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2020-21 ASUCR Candidates

2020-21 ASUCR Candidates

William Wang

William Wang

  1. Highlanders

  2. To 

  3. #PromiseLand

Hello everybody, my name is William Wang and I am a third year highlander running to be your next ASUCR President! In ASUCR, I have served as the Marketing and Promotions Director and VP of Finance. I was able to increase our social media engagement by 35%, govern a $1,200,000 budget for our students, and create numerous professional and entertaining events. Now, I am looking for your vote to continue to serve our highlanders. Despite the tough times, I am confident that for the upcoming school year, we will see the light at the end of the tunnel. No matter the circumstances, I plan on making ASUCR more accessible for the students and ensuring that all of our students’ voices are heard by campus administration. If I am elected, I promise you that YOUR voice will be heard and that ASUCR will always stand behind the students.

Mufida Assaf

Mufida Assaf

  1. Unity

  2. Through

  3. Diversity 

Hello, Highlanders! My name is Mufida Assaf, and I am running to be your next Executive Vice President. As a former Executive Fellow and current CHASS Senator, I lead many initiatives that promote and expand student representation. I am prioritizing the Ethnic and Gender Programs by setting standards that hold student leaders and faculty accountable and creating legislation that supports students’ welfare academically and emotionally. Namely, I am continuously advocating for implementing anti-discrimination/racial equity training for students and professors, writing legislation regarding creating equitable educational resources, sponsoring Ethnic and Gender Program events, and bridging the gap between the ASUCR and the School of Business. As EVP, I will amplify these initiatives to inspire and assist Senators, Senate Interns, and Executive Fellows while simultaneously enhancing inclusivity within the ASUCR. I am passionate and confident in utilizing my voice and position to foster an environment that will successfully address student needs.

Instagram: @Mufidaaa___

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

 

Sean Nguyen

Sean R. Nguyen

  1. Common

  2. Sense

  3. Solutions 

As a second-year Public Policy major, student worker, and ASUCR Personnel Director, 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 my skills in personal management, community building, and policy evaluation. I want to use my skills to advocate for Common Sense Solutions. My main goal as the next Executive Vice President is to ensure that all students' voices are listened to and heard. ASUCR needs to become the student space it was intended to be at its creation. I never thought that I would be given the opportunity to be a student advocate and to make real change. R’ community has shown me that being a “student” is not a universal term; recognizing our differences will lead to our solidarity. It would be an honor to have your vote.

Instagram: @seanforevp 

Facebook: Sean Nguyen

Twitter: @seanronguyen

Lives: Fridays at 6:00 PM on Instagram (@seanforevp)

 

Arshneel Kaur

Arshneel Kaur

  1. Advocate

  2. Empower

  3. Reform

Change is necessary, now more than ever. I believe that there should be no barriers to education, which is why I have worked diligently as the Commissioner of Academic Affairs to ensure equal access to education at UCR. Through my work, I’ve raised awareness for basic needs and food insecurity, brought transparency to issues regarding student living conditions, worked on a grant proposal to increase student matriculation into postgraduate education, and worked with multiple organizations to secure employment protections. However, my work is unfinished. As the Vice President of Internal Affairs, I will work to make certain that no student experience is overlooked. I will establish a nonpartisan Highlander policy for access to student employment rights and protections, provide resources for an equitable education, and help students advocate for themselves. My name is Arshneel Kaur and as your Vice President, I will fight to uplift every student voice at UCR.

Instagram: @arshneelkaur7

Snapchat: Arshie_kaur

Twitter:  notarshneel

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arshneelkaur/

 

Nelson Aguiar

Nelson Aguiar

  1. Accountability

  2. Innovation

  3. Opportunity 

For the past two years, I have been consistently working for the ASUCR. Initially, I sat on the Outreach Committee my second year working to promote higher education to high school students. This year, I currently work as CHASS Senator helping advocate and improve your college experience. So far, I have helped allocate over $133,990 to student organizations, sponsored various zoom webinars focusing on student wellness and needs, and currently working on legislation to improve ASUCR inclusion. With all the love I have for this school, I do see a lot of different areas that need new innovation. My goals as VPCIA are the expansion of our pantry services, more emphasis on mental health week, and increased efforts on financial literacy in conjunction with the VP of Finance. Lastly, I want to provide further student representation in committees with administration while also advocating for additional funding to student programs.

Alondra Martinez

Aaron Sanchez

  1. Commitment

  2. Change

  3. Advocacy

As we begin the transition back to in-person classes, our campus safety and student health will be my top concerns. I am dedicated to the students of UCR and fully committed to the hard work that is required for this position. Should I be elected as your next VP of External Affairs, I will seek to reimburse students for tuition costs that were paid for services we did not get to use. I have been involved with ASUCR since my first year as a Freshman Fellow serving under the Office of the President and as a CHASS Senator for the 2019-2020 school year. I have worked for a Congressmember on the Federal level, and a Councilmember on a local level, and I believe that my cumulative experience and an unrelenting determination for student advocacy and change will be deciding factors in getting our voices heard.

Elysha Castillo

Elysha Castillo

  1. Transparency

  2. Perseverance

  3. Inclusivity 

Hello Highlanders! My name is Elysha Castillo, I am a second-year sociology major, and I am running to serve as your next Vice President of External Affairs. Since arriving at UCR, I have engaged as a leader in several organizations, including ASUCR External as campus organizing director, Black Student Union as retention director, Central American Student Alliance as vice president, and UCSA as ACQUIRE vice chair. Throughout my leadership experiences, I have maintained a profound dedication towards fostering inclusive spaces for my peers, while recognizing that this year has been obstructed with unprecedented challenges requiring perseverance and empathy for our struggling campus community. My motto in life has been, ‘Make your future better than your past’, which is why I am confident in my ability to empower your voices to elected officials and administrators and fight for an accessible university, a transparent student government, and urgent student resources as VPEA.

Instagram: Elygyal
Jeffrey Tran

Jeffrey Tran

  1. Proven

  2. Experienced 

  3. Progressive 

Hi Highlanders! For the last two years, I have had the privilege of serving as your Finance Outreach Coordinator and Vice-Chair of Finance. In my time, I have met with over 170 organizations and allocated more than $500,000 to school organizations, grants, outreach programs, and sustainability projects. This past year has been like no other. Nonetheless, I have served with a progressive mindset to ensure clubs are able to operate and feel they are together, even though miles apart. I took great initiative to ensure organizations had funds to access shipping resources and software, such as Photoshop and Zoom. Now, I am excited to run as your next Vice President of Finance. On my first day, I will meet and hold the administration accountable for its plan to return to campus safely and timely. Also, my platform includes more funding for organizations to build skills and mental health resources.

Instagram: @jeffreytran42

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-tran-54101b155/
Steven luu

Steven Luu

  1. Change

  2. The

  3. Norm 

For those who do not know me, please let me introduce myself, my name is Steven Luu and I am currently a third-year business student concentrating in Finance. My passion for finance and the fantastic experiences I had at UCR have encouraged me to file for candidacy and give back to UCR, along with bettering the experiences for future students. Another motivating factor for filing for candidacy is the recent phenomenon created by Wallstreetbets of “taking down the big”, similar to the story of David vs Goliath. I am not in a fraternity, and I am a pretty low-key guy, but I am willing to speak up for others, including myself. As a result, I hope you will consider voting for me as the future ASUCR Vice President of Finance, and together we can make a difference and change the norm.

Alondra Martinez

Alondra Martinez

  1. Committed

  2. Ambitious

  3. Passionate

My name is Alondra Martinez, and I am a BCOE student majoring in environmental engineering. Some of the things I like to do are listen to new music and paint in my free time. My passions include giving back to my community and educating others about sustainability and environmental issues. In the future, I hope to work for a company that innovates efficient renewable energy technology. I also hope to one day start a nonprofit organization for low-income students interested in going into the STEM field in college.

Instagram: @_alondra_martinez

 

Barry Liu

Barry Liu

  1. Passion

  2. Experience

  3. Innovation 

My name is Barry Liu and I am a second-year Environmental Science major running to be your next Vice President of Sustainability! During my time as CNAS Senator, I have written many legislations that advocate for our students’ inclusivity, mental wellness, academics, and have created new Director positions to increase representation to underrepresented communities like International Students and Non-traditional Students. In addition, I have been working alongside the current Vice President of Sustainability and the GCAP Committee to introduce large-scale initiatives such as the Eco2Go program, which will replace throwaway to-go containers with reusable containers. Working in ASUCR and alongside the current VP of Sustainability has given me a burning passion to better our school and the experience and knowledge essential for this position. As the Vice President of Sustainability, I will actively engage with organizations, students, and faculty to introduce innovative ideas to lead UCR into a better future.

connley neufeld

Connley Neufeld

  1. Accountability

  2. Efficiency

  3. Involvement 

Hello Highlanders, my name is Connley Neufeld, and I am a third year Mechanical Engineering major currently serving as one of the two elected BCOE Senators in ASUCR. In my time as BCOE Senator, I have passed numerous legislations benefiting UCR students and worked with student groups on campus. I have ensured smooth collaboration between ASUCR and these groups, maximizing effective outreach to students. I hope to use the skills and knowledge I have gained from my time in ASUCR to successfully enable student activism and allow students’ voices to be heard by their elected college representatives. As Personnel Director, I would hold representatives accountable to ensure time and resources are being spent as efficiently and as effectively as possible. My goal is to increase student involvement in ASUCR, in order for student voices to be heard and be represented.

Lina Nguy

Lina Nguy

  1. Report

  2. Engage

  3. Power 

Hello Highlanders! My name is Lina Nguy (She/Her/Hers), and I am running to be your next Personnel Director. I’m currently a CNAS Senator and sit and represent many ASUCR and University-Wide committees and departments to help advocate for student voices and concerns. I also served as a member of the Outreach Committee, in the past, where I’ve had the opportunity to promote higher education and improve high school engagement within UCR and the Riverside community. Aside from my involvement in ASUCR, I’m very active in various campus-wide organizations and have learned to develop and further my skills in management, delegation, and development. Therefore, I am using my voice as a student to REP: REPORT and keep the elected officials transparent and accountable for their duties, ENGAGE the student body to be involved and further their spirit as a highlander, and POWER student voices to be heard and acknowledged.

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/lina.nguy/

LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/lina-nguy-she-hers-17b1011aa

Instagram: @lina4personnel, @nguylina

Twitter: @linanguy

Snapchat: @nguylina

 

Mehak Sharma

Mehak Sharma

  1. Visionary 

  2. Precision

  3. Inclusion 

Hi! My name is Mehak Sharma and I am currently a second year Biology major. Soon I'll be transitioning into Psychology/Law and Society in hopes of pursuing my dream of becoming an Environmental Lawyer. I am very excited to bring my drive and skills into ASUCR through my dedication. With my expertise in managing clubs, being apart of this amazing organization would allow growth and opportunity to all those awaiting to come back to university in the fall!

 

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Wallace Fang

  1. Motivated

  2. Inspired

  3. Driven 

Hello Highlanders! My name is Wallace Fang and I am currently a second year in CHASS. As a Senate Intern my first year who also worked heavily under the Marketing and Promotions Director at the time, I have gained valuable experience on what it takes to be the next Marketing and Promotions Director. In addition to experience under a Marketing and Promotions Director, I have also honed my abilities by taking on the role of Social Media/Public Relations Chair for Kappa Sigma as well as for the ASUCR Finance page. If I were to become the Marketing and Promotions Director, I would make sure that everyone's voice is heard. In addition, it is my goal to make UCR better than when I got here. Thank you and please consider making me your next Marketing and Promotions Director.

 

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Roxanna Vasquez

  1. Compassionate

  2. Rectitude

  3. Unity 

I am Roxanna Vasquez , third year transfer biology major at UCR. I was part of ASO student government at my community college for 4 years at AVC. As senator of enrollment services , I served my college who had issues with enrollment. As a first generation college student, I’ve struggled a lot from transitioning from community college to university and mental health, I want to represent and help students conquer obstacles that I once believed were difficult. To rely and to serve my community is a goal that I pursue to achieve. I believe it’s important to have someone who will serve the community with integrity and accountability, as well as someone who understands and empathizes with students daily life struggles. To serve and improve students academic education and help conquer interferences.

 

Sonali Murugan

Sonali Murugan

  1. Transfer

  2. Unity

  3. Passionate 

As a recent transfer to UCR, it had been both exciting and nerve-wracking. In my community, I served as a Director for Associated Students. I had worked to make the bridge between high school and community college easier, and I wish to now continue representing the nontraditional students and employing the leadership skills I have learned over my experience to build the connection between transfer students and the university. As the transfer director, my objective is to ensure that every transfer student feels included and comfortable fitting into UCR. I want to work with the study body and make plans and changes which benefit new students as much as a Highlighter as four-year students. I want to provide a space for nontraditional students to enjoy their college years as much as they can. I hope I can count your vote! Looking forward to serving you!

Instagram: @sonalimurugan @sonali_for_tntdirector

 

Aalani Richardson

Aalani Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

Instagram:  @la.vida.lani
Alejandro Martinez

Alejandro Martinez

  1. Communication

  2. Transparency

  3. Equity 

My name is Alejandro Martinez and I am currently a 3rd year student at UCR. I am completing a major in Business Finance with a minor in Economics. I grew up in Los Angeles and a few of my interests include soccer, snowboarding, baseball and anything related to the outdoors. I also really enjoy cooking with my friends, trying different foods and watching cooking shows with my mom. Professionally I have always strived to be a great leader and role model for those around me and I continue to do that everyday.I recently finished a summer internship where I was able to help my clients achieve financial security which helped me understand the world of personal finance. I hope to provide transparency to students at UCR through clear and concise communication and also create a culture of equity.

Angelo Velasquez

Angelo Velasquez

  1. Integrity

  2. Efficiency

  3. Unity

Hello Highlanders! My name is Angelo Velasquez and I am running to be a CHASS Senator! I am a first-year Political Science major and a current First-Year Fellow. As a First-Year Fellow, I've been granted the opportunity to shadow, assist, and be mentored by the Vice President of Finance within ASUCR. I've attended ASUCR Senate meetings, seen how the Finance committee operates for student org funding, and I'm currently programming ASUCR events with other First-Year Fellows. I am dedicated to the work I do and am passionate about making sure every students' voice is heard, and if you vote for me, I will strive to live up to your expectations! Thank you!

Instagram: @Angelo.leonel.alfaro
Angelina Chavez

Angelina Chavez

  1. UNITY

  2. IS

  3. STRENGTH

Hello Highlanders! I’m Angelina Chavez, a 2nd year Pre Business student and I'm running to be one of your CHASS Senators! As a Senate Intern this year, I’ve been advocating for business students by working on legislations that support the School of Business transition to a four year program. This will help future business students have more opportunities, resources, and representation in ASUCR. I’ve also brought visibility to first generation/ non traditional students by sharing their adversities and accomplishments through @juanlovesucr’s Instagram page. Being involved in Latino Union and LBSA, I have seen the disconnect ASUCR has with students. I plan to bridge the gap between ASUCR and the student body by addressing concerns and creating solutions; as well as continue advocating for business students. In order to have the administration listen to us, we must unite and work together. Unity is strength, together we will make change happen.

Instagram: @angelinaachavez
Blanca Estela Alba

Blanca Estela Alba

  1. Bold

  2. Equitable

  3. Actions 

My name is Blanca Estela Alba, and I am a third-year transfer student majoring in Sociology. Transitioning to UCR as a first-generation, low-income, Latinx immigrant student has been challenging. Adjusting to the quarter system was difficult, dealing with imposter syndrome and constantly doubting myself left me wondering how I could support students who encounter these barriers. I sought to find ways that would allow me to continue my growth. My involvement in ASUCR’s Basic Needs Committee and Transfer/Non-Traditional Student Committee gave me the opportunity to advocate and bring awareness to ongoing issues on campus. I am running for CHASS senator because we can no longer ask for the resources we deserve. We must demand the necessary resources to achieve success and thrive as we navigate a system built to give us the bare minimum. I am committed to amplifying the change we need by centering our student voices.

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Christian Martinez

  1. Accountability

  2. Opportunity

  3. Diversity

Hello Highlanders! My name is Christian Martinez, and I am a Latino first-generation second year Sociology student. I am running to be your next CHASS Senator! Since 2019, UCR has enrolled 57% first-generation undergraduate students versus the national average of 34%. UCR is a school that prides itself on diversity and being an institution of opportunity. I plan on continuing both these traditions by working closely with programs such as the First-Generation Student Association and the Student Association of Latino-Spanish Affairs (SALSA). I will also focus and provide more emphasis on the basic needs of not only low-income students, but of all students at UCR. This will be achieved by working to add more funding to programs such as the R’ Pantry and expanding other basic needs resources. As a Senator I hope to create community and relationships to bring a positive change!

Instagram: @chris.martnz
Facebook:  @Chris martinez 
Twitter: @simplychris07
Tik Tok: @chris.martnz
Snapchat: @chris_0919
Christopher Kent

Christopher Kent

  1. Equality 

  2. Justice

  3. Transparency

Hi Highlanders! As a senator this year, I've been working hard to make college a better place for all students, whether that's through improving the financial aid process, making voting day a school holiday, and improving accessibility to online learning. There's still so much to do, which is why I hope you will re-elect me to be your CHASS Senator!

Instagram: @christopherrulesdaworld
Facebook:  facebook.com/christopherrulesdaworld
Twitter: @allaboutckent
Tik Tok: @christopherkent0
Snapchat: @allaboutckent
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-kent-58a142121/
Christopher Kim

Christopher Kim

  1. Integrity

  2. Service

  3. Excellence

If you ever need anything done you call Christopher Kim. Coming from a single parent family from a young age I was forced to become independent and to get creative to solve my problems. Being the first generation in America to go to school here meant that all I had was myself and my younger brother. Only through hard work and perseverance was I able to climb my way up to where I am right now. I never shy away from daunting tasks, rather I face them head on knowing that I’m only going to come out of it better than I was before. I want to work in ASUCR to help those who don’t have a voice and to better represent this campus.

Cristian Torres

Cristian Torres

  1. Representation 

  2. Inclusivity 

  3. Motivation

Hi, nice to meet you! My name is Cristian, but you can call me Cris. I am a fresh face here at UC Riverside and have been enjoying every moment of it so far, even if it has been online. More importantly, being apart of CHASS has made me more intrinsically motivated. With the people I have met to the classes I have taken, I will represent them all if elected as CHASS Senator. I will include everyone across CHASS, and UCR, to ensure they continue to have a good time and feel accepted across the board. I am Latinx and part of the LGBTQIA+ community, wanting to motivate others in different communities to feel like they belong here. Change continues to happen around campus and, looking into the next school year, I am determined to help make changes around campus.

Instagram: @criscoolness
Facebook:  @Cris Coolness
Twitter: @criscoolness1
Tik Tok: @criscoolness
Youtube: youtube.com/criscoolness
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/cristian-torres-158710205
Gabriel davis

Gabriel Davis

  1. Passion 

  2. Persist 

  3. Progress 

Hello everyone, my name is Gabriel Davis and I’m running to be one of your next CHASS Senators. I’m currently a second-year pre-business major here at UCR and I think I would be a great fit as I am very passionate about school and believe I could do more to help students in need. I am very determined to make a difference and persist through any challenges that come my way to ensure that the best quality of life is felt here at UCR. I always strive for creative solutions to complicated problems and I think I could make great progress as a Senator. Thank you for taking a moment of your time and please vote for me!

Helen Chu

Helen Chu  

  1. Re-

  2. Ignite

  3. Change 

Hello, fellow Highlanders! My name is Helen Chu, and I am running to be one of your CHASS Senators. As a current Senate Intern and Personnel Committee Member, I have had the opportunity to initiate projects that will increase student engagement during the pandemic and sustain students’ welfare. Also, I am contributing to existing initiatives such as planning and executing the School of Business town hall, creating legislation regarding academic affairs, and promoting student representation in ASUCR. If elected, I plan to be the liaison between the School of Business and ASUCR. Ultimately, I will utilize my position to promote sustainable options and resources for undergraduate students.

Instagram: @helenwchu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helen.chu.140/
Hoang Vu

Hoang Vu

  1. Integrity

  2. Efficiency 

  3. Diversity

My name is Hoang Vu. I am a first generation student from Viet Nam. I moved to California when I was 6 and grew accustomed to the culture over the years. Being an immigrant and a first generation student, I made education my priority because of the opportunities and prosperity it can bring. Education teaches you to be disciplined and it allows you to grow as an individual to achieve your fullest potential. I want to help students at UCR to utilize all the resources that campus has to offer. Students who are at a disadvantage or behind should get the support they need. Students with financial needs shouldn’t feel like college is a burden or a big hole in their wallets. I believe that UCR is an environment where scholars can aim for the moon. I declare my candidacy for CHASS senator because I want to make a change.

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Ismail Kiswani

  1. Capability

  2. Integrity

  3. Reform 

My name is Ismail Kiswani and I am a second year political science major. As a former first year fellow, I worked under the VP of Finance and saw firsthand the work that needs to be done within ASUCR. If elected, one of my primary goals would be to ensure CHASS students and organizations are receiving the appropriate funds and resources in order to be successful. I am so excited to run for CHASS Senator and I am ready to work with students in making them feelーas the CHASS motto upholdsー “at home in the world”.

Joshua Moran

Joshua Moran

  1. Progress 

  2. Breeds

  3. Success

Hello Highlanders! I am Joshua Moran, a second year, Pre-Business major running for CHASS Senator. As a second-generation Chicano, my background propels me to have a greater affinity and appreciation for the various ethnicities that embody the UC Riverside population. In a troubling time where people are targeted for the color of their skin instead of the content of their character, I believe that cultural diversity and all-inclusiveness are the most crucial aspects to develop a campus that's devoted to social change. As a senator, I plan to create legislation that best represents all cultures equally and provides equal opportunity to disadvantaged students. I would also like to employ my passion and optimism to help highlight the importance of mental health within our diverse community. I believe we should allocate more resources toward the betterment of students’ mental well-being because you can never set a price on human life.

Instagram: @joooshm
Lauren Grace Garcia

Lauren Grace Garcia

 

 

LinkedIn:  @laurengracegarcia
Tiktok:@laurengrace
Instagram:. @laurengaarcia, @laurenforchasssenator
Snapchat: @okayren

 

Orlando Cabalo

Orlando Cabalo

  1. Organize

  2. Mobilize

  3. Empathize 

Hi my name is Orlando Cabalo and I am running to be one of your CHASS Senators. Growing up in a blue-collar union family, I learned the importance of working hard and keeping my word. And as a current CHASS Senator, that is exactly what I sought to do. This year, I’ve aimed to do two main things: fight for Basic Needs and reform ASUCR. From working with student-parents to advocate for more affordable campus-housing, to writing legislation which allows students to recall elected officials, I am here to keep my promises and serve students. And what I hope to accomplish this upcoming year is to continue working toward Basic Needs, building more systems of accountability to keep ASUCR in check, and keeping students updated on campus COVID-19 information. I humbly ask for your vote, and I thank you all for your time and consideration.

Instagram: @orland0cabalo
Weebly:  https://cabaloforsenate.weebly.com/ 
Facebook: Orlando Cabalo 
Reddit: OrlandoCabalo
Wildfire: OrlandoCabalo

Sam McLean

Sam McLean

  1. Represent

  2. All

  3. Students 

Hello Highlanders! My name is Sam McLean and I am a second year Pre-Business major here at UCR. I am running to be your CHASS senator to see positive change on campus, and to see it come from the student body. I believe the students of UCR have a powerful voice and deserve to be heard! If given the opportunity to serve as a CHASS senator, I will dedicate my time and energy to work with others in order to unite the students to see that positive change in the student government. United, we can create a safer, more prosperous community for those here and those yet to come! Thank you and together let’s have a great year!

Instagram: @Samuel.mclean21
Shay He

Shay He

  1. Dedication 

  2. Integration

  3. Transparency

Hello Highlanders! My name is Shay He and I am a third-year Business Administration major, running for CHASS Senator. As a senator, I aim to efficiently allocate funds to programs that directly benefit our student body while reducing possible costs in student services. Furthermore, I aspire to advocate for affordable housing initiatives on campus and provide accessible financial resources for students to overcome housing difficulties. Additionally, to further professional development, I want to implement more professional workshops revolving around topics of networking, resume-building, and interview preparation. Lastly, I hope to implement changes such as increasing parking flexibility once we return to campus especially during midterm and finals week, and making sure student voices are prioritized. I look forward to cultivating positive change for our UCR community!

Victoria Nguyen

Victoria Nguyen

  1. Bridge  
  2. The
  3. Gap!
Hello Highlanders! My name is Victoria Nguyen and I am running to be your CHASS Senator. This past year, I have been the Academic Calendar Director of the Academic Affairs committee in ASUCR’s internal office. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have realized how marginalized students can be because of reasons such as not being able to be on campus. As your Senator, I will strive to bridge the gap between students and campus resources by working closely with on-campus resource centers. I plan to achieve this by creating more opportunities for students to become aware of the resources that are available to them and creating initiatives for on-campus resources to be able to reach out to support students. It is time for students to be supported and heard! A vote for me is a vote for unity.

 

 
Catelin La

Catelin La

  1. Unity  

  2. Commitment

  3. Resilience 

Hey, everyone! My name is Catelin La and I am a first-year biochemistry major. As the current Executive Assistant to the Vice President of ASUCR, I've had the great opportunity to understand the structure of ASUCR in terms of what the student body needs and how ASUCR functions. I am specifically looking to help improve mental health awareness and inclusivity within UCR, as I believe both can, in turn, help better the entirety of UCR. As your Senator, I am committed to unifying the campus and staying resilient despite any obstacles I might face in achieving my endeavors. Even more than this, however, I want to help provide a voice for YOU to express your opinions and concerns. If elected, I will ensure that I work hard to provide you all with a solid platform for any goals and to achieve them.

Myra Usmani

Myra Usmani

  1. Passion 

  2. Purpose

  3. Progress 

Hello Highlanders! My name is Myra Usmani and I’m currently a second-year biology major running to be your next CNAS senator! As a current ASUCR Senate Intern and highly involved member of both our school and community, I have had the opportunity to lead with PASSION, PURPOSE, and PROGRESS as an outgoing and dedicated leader. Ultimately, I want to support all UCR communities by focusing on inclusivity, embracing diversity, and fostering unity. If elected, I will engage and empower our student body by creating/working on initiatives centered around supporting people of color and women in STEM, increasing accessibility measures and awareness, as well aiding in mental health support. I want to ensure that we craft a skill set and cultivate a mindset that caters to the needs and voices of students. I hope you will support my dedication to the next chapter and the new changes that bring way!

Instagram: @myra4cnasenator, @myra.usmani
Website: https://myrausmani.wixsite.com/cnasenator
Facebook: Myra Usmani 
Rachel Paredes

Rachel Paredes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instagram: @raejewelie
Tiktok:@raejewels
Ridwan Syed

Ridwan Syed

  1. Experienced

  2. Integrity

  3. Determination 

Hey, Highlanders! My name is Ridwan Syed and I'm currently a 3rd-year studying Biology. 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 all students - this includes making sure our money goes directly back to us. From my experience as an ASUCR Intern, I'm 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 cost of tuition, improving the class registration experience, and relieving COVID-related tensions. I sincerely hope to create a transparent, proactive, and safe environment for all, because in the end, there is no UCR without U.

Tammar Akel

Tammar Akel

  1. Diligence 

  2. Resilience

  3. Balance

Hello, my name is Tammar Akel. I am a third year biology major at UCR and I am running for the position of ASUCR senate in order to continually represent CNAS and affirm that the students' voices are heard. I grew up in both the United States and Syria, two extremely different countries on opposite ends of the globe which vastly broadened my view on human relations and different cultures. My platform primarily revolves around characteristics that I see fit in all UCR students: Diligence, resilience, and balance. For the past three years, my experiences with CNAS have massively assisted my growth largely due to the studious and supportive environment that surrounded me. After listening to CNAS students regarding their most common complaints, I’ve decided to make the main focus of my platform to push for classes to be available year-round instead of only once a school year.

 

Amy Do

Amy Do

  1. Innovation

  2. Transparency

  3. Compassion

Hi y'all, I'm a second year bioengineering major running to be your BCOE senator! Our college is a powerhouse of innovation, yet there are basic things that don't function. As senator, I'll voice for IT to fix the "prepare for registration" tab so you don't have to click on something then go back for it to show up. I will address those Error 404 pages that pop up when you click on a link on every UCR website. I'm disappointed I learned about our school losing HSI status through a Reddit post rather than an official statement. Students are impacted by such oversights and deserve greater transparency. School's been hard and it often feels like you're stuck in a rut. I'm here to advocate on your behalf and am all ears if you need someone. Stay safe and thank you for taking the time to vote.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfQhuDhvo8UiOnNtRvz1cNg
Instagram:@amy_bcoesenator
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David Kiroloss

David Kiroloss

  1. Transparency 

  2. Representation 

  3. Innovation

Hello! My name is David Kiroloss! I am a first year Bioengineering student and I serve as a Co-Historian/Parliamentarian for Alpha Phi Omega, a Class Leader for ROTC, and a Senate Intern for BCOE Senator, Connley Neufeld. Some of my primary goals as a BCOE Senator is to help all students, especially First-Years, have a smooth transition when campus reopens, with an emphasis on having transparent communications. As BCOE Senator, I will be diligent in proactively listening and engaging with all BCOE students and organizations. As a small college, BCOE requires someone who can be active in representing our voices. If elected, I will be that person to represent the voices of BCOE students to make sure our concerns are heard and ensure that there is transparency between the college and ASUCR. I appreciate your time in reading my biography, here’s to representing BCOE!

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Henry Zheng

  1. Change

  2. The 

  3. World!

Hello Highlanders! My name is Henry Zheng and I am running to be one of the BCOE Senators! Passionate about bringing positive change to ASUCR, I am determined to represent the students at UCR in the best light possible. I am currently a Computer Science with Business Applications major, and aim to use my amassed leadership and organizational skills to portray the best interests of fellow highlanders. The hardships that we BCOE students encounter to the undergoing lack of diversity in STEM are the main reasons I decided to run for ASUCR. Consistent, efficient, and reliable, I will actively ensure that students obtain the voice that they need to create the change they want.

Instagram: @hzenry 

 

Arleth Flores Aparicio

Arleth Flores Aparicio

  1. Leaders 

  2. Of 

  3. Tomorrow 

Hello, I'm Arleth Flores Aparicio, a 3rd year Public Policy student, and I am running to be The School of Public Policy Senator for the 2021-2022 academic year. I've been invested in SPP since my 1st year serving as an SPP Dean's Brand Ambassador and this year interning with the SPP Robert Presley Crime and Justice Studies center. These positions have allowed me to acknowledge the senator's critical role in bridging the gap between administration and students. As SPP Senator, my goal is to prioritize students' academic needs, explicitly working with the SPP's academic advisor and peer-advisors over student course-related issues and creating accessibility for SPP's student success programs. I hope to have bi-weekly conversations with the SPP Dean to strategies improving our student's achievements as well. SPP has been serving undergraduate students since 2018. It's up to us to cultivate our school for future leaders in Public Policy.

Joshua Deese

Joshua P. Deese

  1. Bold

  2. Innovative

  3. Progression

Joshua P. Deese is a Public Policy major concentrating in Economic Policy and International Relations, and is running for SPP Senator. Joshua brings with him over 10 years of collective experience on the national political stage, business, and communications arenas. The students at UCR deserve a leader that will bring about bold, innovative ideas to transform our diverse campus community, as well as addressing important issues and challenges facing our student population. Joshua believes that access to food and housing inaccessibility is a large concern at UCR and will work passionately within ASUCR to bring about more funding for these areas, as well as holding the UCR Administration accountable to ensure these changes are made - and that the student voice is heard. A politically active member on campus, Joshua is a member of YDSA at UCR and looks toward a bright, populist future. Vote Joshua P. Deese for SPP Senator!

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Sam Habibi

Sam Habibi

  1. Inclusion

  2. Service

  3. Cooperation

Hello everyone, my name is Sam Habibi, and I am running for your SPP Senator. As a first-year student who has never stepped foot on campus, I understand the challenges that many of our students face being away from campus. In my first year at UCR, I have made invaluable connections and have grown both intellectually and personally at UCR. This is why I am running for the SPP senator position, to advocate and improve the student experience at UCR and help fellow SPP students grow academically and personally.

 

ASUCR will host a special election to fill this seat in May 2021.