CalSERVE releases executive candidate slate for ASUC elections

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CalSERVE released its executive candidate slate Monday night for the upcoming ASUC general elections after its sweep of all four partisan executive seats last year.

Current Cooperative Movement Party Senator Sheena Paul and CalSERVE Senators Wes Adrianson, Boomer Vicente and Kathy Tran will run for the positions of president, executive vice president, external affairs vice president and academic affairs vice president, respectively.

If elected, the four candidates plan to address communication and transparency between students and the campus administration as the campus develops cost-cutting measures to combat its growing deficit.

As president, Paul hopes to make the financial strategic plan inclusive of student input.

“Students aren’t in these conversations,” Paul said, adding that the campus shouldn’t keep the conversations within members of the administration. “(We have to) open up these changes to the entire student body.”

CalSERVE’s primary rival party, Student Action, released its executive candidate slate Feb. 21. Student Action’s slatewide platform addresses issues presented by the campus’s planned enrollment increases.

A junior majoring in history, Paul has worked on streamlining the sexual assault reporting process with the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination throughout her senate term. Paul wants to continue to ensure that the campus adheres to the sexual assault adjudication timeline Paul developed in order to allow survivors to “have clear knowledge of the standing of their case at any given date.”

Paul would also work on furthering consent and bystander intervention education. Paul wants to work in closer proximity with Gender Equity Resource Center, Student Advocate’s office and confidential care advocates.

Current ASUC President Yordanos Dejen and EVP Lavanya Jawaharlal previously ran with goals to enhance students’ UC Berkeley experience through the new Lower Sproul space.

A junior majoring in civil and environmental engineering, Adrianson hopes to continue in this vein to build the ASUC Student Union experience as executive vice president.

He also would aim to set up an ASUC alumni donation network and online system for student organizations to receive funding and continue advocating for both environmental and financial sustainability on campus.  If elected, Adrianson plans to establish an ASUC position to oversee institutional support for the campus food pantry.

“Students join organizations that often change their lives,” Adrianson said. “The reality is that many clubs and organizations have ambitions and dreams that aren’t always realized due to limited funding.”

Adrianson has previously worked to promote transparency in the campus’s real estate projects and private partners.

Vicente, a junior majoring in political science, previously helped create the ASUC housing commission. As EAVP, Vicente aims to continue efforts to alleviate the growing affordable housing crisis in Berkeley. He also plans to advocate further for subcontracted UC workers and encourage more conversations between the city government and the campus.

“(The city is) right down the street,” Vicente said, adding that he also plans to increase student civic engagement.

Having worked as a coordinator at the REACH! Asian Pacific Islander Recruitment and Retention Center, Tran would want to increase communication between the campus and student-led recruitment initiatives as academic affairs vice president in order to improve recruitment of underrepresented minority students.

Tran’s goals include establishing official student representatives in academic review processes to ensure student concerns are met. She hopes to expand the American Cultures requirement to include a wider range of disciplines, such as STEM fields. This action, according to Tran, a junior majoring in political science and Asian American studies, will motivate more widespread conversations about race and gender in the United States.

“How do I convince students advocacy is important?” Tran said. “How do I get people to care about diversity at a campus that already thinks it’s diverse?”

The ASUC elections are scheduled for April 4, 5 and 6.

Jessie Qian covers student government. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @jessieq96.

Because of an editing error, a previous version of this article incorrectly referred to Kathy Tran, on second reference, as a candidate for executive vice president. In fact, she is running for academic affairs vice president.