Dear Resilient Rams,
As a CCSF community organizer, I have advocated, mobilized and lobbied for increase funding for our college and across California—fighting decades of neoliberalist agendas that have defunded and decimated our social programs and privatized our education by enriching the student loan industry, for-profit colleges, and tech industries.
I know how important this upcoming year will be for CCSF and social good institutions across California. We know that current incumbents across local and state legislatures have proven that they do not believe education is an essential public good. At the state-level they have used punitive policies to defund our community college and at the city-level they would rather hand our tax dollars to luxury real estate developers rather than fund our community college.
Because this is an election year, I anticipate using my position as a student trustee and my connections across the Student Coalition, Associated Student, San Francisco Rising, United Front Against Homelessness Displacement, Project SURVIVE, San Francisco Women Against Rape, SFSU, UCSF and various other unions and community organization across the United States to hold our legislatures accountable.
More than ever, moving through this pandemic, in the years it will take to recover from this devastation, I know we need to pressure our governing institutions to fund our college, our communities, and our futures. But even more so, because this pandemic has exacerbated and brought to light systemically pervasive oppressive policies, practices and inequities—that we marginalized groups have always been aware of—this may be the year we CAN make our have our governing bodies represent our values, our demands, and value our input.
Building from a legacy of student organizers, I co-founded CCSF Collective at a time when we faced not only another round of funding cut decimated the arts, ethnic studies and social justice classes that all functioned to heal our communities living with trans-generation trauma. I created the program City Scholars, so peers served as student advocates in partnership with student retention centers and resource centers, to help students through enrollment, registration, and continuing studies.
In the CCSF Student Coalition, in partnership with student and community organizations, I’ve co-hosted rallies, met with the Board of Supervisors—at a time when members of the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Rocha refused to support and even actively lobbied against Emergency Bridge, and built a webinar series centered on address misinformation and confusion around COVID-19.
As Student Trustee, I promise to expand student representation across the governing institute through a community-developed, pre-piloted civic engagement mentorship program. I promise to remain grounded to my community organizing values, to practicing consistent outreach and democratic engagement. And I promise I will do everything I can to truly ensure students are not spoken for, but rather speaking to.
As someone born and raised in San Francisco, as a child of refugees, as a domestic abuse survivor, as a someone who has been saved by opportunities given to me by the CCSF community, I hope you will permit me to spend my final year before medical school serving as your Student Trustee.
Humbly Your Peer,
Vick Van Chung (they)