Odalis Aguilar-Aguilar

ASUO Executive: ASUO Vice President
Academic Area
Latin American Studies, History, Spanish
My Hometown
Oaxaca, Mexico
My Pronouns
She, Her, Hers

What is the purpose of ASUO?

ASUO serves as the bridge between students who attend the University of Oregon and administration. ASUO should provide a safe and welcoming space for students to share their concerns about on and off-campus activities. Leaders within ASUO serve the student body and should continue to work keeping students best interests in mind.

Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because I want to ensure that administration is being held accountable during any decision-making process. I seek to empower and uplift the voices of students who have been historically underrepresented and help them find new ways they can grow and empower their peers as well.

What relevant experience, qualifications, passions, and/or skills do you have?

I have been involved with ASUO since my freshman year which has allowed me to understand how ASUO works. I have also held internships and other positions in leadership which have allowed me to continue to refine my communication and problem-solving skills. I am also bilingual which helps me reach an even bigger audience. Working with other organizations across the state has also allowed me to develop further skills needed to succeed in this role.

What do you think it means to be a leader?

To me, a leader means listening to all points of view. It means having the ability to work under pressure and problem solve quickly to ensure that the right choices are being made. I also think a leader means to stay loyal to the people it's working for.

If you are elected, how will you leverage your position to advance the needs of students?

I will make sure to stay firm to the needs of students. I will also work hard to ensure that we are holding the administration accountable and they are really listening to the student body.