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2020-21 ASUCR Candidates

Luis Huerta

Luis Huerta

  1. Students

  2. Run 

  3. UC!

Hello, Highlanders! My name is Luis Huerta and I am a third-year political science major running to be your next ASUCR President. I serve as the Vice President of External Affairs and have led several advocacies, civic engagement, and outreach efforts to better voice the Highlander population and ensure the best quality of life at UCR is secured. I have been a member of ASUCR since my freshman year and firmly believe the ASUCR can be used as a tool for the advancement and betterment of all UCR students. This is possible by implementing a culture of genuine public service and the creation of positive and meaningful student-led initiatives. As the ASUCR President, I will actively engage all members of campus to support work and projects that are framed to uplift and support the student body to uphold the standard of UCR life.

Instagram: @LuisOTUS

Twitter: @LuisOTUS
Natalie Hernandez

Natalie Hernandez

  1. Accountable

  2. Passionate

  3. Dedicated 

My name is Natalie Hernandez and I am running for Executive Vice President because I want to provide ASUCR with the foundations of accountability and transparency. I also want to create an open environment where students feel comfortable providing feedback and expressing their concerns. As a current CNAS Senator, I have experience outreaching to multiple organizations and know that I have the capabilities to oversee the legislative branch. When overseeing the legislative branch, I plan to hold officials accountable by meeting with them biweekly and documenting their progress. Furthermore, I plan to document senators progress on our website and through a EVP Instagram account to provide transparency to the student body. By influencing more transparency and accountability, I hope to further enhance the student voice and give them the service they deserve. I am dedicated to making a change and I hope you all will support me on this mission.

Instagram: @_nataliehernandez21_
Yoseline Gutierrez

Yoseline Gutierrez

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Angelica Rose Garcia

  1. Wellness

  2. Inclusivity

  3. Experience

Hello Highlanders! My name is Angelica Rose Garcia, and I am running to be your next Vice President of Campus Internal Affairs. Currently, I serve you all as a CHASS Senator and sit on various ASUCR and University-Wide committees advocating for student needs and the betterment of this campus. Previously, as a first year, I was one of two Campus Internal Affairs Executive Fellows and assisted in executing all Internal Affairs events that year with the then Vice President of Camus Internal Affairs. Because of my prior, integral experience in the Office of Campus Internal Affairs, I am confident in being the next exceptional Vice President of Campus Internal Affairs. If elected, I will work on opening Orbach up for 24 hours for one week during midterms and the preceding weekend of finals week, educate students and staff on gender-inclusivity, and emphasize wellness of one’s physical and mental health.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jellixo https://www.facebook.com/events/210498066918456/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelica-rose-garcia-22b82117a/

Instagram: @angelicaforvpcia
@jellixo

Snapchat: @pb.angelica

Twitter: @jellixo

Tiktok: @xojelli
Jeffrey Tran

Jeffrey Tran

  1. Love

  2. Compassion

  3. Leadership 

Let me share a story: UCR was not my first choice. However, God had a plan for me here. Very quickly I fell in love with UCR and understood its value and potential. In addition, I created invaluable relationships. Now, I want to give back to the school that gave so much to me. My name is Jeffrey Tran and I’m a second-year Economics major, and I’m running to be your next VP of Internal Affairs. In this position, I want to ensure more resources such as technology and reliable high-speed internet, are accessible to students. I will make it a priority to create a better environment for more students to succeed. Here at UCR, we come from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life. I will encourage our student body to find unity in our diversity and strength in our shared common goal in creating a better school.

Instagram: @jeffreytran42
Nelson Huerta

Nelson Huerta

  1. Working

  2. Towards

  3. Improvement 

As CHASS Senator of the 2019-2020 school year, I have gained various qualities that make me an applicable candidate for the Vice President of Internal Affairs position. As senator, I was able to hold events in which I educated my fellow peers on ASUCR elections and educate others on the dangers of unprotected sex with correlation to the environment. Through my involvement in legislation I was also able to help sponsor more checks and balances on the executive branch of ASUCR to reduce corruption. A position as the Vice President of Internal Affairs would allow me to further my help to the student body. For example, I would like to help out with food insecurity by making greater connections to local shops, as well as helping out the R’Pantry. The school needs a strong voice and a proactive person to voice concerns, let me be that voice!

Instagram: @nutritousnelson 
@nelsonforVPCIA

Website: https://nelsonforvpcia.weebly.com/

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I am so excited to serve as Vice President of External Affairs on behalf of the UC Riverside campus community. Students have been faced with an unprecedented crisis, and our response as student leaders must empower every narrative in order to advocate for solutions to the critical issues that COVID-19 has imposed on our education.

 

I have served tirelessly as Government Relations Director overseeing lobbying efforts to ensure legislators prioritize policies that impact students across the UC system. Through campus outreach and legislative advocacy, UC students have collectively secured strong victories for issues like basic needs and tuition freezes, and I urge my UCR community moving forward to reject the notion that our institutions cannot do more for us.

 

Together, we can secure the needs for our community by combating institutional oppression and uplifting our most underserved communities, and I am committed to cultivating this movement for UCR.

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William Wang

William Wang

  1. Prosperity

  2. Integrity 

  3. Transparency 

Hello everybody, my name is William Wang and I am running to be your next Vice President of Finance! Through my term as the Marketing Promotions Director for ASUCR, I was able to re-establish the old tradition of tabling on Wednesdays, effectively use social media to present ASUCR in the best light possible, and many more. During my term, I was also able to observe and learn the ins and out of ASUCR. I would love to increase our transparency within our finance department and further better the meeting environment for our finance hearings. Thank you all for your time and lets all continue to make UCR a better place!

Vanessa Gomez-Alvarado

Vanessa Gomez Alvarado

  1. Empowering 

  2. Sustainable 

  3. Change

My name is Vanessa Gomez Alvarado and I am a third year working towards a B.S in Sustainability and a minor in Media culture studies. I am passionate about the environment and fundamentally believe in creating a better tomorrow for everyone. I am the ideal candidate for UCR’s Undergraduate Sustainability Director because my campaign will focus on sustainable change through education, empowerment, and enforcement of sustainable practices at the university. I’ve assisted in the development of GCAP’s Sustainability Fair, Alternative Transportation Giveaway, and with UCR’s Zero Waste Plan. My participation in these large scale initiatives and projects have prepared me with skills essential for the Undergraduate Sustainability Director position. My goal is to lead UCR into becoming the UC’s top university for exemplary sustainability practices that have a positive effect on all UCR students, staff, faculty, and our campus. A vote for me is a vote for a better tomorrow.

Instagram: @itzfinessa

Website: https://vgome008.wixsite.com/sustainabilitychange

 

Sean Nguyen

Sean R. Nguyen

  1. Accountability

  2. Reporting

  3. Transparency 

As a first-year Public Policy major and ASUCR First Year Fellow under the Office of the Executive Vice President, I have spent my entire undergraduate career dedicated to the service of the Highlander Community. Being extremely active within various campus organizations, including ASUCR, I have developed skills in personnel management, event planning, and policy formulation. I want to use my skills to advocate for Accountability, Reporting, and Transparency. My main goal as the next Personnel Director is to ensure that all students' voices are listened to and heard and for your representatives to be held responsible for their public actions that ultimately affect you. I never thought that I would be given the opportunity to be a student advocate and to make real change. For more information, please check out my campaign website: seanforpersonnel.weebly.com It would be an honor to have your vote.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeanRNguyen

Instagram: @seanrnguyen

Twitter: @seannniiee

Website: www.seanforpersonnel.weebly.com
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Megan McDaniel

  1. Create

  2. Community 

Hi! I'm Megan, a first-year Neuroscience major, and I would be honored to be your Personnel Director! I want to increase the involvement of the STEM communities on campus with ASUCR activities, a community that is underrepresented in campus leadership. By hosting focus groups with STEM departments, ASUCR can directly hear the voices of students who are not able to speak at large meetings. Additionally, I want to increase the ASUCR's involvement with first-years, a community often difficult to reach out to. Hosting events near residential communities is a start! In my experience, I directed the diversity and student inclusion sector in student government in high school for three years! I managed over 60 club reports, and led meetings to hear the suggestions of students on campus. I also led events that spotlighted gender equality, cultural appreciation, mental health awareness, and more. Thank you, and please go out and vote! :)

Mark Hanin

Mark Hanin

  1. Clarity 

  2. Impact

  3. Action

Hello there! My name is Mark Hanin and I am a second year Biology student running to be your Personnel Director. My campaign platform is to increase transparency between the student population and administration, help students know how their tuition money is disbursed by prioritizing its allocation for your benefit , and to reach out to you to address your concerns. If elected, I hope to pass measures that allow UCR students to directly receive notifications with details on how tuition dollars are spent. Often we do not know what resources we can use or where our dollars are spent, and I will make it my priority to solve that. Besides that, I will make sure to establish a committee for all Greek life on campus to help inform them of all matters made by ASUCR pertaining to them and prioritize their needs. Make your mark by voting for Mark!

Instagram: @markhanin

Website:  https://mark4personnel.weebly.com/resources.html
Ky Nguyen

Ky Nguyen

  1. Knowledge 

  2. Power

  3. Opportunity 

Hello Highlanders! My name is Ky Nguyen and I am proud to announce that I will be running as your next Personnel Director. I am a second year, Political Science major and currently serving as a CHASS Senator. Being a first generation student with a low income background here at UCR has been a fruitful and knowledgeable experience; I was given the chance to discover and recognize the disparities that many students face on campus. As Personnel Director, my goal is to open new doors that encompass both collaboration and opportunities to further push for student activism and engagement here at UCR. Student voices have the power and capability to make a difference in shaping the campus community. Therefore, I hope to establish a stronger platform in ASUCR for students to take part in a legacy of change and improvement through active advocate for student concerns.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kynguyenn7

Instagram: @kynguyenn_

Twitter: @kynguyenn_

 

Ian Chew

Ian Chew

  1. Determined 

  2. Transparent

  3. Innovative 

Ian Chew– the furthest thing from a politician. Someone who doesn’t benefit from power, exposure, or influence, but rather someone who wants to give the student body a voice and allow for UCR to be shown for what it truly is. As marketing director, it remains imperative that UCR’s platform is used to promote the people who deserve to be shown and voiced, the students of UCR. However, these plans cannot be executed without ability: currently a part of ASUCR’s Marketing Committee, Content Creator/Social Media Manager for J’Bez Barbershop, and Social Media Chair/Recruitment Chair for Kappa Sigma. In potentially being marketing director, the objective is to ensure that every medium is being utilized to not just project quality content, but content that is truthful and representative of the staff and student body– anything short of this would be unfair to those who call themselves a Highlander.

Instagram: @ianchewy
Twitter: @iananthonywho
Website: https://iancheww.wixsite.com/campaign


 

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Alyssa Marchan

Alyssa Marchan

  1. RKids

  2. R’Future

  3. #NONTRADITIONAL

My motivation in running for CHASS Senator is on behalf of our student-parents on campus. Being a student-parent has been difficult when certain services and resources aren't provided and often our voices aren't heard. I would like to implement change for our student-parents, as well as other marginalized groups on campus that identify as non-traditional. We all deserve a space and to be recognized for our hard work ethic. We deserve change in a UC System that hasn't been made for us. I'll use this position to reintroduce our referendum that was recently shut down by administration. The Equal Opportunities Referendum was to be allocated to our R'kids, Underground Scholars, Student Veterans, and Foster Youth student representatives. I want to provide a space for nontraditional students whom genuinely want to make a difference! If you elect me, I will work hard to ensure that our voice is heard so that we can obtain the resources we need! Thank you!

Facebook: Alyssa Marchan

Instagram:  @alyssaforsenate
@alyssamarchan
Brendan Rooks

Brendan Rooks

  1. Accountability

  2. Commitment

  3. Change 

Brendan Rooks is a second year Political Science/International Affairs and Public Policy major from the Inland Empire. He is heavily involved at the Student Recreation Center, working with Outdoor Excursions and Youth Programs in leadership roles and serves on the Recreation Governing Board. Brendan was instrumental in hosting a US-regional Outdoor Leadership Conference, and sits on the board that expanded the wellness services and access to safe-sex practices at UCR. Brendan is a staunch advocate for international students; he studied abroad and serves as a mentor for international students. Brendan has effectively represented the student voice through his involvement on various campus committees such as the Chancellor’s Strategic Planning Committee for a Thriving Campus Community, providing him a platform to effectively collaborate with campus leadership. If given the chance to represent the student body at ASUCR, Brendan promises to serve as a steadfast and transparent ally for all students.

Christopher Kent

Christopher Kent

  1. Equality!

  2. Transparency!

  3. Happiness!

Hello Highlanders! I'm Christopher Kent, and I am running to be a CHASS Senator! I am a second year Political Science major and I love being at UCR! I believe that I can be the person to best help represent the students and bring awareness to all the amazing resources on campus!

Along with being a Campus Tour Guide, you can find me apart of many school clubs, including Tennis Club, UCR Democrats, Nikkei Student Union, and ASUCR's very own Campus Safety Alliance. I look forward to campaigning and meeting new undergraduate students like me! A vote for Christopher is a vote for good!

Instagram: @christopherrulesdaworld
Elisabeth Sampson

Elisabeth Sampson

  1. Transfer

  2. On-campus safety

  3. Connection

I transferred in Fall 2019. As a recent transfer student, I understand the newness of coming to college. At my community college, I was Senator of the student government. I wish to continue representing the students and employing the leadership skills I have learned over the years. Currently, I live off-campus and walk to class. I am English major. I am a very friendly person that is particularly willing to talk out issues and listen to people. I am an INFP and my spirit animal is a dolphin.

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Elisabeth.Awesome

Instagram: @elisabeth.awesome
Emiliano Calvario-Diaz

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David An

David An

  1. Ignited

  2. Consistent

  3. Proactive

Born in Jeon-Ju, South Korea amongst a Reverend and theologian mother, Jeonghwan (David) An immigrated to Murrieta, CA at the age of 6. David was put into kindergarten after a week of first grade for obvious reasons. Catching up academically, David skipped 3rd grade. At the beginning of 4th grade, his family immigrated to Amherstview, Canada. After 2 and a half years, his family moved back to the United States where they lived in Cerritos, CA for a year. They then moved to Buena Park, CA and have been living there since. In high school, David excelled at Speech and Debate winning numerous competitions and placed 3rd at CIF in wrestling. David worked as an intern for Trio Pines and Healthmate during the summer of 2019. He is also a state-licensed security guard working at places such as the Angel’s Stadium. David is currently a Freshman at UCR studying business.

Instagram: @_david_an_
Jonathan Escobar

Jonathan Escobar

  1. Transparency 

  2. Accountability

  3. Representation

My name is Jonathan Escobar, a Third-Year Political Science and History major and I am hoping to serve YOU in the ASUCR Senate! There is much that can be done and I intend to do as much as possible when elected. My major goals include: creating better means of communication between ASUCR and the students it represents, and help develop better transparency in the organization. Because UCR is such a diverse community, full of many cultures, it is easy for people to feel unheard or excluded. As Senator, I will reach out to these communities and ensure that everyone feels represented by their Student Leaders. In a similar way, ASUCR funds should be used in a way that benefits all students. So upon being elected I will begin a process of diverting these funds into more productive activities, such as helping students in need purchase school materials.

Sebastian Quinteros

Sebastian Quinteros

  1. Representation

  2. Reform

  3. Unity

Thus far, as a second year political science major I've had the pleasure of being involved with student organizations such as CALPERG, ASUCR, and Lobby Corps. I did this with the purpose of gathering a better understanding of the issues that matter the most to us all. Nevertheless, I seek to understand more, but with an added purpose: to represent my peers as a CHASS Senator. This would afford me the privilege of working with my peers in order to spearhead a bold endeavor that will evolve our student government. I won't fool myself, nor you into thinking that I alone can take on this challenge. However, with linked arms, we will make our student government work to it's full and untapped potential. Together we will usher in not only a more responsive and inclusive student government for us currently attending, but also for those who will come after us.

Instagram: @sebastian_q_

Snapchat: @jqenlightened

Twitter: @JSQ00

Website: sebastianforchasssen.weebly.com
Juan Morales

Juan Morales

  1. Acknowledge 

  2. Act 

  3. Represent

My name is Juan Morales, I am a current 3rd year double majoring in Psychology/ Law & Society and Spanish. I have a passion for helping others and making long lasting connections. Over the last couple of years at UCR, I have made connections with undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, professional staff, professors and even prospective Highlanders! I work at Undergraduate Admissions as a Campus Ambassador and part of my job is to show future Highlanders how they too can make a home at UCR away from their own. I use my own example of building a family with the Student Association of Latino-Spanish Affairs (SALSA), Phi Alpha Delta, First Generation Student Association and of course CHASS. At UCR we have an abundance of resources and I support student programs and student resources like COSTO Hall 100% as I find myself using these wonderful perks. The three words for my platform

Instagram: @dude_no_way_ 
@juanlovesucr
Lizbeth Marquez Torres

Lizbeth Marquez Torres

  1. Diversity 

  2. Above 

  3. All 

As a low-income student under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, my career plans are not just driven by personal goals but also by the hardships my community faces in this country and how I can work towards improving them. I am a first generation Latina who plans to graduate in the Spring of 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in Political Science currently working for the S.E.A.T. office under the Chancellor & Provost.. After graduating, I plan to continue my studies at one of the law schools in the University of California institution. I currently serve on the Highlander Abroad Advising Committee and I am also a contributing writer for the Highlander Newspaper. As a potential CHASS Senator candidate, I am yearning to become more involved in our student government so that I can be a voice for all the undocumented students of UCR.

Instagram: @Liznmt
Melanie Grigorian

Melanie Grigorian 

  1. Unity

  2. Trust

  3. Action 

Melanie Grigorian, a second year Political Science/Public Service major, has four years prior experience serving her peers through student government, and has also been an active voice in her hometown by participating in town council meetings and community projects. As senator, she looks to encourage and enhance communication between the students of UCR and their elected representatives in order to increase overall student engagement. Melanie is dedicated to making sure all voices are given accessible platforms to be heard, and that each student feels fully represented. By creating a more open discussion on campus and acting as a liaison between her peers and ASUCR, she will be able to help suggest, discuss, and implement new solutions. This will better reflect the interests of every student, ultimately creating a more vibrant and inclusive campus life.

Instagram: @melaniegrigorian

Snapchat: @mel_grigorian

Twitter: @melanie_e_g
Mufida Assaf

Mufida Assaf

  1. Progress

  2. Not 

  3. Perfection

Hello Highlanders! My name is Mufida Assaf and I am running for CHASS Senator. My multicultural background and passion to make a difference fuel my desires to contribute to UCR, a university that values equity, diversity and student success. I currently serve as an ASUCR Freshman Fellow under the VP of Finance and sit on the Finance & Marketing Committees. As Senator, one of my goals is to prioritize supporting the Ethnic and Gender Program Offices. I plan to be aware of all programs and events in the offices and utilize my position in ASUCR to promote them and remind students of all the resources available. I would also like to represent students on campus-wide committees like TAPS and Long Range Development Plans as they directly impact our student experience. Finally, as Senator, I hope to enhance the student experience and empower others to collaboratively create positive change at UCR.

Instagram: @mufidaaa___
Nelson Aguiar

Nelson Aguiar

  1. Diversity

  2. Integrity

  3. Opportunity 

Hello Highlanders! My name is Nelson Aguiar and I am currently a second year Pre-Business major. I identify myself as a Latino first-generation student. I am running for CHASS Senator to help ensure UCR is more diverse, inclusive, and provides more equal opportunities. Having attended UCR for almost two years, I have noticed that this University prides itself in being very diverse. In fact, UCR is the most diverse UC and with this benefit, I want more students to get involved from all different backgrounds. I believe diversity is very essential when wanting to build a healthy growing environment. Equal opportunity is something I want to emphasize as I feel many students voices are left out. I also want to focus on campus safety and affordability because I believe these two factors are very influential when students are deciding which University they want to attend.

Facebook: Nelson Aguiar

Instagram: @nelsitoooo

Twitter: @nelsonsaguiar
Orlando Cabalo

Orlando Cabalo

  1. Organize

  2. Mobilize

  3. Empathize

In my life I’ve had a close connection to bringing people together and fighting for what’s right. From a young age I learned from my dad, a blue-collar trade unionist, the power people have when they’re united. And my time at UCR, has shown me that many issues impacting students and workers are connected. Fighting for lower tuition, the necessity for students’ basic needs to be met, and for a living wage on campus can only be accomplished if workers and students are united. I’m running to expand basic needs access, to strengthen worker/student unity and to reform ASUCR. I want to give students a voice, starting with ASUCR and branching out toward campus administrators and local legislatures. And the first step to building student power is to reform ASUCR so that it’s held accountable, it’s completely transparent, and it unites students to fight for their issues.

Instagram: @orland0cabalo
Rosemary Le

Rosemary Le

  1. Transparency

  2. Community

  3. Integrity

Hi! My name is Rosemary Le and I am a first-year, Pre-Business major running for CHASS Senator. I was born and raised here, in Riverside, with a diverse and robust background. As an academically and socially driven candidate, I want to be able to spread a larger network across the whole campus. I want organizations on to be driven with integrity and to be welcoming to any student, no matter their major. As college students, and as a commuter myself, we struggle immensely with financial issues and I want to continue to communicate with administration about costly student expenses to help lower costs as much as possible. I want to hold more events that are open to all students and the Riverside community so that they can voice their concerns with elected officials easily and guide them to success as Highlanders!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roseeeleee 

Instagram: @_rosemariii

Snapchat: @roseeeleee
Sarah Dhaou

Sarah Dhaou

  1. Compassion

  2. Integrity

  3. Change 

Hello, fellow Highlanders! My name is Sarah Dhaou and I am an undeclared first-year running for CHASS Senator. I’m a Muslim American student, and along with 58% of UCR undergraduates, the first in my family to attend college. During my first quarter, I joined ASUCR as a senate intern and worked alongside my mentor to create an ASL course that fulfills students’ foreign language requirements. A driving factor in my campaign is creating a safe and pleasant space where students can spread awareness of mental health, have the resources to feel comfortable seeking help. Over 39% of students in college experience significant mental health issues and a majority of them suffer in silence. Working hand-in-hand with students to ensure they’re seen and fairly represented will be my main priority as CHASS senator. It would be an honor to serve as your undergraduate representative because together we can bring exceptional change!

Instagram: @sarahhdhaou

 

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Abigail Nguyen

Abigail Nguyen

  1. Be 

  2. The 

  3. Change 

Hello highlanders! My name is Abigail Nguyen and I’m currently a first-year student. I have a history of advocating for the well-being of my peers and community by serving as the Class Vice President of ASB and the President of National Honors Society, Key Club, and Interact during high school. As a woman who identifies as a first-generation Asian American and as a commuting student, I understand the need for inclusivity and want to be apart of the group that celebrates intersectionality. If elected, I will implement more of our students’ voices in the activities that ASUCR holds and write legislation that change student life positively. I will strive to provide resources and programs to help all communities unite and thrive. I look forward to working with you and improving our community together. Thank you!

Instagram: @abigaailnguyen
 
Snapchat: @abigaailnguyen
 
Twitter: @abigaailnguyen
Akanksha Sancheti

Akanksha Sancheti

  1. Transparent 

  2. Energetic

  3. Perseverent 

Being in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences for the past three years, I have been given so much opportunity through this community. Whether it be a job on campus or someone to study for class with, I have grown to appreciate everything that makes UCR not only stronger, but also a university that builds one another up. The support that I have received from this college is what inspires me to run for CNAS Senator. As your Senator, I will be honest with all of you, as I strive to be a voice that helps you make changes to our campus to make it a more inclusive, fair community that will support you on your path of education and career-goals past these four years.

Instagram: @kank.sancheti
Aya Serhan

Aya Serhan

  1. Cooperation

  2. Commitment 

  3. Transparency 

Hi! My name is Aya Serhan and I am a second- year Biochemistry major running for CNAS senator. Being at UCR has taught me so much and has allowed me to grow tremendously as a person through both my involvement in various campus events and within the classroom. Although I feel that there are many resources provided to CNAS majors, I have often found myself unsure of whom to approach to express particular concerns. I think we as CNAS majors tend to see student government as a somewhat foreign entity that doesn't really impact us. As senator, I would love to bridge the gap between science majors and student government and focus my attention on actively listening to students and addressing their concerns, some of which include replacing clickers with free alternatives and tackling the lack of a storage space for lab coats.

Instagram: @aya4cnas 
@ayabeingaya
Dominique Villasenor

Dominique Villasenor

  1. Integrity

  2. Diligence

  3. Compassion 

Hi, I’m Dominique and I’m a neuroscience major. As a transfer student, it was difficult finding people who had the same interests as me, so I decided to be involved in Latino Union and Rotaract to meet new people and to participate in community service events on campus. These organizations encouraged me to be more active in my community. Since transferring to UCR, I have gained a passion to be more involved in student government due to my background as a transfer and first-generation college student. My transition to UCR was difficult since I wasn’t aware of the resources on campus. As a delegate for the Student Voice Committee under the Associated Students, I have accomplished effective ways to manage student interest. Following in my committee’s footsteps, my goal is to engage with students, including nontraditional and transfers, by making their voices heard.

Instagram: @duhmon.que
 
Snapchat: @duhmon.que
 
Reddit: u/duhmonque
 
LinkedIn: Dominique Villasenor
 
Wildfire: @lifeguardDominique
Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Thomas Johnson

  1. Community 

  2. Conscientiousness

  3. Opportunity

Hello Highlanders, I am Gabriel Johnson, a UCR environmental sciences major. Already equipped with a year of ASUCR experience as a senate intern, I have learned from incumbent senators and developed a passion for operating as a member of the student government, responsible for representing the diverse interests and perspectives of our student body. During this time I created legislation aimed at recognizing the immense effort invested by working students, and instigated programs that have helped facilitate student success by connecting students with various academic and professional resources. I am motivated to continue pursuing policies that similarly foster growth and access to rewarding opportunities. If elected I will also strive to enhance communication between ASUCR and the student body, but I am eager to begin developing new connections now so please say hello if you see me on campus! Thank you for considering Gabriel Johnson for CNAS Senator!

Gustavo Espitia

Gustavo Espitia

  1. Resiliency

  2. Diligence

  3. Optimism

Raised in a one bedroom home in Santa Ana, the upbringing of our family was difficult. Being a first generation child, my parent’s work ethic inspired me to pursue lofty ambitions. Eventually, these efforts led me to Oxford Academy, the second best public school in California. From there I developed my passion for pathology in the name of altruism and the security of public health. My involvement in the American Red Cross and Friends for Hope demonstrates my devotion to serve the less fortunate and those in dire need. These experiences shaped my interest to further my education in a pre-med/military pathway as my ultimate goal is to become a pathologist in the AirForce. As a CNAS senator, I plan to focus on problems such as connectivity between students through improving the social media page so it better advertises STEM opportunities, and events specific for CNAS to promote networking.

Instagram: @goostavo.e
Jacqueline Gomez

Jacqueline Gomez

Lama Yassine

Lama Yassine

  1. Advocacy 

  2. Movement

  3. Commitment

Hello! My name is Lama Yassine and I am a 3rd year Biology major. I hope to be elected into the office of CNAS Senator because I would love to be able to advocate for what students want. We pay a high amount of tuition, and it's very important that we make sure we are getting what we pay for, such as class availability to accomodate for impacted majors, making it easier to reach academic advisors and having hands-on student peer mentors. Being a CNAS major is hard enough as it is, and it’s really important that we can get the most out of our resources.

Instagram: @iitslama
Lina Nguy

Lina Nguy

  1. Accountability 

  2. Engagement 

  3. Innovative 

Hi, my name is Lina Nguy! I am a first-year chemistry major at UCR and I’m running to be your next CNAS senator! As a current member of the ASUCR Outreach Committee, I’ve had the great opportunity of helping promote higher education to students in the Riverside community as well as implement a passion and drive into their education. From this experience, I want to be able to share my experiences and knowledge with YOU. I hope to bring that passion and drive to students at UCR. With that being said, my campaign runs on the platform of ACCOUNTABILITY, ENGAGEMENT, and INNOVATION. As a CNAS senator, I will be transparent and have the student body hold me accountable, and vise versa, to give students the opportunity to educate themselves on how they can voice their concerns and opinions of UCR and not only apply, but to expand on innovative ideas.

Facebook: Lina Nguy
 
Instagram: @nguylina, 
@lina4cnasenator
 
Twitter: @linanguy
Sandra Do

Sandra Do

  1. Courage 

  2. Wisdom

  3. Loyalty 

People must be responsible for the choices in their life, both the good and bad because taking responsibility gives you initiation and the freedom to choose what you want for your life. “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” Winston Churchill. We cannot guarantee that everyone would have the same ability or success because each of us has a different path in life. However, we can strive to give everyone an equal opportunity and if one works hard enough, he would never regret it because he knows he has tried his best. The few things I would promise to provide is clarity in decision making, freedom of speech, clear space for voicing your concerns and input, more lighting on campus, good housekeeping. I believe you should get the best deals on what you pay for and know where your money is going.

Instagram: @sandie.puppy
Lorraine Rangel

Lorraine Rangel

 

Instagram: @lorraine.rangel
Manasi Ponamala

Manasi Ponamala

  1. Inclusiveness

  2. Energy

  3. Fairness

I'm Manasi Ponamala, a second year neuroscience major, and I'm running for CNAS senator because I truly want to get involved with the university and make a positive difference. I'm a very outgoing person who loves meeting new people and having good conversations. I also consider myself a fan of traveling, all kinds of food, and rollercoasters. I believe everyone's ideas and voices should be heard and I want to help represent the student voice as accurately as possible. I'm very open-minded which helps me understand many perspectives on topics and issues. If given the chance to be CNAS senator, I will dedicate the time and effort into bettering the college experience for students at UCR. Feel free to reach out to me whether you have questions for me or just want to have a conversation. I would be happy to get to know you and/or hear your ideas.

Instagram: @man_cenaa
Ridwan Syed

Ridwan Syed

  1. Integrity

  2. Determination

  3. Ambition

Hey, Highlanders! My name is Ridwan Syed and I am currently a 2nd-year biology major interested in the medical field. As Senator, I will do my best to ensure that you have an overall positive experience at UCR. I plan on executing this by advocating for resources that are beneficial for students - this means making sure our money goes directly back to us, students. I am a firm believer that all aspects of ASUCR need to work in unison with the student body to make better decisions. To do this, I will be diligent in listening to your comments and concerns. Some of the goals that I hope to accomplish include lowering the costs of tuition and improving the process of scheduling classes. I sincerely hope to create a transparent, proactive, and safe environment for all, because in the end, there is no UCR without U.

Instagram: @riddy.1
Tam Dao

Tam Dao

Instagram: @daoism321
Barry Liu

Barry Liu

  1. Diligence

  2. Loyalty

  3. Transparency 

Hi my name is Barry Liu. I’m a first year Environmental Science major currently living at East Lothian on campus. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball, listening to new music, and catching up with friends! I am looking to join the ASUCR family because I am passionate about this school and I want to do what I can to make this school the best for the students. If I get elected as CNAS Senator, you can expect diligence and efficiency in my work, loyalty to the students and staff, and transparency to everyone. You will not regret voting for me!

Instagram: @_barryliu

 

Connley Neufeld

Connley Neufeld

  1. Transparency

  2. Involvement

  3. Commitment

I am currently a second year Mechanical Engineering major. I chose to attend UCR because of the immense diversity the school offers. This diversity factors into why I am running for BCOE Senator, to increase student involvement.

Instagram: @c0nnley
Leonardo Ballesteros

Leonardo Ballesteros

  1. Honesty 

  2. Empathy 

  3. Positivity

Hello Highlander! I'm glad you're voting! I am active in professional, cultural, and green organizations on campus. I am very proud to attend UCR, and of our ranking as leaders in social mobility. I run with the intention of expanding on our sense of community, sustainable efforts, and trust in student government to hear and decide on behalf of those we aspire to represent. Thank you for your time! Leonardo

Instagram: @leonardo_ballesteros_
Natalie Campos

Natalie Campos

  1. Engineering

  2. The 

  3. Future 

Hello Highlanders, my name is Natalie Campos! I am a third year Chemical Engineering major and I am running to be your next BCOE Senator. Being a female in a male dominated sphere of academia, I have learned the value of taking space and being a female in the Engineering world. Being in ASUCR will allow me to address struggles BCOE students face and help me encourage more woman be involved and successful leaders in STEM. The common roadblocks we BCOE students face on daily basis as well as advocating for more students like me to be in STEM are the reasons why I have decided to run for ASUCR. I also want to be a student advocate for students not only in BCOE but for all students. I want to work to provide opportunities, resources, and positive change for at UCR. I want to use ASUCR to uplift the voices of those who feel as they are not heard or valued.

Instagram: @cnatalieee 

 

Ana Valdez

Ana Sofia Valdez

  1. Inclusivity 

  2. Transparency 

  3. Enrichment 

I am a first-generation Latina student, who understands how it feels to have the pressure on our shoulders to be successful without guidance, while staying determined and motivated to be that change. After three years at UCR, I’ve become more appreciative of our student organizations, making it a goal to become more involved in R’ community to contribute making our campus safe, respectful and successful. If I’m not on campus, then you’ll catch me at soccer complexes across SoCal as a referee reminding parents their child is not playing in the World Cup. Like our campus, I’m extremely grateful for soccer for the leadership, teamwork, and confidence it has given me as a player and referee. I will use these qualities along with knowledge from my studies to implement and vote on campus legislation that best suits and represents our student body.

Instagram: @ana.valdezzz

Website: https://valdez4sppsenator.carrd.co/
Nava Majlesi

Nava Majlesi

  1. Focused

  2. Inclusive

  3. Transparent

My name is Nava Majlesi, and I am running for SPP Senator. If elected, I intend to set forth leadership skills that will promote efficiency in passing bylaws and enacting informed policies to reflect the desires and needs of my prospective constituents. My involvement on campus has been multi-faceted, and holistically impactful. Lobby Corps has given me insight on the interworkings of ASUCR and the advocacy that needs to take place to improve life on campus; Model United Nations has taught me how to represent the values of diverse communities; and my future position as Director of Treasury of the Iranian Student Association will familiarize me with parliamentary procedure. My mission is to represent the students of the School of Public Policy equitably by rallying for the resources the students need to enhance their academic endeavors at UCR.

Facebook: Nava Majlesi @nava4sppsenator

Instagram: @nava4sppsenator

Website: nava4sppsenator.weebly.com
Zara Ali

Zara Ali

  1. Service

  2. Passion

  3. Perseverance

I envision a diverse UCR that is here for us academically, intellectually, and culturally. I see a university that is quickly expanding to help students grow and is full of opportunities for students to obtain a better education. Due to the lack of funds UCR receives, many of the resources given to the students are limited which delays students’ academic goals. In order to make change happen, my goals in ASUCR are to increase accessibility to education for all SPP students by working to have reserved seats available for major classes which will help increase graduation rates. I also plan on making voting on campus easily accessible, providing mental health services that are more attainable, and creating a campus-wide culture to ensure that UCR students have a voice in our democracy.

Instagram: @zzzara.aliii
@zaraforus

Website: https://zaraforus.weebly.com/

 

Esmeralda Santos

Esmeralda Santos

  1. Abolish

  2. The

  3. System

Hola! My name is Esmeralda Santos. I am a third year Education Major and an Inland Empire Native. Being that this position is new for GSOE, I decided to run because of how much I love and value my college. I believe that Education is key and all students should have an equal opportunity to a quality education. I hope that through this position, I will be able to create awareness about educational inequalities in K-12 and higher education in hopes for a better tomorrow for ourselves and the generations to come. Being that I am an IE native, I have first hand experience the injustice of the educational system and now see parallels between then and my now higher education. It is time for all of us to collect together and fight for what is rightfully ours- a quality education with proper resources.  

Instagram: @santos.esme 
@_santosesme
@esmesantos2gsoe
Stephanie Zeng

Stephanie Zeng

  1. Be 

  2. The 

  3. Change 

I am currently a 2nd year majoring in Education, Society, and Human Development with a concentration in community leadership, policy, and social justice. With my past experiences, I strive towards educating the youth and giving back to the lower socio-economic communities. I hope to give back to UCR with the experiences I've had to make it a more supporting and engaging community.

Instagram: @votestephzeng