Associated Student General Elections (Spring 2024)

Serving as an elected student leader is a great opportunity to advocate for the student experience at CCSF, develop your leadership style, and build life-long skills for career and personal aspirations. Below is the election timeline as approved by ASC Executive Council.

Elections Calendar | Spring 2024

Dates Time Description

March 11, 2024 

5:00 p.m.

Student Applications Available

April 7, 2024

11:59 p.m.

Candidate Applications Due

April 12, 2024

5:00 p.m.

Candidates Notified of Approval

April 16 & 17, 2024

Various times

Orientation for Candidates

April 18, 2024

8:00 a.m.

Campaigning Begins

April 22, 2024

April 23, 2024

1:00 pm - 2:00 ppm

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Town Hall for Candidates at Ocean & District - Wide

  • In-Person (SU 208 & Zoom)

Town Hall for Candidates at Centers & District-Wide

April 26 - May 7, 2024

Online

Elections Held

May 6, 2024

By 12:00 p.m.

Take Down All Campaign Materials

May 13, 2024 – or sooner

12:00 p.m.

Election Results Posted

Meet Your Associated Students Elections Candidates!

Below are the students running for an elected student leadership position for the spring 2024 election to serve for the 2024-2025 year:

Candidates for Student Chancellor & Vice Chancellor

Students First! Who better to represent students than someone who stands side-by-side with and for students. My name is Juan “Malinalli” Villalobos and I am running for Student Chancellor. I go by “Malinalli”, which is my Indigenous (Aztec) name. I am a student at CCSF with a strong academic 3.5+ GPA. My CCSF degrees include Associates in Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology, and Social Justice: Ethnic Studies, Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies and Latin American & Latinx Studies, as well as a certificate in Diversity & Social Justice and Gender Studies. I am a current graduate, who is continuing to work on my CCSF Associates Degree in Labor and Community Studies. I have extensive experience working and advocating for a diverse community population. Beginning as a youth and young adult, I have been doing community work, making sure the underrepresented communities have representation. I currently hold the position of Student Trustee at CCSF for a second term, all thanks to students who have believed in me and continue to believe in me. I have taken this opportunity of being elected to the Student Trustee position to be the voice of all students throughout the San Francisco Community College District at the Board of Trustees during the 2021 - 2023 academic year. I have learned so much during these two years. And if given the opportunity, I will continue to advocate for students as Student Chancellor. As demonstrated during my trustee term, at Board of Trustees meetings and all space I have and will continue to fight against any class cuts, any programs being cut, and any layoffs to our faculty and staff. For example at Camp Conlan, I camped outside of Conlan Hall (Ocean campus), along with Faculty, to advocate for faculty not to be laid off (No Pink Slips!) and for classes not be cut.

 For the past few years, I have been working with a grassroots, environmental and local community Organization, PODER (People Organizing To Demand Environmental and Economic Rights). During the height of the pandemic, one of our main goals was to provide the Community with food security through mutual aid, delivering food directly to people, (over 200 families) contactlessly. During the pandemic, I worked on a project “Masks for the Movement” which is a program that supported women garment workers to work from home and sew masks for the community. I made deliveries and worked directly with them to make sure they were taken care of. Besides local community volunteering, I currently work at the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST) Department as Peer mentor to students in the programs that we offer. Previously, I worked as a Family Advocate & Peer mentor at the Family Resource Center (FRC). And also as a Peer mentor at Students Supporting Students (SCUBE,) one of the Retention and Resource Centers at the CCSF Ocean campus. In my role as a Peer mentor for the different spaces, I work one-on- one with students who need support by providing not only academic support and student counseling, but also community and emotional support as needed. This gave me much opportunity to reach the community most in need, many who have  goals of a four year university and beyond. 
I am also a VASA member, which is another student success program that supports the Pacific Islander communities. VASA was one of the first programs I came across at CCSF. Working alongside the Summer Bridge program (a program that bridges new students to college learning and where my CCSF journey began) as well as with the Diversity Collaborative (which is a collective of departments that work together to overcome the achievement gaps and obstacles that many communities face) has allowed for intersectional learning. Being a part of the Diversity Collaborative has given me the honor to work with many communities and programs which include: African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST), Labor and Community Studies, Latinx Studies, LGBTQQI Studies, Philippine Studies, and Women and Gender Studies. We are many diverse communities who have come to CCSF for betterment of our futures and our communities.  Being a part of the Diversity Collaborative has allowed me to be a well rounded student who appreciates the many communities that CCSF represents. 
As a first generation college student, my goal is to transfer and achieve my B.A., & Ph.D. degrees, in order to be an educator. I hope one day to return to CCSF as an educator, to pass on my knowledge to the next generation of student community members. 

I am a student and community activist/organizer who advocates for undocumented/DACA(mented) & all students regardless of their immigration status. Helping students and the community is my passion and the reason I am running for Student Chancellor. 

Your Vote will count:

-Students First! → To advocate for students & their interest/needs in the most important decision making space at CCSF.
-Students First! → To ensure that students have an impactful role in the Participatory Governance (PGC) of CCSF by working on incentives for student service so that marginalized student voices can have a seat at the table and have communication with the Chancellor about their basic needs (via the Student Chancellor role).  This would also include advocating for Classes not to be cut or whole programs discontinued.
-Students First! → To develop a plan of action to further support our student resource centers and prevent disruptions to the vital services they provide our student body. This would be done by building  strong relationships with CCSF Administration and Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) council. 
-Students First! → To propose and expand  educational & cultural events of the diverse student population throughout the district. 

With much humility & excitement, I am running to be your CCSF Student Chancellor.
In Solidarity,
-Malinalli
(Juan “Malinalli” Villalobos)

Greeting CCSF community,

My name is My (Amelia) Khong, and I go by She/Her/Her pronouns. I am a student of color, LGBTQ+, a non-traditional/returning student currently pursuing associate degrees in Data Science and Social Work at CCSF since 2022. And, I am running for the Student Vice Chancellor position for the Academic Year 2024 - 2025.

In my current position (Student Vice Chancellor 2023-2024), I serve on behalf of students to raise voices to improve accessibility, inclusivity, and diversity at CCSF. As a regular voting member of the Participatory Governance Committee, I work directly with constituency groups including Staff, Faculty, and Administrative Team. At this committee, we talk about a variety of issues across all campuses and centers like student registration, budget issues, facilities, and so on. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, with the Student Trustee, Student Chancellor, and Student Treasurer, we serve as the Executive Leadership Team where we gather Student Representatives from all campuses and centers to the Executive meeting every Friday to share their issues. We invite cabinet members to come to the meetings to listen to students and have conversations. We bring to the table students' issues, let them share, and unify their voices ALL IN ONE to make changes. We help the constituency groups to understand students' challenges, and push them to take action to improve our experiences.

In my 2nd year of Student Vice Chancellor position 2024-205, I am hoping to strengthen the leadership team and improve the operation of the local centers. I aim to empower the student body government so they can bring their voices to benefit students because they are the ones who know best about their centers/campuses. I also want to promote and nurture a leadership environment where every student can become a leader to raise their voice for change. While CCSF has more than 50 committees such as Participatory Governance, Academic Senate, Taskforce program, and so on; students' voices only happen at a few committees due to a lack number of student representatives. As a district-wide position, I hope to spread out the students' voices in every aspect of campus. I believe that students' voices must be considered in decision-making procedures about students. As a result, we together can create an open learning environment where students can get equal access and opportunities to learn and transform themselves for a better future.

With my experience of working in the non-profit sector for more than 10 years and a unique set of skills in Budget, Project Management as well as 2.5 years serving as the Student Leader at the CCSF community, I believe that I can continue to provide help and guidance to bring the best for students. Moreover, coming from an underprivileged background has given me experience in understanding deeply the underserved population, I hope this can help me to raise my voice for the diverse population at CCSF. As a result, I am asking for your support to vote for me as a Student Vice Chancellor for the Year of 2024 - 2025. I hope to continue my service to take action, make changes, improve CCSF, and bring the best student life experience to everyone.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact me at studentvicechancellor@mail.ccsf.edu.

Your VOICE will be HEARD because I will take ACTION!

My (Amelia) Khong

Candidates for Student Trustee

As I embark on this journey to serve as a student trustee at City College of San Francisco, I am fueled by a deep-seated passion for leadership, community engagement, and the transformative power of higher education. Throughout my academic journey, I have always naturally gravitated towards leadership roles within the classroom, and now, I am eager to challenge myself by taking on positions with even greater responsibility.

My decision to run for office is not only driven by a desire to expand my leadership horizons but also by a genuine yearning to connect more deeply with my college community. As someone who has primarily experienced college through online classes, I recognize the importance of fostering a sense of belonging and engagement among students like myself. I want to bridge the gap between virtual learning and campus life by actively involving students in events, activities, and initiatives that make our college experience richer and more fulfilling.

City College San Francisco holds a special place in my heart because it has played a pivotal role in shaping my life and aspirations. I am constantly inspired by the diversity of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds that make up our college community. I firmly believe that higher education should be accessible to all individuals, regardless of their socio-economic status or background, and I am committed to advocating for policies and initiatives that promote inclusivity and equity within our institution.

Moreover, I am deeply passionate about making college education more engaging and meaningful for students. By actively participating in student government, I hope to contribute to the creation of a dynamic and vibrant campus environment where learning extends beyond the confines of the classroom. Whether it's organizing cultural events, promoting sustainability initiatives, or advocating for resources that support student success, I am dedicated to making our college experience both enriching and enjoyable for every student.

As a former foster youth, I've experienced many barriers that students can face in their journey towards their higher education goals. I have sat through family court advocating for myself for as long as i could remember, and i plan to use those skills to advocate for the students of CCSF. I am familiar with sitting through hearings that have monumental impact on peoples lives. I think my foster youth experience is an important quality i carry and it's a quality that cannot be overlooked when describing myself. I will bring my unique perspective to the student trustee position with dedication to creating a better college experience for all students.

In running for office, I bring to the table a unique blend of leadership, transparency , and a genuine desire to serve my fellow students. My experience in leadership roles, coupled with my commitment to community engagement and higher education, positions me as a strong advocate for the needs and aspirations of the student body. I am confident that, if elected, I will work tirelessly to represent the voices of my peers, foster a sense of unity and belonging on campus, and contribute to the continued growth and success of City College of San Francisco.

Together, let us embark on this journey to create a brighter, more inclusive future for our college community. Thank you for considering me as a candidate to serve as a student trustee.

Hello Fellow Students,

My name is Heather Brandt, and I am honored to address you as a candidate for the position of Student Trustee at City College of San Francisco (CCSF). I bring to you a commitment forged in my experiences as a systems-impacted, working student parent and as a fierce advocate for equity.

Like many of you, I am deeply invested in creating lasting change that will benefit both current and future generations of California Community College (CCC) students. Recognizing the challenges within our CCSF community, I am eager to collaborate with you all in pursuit of meaningful transformation.

Throughout my journey at CCSF, I have served in various leadership roles, including currently as your Student Trustee. Previously, I have served as Student Chancellor and President of the Associated Students Council of Ocean Campus (ASCO). In these capacities, I have played a pivotal role in revitalizing our campus post-pandemic, reinstating essential services, and introducing initiatives such as the Associated Student Bookloan Book Voucher. My decision to engage with the Associated Students stems from my deep love for our diverse student body and a sincere commitment to our community's well-being.

As the President of Student Parents United (SPU), a club dedicated to supporting pregnant and parenting students, I have gained valuable insights into the unique challenges faced by student parents. My work at the Family Resource Center (FRC) has further underscored the importance of community-building and advocacy for the needs of all students.

While my academic focus lies in Public Health and Social Justice, I am a firm believer in lifelong learning, evident in my interdisciplinary coursework at CCSF. My experiences in student leadership have honed my ability to learn, grow, and collaborate, always with a focus on amplifying student voices and fostering inclusivity.

As a current member of the Board of Trustees (BoT), I have contributed to vital resolutions and initiatives, including those supporting LGBTQ+ rights, environmental sustainability, and pregnant and parenting students to name a few. Additionally, my involvement in various collegewide committees and statewide organizations demonstrates my commitment to advocating for student interests at every level.

Beyond CCSF, I bring a decade of experience in community-based organizations, serving underrepresented and underserved communities. My dedication to helping others drives my work, both within and outside of academia.

If re-elected, I pledge to uphold values of honesty, open communication, compassion, and authenticity. I am deeply invested in the well-being of our CCSF community and am committed to navigating these challenging times together.

I am immensely grateful for the opportunities CCSF has provided me, and I am eager to continue giving back. Together, let us embark on the work ahead with determination and unity. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Chinatown/North Beach Council

Hello Everyone!

I’m Petrina Ruth Pledger. I’m originally from India. I lived in the United States since 2018. I’m a Mother Student in CCSF currently taking ESL non credit classes and my majors are Real Estate and Fashion. I have a background education on Master in Business Administration in the stream of Finance and Human Resources & A Diploma in Educational Development of Childhood & Montessori Teacher’s Training from India. My Pursuing Passion is Dance that brings me joy and fulfillment that’s important for my overall well-being.
I describe myself as a Resilient and Goal Oriented Leader. I joined the ASC as a Senator and Ambassador DTN from Spring 2023 -24. Currently I serve as the Student Treasurer in AS Executive Council. All I love about ASC and AS Executive Council is the Leadership we fight for students gets education to all citizen and immigrant students. I’m inspired in my journey here in CCSF community. I deeply desire to create small change that would benefit the future generations and understand and be aware of the current struggles in the community. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
My dedication and passion for serving the CCSF community shines through my works. It’s evident that I committed to making a positive impact and ensuring that every student's voice is heard and valued. My mission to ensure student voices are heard and my vision of creating a safe and supportive environment for all students.
I will ensure our voices will be continue to be heard on behalf of the community. As a Student Governor I will make sure every students feels safe to learn and grow and transform to become the better version of themselves. I’m Proud to be a part of CCSF and serve the community in a better way with love and kindness to everyone.

I was born and raised in Ukraine and moved to the US to study and to pursue new job opportunities as UI/UX Designer. Recently I became a mother and it has been very challenging to study or work with a child. It was great to discover Child Development classes at Chinatown Campus where I can learn with my child, meet other amazing and creative moms from different parts of the world. After talking to other moms at the College, I decided to run for the City College Associated Student Government to make some improvements to Chinatown Campus, to help other students to connect with people from different background, cultures, and countries and make new friends.

In the past, I worked on some art exhibitions, organized fashion shows, creative photoshoots, worked on large sculpture installation projects with different teams, and participated in art events in Ukraine, Hungary, USA and Singapore. As an active member of Ukrainian community as well as an accomplished artist I would like to help other students to establish themselves and encourage creative enthusiasts to work on group projects on campus. It is my goal to make Chinatown City College a vibrant and creative place where students stay after classes, collaborate on creative projects, get a lot of inspirations from it’s beautiful environment, encourage each other to study and achieve great results. Hopefully in the future my child will be taking classes at this branch and my hard work will help to make this location to become one of the most amazing places to study in California. 



Some of my ideas to improve this City College location are centered around:
- building a community by participating in group projects, to discover the power of working/creating/learning together, providing a sense of connection and belonging (start a community garden, encourage more students to form social clubs based on different interests, start student challenges/competitions/collaborations)
- beautifying cafeteria, lobby and other campus places (adding bright and colorful conners, place art, sculptures, plants or other inspirational centerpieces)
- creating a vibrant and motivational environment, encouraging students to shine (organize students art exhibitions, dance and other fun activities, student fashion shows and performances)
- helping students with kids to continue their education, providing resources and support for parents who want to continue their education or to change careers (starting Chinatown child care service similar to Ocean and Mission campuses, provide information about state funded child care programs for student-parent, organize yoga classes focused on doing yoga with a child together, organize stress management meditation activities focused on parenting)
- unlock growth in various areas by bringing people with same interests, to build strong connections and to make a positive impact (work on sustainability program for City college, reducing it’s carbon footprint, provide more support for people with disabilities and learning challenges, volunteering, etc)


This opportunity gives me a chance to be involved in the College social life not only to share my creativity, experience, and enthusiasm, but also to show my cultural connection and my Ukrainian roots.

Ukrainians have been struggling for freedom and identity for centuries and especially now when the country is at war it’s important for me to share Ukrainian history at international and cultural events and talk to my newly made student-friends about the beauty of the land, our songs, literature, the warmth of the people, and our long cultural heritage.

My name is Nanako Ito. I have been studying at CCSF for about a year. Born in Tokyo, Japan, after graduating from university, I worked in a Japanese company for five years. Due to my family's relocation, I moved to San Francisco last spring.

I have decided to run for the position of Treasurer of the CCSF Chinatown/North Beach Campus Associated Student Council.A treasurer plays a crucial role for the healthy operation and growth of an organization. I am prepared to invest my experience, knowledge, and passion to fulfill this responsible role.

Reasons for Candidacy

Since last spring, I have been studying at CCSF and am currently taking two ESL classes at the Chinatown Campus where I am learning English and American culture as well. When I participated in an event organized by the student council at Chinatown campus, I found it to be very enjoyable and I noticed that other students were also having a good time. Moreover, I realized how essential this student organization is for many students.This experience made me have the desire to become a part of the student council, contribute to the school's development, and collaborate with other student to support school improvement project and organize student events.I have previously been involved in organizing school festivals so have confidence in contributing to this kind of organizations that is operated by students. Additionally, working within the community college organization, where students come from diverse backgrounds and identities, provides me with an opportunity to gain new perspectives and knowledge, which I believe will enrich my life.

Experience and Qualifications

Before coming to the United States, I worked as a corporate worker in Japan for five years. There, I acquired fundamental knowledge of accounting and understood the importance of financial management in organizations. In pursuit of advancing my career, I obtained a bookkeeping qualification in 2019. While my practical experience may not be extensive, I have acquired the necessary accounting skills, such as expense management and budget planning, and aim to further enhance them in the future. Based on this, I am confident that I can appropriately manage and produce results in the treasurer tasks for the upcoming term.

Financial Transparency and Budget Management

I believe that financial transparency and responsibility are extremely important for an organization. A treasurer should ensure organizational trustworthiness and integrity through accurate and transparent financial reporting. I look forward to fulfilling my accounting duties, establishing a clear financial reporting system, and maintaining the financial soundness and transparency through regular meetings with the student council and faculty advisor.

Additionally,I believe that efficient resource allocation and budget management are essential for organizational success. To achieve optimal use of the budget and allocate resources for our Associated Student Council development, I will actively engage with students who plan an event and student club members, taking a multifaceted approach from a fair perspective. Additionally, I will review existing expenses and budget management and discuss potential cost reductions when necessary.

I promise to fulfill the role of treasurer with passion and commitment,always working towards financial management. I will strive to meet your trust by leveraging my experience, knowledge, and sense of responsibility.

Lastly, I believe in contributing to the prosperity and success of the school with my vision and goals. I sincerely ask for your support and cooperation.

Nanako Ito

Hello, I am Oscar Santiago, originally from Chile. I have resided in San Francisco for four years now. Since 2020, I have been enrolled in English classes at City College. I am pursuing the position of Secretary for the CCSF Chinatown/North Beach Campus Associated Student Council. The role of a secretary entails documenting the minutes of all meetings, managing records of Council correspondence, maintaining a list of active members, and overseeing publications and publicity related to the organization. Serving as a secretary in the AS Council will enable me to undertake various essential tasks.

Why I Want to be Secretary
I have been a part of CCSF for some time, primarily attending ESL classes. Upon learning about the student council, I began attending meetings and found it easy to engage with other students regarding campus matters. This inspired me to join and contribute. Having participated in school meetings and events previously, I have a basic understanding of the operations. Interacting with students from diverse backgrounds offers me the opportunity to acquire new knowledge. The prospect of being part of an organized group is exhilarating and drives me to evolve and enhance my professional skills for future challenges, being secretary will give me a great opportunity to learn new skills and contribute to the student community in different activities for city college but mainly for the students, because we will be their representatives before the different student centers.

My Experience
Before moving here, I worked at a technology company in Chile for twelve years, where I honed my communication, teamwork, and task execution skills. In 2015, I was promoted to project manager. In my most recent role, my team developed an innovative application for clients in Chile and Peru. Team collaboration simplifies tasks. My last position taught me the importance of time management, meticulous planning, documenting meetings and agreements, and communicating effectively with various departments. Working as a team is very important not only to meet objectives efficiently but also to learn from all team members. As secretary, I can apply these skills on the AS council to help the group achieve its goals. As secretary, i can support to our student community at city college chinatown/north beach campus

What I’ll Do as Secretary
I am excited to support the student council in its endeavors. I commit to fulfilling the responsibilities of the secretary role diligently. I am enthusiastic about being an active member of this community and contributing to its improvement. In my view, mastering a second language is not only a means of communication and connecting with diverse individuals globally, but it also presents a daily challenge for me. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to pursue education in my 40s. This position holds significant value for my personal and professional growth, as the knowledge and skills I acquire and refine will enable me to make a positive impact on society.

Oscar Santiago
 

Downtown Council

My name is Alex Soldatenko, and I am running for the role of President of the ASC Downtown for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. As an immigrant living in the US for 1.5 years, I've faced challenges common to newcomers, such as feelings of overwhelm and isolation, a lack of confidence in my English skills, difficulties in job searching, limited understanding of cultural nuances, and uncertainty about my future.

Discovering ESL classes at CCSF was a turning point for me: it wasn't just about language, I found a supportive community and regained my voice. Inspired by this, I aim to ensure every student is heard and supported.

My vision is to continue foster a dynamic and supportive environment at the Downtown Center, where students of diverse backgrounds receive the necessary support to reach their personal, academic, and professional goals.

Over the last 1.5 years, I have been deeply engaged in campus life: serving as an ASC Downtown Senator and Ambassador, being a part of the Fun-Fun-Fun club's organizing team to foster a welcoming community through events, actively participating in outreach for the college-wide Leadership Fireside Chat, coordinating VOTP recruitment—a CCSF program aimed at developing career-related skills, and promoting awareness of various services available both within and outside the college to enhance student opportunities. Additionally, I volunteer with two non-profit organizations: one providing leadership education for those working on social impact projects, and another helping immigrants or individuals with career gaps build their career paths in the US.

I'm excited about the opportunity to apply my skills and experience in serving the Downtown Center community as the next ASC Downtown President. Thank you for considering my candidacy.

John Adams Center

Hello fellow students,
I am excited to announce my candidacy for the position of President at the John Adam Center. My name is Jialing(Chloe) Lian, and I am eager to share my journey with you.
I am originally from China, I began my CCSF experience in 2022 with ESL classes. The challenges of adjusting to a new language and culture were significant, but the support I received from my peers and instructors made all the difference.
During my time at CCSF, I have been actively involved in student government, serving as a senator at the Downtown Center and later as Vice President at JAD. These roles have provided me with valuable insights into the needs and aspirations of our students.
My major is nursing, and with eight years of work experience behind me, I have had the opportunity to develop a range of skills, including communication, leadership, and teamwork. I believe my experience can be valuable in fostering collaboration with students toward our goals.
As a candidate for President, I am driven by a passion to support and uplift my fellow students. I am committed to listening to your concerns and advocating for positive change within our community.
Thank you for considering me for this important role. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you and contribute to the continued success of CCSF.

My name is Taeko Tateno. I am originally from Tokyo, Japan.
I am a senior ESL student, and I have been a CCSF non-credit and credit student for
a while. I have served as an ambassador at CCSF Downtown Center since the fall
semester of 2022. I have been actively involved in a wide variety of student activities
over the last few years. Now, I would like to put my energy into John Adams Center so
that I can support the future medical providers that our community so greatly needs. I
recently learned that John Adams Center is focused on medical providers. This is an
interest and passion of mine, so I look forward to supporting the community of students
of the medical field.

I have a broad experience working in Tokyo in different occupations such as product
sales support in Sony Corporation, bilingual sales communications in a German
affiliated pharmaceutical company, apparel brand license coordinator in a French
brand affiliated company and others. Here in San Francisco, I have worked with
young international students who came here to live and study in different fields. As an
agent for the international students from Japan, assisted them with placement in
private residences, I-20 applications for student visas, matriculation in local diverse
areas of their home life, student life, and in their acculturation to the bay area colleges,
and visits to various necessary facilities. I was responsible for their overall wellbeing
with their new life here in the bay area, and I was also responsible for keeping the
overseas agency up to date about their progress. This varied experience will allow me
to work with students as they prepare for their professional life. My past professional work experience in Tokyo and San Francisco will probably help me contribute to the AS activities in John Adams Center.

Ocean Council

Hello Everyone! I'm Jenny Thach, and I'm excited to announce my candidacy for the position of President of the Associated Student Council of Ocean Campus. Since joining CCSF in the fall of 2023, I've been passionate about enhancing the student experience and contributing to the vibrant community here.

My journey at CCSF has been one of growth and dedication. In my first semester, I had the privilege of serving as a senator and a member of the Public Relations (PR) Committee. Through these roles, I gained invaluable experience in logistics management and promotional strategies. Building on this foundation, I was honored to be selected as the vice-chair of the PR Committee and also became a member of the Rules and Regulations (RnR) Committee starting Spring 2024. It allows me to deepen my involvement in student leadership and expand my impact on campus. In my capacity as a leader, I've led by example, ensuring that all committee members are well-versed in CCSF's branding guidelines and advocating for the effective management of office hours to maximize productivity and accessibility for students. Through collaboration and teamwork, I've helped shape policies and initiatives that reflect the needs and aspirations of our student community.

Looking ahead, I am eager to take on the role of President. My vision for the student council is rooted in inclusivity, diversity, and empowerment. I believe that every student deserves a voice and a seat at the table, and I am committed to ensuring that all voices are heard and valued in our decision-making processes. As President, I will work tirelessly to increase student participation on campus through a wide range of engaging events, activities, and initiatives. Whether it's organizing cultural festivals, academic workshops, or community service projects, I am dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for students to connect, learn, and grow together.

Furthermore, I recognize the importance of collaboration and partnership in achieving our shared goals. I will actively seek out partnerships with campus centers, resources, and student organizations to bring innovative projects and learning opportunities to our campus. By leveraging our collective resources and expertise, we can create a more dynamic and enriching experience for all students.

In addition to fostering student engagement and collaboration, I am committed to addressing the concerns and needs of our student body in a proactive and responsive manner. I will establish clear protocols for obtaining feedback, evaluating concerns, and implementing effective solutions. Whether it's advocating for improved campus facilities, addressing safe public transportation challenges, or promoting sustainability initiatives, I will work tirelessly to ensure that the interests of students are at the forefront of our agenda. Beyond addressing immediate concerns, I am also committed to laying the groundwork for long-term success and sustainability. I will invest in the professional development of our student leaders, providing training, seeking mentorship, and support to help them grow and thrive in their roles. By building a strong foundation of leadership and teamwork, we can ensure the continued success and effectiveness of ASCO for years to come.

In brief, I believe in the power of inclusivity and diversity, and I am committed to ensuring that every student's voice is heard and valued in the student council. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve as President of the Associated Student Council of Ocean Campus. I am inspired by the potential of our student government to make a positive impact on campus and in the lives of our fellow students. Together, let's build a stronger, more inclusive, and vibrant community where every student has the opportunity to succeed and thrive. Thank you for your support, and I look forward to the journey ahead!

Hello, my name is Jimmy Guan, and I will be running for the student government President position at CCSF’s Ocean Campus for the academic year 2024-2025. I’m currently a second-semester sophomore with one full year of experience as Vice President and a semester as senator during my freshman year. Since enrolling in CCSF, I’ve explored various leadership opportunities from positions on the student council to coordinating positions. I've helped at our school's honors societies on campus such as AGS and Alpha Beta Gamma. Each position helped prompt me to develop different organizational skills as well as practice public speaking during our club panels and events. I'm proud to have been part of our school council for the past two years and I aim to further improve our student exposure and engagement to our opportunities on campus moving forward. Though there is much good that we have done, I think there is much more work to be completed to better the student body of CCSF.

I’d like to share more about myself as a student as well, I don’t believe that the President is above any other student and I’d like to be treated as an equal. I was born and raised in the Bay Area and graduated from Lowell High School in 2022. I’ve worked with many clubs and organizations as an officer or member within CCSF such as the Alpha Beta Gamma Honors Society, Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society, and College Leap. Professionally, I’ve worked as a pho restaurant waiter at Mama Tran’s and an activities assistant at SF Post Acute. On a personal level, I love to work out, spend time with friends and loved ones, cook, draw, and stay busy! Academically, I’m majoring in Business Administration and I’m exploring a career in Sales. Short-term goals! I sincerely hope to gain more experience and obtain my associates before transferring to a four-year university. Long-term goals! I hope to develop deeper friendships and meet new people while concurrently finding my way in life.

If elected as President, I hope to establish a stronger sense of community at CCSF and become more transparent with the student body. As one of the largest community colleges in California, it’s a bit saddening to find out that so many students just go home after classes and don’t have a clue about the various opportunities that CCSF offers. I’d like to make opportunities such as joining clubs, available help from resource centers, on-campus jobs, speaker events, other internal events, and external off-campus opportunities more publicly available, apparent, and accessible to all students. I understand that pre-pandemic, there was a far stronger sense of community and more student activity with clubs and organizations. I’d like to slowly return to those times, so that all present and future students may enjoy a prosperous and enriching experience here at CCSF. To create more transparency, I’d like to work with my fellow council members to create methods to effectively publicize student government office hours and any legislation or decisions we make. I’d like to do so while simultaneously allowing for much appreciated student or public input so that we may properly represent the student body.

From what I’ve learned by working with the past two student councils, is that the role of the president must be able to hold themselves accountable for all the council’s decisions or actions, regardless of who is at fault. Keeping tabs on deadlines and staying organized is another necessary trait of a president. Oftentimes during my time as Vice President, I felt the need to remind the council of advertising opportunities on time and being on schedule. The president should also be able to properly facilitate discussions in terms of equal opportunities to express each other's opinions but also be able to keep track of time during these council meetings. Finally, I believe that the president should have the experience and ability to train all members of the council properly in terms of parliamentary procedure, the Brown Act, and further necessities.

Thank you for the opportunity for me to present myself through my statement. I understand that the mission of the student council is to ultimately provide all students regardless of background, a voice and to earnestly improve the overall student experience. I hope to properly do so and represent the student body effectively. I wish all candidates the best of luck and that they may finish this semester strong.

As an aspiring candidate for the CCSF Ocean Council President, my commitment to represent and advocate for the student body is driven by a deep understanding of our collective needs and a vision for a more inclusive, supportive, and dynamic campus environment.

My journey at CCSF has been both enlightening and transformative. Engaging with peers from diverse backgrounds, participating in various student-led initiatives, and overcoming the academic and social challenges that come with college life have all fueled my desire to serve. I am running for office because I believe in the power of student leadership to catalyze positive change. Our campus is a mosaic of talents, ideas, and aspirations, and I envision a student council that harnesses this diversity to foster a culture of collaboration, equity, and excellence.

My platform is built on three core pillars: inclusivity, support, and engagement. First, I am dedicated to promoting inclusivity by ensuring that every student feels seen, heard, and valued. This means advocating for policies and programs that accommodate the needs of all students, including those from marginalized communities, international students, and non-traditional learners. By working closely with administration, faculty, and student organizations, I aim to create a more equitable campus where diversity is not just acknowledged but celebrated.

Second, I recognize the critical importance of providing robust support systems for academic and personal development. I will push for expanded mental health services, tutoring and academic advising, and career counseling to empower students to achieve their full potential. In today's challenging times, it is vital that we prioritize our well-being and equip ourselves with the skills needed for success both inside and outside the classroom.

Lastly, engagement is key to building a vibrant campus community. I plan to initiate and support programs that encourage student participation in campus life, from leadership workshops and guest speaker series to cultural events and sustainability projects. By increasing opportunities for involvement, we can strengthen our sense of belonging and pride in CCSF.

My commitment to you is rooted in a belief that together, we can overcome any challenge and seize every opportunity for growth. With a focus on transparency, collaboration, and action, I promise to listen to your voices, represent your interests, and work tirelessly to make our shared vision a reality.I humbly ask for your vote, not just for me, but for a brighter, more inclusive future for our CCSF community. Together, let's make a difference.

Hello, my name is Ariel Mejia, and I am from Nicaragua. This Spring semester marks my first enrollment for credit courses at CCSF. Initially, I began my educational journey as an ESL Non-Credit student at the Downtown Center, where I became acquainted with the serve, contribution and work of student government. Currently, I proudly hold the position of Vice-President of the AS Downtown for the 2023-2024 academic year. This period of service has catalyzed exponential personal growth in me. Involvement in student government has immersed me in dedicating myself to the community and supporting students.

With a strong blend of intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence, coupled with a natural inclination toward empathy, I find genuine satisfaction in representing and advocating for others. I am proactive in serving my community, viewing CCSF as both my educational institution and immediate environment, thereby considering its students my community. Thus, I am keen to utilize my knowledge, time, and presence to support them. Should ASCO offer me the opportunity to take action, I am prepared to seize it wholeheartedly.

I am seeking the senator position at Ocean primarily because most of my classes are held at the Ocean Campus. With my experience in student government, I believe I am equipped to serve as a senator and engage with a broader student population. I consider myself a strong candidate for this role, recognizing the valuable opportunity it presents for personal growth. The senator position serves as a mediator between ASCO and students, and I am committed to supporting students in their journey while showcasing the offerings of CCSF. Additionally, I aspire to enhance my English language skills and forge meaningful connections through this role.

However, involvement in student government requires more than a mere inclination to assist others; it demands dedicated effort and unwavering commitment. In my role as Vice-President of the Downtown Center, I cultivated effective and professional communication with various participants, including students, faculty, deans, staff, and administrators. Additionally, I took charge of planning and drafting meeting agendas in collaboration with the President and Faculty Advisor, alongside regular attendance at Executive Council meetings. Through these responsibilities, I learned the importance of nurturing strong interpersonal relationships while honing organizational skills to ensure tasks are completed in a timely manner.

Furthermore, my areas of expertise lie in creativity, organization, and introspection, which prompted my interest in the ASC Downtown. If elected as a senator at Ocean, my goal is to enrich the council's creative endeavors to captivate students' interests. Utilizing my proficiency in graphic design, color theory, and editing applications, along with my experience as the VP & Social Media coordinator at the ASC DTN, I am confident in my ability to make meaningful contributions to the team. Creativity is my forte, and I approach tasks with a methodical and artistic mindset. Coupled with my dedication to serving others, involvement in student government offers me a platform to serve the community while honing my professionalism.

In conclusion, my journey at CCSF has been one of growth, service, and dedication to the betterment of our community. As I aspire to take on the role of senator at Ocean Campus, I bring with me a wealth of experiences and deep readiness to serve the needs of our student body. With a strong foundation in clear communication, leadership, and creativity, I am eager to contribute to ASCO. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent and advocate for my fellow students, and I am committed to working profoundly to ensure that their voices are heard and their needs are met, to foster growth, inclusivity, and success for all. Thank you for considering my candidacy!

Sincerely,

Ariel Mejia

Greetings, my fellow students. I am currently an international student, one among the masses of students walking around the campus daily, who sometimes forget to remember that our voices not only matter but are appreciated. And it’s only fair that we forget. We are all grappling with our issues, while making time for classes, also trying to navigate through the sea of resources that CCSF has to offer, yet are dispersed. Trust me when I say I have had more than my fair share of problems as a first-semester freshman, having to wade through the vast campus, alone and clueless. I believe that has ingrained in me the kind of empathy that can relate to common problems students face regardless of their backgrounds or beginnings.

Halfway into the semester, I now find myself working at the registration center, helping out my fellow students. I’m happy I got to save them the troubles and errors that I myself and a lot other students go through and spare them anxieties that might arise. It didn’t take long to realize that my help would be limited to the time I could work in the office and that there was no better place to leverage my impact than the Associated Student Council itself. I’m more than thrilled by the prospect of like-minded student advocates with their focuses concentrated and their impact being multiplied by collective will and efforts towards entire student population. I’d like to work towards campus-wide solutions to strip away common issues and inconveniences that we regularly face. Beyond this, I’d love to work towards making the campus more lively and thriving because, after all, most of us are in our 20s or about to be and our time on campus in CCSF should be part of the time of our life.

On a side note, I must also unashamedly admit that my motivations also stem from the need to connect better with my fellow students and to expand my network beyond my classmates. In this light, I better spend my time trying to connect not just myself with others but all students with all their fellow students on campus, in and out of the classrooms. I would also love to work to amp up the college spirit.
I may not be the best candidate for these aforementioned monumental tasks but I’m willing to go the distance. I’m willing to not just do my best but do what it takes to reach the stated goals. There’s a high chance that these goals are nowhere near being materialized during my term in the office, if elected. And yes, I get it; good things take time and I promise I will at least be able to plant the seed for progress that our posterity can carry on.

Dear fellow students, Thank you for making it this far. I am Aung Khant, a (biomedical) engineering student, a former medical student back in my country, with extensive experience in teaching and administration and leading a charity club through Covid-19 second and third waves.

Running for student council is a decision that requires a lot of thought and consideration. It is an opportunity to serve your fellow students and make a positive impact on your school. As a student and member of ASCO for the past year, there are many reasons why I want to run for student council, and in this essay, I will discuss them.
Firstly, I keep working with ASCO because I am passionate about making a difference in my school community. I believe that as students, we have the power to create positive change, and I want to be a part of that change. Through my involvement in various school clubs and activities, I have seen firsthand the impact that student-led initiatives can have on our school. For the past year, I gave ASCO my best and participated in as many things as I could. Being the first female-identified senator of the month, I can say that at times it was challenging to attend to all my responsibilities and still be a pro-active member of ASCO but I always worked hard for my school community! 
Secondly, I want to continue to be part of ASCO because I believe that I have the necessary skills and experience to be an effective leader. Over the past year, I have developed skills such as communication, organization, and problem-solving, which I believe will be invaluable in my role as a member of the student council. It’s worth mentioning that I attained or further developed these skills through my participation in ASCO. Additionally, I have held leadership positions in various clubs and activities, which have provided me with the experience necessary to lead and motivate a team of individuals.
Thirdly, I want to run for student council because I want to be a voice for my fellow students. I believe that every student deserves to have their voice heard, and I want to ensure that every student's concerns and opinions are taken into consideration when decisions are being made. By being a part of ASCO, I can listen to my peers' concerns and represent them on a larger platform. This is an important responsibility that I take very seriously, and I am committed to representing my fellow students to the best of my ability.
Lastly, I want to run for as a senator because I believe that it will be a rewarding experience that will help me grow as a person. As a member of the ASCO, I will continue to have the opportunity to work with other students, teachers, and administrators, which will help me build valuable relationships and expand my network. Additionally, I will have the chance to develop skills such as teamwork, decision-making, and problem-solving, which will be valuable not only in my school life but also in my personal and professional life.
In conclusion, I want to run for as a senator for ASCO because I am passionate about making a difference in my school community, I believe that I have the necessary skills and experience to be an effective leader, I want to be a voice for my fellow students, and I believe that it will be a rewarding experience that will help me grow as a person. If elected, I will work tirelessly to represent my fellow students and create positive change in our school community. Thank you for considering my candidacy, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve as a member of the student council.

 

I am running for senator because I want a platform where I can have a positive effect on as many people as I can. This is my first semester at City College, and the thing that has become immediately apparent to me is how diverse the school is, in terms of age, race, gender, orientations, experiences, and every other possible category. Having just transferred in from a university where such diversity was lacking, this is a welcome breath of fresh air, as I feel like I have more to learn from the people around me here. But with a greater variety of people comes a greater variety of challenges, challenges that I would like to understand and help address in any way I can. I believe a position as a student council senator is the next logical step in achieving this goal, as it puts me in a position to listen to the needs or desires of other students and work with others to help address them as best we can. 

I am no stranger to this kind of environment, as I have served on several teams, boards, and organizations over the years. From smaller roles such as being a board member / media coordinator for a club at my prior university, to serving on volunteer and community outreach teams throughout high school. I love collaborating with others, getting to know the community around me, and particularly thrive in positions where I can creative-problem-solve. These ventures also taught me to communicate with a variety of people, effectively balance varied personalities in a group, and how best to get the messages of those groups out to others for the sake of recruitment and collaboration. I am also very passionate about advocating for mental health, communication and conflict resolution. This is not only because I am a psych major, but also because these are the kinds of problems I see college students struggling with the most often in one form or another. Keeping up with college level academics is hard enough, but compounded with balancing a job, family responsibilities, preexisting mental health struggles and whatever individual struggles students may have associated with their backgrounds, I believe that any / every small act or resource to aid students' mental states can make a huge difference. I also think that much of this starts with advocating for healthy communication, which is a skill that has not had nearly enough attention brought to it, considering it can help people prevent conflicts with those around them and advocate for their needs. 

Fortunately, these are things I have experience advocating for in the past. I have often been the one having to mediate disagreements among the teams I have been on in order to reach a compromise, and many of those teams have had the express purpose of advocating for mental health resources for students. Even smaller things such as the Star Wars club (where I served on the board) in my previous university helped me advocate for mental well being by creating a safe space where students could make friends, bond, and take a break from the pressures of school work. If I am able to become a senator, I plan to leverage my skills and past experiences to collaborate with my team as well as the larger City College community in order to prioritize students’ mental health and communication skills. To accomplish this, I hope to learn from those around me, not just so I can help them, but also anyone I meet in the future who shares their challenges. 
 

As a first-generation college student of Mexican descent, I am running for the Associated Student Government because I believe that every student deserves a voice and an opportunity to be heard. I know firsthand the struggles and challenges that many students face, particularly those from underrepresented communities, and I am committed to advocating for their needs and concerns.

One of the primary reasons I am running for the Associated Student Government is to advocate for diversity and inclusion on campus. As a person of Mexican descent, I understand the importance of representation and inclusion for students from diverse backgrounds. I want to work with the administration and student organizations to create programs and initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. I believe that every student should feel welcomed and supported, regardless of their background or identity.

Another reason I am running for the Associated Student Government is to improve the student experience. College can be a challenging and stressful time, and I want to ensure that students have the resources and support they need to succeed. I want to work with the administration and student organizations to create programs and initiatives that provide academic, emotional, and social support for students. This can include initiatives like mental health resources, academic tutoring, and social events that help students build a sense of community and belonging.

Furthermore, I am passionate about advocating for affordable education. I understand the financial burden that college can place on students and their families, and I want to work with the administration to ensure that students have access to financial aid and scholarships. I want to ensure that students have a clear understanding of the financial aid process and that they are aware of all the resources available to them. Additionally, I want to work with the administration to reduce the cost of textbooks and other educational materials, making education more accessible for everyone.

Lastly, I am running for the Associated Student Government because I believe that every student deserves to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives. As a student representative, I want to ensure that students are informed about the decisions being made and have the opportunity to provide input and feedback. I will work to ensure that the administration is held accountable for their actions and that they are transparent in their decision-making processes.

In conclusion, I am running for the Associated Student Government because I am passionate about advocating for diversity, inclusion, affordable education, and improving the student experience. As a first-generation college student of Mexican descent, I understand the challenges that students from underrepresented communities face, and I am committed to being their voice and advocating for their needs and concerns. I believe that every student deserves to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives, and I am ready to work tirelessly to ensure that all students are heard and represented.
 

The student council is a group of students who are elected to represent their peers and help make decisions that impact the school community. Being part of the student council is an exciting opportunity to serve others and make a positive difference in the school. Being a senator for the Associated Student Council of the Ocean Campus this last semester has shown me how important this is and what a great impact student leaders have in the school community. 
There are several reasons why I want to continue being part of the student council. First and foremost, I believe that it teaches you the skills and abilities necessary to be an effective leader. So far, I have learned great things! I am a good communicator, and I am comfortable speaking in front of groups. I also have strong organizational skills and am able to manage my time effectively. These skills will be valuable in my role as a student council member, as I will be responsible for organizing events and communicating with my peers.
In addition to my leadership skills, I am also deeply committed to serving others. I believe that it is important to give back to the community, and I have been involved in several volunteer projects over the years. By being part of the student council, I will have the opportunity to serve my school community and make a positive impact on the lives of others.
Another reason why I want to be part of the student council is that I am passionate about improving the school. I believe that there is always room for improvement, and I want to be part of the team that works to make our school a better place. This may involve advocating for changes to school policies, organizing events that promote school spirit and community, or working to address issues that are affecting students.
Finally, I believe that being part of the student council will help me grow and develop as a person. I will have the opportunity to work with other students who share my passion for leadership and service, and I will be challenged to think creatively and critically about the issues facing our school. I am excited about the prospect of learning from my peers and developing new skills that will serve me well throughout my life.
In conclusion, I want to be part of the student council because I am a natural leader who is passionate about serving others, improving the school, and growing as a person. I loved helping in all the committees I’ve worked with and I am confident that I have the skills, abilities, and dedication necessary to continue to make a meaningful contribution to the student council. It’s been a great joy to be there every Wednesday from 3-5pm working towards the change I want to see in CCSF. I look forward to the opportunity to serve my school community in this important role and continue to work with the Associated Student Council of the Ocean Campus. 

Fellow students,
My name is Travis Ezell, and I I am seeking your support to represent you and make a difference in our campus community as a Senator. 
My decision to pursue higher education was driven by a desire for a better quality of life and a stable career. I understand the importance of education and the potential it holds for each of us. As your senator, I will work tirelessly to ensure that all students have access to the resources and support they need to succeed academically and personally. My unique background and experience have instilled in me a strong sense of adaptability, resilience, and determination. I am passionate about creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all students, regardless of their backgrounds or experiences. I understand that each of us has a unique story, and I am dedicated to ensuring that every student feels heard, respected, and valued.
As your student government senator, I am committed to:
1.    Advocating for student interests and needs: I will be your voice, ensuring your needs and interests are prioritized in decision-making processes, advocating for improved resources, support systems, and opportunities for all.
2.    Enhancing the campus experience: I will work to create an environment that promotes a sense of belonging, engagement, and collaboration among students through events, supporting clubs, and celebrating diversity and inclusion.
3.    Strengthening connections between students and the local community: I aim to bridge the gap between students and local organizations, facilitating collaboration for the betterment of our community.
I am asking for your vote because I have the resilience, determination, and empathy to serve as your student government senator. I promise to be an advocate for our shared goals, enhance the overall campus experience, and contribute positively to our local community. Thank you for considering my candidacy, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve you.
Sincerely,
Travis Patrick Ezell

Emilio Gomez

Hello, my name is Emilio Gomez, and this Is my second semester on CCSF Ocean campus! I want this position to help build my resume and networking skills! Every adult should know how to build those critical skills. It's especially prudent for me to learn how to connect with my peers and build good rapport since my desired career field makes having such skills a necessity. Fun fact, I used to hold the student council president way back in middle school. Although that may not count for much now, I hope to bring the same, If not more, enthusiasm to this senator position as I did during my time as a small president! A little about my background, I was born and raised here In San Francisco for about as long as I can remember! My alma mater Is Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, and I was a part of the World Music department. Although I am not pursuing a career in music or the arts, the lessons about intersectionality, diversity, and close cooperation have stuck with me. I was part of a more prominent family rather than a simple class of students. So, when transitioning from that to CCSF, I felt a whiplash and emptiness from the vibe of these classes.
Even the blandest classes at Ruth Asawa had some spark or sense of community within them. I found myself alone, tired, and not speaking to anyone else in most classes last fall. It feels understandable when I realize most of my peers utilize this space as a stepping stone for their future academic careers. Generally, most younger students of my age only focus on transferring to another school and use this space to fill out their IGETC and associate for transfer major or double major requirements. The rest are either using this institution to return to the education system to further their already established careers or gain a new one.

I am also here to transfer to another school. It's a genuinely intelligent decision with loads of benefits that save on financial costs, In addition to a metro scholarship that helps give further financial aid In support of my transfer. It means I'm on a full-time schedule, which can be challenging. Some people, however, as I mentioned before, have significantly taxing plans, as dual majors or stem majors can undoubtedly attest, In addition to the possibility of also working full time on the side. My point in this conjecture Is to conceptualize why people like me may feel very isolated in this school environment. Students are likely too worried about themselves and achieving their goals to connect with one another. Class at CCSF is generally not an ideal environment to foster personal connection. To a degree, most students and even teachers want to get things done and get the heck out, which makes sense for various reasons (I always do it, honestly). If elected Senator, I will brainstorm with the new council and find ways for CCSF students to connect online and in person. Even If they're only here to transfer, I want to give people better opportunities to make genuine connections with their peers outside the classroom. I know clubs already exist for Ocean Campus, but they have a couple of issues. Mainly ones relating to a lack of general knowledge about their existence. But also, the clubs we have, according to the list on the website, while being very helpful for resume building and scholarship opportunities, sound like they could be more fun and engaging.

I don't mean to offend here. Many things can be fun for tons of different people. However, It sounds to me like 3/4ths of our clubs are just extracurricular classes without the benefit of credits. And while that is very important and helpful for those willing to sink their time into those kinds of opportunities, I feel there Is room for more conventional clubs that focus on more conventionally "fun" or engaging topics. This idea has great potential to foster genuine connections with students—a gaming club for board games or video games or an anime/animation show-watching club. There could also be clubs that exist to watch and discuss famous tv Shows such as RuPaul's Drag Race or Law and Order SVU, which could also Segway into more educational stuff on a genuine interest basis. The bottom line is that I want to focus on creating spaces where students will want to spend time with each other—discussing relevant or generally engaging topics that are more conventionally "fun." I want to elaborate on my ideas further. If I get into the student council, please consider me If you want to help foster real connections! 

Hello, My name is Richelle Restauro. I am running for an Associated Student Council student senator for City College of San Francisco. I am majoring in philosophy and paralegal studies. I know that becoming an Associated Student Senator for City College of San Francisco is a serious commitment and that there will be challenges ahead. However, I believe that my dedicated, dynamic, and driven nature will help the Associated Student Council of City College become a better place. I want to represent the students at City College of San Francisco and take account of their opinions to ensure that every student feels included in the school. I will strive for excellence to see the Associated Student Council succeed and make changes on campus. I want to vote to appoint ASCO officers, vice presidents, and community representatives to oversee its affairs, policies, properties, and conduct so that City College can become a better place for students. I want to learn more about parliamentary procedures for conducting efficient meetings. I look forward to attending ASCO general council meetings and working with all officers present. Where I can deal with all public inquiries, concerns and comments addressed, and committee updates on relevant topics. That way, students can come up to me about their issues, ideas, or general concerns regarding the direction in which college policy should keep going, which ones should stop, and create guidelines that will help the student on campus. I plan to work with students, faculty, administration, staff, and other Associated Student members to carry out duties such as office, meetings, activities, events, and fundraising. So I can help make it easier for students to access important information about the events and news on the City College Campus and encourage them to participate in events by assisting and coordinating in coming up with ideas and activities that will benefit City College of San Francisco. I plan to utilize social media, creating flyers and showcasing the student government's work to encourage and gain student participation in City College events. With more student engagement, we could gather exciting ideas to allow students to experience a strong supporting community. I aim to lead and spread all campus events to students about upcoming school activities, especially the Associated Students meetings. That way, students can learn more about the established projects from the Associated Students Council of Ocean Campus. I understand that every student in City College has different needs and comes from cultures. I will do everything I can to know the problems that each student at City College is going through during their educational journey, so I can take steps to shrink their hardships. I plan to work hard to listen to the concerns of the students, and I will take pragmatic action to help improve student life on campus by listening to their recommendations and resolutions they have. To find a way to allocate resources to allow students to ensure that every student can succeed and fulfill their goals by engaging with all my fellow students to develop a prosperous and inclusive atmosphere where every student can flourish academically and socially. Thank you for taking the time to read this statement, and I hope to work with you as your senator.
 

Mical Yonas

I have always been a part of student government since as early as I was able. In 8th grade, when I was first permitted to run for office, I ran for the position of Secretary of Ecology. In my freshman year of high school, I ran for and was elected to be the Freshman Class Representative. In my sophomore year, I helped found the People of Color Student Union. At my second high school, I was on the Board of Student Representatives after two months of being at the school. My driving force for joining these councils, unions, and boards is my dedication to justice and the well-being of students like you and me. I believe can make a positive impact here at City College. My goal is to create more public dialogue and connection between the administration, faculty, the student government, and students here at CCSF. 

The pandemic truly affected my ability to feel connected and inspired within my communities. I used my first two semesters at City College to find some footing and remind myself of why I wanted to go to school in the first place. I say this because I know that many students at City College feel similarly and many continue to struggle with the after-effects of COVID-19. I’ve dedicated a lot of time to connecting with teachers and counselors and they have dedicated a lot of their time to me. Through their support, I’ve been able to join with people in the community who are dedicated to our success and I’ve been able to create relationships with those people. I am confident that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of the educators, mentors, and counselors that I’m fortunate enough to have on my team. 

Alongside my positions on student councils, boards, and unions throughout my educational career, I have continued to stay involved in the community.  I am a college success mentor, under the illustrious and wonderful Amber Strauss, who is one of the people I have on my network of educators. That means that I assist my mentor in connecting other students with scholarship and grant opportunities, directing them to receive basic needs at the Sparkpoint Center, and doing whatever else we can to help students succeed. A year ago I would not have expected to be where I am today. As I said, the pandemic was very hard on me, as it was for many, many people. The teachers and counselors I met in these first few semesters are the sole reason I am where I am. Amber Strauss, Scott Lau, Megan McCarthy, Dr. Gregoria Cahill, and Robert Clark are some of the rock stars that I’ve been fortunate enough to have on my team.  The power of mentors, teachers, counselors, and educators is severely overlooked and my objective on the Associated Student Council would be to connect every single student with a counselor, mentor, or educator that they connect with. Far too many students in my College Success class haven’t met someone who tethers them to their education. They have no personal connection to their college community and when they are hit with hardships, they end up giving up. 

I didn’t know about the ASC until a few months into my fall semester but once I found out about it, I knew immediately that this was something I want to be a part of. I think I might have had an easier time adjusting to college if I felt like I had people on the journey with me. I want all of us students to have an opportunity to connect with someone. Whether that be a professor, peer, or a random librarian you see every day on your way in, our goal is to connect.

My dedication to justice is the main reason I know I would be an asset to the Associated Student Council. I have never one to be an accomplice to injustice, no matter the gravity of the situation. I grew up with a single, immigrant mother who has always been a role model of equity carried with grace. My commitment to what I believed in is rooted in all areas of my life. To turn a blind eye to the disparity and areas of improvement that CCSF can make is simply not what I believe in. 

I spent a few weeks debating on whether or not I should apply to be a student senator. I know from first-hand experience how frustrating being in student government can be. That said, the possibility that I can help connect my peers with what they want to do in life and help them take the steps to get there, is worth much more than the politics and grievances of any institution. There will always be people who aren’t being properly represented by administrations and the ASC makes noise for every single one of those students. I want to be a part of that.

Thank you for your time, I hope to hear from you soon.

Best,
Mikal Yonas

There are a couple of reasons as to why I am interested in running for the Associated Student Council. First of all, I want to be part of something that can bring improvement and change to the CCSF community. I’ve seen the events that the student council has hosted, and I am very impressed. Not only that, but I believe that the events help improve the community around CCSF. For example, during Unity Day, it was the first time I’d seen such a large crowd gathered around in CCSF. When I first attended this school, I assumed that junior colleges lacked a social life, but I was very wrong because of the abundance of clubs. By joining the student council, I hope to be part of the planning and preparation of these events. I think event planning will also help me be more creative and heighten my problem-solving skills.
I believe that by joining the student council, I will be a part of something more. This will be my second semester applying, and I can say that for the short amount of time that I’ve been here, it has definitely been an enjoyable experience. Integrating myself into the council was awkward at first. However, once I got to know everyone, I realized that there are great people on the council. Of course, being on the council comes with more work and responsibilities nonetheless, I am sure that it is all worth it. I am acquiring skills that I cannot find anywhere else. I have always lacked communication and speaking skills, but being on the student council has helped me improve. This is also a great leadership experience that only a few people get to take part in.
The student council has unquestionably unlocked a part of campus life that I didn’t expect. There are many opportunities and issues around CCSF that I was clueless about. I would’ve missed out on work fairs and unity day if I wasn't a part of the student council. After graduating high school and choosing the junior college route, I expected to just breeze through junior college and transfer to a four-year program without making many friends or memories. But here I am cherishing the time I am enjoying with my fellow council mates. Being a part of the student council will also help me improve my transfer resume. I think that being on any student council is highly esteemed, so this will undoubtedly aid my success rate in getting into a competitive 4 year program. I joined the student council pretty late, and I feel like I haven’t been able to accomplish much yet. I want to join again to hopefully do more things for the community. Everybody wants to make changes to improve the community around them, but they soon realize that by being by themselves, they can’t make much of an impact. I believe that by being a part of the student council, I am able to let my voice be heard.

I have decided to run again for office for the next school year because I genuinely enjoy the role and responsibilities I had as a senator this past semester. I never thought I would be a senator; however, in the fall semester of this year, I was a member of the abg club, and I attended Unity Day in the fall of 2022 because I wanted to earn some community service hours. I volunteered without knowing anything about what I was getting into or what I was supposed to do. On Unity Day, I was wandering around when I happened to bump into the Vice president, Courtney, and she introduced me to ASOC as well as showed me around. After chatting with her, I was able to find that there were still spots open for senators, and she strongly encouraged me to take part. I was leaning towards not taking it since I thought, as a senator, I should be interested in making policies, but I remembered the joy I had on Unity Day, and I’ve never seen CCSF be so lively and filled with people. At that moment, I knew I would love to be a part of the Associated Ocean Student Council. Not only did I want to help out with Unity Day but with other events as well. During my first semester as a senator, I met many super sweet and nice people. Everyone was super helpful and welcoming, making me feel like I belonged at this school. As a senator, I’ve joined the Finance and Campus Enrichment Committee, which I thought was super interesting. I’ve never thought about or even noticed the behind-the-scenes work of student events, but after I joined the campus enrichment committee, I was able to help plan, organize, and coordinate events. On the other hand, in the finance committee, I was able to get an insight into the schools' and resource centers’ budgets for the upcoming year. When I joined these committees, I didn’t know what to expect, but now that I’m a part of them, I’ve been able to learn so many new things. Serving as a senator this spring semester, I was able to help out Unity Day’s task force and got an insight into every little thing. I’ve noticed all the little things that go into making an event happen, including all the logistics, finances, and planning. Not only did I help out with Unity Day, but I also took part in the Thrift Swap event, which allowed me to meet a lot of new people. There were more people than we intended to participate, and we were lucky to get lots of positive feedback from people who stopped by. They informed us that this was an amazing event and that they would like to see more in the future, which was one of the reasons I decided to join the ASOC. I was happy that our event was able to bring more people out onto the campus and have everything go back to before the pandemic when the campus was lively and filled with fun events and people. 

I decided to run for office as I find the Associate Student Government a place to learn and grow. As of this past semester, I was able to have in hand more experience along with other members about the student council and the responsibilities that come with it as a senator position conveys much more importance for the student body and City College. I decided to run for office as I would like to be the representative voice of students’ needs and concerns and find solutions to these issues, but as well expand our campus enrichment and capability of reaching to students and their importance to the school. As a student of City College I would like to expand the accessibility of resources and opportunities to new incoming students to welcome them to the campus community and the opportunities they can find at our community to reach their full potential. As of today I find it very difficult for students to be aware of all the resources available to them but also the job, internships, and aid resources that are available, and for this I had decided previously to make this a goal for the student council as well as myself to make this more accessible. I would enjoy to work with other members of the community and council to improve our installations and our availability to resources as well as expand our knowledge to the rest of the campus through events but as well to enjoy my time in there to continue growing.