Student Action announces final 6 candidates for ASUC Senate

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Student Action released its six final ASUC Senate candidates Thursday night for the 2019 ASUC elections, wrapping up the final day of the party’s three-day senate slate announcement.

The party welcomed Evina Wang, Jeremiah Kim, Melvin Tangonan, Carolyn Le, Jungmin Jenny Kim and Derek Imai as six of the 14 total candidates slated for the April elections.

Wang, a freshman studying public health and data science, intends to serve the East Asian and international student communities. An international student herself, Wang said she can relate to what other international students experience on campus.

If elected, she hopes to encourage internal support within East Asian student organizations and promote cultural exchanges within the international student community.

Campus sophomore Jeremiah Kim has been involved in more than 16 different dance teams during his time on campus. His platform is aimed at supporting the dance community, increasing funding for Registered Student Organizations and establishing a partnership between the campus and UC Berkeley performers.

“I want to help students find where they belong,” Jeremiah Kim said.

Tangonan, a sophomore studying political science, hopes to provide the Pilipinx community with more representation on the senate floor. As the director of Pilipinx outreach and development under the ASUC Office of the President, Tangonan has worked with the Multicultural Fund to organize cultural shows at Zellerbach Hall and other venues.

If elected, Tangonan hopes to support basic needs accessibility for students and ensure that the Pilipinx community is well-represented in the senate.

As a junior transfer student, Le aims to bring a new perspective to the senate. Her platform focuses on amplifying the voices of transfer students and assisting them in the housing process by expanding relevant programs within campus housing.

Le also hopes to advocate for mental health programs by working with the academic senate to incorporate mental health resources in the Golden Bear Orientation and the residence halls.

Campus junior Jungmin Jenny Kim intends to represent the Korean and international campus communities. Originally an international student herself, she now identifies as an immigrant student. Jungmin Jenny Kim added that having been a Korean international student and being a Korean-American, she believes she can bridge the culture gap between these two communities.

Imai, a sophomore studying public health, aims to channel his passion for health to tackle wellness barriers. As a resident assistant, Imai said many of his residents have voiced concerns regarding the new student meal plan, which provides 12 meal swipes a week — a number Imai called “ridiculous.”

He also hopes to support the campus prehealth community and increase transparency regarding mental health statistics.

“I really want to make places like Student Action more progressive,” Imai said. “I’m a proponent to social justice.”

Voting for the ASUC elections will be held April 8, 9 and 10.

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