Marc Anthony Thompson
Hometown: Oroville, CA
Program Position: AS Commissioner of Multicultural Affairs
How did you first get connected with your AS position?
I was highly involved at my previous campus and I knew from day one that I would be involved with Associated Students in some capacity.
How would you describe your current role with the Associated Students?
I am the 2012-2013 Commissioner of Multicultural Affairs. My job offers a realm of possibilities for advocating diversity. My council allocates funds to students for events of their choice. As a council, we can put on events. My goal is to foster a safe learning environment. I want to get people in the same room to ask one another questions.
What does working in AS Government Affairs do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Personally my position allows me to grow at a pace in which I’m comfortable, but never allows me to be complacent; this position consistently takes all of my beliefs and makes me reevaluate why I hold certain perspectives, and shines the light on alternative perspectives. I love learning and growing. I don’t ever want to become stagnant. “A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person.”
Professionally my job enables me to rub shoulders with and learn from people who hold positions I can someday see myself going into, and there’s nothing better than the hands-on experience that allows me to get a feel for what that life will look like and how I can get there.
Academically my job encourages me to prioritize my time, and always reminds me that, although I am a student leader, student still comes first and I try to remember that when planning out my priorities.
What do YOU bring to the table in your position as Commissioner of Multicultural Affairs?
My experiences within the field of diversity makes me an incredible resource when it comes to planning programs and events of a diverse nature and getting outside perspectives on some of the issues that we face. Also my willingness to speak up ensures that those perspectives will always be heard and considered at the table.
What are your career plans and how does your job with the AS better prepare you for that path?
My career plans vary day by day, but ultimately I wish to be a professor of sociology in higher education, a diversity trainer, and a published author. I feel that these pathways enable me to reach the most people and inspire them to follow their hearts and become the changes they wish to see in the world. The AS allows me to understand what challenges are facing students today that I will need to be prepared to address both today as an officer and tomorrow as a teacher.