What is the purpose of ASUO?
The purpose of the ASUO is to support the student body by allocating the Incidental Fee, advocating for the needs of students to the UO Administration, and working to implement changes that the student body wants at the University of Oregon. ASUO is a space where students can share their ideas and feel supported by student leaders.
Why are you running for office?
I am running for this seat because I have seen the impact that ASUO has on students, and the ability it has to create real change at the University of Oregon. I am currently serving on the ASUO Senate in Seat 14, Business, and have recognized how there is a lack of transparency in how the incidental fee is spent. So many students do not know what their fees pay for, and I want to work to create a more transparent student government, and also to encourage University administration to be more transparent with students. Additionally, I want to uplift the voices of students from diverse communities and ensure all students are being supported on this campus. This Senate seat would allow me to utilize the knowledge I already have about ASUO policies and procedures to benefit as many students as possible in this role on the Senate and the EMU Board.
What relevant experience, qualifications, passions, and/or skills do you have?
This past year, I served as an Academic Senator on the ASUO Senate. I was also a student employee for ASUO Finance for two years before my appointment to the Senate. I have spent the past three years learning about ASUO and UO policies and working to support students and student organizations in a variety of different roles. As a student employee, I learned a lot about the financial policies surrounding ASUO and student organizations and feel confident in using that knowledge to support the EMU Board and the ASUO Senate towards making informed decisions. I feel that my knowledge of the financial policies and procedures has made me a valuable asset to the Senate this year, and I am hopeful to continue using that knowledge this upcoming year. As a current member of the Senate, I have learned how to be a more effective communicator and to use my voice and position to create more equitable and inclusive spaces on campus. Additionally, I have been involved in multiple student organizations and plan to use those connections and experiences to increase student engagement.
What do you think it means to be a leader?
A leader is someone who actively works to support the people around them and finds ways to bring in the perspectives and ideas of others to create the best environment they can. A leader is trustworthy, respectful, and is not afraid to step up to a challenge. Over the past year in my role as a Senator, I have shown that I am working to create a better environment for students and am more than willing to step up to the challenge of creating that space.
If you are elected, how will you leverage your position to advance the needs of students?
If elected, I plan to use my position to amplify student voices and ensure students are included in important decisions that impact them. I also plan to work with members of the ASUO to continue funding the basic needs program that will be implemented next Fall which will provide various subsidies and services for students in need. I am hoping to continue many of the important conversations with the University administration from this year regarding student fee autonomy and transparency to make sure that students are represented in the decisions that impact them. ASUO is an organization that is meant to represent the diverse perspectives of students at the University of Oregon, and I will advocate for you and work to make sure your voice is heard in decisions.