ASUC Senate discusses new chapter of Cal Alumni Association, meets Kate Harrison

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At its regular Wednesday meeting, the ASUC Senate heard from City Council District 4 candidate Kate Harrison, passed a resolution to charter the ASUC chapter of the Cal Alumni Association and moved two resolutions into committees.

Harrison presented during the guest announcements session of the meeting, advertising her platform and ideas to the senators. Afterward, the resolution to charter the ASUC chapter of the CAA was discussed briefly in immediate consideration before it was passed.

Harrison, who was an ASUC senator while attending UC Berkeley, said she presented at the senate meeting to gain feedback and to make herself more known to the current senators. She presented numerous aspects of her platform to the senators, including holding the university accountable for student housing.

“The No. 1 thing for me would be to get feedback and just get a sense of what people are thinking about right now,” Harrison said. “There are a lot of big issues on campus that reflect society as a whole.”

Student Action Senator Miranda Hernandez added the chartering resolution to the immediate consideration section at the beginning of the meeting, and no amendments were made to the resolution apart from the addition of more senators’ names to the list of co-sponsors.

The resolution creates the ASUC chapter of the alumni association and creates a board of directors for the chapter, stating that increased alumni involvement will help maintain a healthy relationship between alumni ASUC representatives and current representatives.

“Once we graduate, we can become part of this and it’s kind of a way to … retain institutional memory that gets lost,” Hernandez said.

The two new business resolutions — one reforming the Graduate Assembly contract process and another in support of UC Berkeley’s second Sexual Violence Conference — were passed into the Governance and Internal Affairs Committee and the University and External Affairs Committee, respectively.

If approved, the GA resolution would continue ASUC Chief Legal Officer Prathyush Parasuraman’s efforts to modernize and streamline bureaucratic processes within the ASUC. Since the resolution affects the GA’s contract process, Parasuraman noted that the resolution was passed by the GA and that it reflects language that they are comfortable with.

The second resolution asks that the ASUC support and try to institutionalize the second annual Sexual Violence Conference on campus, which will be hosted this year by the office of CalSERVE Senator Rosa Kwak after being established by CalSERVE Senator Aanchal Chugh the previous year. This year, the theme of the conference will be “Strength Through Healing,” and Kwak hopes to eventually gain the support of the UC Office of the President.

“This collaboration would be beneficial for the both of us and … should provide the legitimacy for this conference and the financial stability, and for it to continue on a UC-wide scale,” Kwak said.

Sakura Cannestra is the lead student government reporter. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @SakuCannestra.