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

Headshot of Candidate Christina Michaud

Currently studying Library Science at City College of San Francisco with an A.S. degree expected in December of 2024. 8 years of experience researching public policy issues and advocating for disenfranchised populations. Looking for a position where I can combine my recently acquired library science research skills with my passion for social justice and advocacy. My experience being on the boards of various nonprofit organizations in several different roles as a chairperson or board member has given me a broad perspective on what is needed, in terms of policy and legal awareness, in order for a group to act with maximum lasting impact and efficacy. In whichever role I obtain, I wish to continue to make a difference in my community as well as encourage others to use their voice to participate and engage in meaningful matters around them.

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

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.

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.

Chinatown/North Beach Council

I’m Jianhua Li (Ava). I have been taking classes at Chinatown campus for 1 year. I have helped organizing activities on campus this year. I want to continue to help students. Please vote for me!

Downtown Council

My name is Nhi Pham. I am originally from Vietnam. I started to study at CCSF in 2019. I was a non-credit ESL student, and now I am a credit student, and my future goal is to achieve my A.A. degree and B.A. degree to become an elementary school teacher. When I came to the U.S., my dream is to complete my B.A degree as a first gen which I still needed to finish in Vietnam. However, when I first came to the U.S., I couldn't even order coffee because the barista couldn't understand me. Also, some of my community members told me to go work at a nail salon or a factory instead of continuing my education. I appreciate any job, but working at the nail salon or factory wasn't my passion. My dream is to be a teacher and be in the education field. I felt discouraged and did not belong in the new country. I found CCSF because I wanted to improve my English to communicate daily. I didn't think I could register for credit classes. 

However, CCSF has provided so many opportunities for me to learn English and beyond. I have registered for ESL 7/8 class and ESL 9, and earned VOTP (Vocational Office Training Program) certificate. In addition to that, I challenged myself and became a student facilitator for many clubs and events. I understood how important it is for a student to participate in college events. I have been actively participating in organizing the events. I have become a student facilitator for Fun Fun Fun Club and Leadership Fireside Chat event. The Fun Fun Fun club is the center wide event, and we hold many fun activities and parties for students. The Leadership Fireside chat is a college-wide event. We invite guest speakers from outside of CCSF to share about leadership. I have learned about leadership which I have never known before. I was a shy student, and by participating in many events and activities, I overcame my shyness and got a sense of belonging in the U.S. I gained so much knowledge and built my community here. 

CCSF has changed my life from a shy student and a student who was afraid of involving leadership. I thought a leader was a bossy person. NOW I realize that a Leader is someone one who helps other people and makes positive changes in people's lives. I started being more active working in a group and more motivated to become a better version of myself by taking more responsibility and engaging more with the team. In Fall 2020, I became an ASC Downtown Senator and I had the honor to become the new DTN ASC Secretary. I can see leadership in action by being in ASC. 

Now my new definition of leadership is this: Everyone is a leader. Being a leader is actually supporting other people. And being' involved in a leadership position is where your voice is heard the most. And where you can make a positive contribution and difference! My leadership experience at CCSF has totally changed my mind and my life.

CCSF has empowered me to continue my dream and given me my voice. I want to pay it forward. I want to use my voice to advocate for students, especially new immigrant students like me.

My name is Alicia Zheng, and I am originally from China. Since last October, I have been living in San Francisco, and I am currently a student at the CCSF Downtown Campus. As a newcomer to this warm and supportive community, I have been struck by the way that people from different backgrounds come together to share experiences, knowledge, and their passion for building essential skills to establish a life here in the United States. This shared objective has given me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and try new things, and I have grown in ways that I never thought possible. As someone who is passionate about making a positive impact within my community, I am excited to run for the treasurer position in the Student Association Council Downtown campus. 

As a Finance and Economics major, I have developed strong skills in budgeting, financial management, and project management. I have been serving as treasurer since February, and in the past three months, I have assisted with budget discussions, coordinated with the school administration, and collaborated with student event organizers to secure funding and reimbursements. Additionally, I have actively participated in the Fun Fun Fun club as an organizer, gaining valuable experience in working with diverse classmates from various cultural backgrounds. 

I believe our DTN campus is a warm and supportive community, and I want to continue to dedicate myself to building a heartfelt, strongly bonded, and supportive community. Specifically, I have three main objectives for the upcoming academic year as treasurer.
First, I aim to enhance the communication and discussion on budget topics within the council, including how to use it efficiently, and drive budget execution to optimize its effectiveness. For instance, I plan to initiate discussions and related financial processes about procurement as soon as an event or a purchasing requirement is decided in a timely manner. By doing so, I believe we can execute the budget more efficiently and make positive changes to our community.

Secondly, I aim to establish a transparent and user-friendly expenditure process, to alleviate the financial burden on event organizers who currently have to use their own money and wait for reimbursement. To achieve this, I plan to facilitate the purchasing process for activity owners, leveraging my knowledge and expertise in financial management. By streamlining the reimbursement process and improving transparency, we can enable event organizers to focus on creating meaningful events and activities for the community. 

Third, I aim to implement a budget tracking process to ensure that our community, council, and school administration have a clear understanding of our financial status. I plan to utilize my project management skills and online document suites to create tracking documents that cover the planning, execution, and closing stages of each event. These documents will allow everyone to easily view the budget assigned for each activity, as well as the process and payment status of the expenditure. This will provide transparency and accountability to our community, building trust and fostering a sense of responsibility for everyone involved in our events.

I am committed to utilizing my skills and experience to serve the Downtown campus community and work collaboratively with my fellow officers to achieve our shared goals. With my passion for financial management and community building, I am confident that I can make a positive impact on our community as treasurer. Thank you for considering my candidacy, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve as treasurer of the Student Association Council Downtown campus.

I am excited to announce that I am running for the position of Secretary at CCSF Downtown Campus. I am confident that I have the skills, experience, and dedication necessary to be an effective leader in this role.

During my time as the President of my high school's Associated Students organization, I had the opportunity to work closely with a diverse group of students, staff, and community members. This experience allowed me to develop a deep understanding of the needs and concerns of my fellow students, as well as the broader community.

One of the most important lessons that I learned as a student leader is the importance of effective communication. I realized early on that in order to be an effective advocate for my fellow students, I needed to be able to understand their concerns and ideas in a clear and concise manner. This skill has been invaluable in my work as a student leader, and I believe it will be equally important in the role of Secretary at CCSF Downtown Campus.

Another critical skill that I developed as a student leader is the ability to collaborate with others. Working on projects and initiatives with a diverse group of individuals is not always easy, but I have learned how to navigate these challenges by fostering an environment of open communication, mutual respect, and shared accountability. I believe that these skills will be crucial in my work as Secretary, as I will need to work with my fellow student leaders, staff, and faculty to achieve our shared goals.

Lastly, I am deeply committed to creating a positive and inclusive campus environment. As a student leader, I will work hard to ensure that all students feel welcome and include, regardless of their background or identity. I believe that this commitment to inclusivity will be especially important at CCSF Downtown Campus.

If elected as Secretary, I will bring my skills, experience, and dedication to this role. I am elated about the opportunity to work with my fellow student leaders to advocate for the needs and interests of our community, and to create positive change at CCSF. I am confident that with hard work, collaboration, and a commitment to inclusivity, we can build a stronger campus community.

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve as your Secretary.
 

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,
I am Jaafar Ben Khaled. an international student from Tunisia. Currently I serve as an intern for the Associate Student Council and work as the Fundraiser Coordinator for Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society, which is one of the largest clubs on campus. I am seeking the position of President of the Associate Student Council as I believe it presents the next natural step in my personal growth and development. I joined CCSF during the last semester and was struck by the lack of student participation in campus life. As President of the associate Student Council  my goal is to increase student participation on campus, by focusing on creating more opportunities for students to get involved in campus life. Additionally, I aim to close equity gaps and make higher education accessible for all by advocating for policies and initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion, and accessibility, such as scholarships or financial aid for low-income or underrepresented students. I am also passionate about increasing accessibility to  public transportation. However, I will do my best to serve all the students and to fight for causes that impact everyone. I will make sure that all students’ voices are heard.

Hello my name is Jimmy Guan, I'm a second semester freshmen with one semester of senatorship experience. Before I came to CCSF, I was a student at Lowell High school. Some things I like to do on my free time are; working out, drawing, running, and occasionally cooking. What attracted me to reapply as a senator, is because this is one of the greatest opportunities that CCSF offers for me to further develop growth as a student leader and a participant in my community. I would be extremely regretful for not choosing to use my time to better my community and gain necessary knowledge and skills in leadership. The student council itself is a great community itself, as I grow side by side with other young leaders. I think it's great that they can freely express their opinions, ideas, concerns, and solutions with one another so that they can ultimately bring change to our community. I understand that the associated student council exists to serve all CCSF students by providing them a voice as well as earnestly improving the student experience. If appointed as senator again, my goal as senator would be to actively protect the best interests of all of our fellow students, which goes for both in-person and online students, and also importantly, in consideration of our future students who come after us. To do this I will actively vote and raise questions and concerns in accordance to protecting said student interests. I will also devote time to council meetings and all events as I've previously done. I will do all this with little to no bias and in a responsible and fair manner. I will also apply my artistic abilities to the Public Relations committee, in order to help our events succeed. I will also continue to participate in other committees and events if I have free time.

Hello Student Body of City College of San Francisco! I am running for office to become a senator in our Student Council. I want to become a senator because throughout the one semester that I have served as a senator, has truly given me a motive and goal to continue on. Since I never really got a chance to fully complete the tasks that I had initially planned when starting my journey in ASCO. I want to run again and join ASCO again to contribute my assistance for the upcoming school year as well as other student leaders who might be new to the process and the different goals and regulations of the student council. The goals that I had originally planned was to assist in a new process of introducing clubs and campus events that would increase student engagement as a whole. When watching the current Vice Presidents work proactively in their respective committees, I couldn't help but become intimidated on some occasions, but it's also seeing them work like such, that gave me more motivation and inspiration to join again and become more like them and become a student leader that others can go to when they need help, etc. I know the feeling of a student in college who is lost and unsure of what resources they have, as I personally relate to that on a molecular level. There are many of the committees in the Student Council that will be able to help with that and so I want to continue serving in those committees and assist with their endeavors as much as I can. In terms of student engagement, I also hope to provide a form of student engagement through canvas or outreach throughout campus as I know that is still an ongoing problem within CCSF itself. I hope to do more if elected and go above and beyond and surpass the expectations that are expected of us as student leaders. I hope to create an environment where everyone can be accepted for who they are as well as being comfortable with working together so that we can create a strong council that we can hopefully see each other as a family as well. Thank you everyone for listening!

As a San Francisco native and a Chinese American looking to pursue a higher education and transfer to a four-year university, I am running for senator position because I would like to be proactive toward making the most out of my college experience and help students that come from all backgrounds find a sense of belonging on campus.

I have always been interested in running for student government but felt my voice suppressed by my fear of putting myself out to the public. It also became less of a concern over adapting to changes during a global pandemic. Upon attending City College of San Francisco last Fall and taking both in-person and online classes, I felt disconnected from the community at CCSF because I was carrying my introverted self from the pandemic into this new environment. In my first in-person event at Unity Day, I saw the school mascot, Rocky the Ram, going around to take photos, students enthusiastically promoting their clubs, and everyone overall having a good time. I realized how much I missed these social interactions and missed out on opportunities by not putting myself out there. I joined and later became the Event Coordinator of Alpha Beta Gamma, a business honors society, where I looked forward to the next meeting and chance to meet new people. These experiences at CCSF motivate me to run for office because I want to be part of the things that helped me find a place of community and contribute to planning activities and events to help students in similar situations as I was to find their niche on campus as we continue to transition back to in-person operations. As a Senator, I want to play a vital role in students’ success and help them feel empowered by bridging the gap between their education and involvement on campus.

There are also a lot of misconceptions surrounding community colleges, one of them being that since it’s free or really affordable, it doesn’t have the funding to provide fun campus activities and experiences. I hope by running for office and working alongside the Student Council members, we could show that CCSF offers a wide range of resources to help students achieve their goals whether it is to obtain a secondary degree or transfer, and can host just as fun and meaningful events as any university. If I had the opportunity to serve as Senator, I would like to embrace the different demographics CCSF serves and listen to student voices to create events that meet student needs, promote inclusivity, and celebrate cultures. Moreover, I would also like to combine my passion for the environment and sustainability and contribute to service events that could help the Ocean campus move towards a lower carbon footprint and bring the community together. I am always open to learning and taking in feedback to improve students' experience. It would be a privilege to serve as a Senator on Ocean campus and commit to enhancing student life on campus and ensuring that all student voices are heard and addressed.
 

Dear Students and Faculty of City College of San Francisco Ocean,

I am Ariana Mahroum, and I am running for the student government senate because I am passionate about making a difference in our school community.As a student attending this city college location, I believe that it is important to represent the student body, senate and work collaboratively with school administration to create positive change.  As a senator, I will work hard to represent the needs and concerns of our constituents and create positive change for our community.I will also work to promote access to higher education for all members of our community.

I am committed to listening to your needs and concerns and working hard to address them. I believe that student government should be a platform to amplify student voices and create meaningful change. Together, we can make our school a better place for everyone.
My platform is focused on three key areas: inclusivity, engagement, and education.

Firstly, I believe that our school should be a place where everyone feels welcome and included. As a half Mexican and half Lebanese woman I understand the difficulties of not feeling accepted with my peers and seeing exclusion in my community. Due to these experiences I will work with the school administration to promote diversity and respect for all cultures and backgrounds. We should celebrate our differences and recognize that they make our school community stronger.

Secondly, I believe that students should be engaged and involved in school life. I will work hard to create more opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular activities and clubs. I believe that extracurricular activities are an essential part of our school experience, and they help us build valuable skills and friendships.

Additionally, I will work with the administration to provide more resources and support for students who are struggling academically or emotionally. We should ensure that every student has access to the resources they need to succeed.

Lastly, I believe that education is essential for the success of our community. As a senator, I will work hard to ensure that our schools have the resources they need to provide a high-quality education for our students. I will also work to promote access to higher education for all members of our community. Education is one of the most important factors in the success of individuals and societies. It provides the foundation for future opportunities and the ability to make informed decisions. Education empowers individuals to break the cycle of poverty and provides a path to success.

In conclusion, I believe that I am the best candidate for student government because I am passionate about making a difference in our school community. If elected, I will work hard to represent your needs and concerns and create positive change in our school. I am committed to inclusivity, engagement, and accountability, and I believe that these values are essential for a successful student government.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to working with you and creating a better future for our school community.

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. 

 

Hello Again. My name is David Huang, and I have been a senator for a couple of months now. My performance in the ASCO counsel has been lacking due to overlapping schedules and academic struggles. And I do understand if I am removed from the ASCO counsel this fall. But if I am not removed from the student council, I would like to continue being a senator in the finance committee. There is a multitude of reasons I am running for the senator position this fall (2023) to Sprint (2024). These are my top reasons. 

The ASCO student council provides many unique opportunities for students that would not be able to find anywhere else on the CCSF campus. I am of course talking about the student lead aspect of the council. It provides students with the opportunity to make a positive impact on their school and community. I have seen this through the many organized events, fundraisers, and projects that the ASCO created throughout this semester. 
The ASCO student council provides many opportunities for students to grow in leadership. This is one of the most unique aspects of the ASCO student council. Because the council is run by the students of CCSF through its many committees. Students are allowed to grow important skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and decision-making.