Hi Everyone! My name is Heather Brandt. I come to you as a system-impacted, working student parent, and fierce advocate for equity. Like many members of our City College of San Francisco (CCSF) community, I deeply desire to create lasting change that will benefit current and future generations of California Community College (CCC) students like ourselves. I am aware of and understand the current struggles within the CCSF community and I would like to work together with you all to meet our goals.
In my time at CCSF, I have held various leadership roles. Currently, I am serving as the CCSF Student Chancellor and have previously served as the President of the Associated Students Council of Ocean Campus (ASCO). In these roles, I have worked to bring back CCSF from the pandemic and have been instrumental in returning a variety of services for CCSF students along with introducing new ones such as the Associated Student Bookloan Book Voucher. I chose to join the Associated Students out of love for fellow students in ALL of their entirety and a deep and serious commitment to OUR community. The driving force behind that has been my experiences and the barriers I have faced within higher education (which I know are not exclusive showing up, highlighting, and elevating students' voices and t, and elevate students' voices and their individual and shared experiences. In these roles, I also have worked closely with the current Student Trustee, giving me a wealth of insight into the responsibilities of the role.
I have also served as the Inter-Club Council (ICC) Representative and President of Student Parents United (SPU), a club on the Ocean Campus, that works to support student parents at CCSF. I currently work at the Family Resource Center (FRC), one of the only spaces on campus designed with student parents in mind. The FRC helped me understand the importance of growth and development. With this, I have advocated for the needs of student parents, like myself. This is important to bring up because building community is the foundation of CCSF. Although I am a Public Health and Social Justice major, I consider myself a lifelong learner and in my time at CCSF have taken courses across a variety of different disciplines.
My experience serving students has fostered my ability to learn, grow, and collaborate. For me the goal has always been to make sure we are meeting each other where we are, making space to listen to students’ voices, and working together to move forward. Leaders should be willing to listen to their community, learn from one another, and be inspired by YOU. The best leaders are eager to engage with those they represent and are a part of the community themselves. The best leaders are honest and transparent about their stren, like many, have made mistakes but and like many, I have made mistakes but I always learn from them and work not to repeat them. I am not perfect and never will be but I know that if afforded the opportunity I can be your leader. This is why I am humbly asking for your vote in my candidacy for CCSF’s Student Trustee.
For the past two years, I have also served as the Delegate on behalf of CCSF within the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC). In this role, I have worked to help set the legislative priorities for our Region. Currently, they are Food and Housing Security, Campus Safety, and Transportation. I have also aided in legislative advocacy on a variety of different Assembly Bills principally those related to Fare-Free Student Transit Passes (AB 1919 and 610). Later this month I will be testifying on behalf of AB 1275 in the hopes that students from ALL walks of life will be able to have access to student leadership roles. This year I along with other student leaders have drafted several resolutions on a variety of different topics such as Equitable Course Repeatability Process, Free Student Transit Passes, and Family-Friendly and Inclusive Campuses to name of few, all of which have gone on to get passed and will aid in setting the legislative priorities at the state level for the next academic term 2023-2024.
Outside of CCSF, I have 10 years of experience in the community at various Community-Based Organizations providing services to underrepresented and underserved communities. Helping others in any and all ways that I possibly can is at the core of my very being. It is the common denominator in the work I do. I can assure you that I practice what I preach and would like to continue that same passion for helping others to the best of my ability.
If elected, you will get what I am sharing with you here: honesty, open communication, compassion, leadership, collaboration, and authenticity. I care with an open heart about what happens to OUR CCSF community and about YOU and YOUR future. I understand times continue to be tough and I want to do my part in ensuring that we get through these challenging times together. I am so grateful for everything that CCSF has given me and look forward to the opportunity to give back. We have got a lot of work to do, let’s get this done! Thank you for your time and consideration.