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Last year, CalSERVE ran 11 Senate candidates, ultimately securing 6 seats. This year’s CalSERVE candidates are committed to making the ASUC work better for students from across Cal’s communities. Together, they will work to fulfill CalSERVE’s mission to represent anyone who believes the ASUC should be a valuesbased and politicallyconscious tool for change in students’ lives at Cal and in the world. CalSERVE will continue to work to amplify the voices of all progressivelyminded students, especially lowincome students, students of color, LGBTQ students, and womyn. In the last year, ASUC Senators with CalSERVE have proved that the party is more than a political machine to win elections or boost resumes, but a relevant mobilizer of social change and community empowerment. CalSERVE was the only student coalition or ASUC body pledging students to vote for Proposition 30, in a campaign to save students thousands in increased fees led by Senator Klein Lieu. Senator Daley Vertiz, with CalSERVE’s candidate for Academic Affairs Vice President Valerie Jameson, created the first ASUC textbook scholarship program for lowincome students. Senator Sidronio Jacobo worked to support and secure grants for AB540 students through the RISE scholarship. Senator and Executive Vice President Candidate Nolan Pack led the charge to oppose the unconstitutional criminalization of Berkeley’s homeless residents, as well as holding the University accountable for its relationship with The Salvation Army despite its discriminatory treatment of LGBTQ individuals. Senator Megan Majd has fought tirelessly for resources for womyn and others threatened by sexual assault on campus, and joined with CalSERVE Senator DeeJay Pepito to lead CalSERVE’s “6000 in Solidarity” campaign premiering this week to pledge student support for the alarming number of 6000 students who will be sexually assaulted or harassed before they graduate from Cal. This year’s CalSERVE Senate slate continues the tradition of representing underrepresented students, while intentionally seeking to unite other progressive students in the fight to make UC Berkeley a more inclusive, equitable, and empowering campus. Sixteen candidates seek to represent a multitude of progressive student communities: the RAZA/Chican@/Latin@ community; the Progressive Asian Pacific Islander community; the Black community; the Pilipin@ community; the LGBTQ community; Transfer/ReEntry students and Student Parents; environmental organizations; community serviceoriented organizations; womyn; international students; Cal Berkeley Democrats; business students and professional organizations, especially those which value corporate ethics; and progressive Greek life. CalSERVE candidates are chosen in a fullydemocratic, community process open to all of the communities listed above as well as the larger progressive community. CONTACT: Anais LaVoie CalSERVE Elections Coordinator 7143169412
CANDIDATES AT A GLANCE Beatriz (Betty) Barron is a thirdyear nominated by a coalition of RAZA/Chican@/Latin@ organizations, along with her running mate Wendy Pacheco. She will focus on access to summer school and summer housing, expanding affordable housing and themedprograms, and funding the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Brett Bruhanski is a thirdyear transfer student. He has worked in CalSERVE Senator Nolan Pack’s department for transfer student outreach. He hopes to empower student employees as well as the transfer community, building on three years of work by previous CalSERVE Senators Nolan Pack, Ju Hong, and Kenny Gong to support transfer and reentry students and student parents. Briana Mullen is a secondyear student. She has worked in the ASUC Executive Vice President’s office for two years. As Student Spaces Deputy, she helped coordinate the process of moving student organizations and the ASUC into the SURGE spaces during Lower Sproul Redevelopment. Briana was also a founding member of the mental health coalition You Mean More, and is a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She will continue advocating for student spaces, mental health, and student employee opportunities. Caitlin Quinn is a secondyear student nominated by the LGBTQ community, along with her running mate Vy Hoang. Caitlin is an active member of various queer organizations, Cal Berkeley Democrats, and the Gender Equity Resource Center. Caitlin was the ASUC Vote Coalition Deputy for the last two years, heading the External Affairs Vice President’s effort to register student voters. She will focus on campus inclusivity and promoting a positive campus climate for queer and trans* students, as well as partnering with local businesses to improve access for student groups to products made under fair labor practices. Destiny Iwuoma is a secondyear student seeking to represent the Black community, faithbased organizations, and athletes. He is active in the Black Recruitment and Retention Center (BRRC), Iota Phi Theta, Inc., and formerly played for Cal Football. His goals for Senate are to promote cultural respect and competency on campus and expand space for spirituality and meditation. Doug Taylor is a thirdyear reentry student, formerly the student government President at Portland Community College. This year, he has been active in the ASUC External Affairs office and student lobbying activities. He seeks to represent reentry students, older students, student parents and married students, and commuters at Cal. He will focus on expanding resources for cyclists and commuters, while pledging to support the ultimate goal of making higher education more affordable in California and nationally. Jenny Lu is a secondyear student nominated by the Progressive Asian Pacific Islander community, along with her running mate Sevly Snguon. She currently serves as the chiefofstaff in ASUC Senator Klein Lieu’s office and has worked tirelessly to support several Progressive API organizations on campus. As Senator, she will work to achieve API unity on campus, as well as support multicultural student spaces like the Multicultural Student Development offices. Justin Kong is a secondyear student active in ASUC since his first year. He was awarded the AllStar ASUC Intern award last year. He has also been an active leader in the Suitcase Clinic, Blue and Gold Yearbook, and Caliber magazine, and is a recent member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. He will use his role as Senator to support students interested in public service and careers in health. Laura Li is a secondyear student who has previously worked in the ASUC offices of CalSERVE Senators Megan Majd and Nolan Pack. She has been active in the environmental community, CalPIRG, and Zeta Tau
Alpha sorority. She seeks to represent environmentally conscious students and progressive members of Cal’s Greek system. Laura will work on reducing paper waste from receipts printed on campus, showcasing environmental projects, and facilitating crossmajor dialogues on critical issues affecting students. Monica Ruiz is a thirdyear student. This year, she worked with CalSERVE Senator Daley Vertiz and Academic Affairs Vice President candidate Valerie Jameson to create a textbook scholarship for lowincome students. She is a member of the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA), as well as an active participant in other professional organizations. She will focus on securing discounts for student groups, accessing career services, and continuing the textbook affordability program. Sean Tan is a secondyear student nominated for Senate through a community decision of seven active Pilipin@ organizations. He is also endorsed by Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education (RISE), a program which Sean previously cochaired and which works to supports AB540 students on campus. As Senator, he will spearhead efforts to support immigrant students and comprehensive immigration reform, as well as expanding student safety and academic services in the Student Learning Center. Sevly Snguon is a thirdyear student nominated by the Progressive Asian Pacific Islander community, along with his running mate Jenny Lu. He is both a Haas and Social Welfare major, and is active in the REACH! Recruitment and Retention Program and Peer Health Exchange. Sevly aims to promote student activism and professional development through the resources of the ASUC. Stefan Elgstrand is a thirdyear transfer student previously active in the Student Worker Solidarity coalition. He currently interns in CalSERVE Senator Megan Majd’s office. Stefan has dual citizenship in the US and Great Britain. Stefan’s primary goals for his time in Senate include to support international students, fight for fair trade practices at Cal, and maintain health coverage for students despite changes to the UC SHIP insurance plan. Taylor Fugere is a secondyear student who primarily wants to support womyn on campus in light of alarming statistics around sexual assault. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, the Gender Equity Resource Center, and Caliber magazine. She has worked in both the offices of ASUC President and Executive Vice President. Taylor will expand career services, fight sexual assault, and support student publications. Wendy Pacheco is a secondyear nominated by a coalition of RAZA/Chican@/Latin@ organizations, along with her running mate Beatriz Barron. She is active in RAZA caucus and the Chicano Latino Student Development office. As a Senator, Wendy plans to focus on recruitment, retention, and graduate student pipelining, as well as hold administration accountable to student interests. Vy Hoang is a thirdyear nominated by the LGBTQ community, along with her running mate Caitlin Quinn. Vy’s experience in multiple queer organizations, most prominently in Cal Queer and Asian, qualify her to represent her community’s needs. Vy will work to support, recruit, and retain queer students, while also focusing on supporting the Ethnic Studies library, which has recently struggled to provide services for students due to budget cuts.