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CSSA Recap: February 2019

2019-20 ASI Elections Candidates

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Lizbeth Velasquez-55.12%-Elected
  • As a first-generation, working, and low-income student I know many of the barriers and hurdles students face in today’s economy. I have witnessed students suffer from tuition and textbook affordability, food and housing insecurity, and inclusivity.
  • As President, I pledge to:
    • Establish a legal advice clinic for students
    • Set universal standard for textbooks in classrooms
    • Work with CalFresh Outreach expanding the programs on campus
    • Campus polling location for 2020 elections
    • Lobby legislators in prioritizing student needs
    • And much more!
  • I am passionate about helping students, but it was not until recently I became active within the Long Beach community. However, this passion has set me towards the path of fighting for students in a complex system. These goals are not limited to my own experiences, but the experiences of students as a whole. Vote for inclusivity. #StudentsFirst

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Genesis Jara-44.88%

Achievements:

  • Represented students in 40 university committees
  • Disassociation from former mascot to adopt new mascot
  • Included new resource centers spaces’ in the university master plan
  • Ballot drop-off location for midterm elections
  • Planned first Students of Color Conference for 2019-2020
  • Live streamed senate meetings
  • Sustainability training for student organizations
  • Authored legislation to create digital course evaluations
  • Increased scholarship awareness
  • Increased Beach Pantry usage by 300%
  • Acquired additional USU student lounge seating

Goals:

Affordability
  • Advocate for statewide financial aid reform
  • Increase D1DA availability
  • Oppose potential tuition/fee increases
Advocacy
  • Support housing and food insecure students
    • Partner with nonprofits to address homelessness
    • Pay it forward meal option
    • Increase EBT accessibility
  • Undocumented students employment opportunities
  • Expand mental health resources
Accessibility
  • Transportation services for students with dis/abilities
  • Food delivery service
  • ADA compliance in classrooms
  • Free legal clinic
  • Drop-off childcare for student parents during exams
  • Tailor class times for nontraditional students

Vote Diversity, Solidarity, Unity.

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Leen Almahdi-50.98%-Elected

Achievements:

  • Represented students in 40 university committees
  • Disassociation from former mascot to adopt new mascot
  • Included new resource centers spaces’ in the university master plan
  • Ballot drop-off location for midterm elections
  • Planned first Students of Color Conference for 2019-2020
  • Live streamed senate meetings
  • Sustainability training for student organizations
  • Authored legislation to create digital course evaluations
  • Increased scholarship awareness
  • Increased Beach Pantry usage by 300%
  • Acquired additional USU student lounge seating

Goals:

Affordability
  • Advocate for statewide financial aid reform
  • Increase D1DA availability
  • Oppose potential tuition/fee increases
Advocacy
  • Support housing and food insecure students
    • Partner with nonprofits to address homelessness
    • Pay it forward meal option
    • Increase EBT accessibility
  • Undocumented students employment opportunities
  • Expand mental health resources
Accessibility
  • Transportation services for students with dis/abilities
  • Food delivery service
  • ADA compliance in classrooms
  • Free legal clinic
  • Drop-off childcare for student parents during exams
  • Tailor class times for nontraditional students

Vote Diversity, Solidarity, Unity.


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Justin Contreras-49.02%

Born and raised in South L.A by two immigrant parents, I’ve experienced the disadvantages many students face in pursuit of a higher education. Students should not have to face economic or racial disadvantages while simultaneously striving to receive an academic career.

As your Vice President I vow too:

  • Establish a legal advice clinic for Students
  • Lobby legislators to prioritize student needs
  • Work with calfresh to expand the programs on campus
  • Help to expand on campus organizations to promote campus participation
  • Create a voting poll on campus to increase student and community participation in elections
  • Keep an open door policy to allow students to directly address their concerns

As your current Senator-at-large and previous Chief Justice I have always stride to put students first and create welcoming environments for students of all backgrounds. A vote for me is a vote for student needs. #StudentsFirst

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Reyalyn Villegas-62.76%-Elected

My name is Reyalyn Villegas, a junior and I am running for Associated Students Inc. (ASI) Treasurer. I am running for Treasurer because I know I can ensure prudent management of Associated Students finances in the best interest of students.

My objectives are:

  • Ensure awareness of the ASI financial processes
  • Provide the necessary tools to build financial literary (i.e. Financial Literacy Day)
  • Openly communicate with students to seek out their needs
  • Actively advocate for students regarding the pressing issues they face

I am the best qualified to serve as ASI Treasurer due to the effective communication and leadership skills that I have gained through my previous involvements on campus. These include:

  • Chief Government Relations Officer
  • IRA Advisory Board Student Representative
  • Lobby Corps Student-at-Large
  • CHESS 2018 Delegate
  • American Medical Student Association
  • BUILD Student Representative

Thank you for your vote!


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Dominick Martinez-37.42%

As your Treasurer I vow too:

  • Establish a legal advice clinic for students to access when necessary
  • Lobby legislators to prioritize student needs
  • Work with Calfresh to expand their program on campus to address food insecurity
  • Help to expand on-campus organizations to promote participation and involvement from the student body
  • Create a voting poll on campus to increase student and community participation in elections
  • Work with ASI Communications to increase Financial Transparency providing students information on where specific funding and student fees are being spent.
  • Establishing Better Relationships with College Councils: attending college council meetings to bridge the gap between ASI and student organizations
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Citlalli M. Ortiz-55.30%-Elected

As a first generation college student and DACA recipient it is important for me to bring awareness to the difficulties we face as students. This year I have advocated and strived to increase resources for AB540 and undocumented students within my role as the Commissioner of AB 540 & Undocumented Students. As a senator-at-large I want to continue these efforts and serve all students by removing systematic barriers and increasing accessibility when it comes to pursuing higher education. My goals include:

  • Implementing a free permanent legal clinic for students to receive legal services
  • Creating a program where students who cannot obtain federal grants are able to get paid for doing research.
  • Advocating for the restoration of advance parole for DACA recipients, so that they may be able to travel outside of the U.S. for humanitarian, employment, and educational reasons

Vote Diversity, Solidarity, Unity.


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Stephany Triska-52.09%-Elected

My name is Stephany Triska, I am currently a junior majoring in Political Science. I am running for Senator At-Large to empower women’s leadership and represent International and Transfer students. I am very passionate about public service and innovating resources and opportunities not yet found on campus. If elected as Senator, I will:

  • Establish and promote women empowerment’s programs.
  • Represent and advocate on behalf of international students for more effective educational and financial programs.
  • Address issues such as food and housing insecurities.
  • Incorporate professional and personal opportunities for transfer students during their first semester.
  • Plan a course of action in promoting a faculty-student mentoring program.

Some of my qualifications for this position are:

  • A.S Director of Community Relations at Santa Monica College
  • Co-founder of the first Community College chapter of the Brazilian Student Association (BRASA).
  • Experience in Public Policy related internships.

Vote for Stephany Triska. Vote Diversity, Solidarity, Unity.


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Daniel Galindo-50.20%-Elected

Hello, my name is Daniel Galindo and I am a first year transfer student running for Senator At Large. I come from a family with a deep history of civic engagement, and as student studying political science, I want to use this passion to put our students and community first. As Senator, it will be my duty to represent all of our students’ ideas, concerns, and best interests. I want to inspire all of us to be active and engaged and create a commitment to civic engagement that transcends our time here as students and follows us throughout life.

Objectives:

  • Implement an online system similar to UCLA’s that will autofill a voter registration form through myCSULB
  • Maintain our commitment to the environment by continuing to adhere to the Climate Action Plan, making CSULB carbon neutral by 2030
  • Push for 100% recyclable and biodegradable utensils and food packaging for our vendors
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Ryan Phong-44.95%-Elected

I’m Ryan Phong, a sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice. I am running for Senator At-Large because I want to bring change for the students of CSULB. I would like to further my service to all the students of CSULB by representing the entire student body in the ASI Senate.

My objectives are:

  • To prevent tuition fees from increasing.
  • Listen to students about their concerns and questions.
  • Increase awareness to students about any issues on campus.
  • Be the spokesperson for all CSULB students.

I am the best qualified to serve as the Senator At-Large because I have been very active in organizations on campus, which include:

  • ASI Senator, College of Health and Human Services
  • Communications Director, Criminal Justice Student Association
  • College Council Secretary, College of Health and Human Services
  • Chairman, Student Health Advisory Committee

Thank you and I hope you vote Ryan Phong for Senator At-Large!


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Jireh Deng-42.63%-Elected

Hi, my name is Jireh Deng and I am a freshman running for Senator At Large. Your vote impacts the voices that represent you not only on our campus but across the CSU system. Senators carry voting power in policy decisions that could directly improve your everyday life here on campus. Despite being one of the youngest candidates, I have had advocacy training through Moot Court. In this upper-division political science course, I have had the privilege of traveling locally and statewide to debate before prestigious judges and lawyers. My goal as your Senator is to use these skills to make student government as transparent as possible and ensure that all student voices are being heard. I want to speak out about the issues we care about, like affordability and students’ basic needs, because these are factors that affect our ability to succeed in higher education. Vote Diversity, Solidarity, Unity.


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Sumaiyah Hossain-40.09%-Elected

My name is Sumaiyah Hossain, and I am a first year student running for Senator At Large. Your vote voices a call for impact and change that should be dutifully carried on by the Senator you choose to represent you at CSULB, in our community, and further across our education system. Through training in public speaking, attending classes that focus on discussion and debate, as well as working closely with students of different ages and academic levels, I have gained first-hand experience on the struggles we come to encounter on a personal, social, and economic standpoint. My aim as your Senator is to utilize my skills and experiences in order to encourage more accessible food sources for all students, as well as to create lasting dialogue on short and long-term support for students struggling to find stable and hospitable living spaces. Vote for Opportunity and the Pursuit of Life.

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Stephanie Torres-52.90%-Elected

Hello fellow COB Students, my name is Stephanie Torres and I am a third year Business Management Major and I would be honored to serve as your COB Senator. I have been active in ASI for two years on the University Student Union Board of Trustees and also an active member and director for the Hispanic Students Business Association. Through such leadership roles, I believe I would be able to serve all of you very well. My plans for the academic year include:

  • A free and permanent closet that offers business professional clothes.
  • More accessibility to the dean for students to voice their opinions.
  • Planning for the future of COB and classroom upgrades
  • Making COB Students aware of resources on campus and bringing more resources and services to the COB area
  • More diversity within our faculty

I hope to have your vote and serve as your COB Senator! GO BEACH!

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Taryn Williams-46.27%-Elected

My name is Taryn Williams. I am a junior running for Senator of The College of Business. As a highly active business student, I am acutely aware of my fellow students’ concerns. My service in the Senate will be marked by my motivation to address these concerns & enrich the lives of others in the process. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the COB & prove my abilities as a leader.

My objectives are:

  • Alleviate parking difficulties for business students & parents that utilize the Child Development Center.
  • Work with professors & publishers to drastically reduce textbook costs.
  • Increase scholarship flexibility to meet the needs of nontraditional students.
  • Hold discussions with students to ensure that every voice is heard.

One of the reasons I am best qualified is my immense involvement on campus. In addition to being a President’s Scholar, I participate in the following:

  • Rising Scholars
  • Guardian Scholars
  • Pregnant & Parenting Students
  • Society for Advancement of Management
  • Student Center for Professional Development
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Brittney Lizarraga-43.15%

As a COB Senator, I would love to use my recourses and address student concerns within our college. I believe our college needs more diversity within the staff, professors, and student representation. As a Latina, students should also see have different representation within their leaders. This allows for a united, comfortable, and transparent environment to make all students feel safe within their college. My goal is to encourage other students to get involved and make a difference around campus. Another goal that I have is to make Business Students feel safe and have their concerns addressed no matter how small they feel it is. I want to eliminate that gap of concern and make students feel comfortable to ask any question. A great leader may not have the answers to every concern; however, I believe they always find a way to solve them.

#Vote Diversity, Solidarity, Unity

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Isabel Douvan-100%-Elected

I believe that student government is a bridge between the student body and ASI; the elected student senate allow students to ensure that their voices are heard and able to influence overall campus life. As a future teacher, I chose to enter this position to make a difference in the communities around me, and the College of Education is no different. I hope to continue working towards making the College of Education a stronger, more community-driven to serving its students and bringing our voices to the larger table of the campus. Our university has the capacity to continue and improve in its serving its students with needed and wanted programs and services. I want to be a part of those actions and further improvements and to be more of an advocate for student voices and concerns.

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Kiran Sajjan-58.43%-Elected

GOALS:

  • Work with Career Development Center to increase interaction between Professionals from the Industry and Students of COE.
  • Replace the existing calculators available in the COE with better versions.
  • Advocate for rights of International Students through CIE.
  • Work with Parking and Transportation to obtain long term solutions for parking and provide shuttle services to high density-off campus student residences.
  • Create awareness on Health Insurance coverage.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Since 2014, I volunteered my time with NGO’s-Make a Difference and Spoorthi Foundation.
  • Tutored students from underserved communities and organized fundraising events.
  • During my Bachelor’s, I organized cultural events, served as student secretary and treasurer for the Engineering Forum.

Today, at CSULB, I believe ASI is the best platform to channel my experience and represent students from the COE. I value your suggestion’s and appreciate feedback. I am Kiran Sajjan pursuing Master’s in Civil Engineering.

One of you for all of Us!!


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Yamin Yee-48.04%-Elected

I am Yamin Yee, a third year Computer Engineering student. I am running for Senator of College of Engineering because I am passionate about advocating for all engineering students. I currently serve as the COE senator and I am highly active on campus such as current USUBOT, secretary of AESB and NECA. Works I did for COE were providing staplers for the printers, adding Beach Value Station, encouraging students about the GEGR policy, promoting Coffee with Dean, and replacing better pink calculators. If I got elected, I will

  • Take a strong action upon club rooms to have their appropriate spaces
  • Write resolution to have better study area for students
  • Promote event - Coffee with Dean for College of Engineering
  • Provide more tables for left-handed students in classrooms

Therefore, I would like to continue my efforts to improve the College of Engineering to implement long lasting change.

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Aaron Chiu-32.55%

My name is Aaron Chiu and I wish to be your 2019 COE senator. As engineers, our main goal while in college is to take on the various difficult classes but also try to stand out outside of the classroom in order to gain internships and eventually find a good job in the workfield. For many of us, that mindset has lead us to rely on clubs to get involved in projects, research, and networking. Just like you, I have found out that many clubs are either forced to have less funding for their projects or lose their original club space and therefore have less club space by moving into new rooms with other clubs. If you choose me, I will focus on advocating additional funding from ASI to financially support our club organizations and push to provide additional space so our clubs can be brought to their full potential.

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Tyler Garcia-81.77%-Elected

My name is Tyler Garcia and I am a first year Kinesiology student in the college of Health and Human Services. I am running for senator because I am committed to advocating on behalf of all students as well as making sure their concerns and needs are being met everyday.

My Objectives are:

  • To build a strong relationship with college council
  • Build connections with dean and students through social events
  • Seek internship opportunities for students
  • Transparency amongst students and ASI through open communication and taking in the concerns/needs of students

I am qualified for this position because of my past experience in student government where I served as Clubs Commissioner in order to represent the school, clubs, and coordinates on campus. I currently serve as a representative for Beach Team where I have learned to develop my leadership skills and gain valuable knowledge about the inner workings of ASI.


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Cassie Cabading-46.11%-Elected

My name is Cassandra Cabading, I am a junior and am running for Senator for the College of Health and Human Services. I am running for Senator because I want to be the voice that represents both the needs and wants students may have. Furthermore, I aim to create change that will best benefit the student population and I believe representing the College of Health and Human Services in the ASI Senate would allow me to serve students in that manner.

My goals include spreading awareness among students in my college on issues they are dealt with today, creating an open and non-judgemental environment for students to express both their desires and concerns, and ultimately representing the College of Health and Human Services as ASI Senator.

Thank you for your vote, Cassandra Cabading for Senator of the College of Health and Human Services!

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Daniella Hernandez-77.52%-Elected

I currently serve as the ASI Commissioner of Cultural Affairs where I aim to increase awareness of the cultural diversity we have on campus. I’m also a member of the Social Justice & Equity Committee where we address social justice issues and campus climate. In addition, I have lobbied in Sacramento against tuition increase & for increased funding for CSU’s. As Senator of CLA, I want to continue to accomplish these objectives by:

  • Strengthening the ties ASI has with cultural groups on campus and forge new ones.
  • Advocating for students who face housing and food insecurities by collaborating with fellow Senate members to create policies that address homelessness
  • Create scholarships for homeless students
  • Increase scholarships for communities of color
  • Advocating for increased mental help resources

These objectives will allow for students to obtain a quality education, regardless of ethnicity or socioeconomic status. Education should be a right, not a privilege.


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Minoli De Silva-55.03%-Elected

Some initiatives I will pursue if elected, include the following:

  • Bridge the gap between transfer students and the campus community to help them better integrate into campus life, so they feel valued and recognized as contributing members of our campus.
  • Reform the SOAR trainings we have in place to maximize its efficiency for all students, but focused on transfer students in particular.
  • Advocate for accessible and size inclusive furniture within CLA specific buildings.
  • Expand exposure to the many resources we have to offer, including but not limited to the Beach Pantry, CalFresh, CAPS, and work to advance general wellness on campus.
  • Introduce more plant-based options on campus, taking into account the growing population of students with various dietary restrictions and preferences.

Our campus is evolving and I want to be a part of the change that will bring forth this representation.

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Judith Magana-65.55%-Elected

Hello! My name is Judith Magaña and, like many of you, I am a first-generation college student. I hope to serve on the ASI Board of Trustees to serve you. I will work tirelessly to make sure that your experience at CSULB is enriching, affordable, and overall memorable because this is where the future begins. We all possess great power with knowledge, and I will do all I can to make sure that all students have food, shelter, stress relievers, course materials, and the social support necessary to succeed in the classroom. I will value your opinions and voice your ideas so that together we can continue our journey to making The Beach remain barrierless.


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Anisah Ullah-55.27%-Elected

I am a fourth-year graphic design major with the drive to serve and advocate for students. I will work tirelessly to ensure student concerns are heard and acknowledged. I served as a senate representative on USUBOT this year and I got to see how the board functions. I would like to continue my work in student government as a part of USUBOT and advocate for students as well as promote transparency.

  • Strengthen student resources
  • Address Infrastructure issues
    • Falling ceiling tiles
    • Lack of water fountains
    • Accessibility for disabled students
  • Campus safety
    • Ensure areas are well lit
  • Transparency

I look forward to serving my fellow students and bettering our campus!

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Xan Balayan-53.12%-Elected

I’m Xan Balayan, a 3rd year student majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. I’m running to be one of your USU Board of Trustees, Trustees-at-Large! I currently serve as the Facilities Subcommittee Chair within the USUBOT, tackling issues such as repairs and maintenance of the USU and SRWC facilities — such as the stair grips installed by the reflection room and the 2nd floor outdoor patio — but also recommending better utilization of spaces in both buildings.

As one of your USUBOT Trustees-at-Large, one of my goals is tackling the issues of food insecurity on campus by developing sustainable relationships with local groceries, ensuring continuous support towards the Beach Pantry. Other than that, I want to increase accessibility and safety within the USU and SRWC through recommendations within the facility or any services we can provide both for the students of today and beyond.

Thank you for your support!


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Katherine Khiev-47.81%-Elected

Hello! My name is Katherine Khiev and I’m running for USU Board of Trustees. I am a freshman who is willing to step outside of my comfort zone so please don't undermine my ability to serve as USU Board of Trustees. One of my passion is to serve others and my community therefore, I am fully charged with determination to work hard and put in the time to serve the students at CSULB.

My objectives are:

  • To serve and be the voice for students.
  • To improve and create programs that benefit the students.
  • Seek out students feedback on facilities run by ASI.

Thank you! And don’t forget to smile! :)


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Bianca Rivera-47.61%-Elected

Hello fellow students my name is Bianca Rivera and I am running for USUBOT. As an active student on campus I want to continue to make changes for the better of the campus community. If elected I will strive to create a closer relationship between students and ASI. My goal is to have more students to utilizing the resources offered at USU and the SWRC and to provide services the students would like to have at both locations. May the academic year ahead of us be a prosperous one with great new changes ahead of us!


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John Fakava-19.81%

My name is John Fakava, a senior at the college of Business majoring in Human Resources Management, and I am running for the University Student Union Board of Trustees position. I am running for this position because I am on a mission to build community by helping others be successful. As a first-generation college student with involvement with the Association of Foster Youth and the Society for Advancement of Management, I hold this role near and dear to my heart. I am a proud advocate for higher education, for student parents, dreamers, foster youth, minorities, international students, and the community. I plan to establish affordable fees for students, ensure policies and procedures are just prior to approval, and budgets are allocated appropriately. In this role, I hope to build community with our students here at Long Beach State by providing students with the resources they need to be successful.

Keeping Sstudents First

The Associated Students Government Envisions

A student body engaged with the Associated Students and its programs, services and facilities.

Student representatives who actively seek the opinions, concerns, and participation of all students at California State University, Long Beach.

A student electorate who expects its representatives to take a student-centered approach using creative tactics to communicate with students on a face-to-face basis.