Major: Sociology/Multicultural and Gender Studies: Women’s Studies
Hometown: Tijuana, Mexico
Program Position: Associated Students Vice President of Facilities and Services
How did you first get connected with the Associated Students?
I first got involved with AS through the AS Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC) where I interned for two semesters, and found my passion for advocacy and feminism. During my internships I spent most of my time in the BMU learning about the different programs and services under AS. As a transgender student I was eager to be a part of the conversation on gender inclusive bathrooms in the BMU, and my friend encouraged me to run for VP of Facilities and Services to ensure I’d bring my voice to the table. (Proud to say we start construction in January!)
How would you describe your current role as the AS Vice President of Facilities and Services?
As the VP of Facilities and Services my role is to increase awareness of AS facilities such as the Student Union and the WREC, and to increase the visibility of our programs and services which, ultimately, are student fee funded. I also chair a fund allocating committee (SFAC) that gives students an opportunity to carry out projects that further our efforts towards sustainability. I’d say that more than anything, my role is to serve and advocate for the student body!
What does working for the AS do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Working for the AS has been a blessing. I have met with amazing student leaders across the CSU system through which I have gained a great appreciation for our campus. I have learned different perspectives on how to create change in an education setting. I have also learned that my voice as a student matters and that it is loud. Professionally, I have gained insight on how this corporation works being a not-for profit, and I have made great connections with amazing people from all around the University system! I would say that my experience in Chico wouldn’t be the same if I had never gotten involved with the AS!
What do YOU bring to the table in your position with the Associated Students?
I belong to several minority groups; I understand what it means to be left out when it comes to moving forward. Given the new remodel of the BMU, I will make sure that every student voice is heard and considered. After all, this is a building run with student dollars. I ultimately work for the student body, and I am held accountable to them. I bring my willingness to advocate for every single person who approaches my office with a concern either policy or facility related. I also always bring a smile! 🙂
What are your career plans and how does your job with the AS better prepare you for that path?
I plan to devote my life to fighting social inequality and advocating for human rights through the non-profit sector. Being a student leader has given me confidence in my abilities and an insight to what advocacy looks like, and let me tell you something: I’m excited! The best advice I can give to students is to GET INVOLVED! My college experience has been an amazing opportunity for growth, and I know that it wouldn’t have been the same if it weren’t for the programs I have been involved in. I can guarantee there is something for you somewhere in the AS, so don’t miss out on everything we have to offer!