Basic Needs initiatives for food security and housing affordability.

I will continue to support and fund all ASUCI Basic Needs programs and continue to advocate for students needs for affordable housing and food security. An ASUCI report in 2019 found that 8% of students have faces housing insecurity at some point in their enrollment at UC Irvine. The number is higher for minority students. Around 28% student live in an overcrowded house with multiple roommates because the cost of housing is too high. No student should ever have to worry about where they will sleep or what they will eat for dinner.

3) Pledge full support for all campus resource centers including the new Womxn’s Hub, LGBT Resource Center, and the Veterans Services Center.

I fully support the Womxn’s Hub Resilience Referendum Fee Initiative, which will provide the support and resources for students who use their services. I will support any initiative which fairly allocates ASUCI funds to campus resource centers. These resource centers help all undergraduate students succeed in their personal and academics careers and contribute so much to the UCI community.

4) Work with campus partners and ASUCI commissions to better support mental health initiatives to make them available and equitable for all students.

I will advocate on behalf of the students for better mental health services on our campus. I will also work with others in ASUCI to continue the efforts towards destigmatizing mental illnesses and advocating for the awareness of necessary mental health required for our undergraduate students to succeed at UC Irvine.

5) Ensure all funding by ASUCI is fairly allocated so that every student benefits from the resources provided.

This year, the Senate passed The 2020 Student Infrastructure Investment Act which allocated $800,000 to the School of Engineering alone. As important as it is to support the needs of students, ASUCI funds should be allocated fairly to work towards the common goal of providing equal educational opportunities for all students. Any legislation that comes before Senate should benefit a majority or all of UCI undergraduate students.

Thank you!

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Diamond Boxley Slate: Fund the Clubs

Name: Diamond Boxley
Email: dboxley@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Fund the Clubs

My name is Diamond Boxley, and I am an engineering student. I would be honored to represent you in the ASUCI Senate.

As your senator, I will represent your interests by doing my best to serve you where you are. I will do this by

  • Allocating ⅓ ($750,000) of Associated Students fees to fund Clubs

  • Funding test supplies so students no longer have to pay and provide their own

  • Bringing artists to UCI that students want to hear

  • Assisting students appeal parking tickets

  • Working with the administration to secure temporary housing for homeless students

I also support the ASUCI Constitutional Reform because it will secure $750,000 for clubs every year.

Thank you for your consideration,

Diamond Boxley

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Yara Bojorquez Slate:
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Name: Yara Bojorquez
Email: ymbojorq@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate:

I care. Simply put. That’s my promise, wholeheartedly. I am but a vehicle for your voice. Whatever you need. Questions/concerns: @ ymbojorq@uci.edu. Humbly yours, Yara Maria Bojorquez.

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Rayomand Kapadia Slate: Re-Ignite Change
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Name: Rayomand Kapadia
Email: rvkapadi@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Re-Ignite Change

This year has been a great year to be an Anteater! Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about our current UCI Senate situation. I just wanted to say that I am just as angry as you are at the state of our Senate. That is why I have decided to take a stand for everyone and run for At-Large Senator. Together, we can bring about change and get rid of this blatant corruption from our student government. VOTE FOR ME IF YOU WANT THIS CORRUPTION REMOVED! I am not only running because I believe we should remove the corruption from this system, but also because I understand what it takes to get things done. I have been a part of Model United Nations all throughout college and high school, and I understand the process of collaboratively working with people in order to address our needs and concerns. No student group should feel like they are left out, and I promise to echo your voices and sentiments. I want let our voices in and keep the corruption and political favoritism out!

This is not the first time I am stepping up to the call. This year, I was the Vice-Chair of the Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee, which is a group of staff, graduate students, and undergraduate sudents that plan and determine your health Insurance. As a part of this committee, I was able to expand health care for everyone who needs it and increase treatment options to UC-SHIP. These policy changes are meant to help all UCI students, and I will continue this practice as a senator. We should not try to help specific groups; instead, we should aim to make everyone’s college experience the best that it can be. For that reason, we must choose someone who is willing to take a stand and consider everyone’s best interests.

If you would like a change from this corruption and have your voices heard, then VOTE FOR RAYOMAND KAPADIA FOR AT-LARGE SENATOR.

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Ryan Pavey Slate: Fund the Clubs
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Name: Ryan Pavey
Email: paveyr@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Fund the Clubs

Fellow Students,

My name is Ryan Pavey, and I am a fourth year Bio-Sci student and your incumbent At-Large Senator. I would be honored to once again represent you in the ASUCI Senate.

As your senator, I will represent your interests by doing my best to serve you where you are. I will do this by

  • Allocating ⅓ ($750,000) of Associated Students fees to fund Clubs

  • Funding test supplies so students no longer have to pay and provide their own

  • Bringing artists to UCI that students want to hear

  • Assisting students appeal parking tickets

  • Working with the administration to secure temporary housing for homeless students

  • Working with the administration to make election days non-instructional days and to increase voter turnout
I also support the ASUCI Constitutional Reform because it will secure $750,000 for clubs every year.
For too long, students at UCI have not had a real voice. There is a tremendous amount red tape when it comes to helping students, and the administration does not have the best interest of the students in mind. Due to unconstitutional bureaucracy, the admins have made it increasingly difficult to give clubs, organizations, and students in general the funding they need to thrive. In their mind, student government is not there to make real decisions to help students at UCI. They are wrong. Even though our entire world is bracing for the impact of COVID-19, the administration has exploited this tragedy and seeks to increase our tuition and fees behind closed doors with no opposition. As your ASUCI Senator, I would be honored to be that opposition. I pledge to stand up to the corrupt administration, and to put aside politics to work with every branch of student government to achieve the common goal of defending students and ensuring their prosperity at UCI.

Thank you for your consideration,

Ryan Pavey

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James Huston-Aispuro Slate: Fund the Clubs
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Name: James Huston-Aispuro
Email: jhustona@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Fund the Clubs

Fellow Students,

My name is James Huston-Aispuro, and I am a fourth year Political Science student. I would be honored to represent you in the ASUCI Senate.

As your senator, I will represent your interests by doing my best to serve you where you are. I will do this by

  • Allocating ⅓ ($750,000) of Associated Students fees to fund Clubs

  • Funding test supplies so students no longer have to pay and provide their own

  • Bringing artists to UCI that students want to hear

  • Assisting students appeal parking tickets

  • Working with the administration to secure temporary housing for homeless students

I also support the ASUCI Constitutional Reform because it will secure $750,000 for clubs every year.

Thank you for your consideration,

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Reema Saad Slate: Anteaters United
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Name: Reema Saad
Email: saadra@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Anteaters United

Undergraduate students,

My name is Reema Saad, and I am a third-year Sociology and Political Science double major. I currently serve as a Student Assistant at the Womxn’s Hub, Vice President of College Democrats at UCI, and President of Planned Parenthood Generation Action at UCI.

I am running to serve you as an At Large Senator because it is time our community comes together to act on students’ most basic needs and concerns. Across campus, we still see students struggling to find their next meals, lacking the necessary resources for classroom preparedness, facing gender discrimination, and experiencing racism on a day-to-day basis–and this is just to name a few issues.

Integral to serving the student population is coalition-building. Despite our diverse identities and struggles, we should always offer one another solidarity, and I will ensure all corners of campus are welcomed into the legislative process as a way to foster empathy and a desire to work for each other.*

Students deserve to be represented by a Senate that is committed to social justice, equity, and empowering the most marginalized voices on campus. I am confident that my values will bring to fruition these exact pillars.

I will use my role as Senator as an avenue for students to take back power and have agency over the decisions made on our campus. That said, it would be an honor to have your support and vote in the upcoming ASUCI Elections.

*I encourage you to visit my Facebook profile or this Google document for specific policy positions and ideas for how to better our campus community. I will gladly accept message requests, so we can discuss the things you are most passionate about. Thank you for your time and consideration!

In Solidarity,

Reema Saad

saadra@uci.edu

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Nishat Forkan Slate: Anteaters United
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Name: Nishat Forkan
Email: nforkan@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Anteaters United

Hi! My name’s Nishat Forkan– a first-year political science student. I hereby declare my candidacy for At-Large Senator! I grew up in a low-income immigrant family in the San Fernando Valley. Growing up, I was taught to always preserve and fight for what is right. 

Here at UCI, I have dedicated my time and passion to ASUCI. As an intern for Student Support and Advocacy commission under the Internal Vice President’s office, I was able to help voice out students’ needs by organizing initiatives for the students such as free menstrual products across campus, college and tuition affordability, first-generation panels, student workers’ rights, and student parking and housing! 

 As a first-generation student, I have put my best effort and all into giving back to my community. My previous volunteer experiences are the Bengali Unity Federation of LA and Women’s Organization Greater LA. Some disputes that I had run into were that some organization leaders were not following their own code of integrity. I took an assertive role to make sure essential aids and funds were being disbursed where they should be. I took responsibility for leading events relatively linked back to Bangladesh, my motherland, and my community here. As a student leader, I organized many events to influence minorities to go out and make a change by helping those in need.

 Our voices matter in every situation, as students, as a person. I want to be able to encourage students to speak out on their concerns and do my best to help ease and address any conflicts that may be facing. 

As an At Large Senator, I hope to, 

Implement ideas to inform and empower to expand students’ political engagements. 

  • To improve a college environment that’s inclusive for all, I feel the need to empower my peers to engage more with the community, so diverse opinions are represented. So far, this year’s senate has been trying to silence out public comment which I can ensure will not happen as your at large senator! I am all for student representation-fighting for what the students want and need. I will be the voice to represent all my peers here at UCI. 

Acknowledging and advocating for basic needs. 

  • UCI has been making us pay for basic needs such as blue books, scantrons, access codes, and much more just to be able to do homework or take a midterm, which can be tough on a student financially.  I plan to try and use the ASUCI funds to provide for academic purposes. I also plan to fight for accessible menstrual products on every building on campus, our education is at stake here. We do not need to make a trip all the way to Target in the middle of class just to buy menstrual products. It is such an inconvenience to our education that we, as students, pay for in our highly budgeted tuition. 

Building transparency and inclusivity

  • I want to be able to close the gap between ASUCI and those outside of ASUCI by creating an inclusive environment where students feel comfortable enough to freely walk in and state their concerns without any hesitance.  I want to build a stronger community within UCI to benefit all students in every possible way. 

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William Xu Slate:

Name: William Xu
Email: xuwl@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate:

As your duly elected senator, I will do everything in my power to make sure that we represent the student body.

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Heriberto Mendez Slate: Fund the Clubs
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Name: Heriberto Mendez
Email: mendezhr@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Fund the Clubs

Hello Students,

My name is Heriberto Mendez, a freshman studying physics at this lovely institution. I am a proud Hispanic American who grew up in a single parent household with my loving mother and amazing brother. In high school I was always eager to learn about issues affecting society and how to fix them. I was the Vice President of my high school’s Model UN, a regular member of riot club(a club that talked about social issues and activism), and an assistant in Tri-M. Despite the low income single parent household I grew up in I never believed myself to have been dealt a bad hand in life, especially with the extraordinary opportunity that UCI has provided to me. I ultimately decided to run for Senate because I felt that fixing the issues of today is a process that is fulfilled through the will of the people who elect representatives who will properly follow and listen to them and their grievances.
With all this being said, I would be honored to represent my fellow students by becoming an ASUCI Senator.

As your senator, I will represent the interests of you, the whole student body by serving you properly. I will always be open to hear the voices of my constituents and hope that all my fellow students inform us about issues affecting them and how we can properly represent you. A couple of policy proposals that I support to help the student body will be

  • Allocating ⅓ ($750,000) of Associated Students fees to fund Clubs

  • Funding test supplies so students no longer have to pay and provide their own

  • Bringing artists to UCI that students want to hear

  • Assisting students appeal parking tickets

  • Working with the administration to secure temporary housing for homeless students

I also support the ASUCI Constitutional Reform because it will secure $750,000 for clubs every year.

Thank you for your consideration,

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Faith Chua Slate: Fund the Clubs
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Name: Faith Chua
Email: chuajh@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Fund the Clubs

Hello everyone,

My name is Faith and I’m running to be an At-Large Senator! If elected, this will be my 4th year in the Senate. Below are the ASUCI positions that I’ve gained throughout my years at UCI:

  • Third Year
    • At-Large Senator (Served the full academic year)
      • Fall Quarter: Senate Pro-Tempore/Vice Chair
      • Fall Quarter: Chair of Senate Advocacy Committee
      • Winter Quarter: Senate President
      • Spring Quarter: Senate President
  • Second Year
    • At-Large Senator (Served the full academic year)
  • First Year
    • Senate Intern (Served the full academic year)
    • Research Commission Intern (Served January 2018 – June 2018)

What does it mean to be Senate President?

Every quarter in the Senate, we hold elections in order to appoint the next quarter’s Senate President. I ran and was voted as this quarter’s Senate President and in the spring. Accepting this position meant that I revoke the opportunity to vote in legislations and that I am bound to Robert’s Rules of Order, which is the Senate’s manual of parliamentary procedure. I have more than 5 years of experience with Robert’s Rules of Order. This also meant that I must remain impartial at all times as the presiding officer. Many have the misconception that I have more influence than all of the other Senators combined. This is incorrect. In fact, the other Senators have more influence than I do because of their ability to vote. I am asked this question a lot so I thought I would address my role here.

My Achievements/Projects within the Past 2 Quarters:

The ASUCI Senate and UCI Blood Donor Center 3-Day Blood Donation Event

I approached our Executive Director with an idea I had about a collaboration between ASUCI Senate and the UCI Blood Donor Center. Within the past week before the 3-day event started, 650+ appointments have been made in order to donate blood! Due to the added incentive of $33 Zotbucks for each blood donor, we were able to receive this many in numbers. This event is something that I am truly passionate for and have been working on since Week 3 of this quarter. I am so incredibly happy to see it come into fruition. There has been such a constant and critical need for blood donors that many times the UCI Blood Donor Center aren’t even able to purchase blood/platelets from the Red Cross because of its scarcity. 

UCI Sorority and Fraternity Life Senate Ex-Officio Seat

I also have scheduled many meetings with the Assistant Director of UCI Sorority and Fraternity Life, Marina Mantos, in order to have Greek Life representation in the Senate in the form of an Associate/Special Member seat. This is otherwise known as an ex-officio seat. I had planned to present this idea on behalf of the Senate at the Presidents’ Council Meeting next quarter, but unfortunately some other alternatives will have to be taken.

If you wish to learn more about my other involvements or leadership experiences on campus, please view my LinkedIn account.

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Joann Lozano Slate: Step Up
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Name: Joann Lozano
Email: joannml@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Step Up

Hello, Fellow Anteaters!

My name is Joann Lozano and I am happy to announce that I am running to serve as your next ASUCI At Large Senator. I am a fourth-year transfer student majoring in Social Ecology and Educational Sciences. As an At Large senate member, I hope to work on initiatives working towards supporting students with their basic needs, provide transparency in student government and increase student involvement on campus.

I am passionate about providing students with their basic needs because 48% of students experience food insecurity during their time here at UCI. So it’s important to understand that basic needs have a direct impact on the mental-emotional-physical health, academic performance, and holistic success of our peers. During my time here at UCI, I have worked with the FRESH Basic Needs Hub tasked with implementing Zot Bites, a text based notification system to reduce food waste and food insecurity on campus. Through this position, I have worked for my fellow Anteaters to engage in critical conversations about food security and food waste on campus.

Secondly, I want to provide students transparency so they know what is happening in ASUCI and be a resource for students so they can feel more involved in ASUCI decisions and hold each other accountable. With this initiative, I hope to bring transparency and also continue to advocate for the fiscal responsibility of your student fees.

Lastly, I hope to collaborate with you the students to engage you all through campus initiatives that make our campus accessible, affordable and equitable to the student body. Though my involvement in various campus resource centers and organizations committed to student advocacy, I have engaged in various actions that hold our campus accountable to its students and workers. It has always been my passion to dedicate time and energy to working and advocating for students’ interests on campus.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to read my candidate statement. If you have any questions about any of my statements or plans, please, feel free to contact me at any time. Thank you all so much for your consideration and please remember to vote for me,
Joann Lozano, to be your next ASUCI At Large Senate member!

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Keaun Janani Slate: Anteaters United
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Name: Keaun Janani
Email: kjanani@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Anteaters United

I am running for At-Large Senator because I want to address the big issues that the school is facing. I represent students who are struggling financially and cannot afford basic needs, students with disabilities that are concerned about accessibility and covering the cost of accommodations and treatments. Most importantly I am representing all students who are seen as outliers on campus. Students who feel unsafe on campus like transgender, undocumented, racial minorities, and survivors of sexual assault. I feel like it is the duty of the student government to work with the administration to tackle and fix any issues in order to make this school a better place for all. I hope to represent my constituents so that they feel like they have a voice in the student body. If elected I want to address issues like accessibility and cost of mental health services, safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ students and survivors, and supplemental protections for undocumented students.

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Zora Mihaley Slate: Anteaters United
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Name: Zora Mihaley
Email: zmihaley@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Anteaters United

I’m proud to be an UCI student and to run for At Large Senator of the student body. I truly believe UCI is a great school and can offer a great experience to all students. However, improvements are needed to ensure that students fully benefit from and enjoy their time at UCI. 

During my time at UCI, I’ve noticed the prevalence of an overarching issue: the under-representation of the student body. 

Although ASUCI encourages students to voice their opinions, students continue to struggle to have their voices heard within the Senate. Fighting for yourself can be quite demanding–it would be much easier to have a Senator who listens; a Senator who gives everyone a voice, but accommodates students so they don’t need to use it with daily petitions attempting to ensure our student government is following the ASUCI Constitution. 

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s that our time is precious. There is no time for political games within ASUCI. As many of us struggle with the news of Spring Quarter being remote, I know we want to maximize the time we have left at UCI. I am ready to help ensure that that happens.

As a Senate “outsider,” I hold a fresh perspective of student issues and am free from the limiting political ties that often go along with Senate membership.

While I’m new to the Senate, I’m not an outsider to student government.  I’ve held various student government positions reaching back to elementary school that have helped prepare me to represent UCI.

I’m a Political Science major with internship and volunteer experience from the U.S. Senate, State Department, and Rock the Vote. I understand how to speak in a strong and convincing voice and will use that voice representing UCI students within our student Senate. 

I’m ready to fight for you. 

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Nicholas Ortiz Slate: Fund the Clubs
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Name: Nicholas Ortiz
Email: ortiznj@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Fund the Clubs

Fellow Students,

My name is Nick Ortiz, and I am a political science student, and I would be honored to represent you in the ASUCI Senate.

As your senator, I will work tirelessly to represent your interests by doing my best to serve you where you are. I will do this by

  • Allocating ⅓ ($750,000) of Associated Students fees to fund Clubs

  • Funding test supplies so students no longer have to pay and provide their own

  • Bringing artists to UCI that students want to hear

  • Assisting students appeal parking tickets

  • Working with the administration to secure temporary housing for homeless students

Thank you for your consideration!

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Yoseph Ghazal Slate: Anteaters United
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Name: Yoseph Ghazal
Email: yghazal@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Anteaters United

Hello Anteaters!

My name is Yoseph Ghazal (you-sef, he/him/his), and I am a third year Computer Science major. I am the Administration and Events Intern for the UCI Esports Arena and was the former Candidate Coordinator for the ASUCI Elections Commission. I also served as the interim Chief of Staff for the Election Commission but the Senate prevented me from continuing this role, which has allowed me to run for At-Large Senator.

Are you frustrated with the way things were run like I am? For in depth policies, click this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ToUkIN_HwPzkr54SDzg9bzZnW9LTgI75zwmUCRDwq3I/edit?usp=sharing 

Here is a TLDR of my policies:

  • Limit the power of the Senate through a new set of checks and balances to prevent a corrupt senate like this year 
  • Restore the old elections code to its previous way (read below for why the old code is better and the problems with the new code)
  • Advocate for a “Commuter Success Center,” schools like SDSU already have lounges where commuters can go to on campus. UCI has lots of commuters and we need a space like this.
  • Pass legislation that would show support for progressive student movements such as COLA
  • Support referendums for changes in tuition such as the Womxn’s Hub Referendum so the students can decide where their money goes
  • Fund programs supporting housing insecurity, mental health, and food costs for students in need
  • Provide a form for anonymous feedback to allow students to voice their concerns to me as well as what they’d like from the Senate
  • Pledge to represent my constituents over my own opinions; ultimately I represent the student body and I will act based on what they want

In addition to these policies, I am also in line with my slate’s policies. If you would like to contact me, please email me at yghazal@uci.edu or add me on Facebook and message me! If the link is broken to the policies, also feel free to reach out!

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Johel Sandoval Slate:
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Name: Johel Sandoval
Email: johels@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate:

My name is Johel Sandoval, I am a third-year Political Science major, I feel that over the course of my college career I have been able to affiliate myself and create a base/community in different key areas that make UCI the amazing university that it is. I have worked at the ARC for the past 3 years, I joined Greek Life, in affiliation with KUCI I started a podcast showcasing the lives and stories of UCI students. All these things have exposed me and have allowed me to talk and get to know, many aspects of what the student body here at UCI wants and needs. I believe that’s what makes great representative, they must be a reflection of the community, and I am just that. I will be the voice of the people in the Senate and I will make sure that the “wants” and “needs” of the student body, will be my only priority and things will get done. My goal, during my term, will be to unite UCI, to bring different programs, clubs, and people together… in order to grow and showcase what UCI to not only the student body, but to people in the community and around the world.

VOTE JOHEL SANDOVAL for AT-LARGE SENATOR

https://www.instagram.com/justjohel/

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Steven Gong Slate: Anteaters United
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Name: Steven Gong
Email: gongs3@uci.edu
Seat: At Large Senator
Slate: Slate: Anteaters United

Hiii! My name’s Steven Gong—first-year biology and economics major, boba addict, and your candidate for at-large senator! Born and raised San Francisco, I grew up in an immigrant household that sacrificed a lot for my upbringing and the American Dream—inspiring me to work hard not only for the best version of myself, but for the best version of our community. 

At UCI and for my entire life, leadership has been my thing. From serving as president of my elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as a representative for the San Francisco Board of Education, representing the student voice is a part of my identity and isn’t just something that I hope to do—representing the student voice is something I hope to continue. 

In my terms with the Biological Sciences Council, the UC Advocacy Network, and two different ASUCI internships in the Internal and External Vice President’s Office, I’ve learned so much about what we as a community can accomplish. In running for ASUCI Senate, I hope to promote #AnteaterPride by doing what I do best: leadership.

 

But, there are those that stand to misrepresent and even try to silence our student voices. There are those in power that refuse to listen, those that willfully ignore our community concerns and demands, those that even go so far to say we are delusional.

Anteaters, 

it is time to call irresponsible leadership out on their bullshit. 

it is time to reclaim our voices in spaces where their words say we “are welcome” but their actions indicate we are not.

it is time for the student voices to unite, rise, and innovate #Anteater Pride & #AnteaterLeadership.

 

As a candidate for at-large senator, those are not my campaign promises—those are causes I have been fighting for since my first boba at SPOP. 

 

I fought for you at public comment when the current ASUCI Senate censored us by calling the police.

I fought for you by organizing when the UC Regents threatened to increase our tuition. 

and through many similar experiences, I will continue to fight for you as at-large senator. 

 

Having worked on countless student-focused initiatives such as free menstrual products, college affordability, basic needs security, as well as student parking and housing, here are some initiatives that I hope to serve you with—but I won’t stop there.

I will keep listening.

I will keep learning.

I will keep fighting for students and ultimately, for you

A vote for Steven Gong—a vote for you

#AnteaterPride #AnteaterLeadership

Campaign Platforms:

1) Have you heard ASUCI Senate’s recent controversies? Do you feel like your current senators do not represent you? Do you feel like ASUCI’s actions don’t matter to your life on campus? 

I will work with others to restore integrity and trust to the ASUCI office by building an organization that not only works with students, but works FOR students. 


2) Have you felt frustrated to wait weeks, even months, for a student health appointment? Parking? Do you wish you heard about an event, funding resource, or program before it happened? Do you feel like you can be better supported by your counselors, administrators, and campus?

Introducing my 3 A’s: Increasing the accessibility, awareness, and the actuality of student resources.


3) Sometimes we are so used to the status quo that innovative change does not seem possible. Other times, innovative change is mistaken through a lack of communication. As an at-large senator I will connect student, faculty, administrator, and all voices to: 

Promote positive campus climate and leadership through academic, community, and administrative collaboration—especially for underrepresented, underserved, and nontraditional students.


4) Last, to truly demonstrate my commitment to the student voice:

Donate 50+% of my ASUCI salary back to students—covering basic needs, combatting inequity, and ultimately supporting students.


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Arts Senator

Aryasp Nejat Slate:
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Name: Aryasp Nejat
Email: nejata@uci.edu
Seat: Arts Senator
Slate: Slate:

As a current member of the ASUCI Senate, I am well aware of the faults in our Senate and the unfortunate corruption and politicization of our student government. I was among one of the few individuals in the government who was NOT up for recall as a result of the investigation into widespread corruption allegations in the Senate. I have consistently continued to fight against factions and stand up for the interest and rights of the students.

My passion for the arts stems from my first experiences with theatre and music as a young child; while I entered UCI as a BioSci major, I added Drama as another one of my majors because of my passion, interest, and intense appreciation of the arts and what it can do to enhance not only the student experience here at UCI, but in our communities at large. I am SO PROUD of the accomplishments and work being done by my fellow peers and will advocate FIERCELY to ensure the diverse student body in the School of the Arts and beyond is accurately heard and represented.

I hope that by serving a second year in the ASUCI Senate, as your new Arts Senator, I can advocate for the interests of a group of students that I hold so near and dear to my heart, and that I feel have been deprived of their rightful voices in our student government.

My plans include meeting with the department head of each of the different sections of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts on a quarterly basis, ensuring that Music, Dance, Drama, and Studio Art students are being heard and that student funds are being applied appropriately to address any emergencies within these departments. Monthly meetings with the Dean of CTSA are essential in ensuring these plans come to fruition. Currently, as a senator for the School of Biological Sciences, I recently met with our Dean and revealed many issues that will be addressed via legislation in the Spring.

I look forward to providing similar provision for students in the School of the Arts during the remainder of my term in ASUCI and for the upcoming school year as your Arts Senator.

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Cybelle Kaehler Slate: Re-Ignite Change
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Name: Cybelle Kaehler
Email: ckaehler@uci.edu
Seat: Arts Senator
Slate: Slate: Re-Ignite Change

Hello! My name is Cybelle Kaehler, and I want to make your voice heard in ASUCI. I’m a drama and film and media studies major with a passion for advocacy, acessibility, and social justice. Like all the arts students here at UCI, I came here to create art that hopefully makes the world a better place, and have found a community of wonderful, dedicated artists along the way.

 

In his 2021 budget proposal, President Trump tried to slash all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, just as he has done in the past three years of his term. UCI has followed in those footsteps, trying to completely defund the Digital Filmmaking minor, and forcing all arts departments to operate on a tighter and tighter budget. Likewise, the ASUCI Senate recently funneled $800,000 into engineering organizations, rather than the arts and the rest of the campus as large. A Senate member aso made a comment about how non-STEM majors should only get ⅗ of a vote.

 

We will not stand for this.

 

Art is not an afterthought, or a non-essential field. It is a vital part of what makes us human, and what allows us to survive. Through the most deadly catastrophes, telling stories or making music sustains us. I continously marvel at how lucky I am to be a part of the Claire Trevor school of the Arts, with all its incredible departments- the Music Department, who I have been able to sing with regularly, the Dance Department, whose shows I have had the pleasure of working on, Digital Filmmaking, whose films I have participated in, the Visual Arts Department, whose galleries inspire me, and of course, the Drama Department, whose classes and shows have changed my life in the best way. I will fight for all of you.

 

Apart from issues related to arts activities, I am also committed to improving the UCI experience for all students. The past two years, I have been an intern for the ASUCI Legal Clinic Commission and the Student Support and Advocacy Commission, helping provide students with resources and advocate for their needs. Our projects include connecting students with free legal advice resources, pushing administration to provide free menstrual products in campus bathrooms, increasing basic needs and textbook afforadbility and putting on free workshops in personal finance and navigating UC SHIP health insurance. I am also a leader in Brick Theatre Company, a Drama Department student organization dedicated to producing diverse, LGBTQIA+ works. As a Senator I will continue those goals of affordability, accessibility, and supporting art.

 

Campaign Platorms

 

  • Ensure the School of the Arts is heard. The past quarter, the Arts Senator seat was vacant, and arts majors weren’t informed of issues until it was too late. I plan on increasing transparency with students, notifying them of bills in advance, and encouraging students to send in public comments to be read aloud if they are unable to attend Senate meetings.
  • Help our professors create a fair environment. The arts are inherently personal, and I want to ensure that the professors are trained at how to be good allies for marginalized students, and how to avoid microaggressions.
  • Make UCI support us when we need it. Too many UCI resources, such as LARC tutoring, UCI Counseling and Health appointments, and writing tutors are frustratingly scarce. I will ensure that they are more available to students, and will support campus resource centers to help students afford basic needs.

 

 

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Joshua Price Slate:
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Name: Joshua Price
Email: pricejn@uci.edu
Seat: Arts Senator
Slate: Slate:

Hello all! My name is Joshua Price and I am running to serve as your ASUCI Arts Senator!

A little about me, I’m:

  • a drama major studying sound design
  • an SF Bay Area native
  • a devout feminist and ardent ally

Due to the chaotic behavior of art student’s schedules, I, unfortunately, expect this campaign will end up being run without opposition. But if this last year of student-led undergraduate government is telling of anything, it is that we can not afford another year of leaving the ASUCI to decide our futures without accountability. If elected, I will be sitting in that seat with the understanding that I have an imperative mandate to represent you accurately and with unrelenting force. A vote for me is a vote for a card in your Rolodex, and I expect you to call me!

Policies I intend to pursue:

  • Full-throated defense and active expansion of the Womxn’s Hub, DREAM Center, LGBT Resource Center, CARE Center, and other vulnerable parties effected by the current ASUCI’s behavior.
  • Guarding all two of the pennies currently given to the CTSA and daring to demand more.
  • Over-hauling the Transportation department’s aggressive behavior towards their students’ parking across campus.

Plans for my accountability:

    • Weekly “office hours” open to Arts students and beyond to tell me exactly how I can be best representing you.
    • Bi-weekly updates (via a to be determined method of viewing) to breakdown my actions and what is going on with the ASUCI. You deserve to know what is happening with your government.

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Bailey Bacon Slate: Fund the Clubs
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Name: Bailey Bacon
Email: babacon@uci.edu
Seat: Arts Senator
Slate: Slate: Fund the Clubs

Fellow Students,

My name is Bailey Bacon, and I am a third year student. I am also a current dance major at Claire Trevor School of the Arts . I would be honored to represent you in the ASUCI Senate.

As your senator, I will represent your interests by doing my best to serve you where you are. I will do this by

  • Allocating ⅓ ($750,000) of Associated Students fees to fund Clubs

  • Funding test supplies so students no longer have to pay and provide their own

  • Bringing artists to UCI that students want to hear

  • Assisting students appeal parking tickets

  • Working with the administration to secure temporary housing for homeless students

I also support the ASUCI Constitutional Reform because it will secure $750,000 for clubs every year.

Thank you for your consideration,

Bailey Bacon

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