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AS and USU Board of Directors Candidates

Associated Students (AS) is the primary advocate for students at California State University, Northridge. AS provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to enhance and create a spirited learning-focused campus environment.

AS is also the official seat of student governance for the campus. The Student Government division represents the student body, advocates its needs and defends its interests in dealings with faculty, campus administrators and government officials.

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The University Student Union (USU) Board of Directors is a student-led, action-oriented team dedicated to making a difference for every Matador. They make many important decisions to improve campus life for all CSUN students.

Over the last few years, the Board has been responsible for significant new additions to the USU at CSUN including the Student Recreation Center, Veterans Resource Center, Pride Center and the Oasis Wellness Center. Each semester, they bring you popular USU events like Matafest, Matador Nights, CARNAVAL, Crunch Time and about a hundred more.

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Associated Students Election Candidates

Presidential & Vice Presidential Candidates

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Leslie Aguirre

President Candidate

New Beginnings

My name is Leslie Aguirre and I am running to be the next Associated Students President. I am a Political Science major with a Sustainability minor. Since entering CSUN as a first time freshman, I have felt a call to become an active member of the community. In my first year, I became an executive board member for the Political Science Student Association. There, I worked to increase the organization’s campus presence and exposed its members to job opportunities. The following year I became an Associated Students Lobby Corps member, an experience that taught me critical lessons in being a fierce advocate for CSUN students.

My story of overcoming food insecurity and financial and bureaucratic barriers to higher education became my motivation while lobbying elected officials at the state capitol, local offices, and university administration. In these spaces I sought to speak for low income and first generation students like myself. My AS Lobby Corps member experience prepared me greatly for the role I served as the AS Chair of Legislative Affairs. My time as Chair had been characterized by successful advocacy campaigns. My role as Chair allowed me to be the CSUN student voice on various campus committees, at the California State Student Association, and at the Northridge East Neighborhood Council.

Beyond my extracurricular endeavors, I worked at the CSUN Call Center for nearly two years. By communicating with CSUN alumni of varying years and majors, I learned of the several strengths and shortcomings of the campus. Currently, I am working at the office of Assembly member Jesse Gabriel learning about the legislative process and how to effectively serve constituents. My combined experiences, professional and personal, have inspired me to develop a campaign that addresses the needs of students and creates positive long-term change.

The core values of the New Beginnings slate are transparency through information accessibility, student service empowerment, and advocacy. I am dedicated to serving and protecting the interests of all CSUN students.

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Alex Aquino

Vice President Candidate

New Beginnings

Hello Matadors, my name is Alex Aquino and I’m running for Vice President of Associated Students.

As a Mexican-American, queer person and woman of color coming from a disadvantaged background, I know the struggle of not being able to obtain the proper tools for classes and not having money for food or even housing. I am running for this office because I would like to initiate a change and expand better opportunities for low-income students at CSUN. The vision for New Beginnings is to build new programs for low income students and keep planting the seeds to accomplish better services for future students. Through various mentorship programs from Associated Students, I have been able to develop my leadership skills which will enable me to prosper during my time in office.

Working for the USU as a Pride Center employee has also heightened my awareness of LGBTQIA+ issues. I have served in various committees like the LGBT Advisory committee, the USU Renovation Committee and External committees. Being part of the conversation has motivated me to have an impact on the campus for my CSUN community. I aim to bring new values and opportunities to Associated Students. My objective is to empower and create accessibility for students with more adaptable programs in Associated Students.

Don't forget to vote on April 1-2. I’m counting on you so you can count on me!


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Rebecca Grinberg

President Candidate

Matadors Empowered

Hello Matadors, my name is Rebecca Grinberg and I am running to be your Associated Students President. Born to refugees, I grew up with a strong understanding of the hard work and determination needed to make positive impacts, and am dedicated to making change in my community. When I enrolled at CSUN as a freshman, I was instantly inspired to get involved and make a difference in Matadors’ lives, so I took every opportunity to do so.

From leading a group of incoming CSUN freshmen as a Camp Matador Counselor, to serving as Chair of Personnel for Associated Students, as well as treasurer for Chabad at CSUN, and recruitment chair for the Environmental and Occupational Health Student Association, and previously holding the positions of President of the Russian Club at Hillel and Chair within my sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, I feel I was genuinely able to connect with students from a variety of backgrounds, and hear their stories, fears, passions, and aspirations. Some students revealed how they were unable to succeed in classes because they could not afford the necessary supplies, others felt excluded from the campus community- many felt their voices were being ignored. From listening to my peers and learning from them, I understand the value of a diverse yet united campus community- and how access to resources and advocacy on policies that impact Matadors is truly empowering.

For these reasons, Vice Presidential candidate Nikolas Morrison Welch and I envisioned Matadors Empowered: a slate of diverse, passionate individuals with a variety of experiences, who are committed to serving you. Through servant leadership we strive to expand and create greater access to the programs CSUN provides and form additional beneficial services to students, as well as foster a strong CSUN community. Most importantly, we will collaborate with and seek ideas from all Matadors, because every voice counts.

Together we are all Matadors Empowered, and we stand for service, community, and transparency. It’s your campus. Be heard.

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Nikolas Morrison-Welch

Vice President Candidate

Matadors Empowered

Hi Matadors! My name is Nikolas Morrison-Welch, and I’m running to be your next Associated Students Vice-President. Born and Raised In Inglewood, I was supported by a community that taught resilience, creativity, and service towards others, shaping me into the person I am today.

I know what it means to have food insecurities and work three jobs while being a full time student, and although my father, a Belizean immigrant, did not have the opportunity to attend college, he instilled its importance in me.

As a student, I have given CSUN my everything. I currently serve as a Senator representing the College of Health and Human Development as well as President of Build PODER. I am also involved in groups such as Black Male Scholars and the Environmental and Occupational Health Students Association. I have worked hard here at CSUN because it’s a place that I love and have a deep connection with, and I know that my diverse set of experiences can be used to support my fellow CSUN students and community.

Working with my running mate and Presidential Candidate Rebecca Grinberg, we envision a community of empowered Matadors, and have worked to create a team that represents the various communities of CSUN so we can bring the power of student government to the students. We want to collaborate with you- because every voice counts.

Together we are all Matadors Empowered, and we stand for service, community, and transparency. It’s your campus. Be heard.


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Rose Merida

President Candidate

Project R.E.D.

Hello Matadors!

My name is Rose Merida and I am running for Associated Students President, along with Deion Turner as Associated Students Vice-President. I am a senior majoring in Health Administration and an interest in going to the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies masters program here at CSUN. Throughout my time here at Cal State University of Northridge, I have been a proud ambassador and advocate for many organizations on campus.

My journey at CSUN began with the Student Health Professionals Pre-Entry Program (SHP-PEP). The program gave me the opportunity to experience CSUN as a SHP-PEP ambassador.Then, I decided to join forces with fellow students to constitutionalize a club that is the epitome of strength, endurance, and courage. This club is known as, ‘Love Your Melon’ (LYM) and LYM is an organization with the philosophy of supporting children battling cancer by purchasing LYM apparel, and by being the ultimate representation for your campus. I am not only proud and honored to have been part of a wonderful team, but I am also honored to have been the first Vice-President of LYM.

Then I became part of the Office of Student Involvement and Development as a New Student Orientation Leader, Matador Mentor, TAKE 30 Cast Member, TAKE 31 Director, and now a Student Coordinator. I think the most rewarding experience I have had within CSUN is being part of Associated Students. I became an official Associated Students Productions’ Producer by the end of my freshman year. Then I became part of AS Outdoor Adventures through the program Camp Matador; a camp for incoming freshman. A crucial part of Associated Students is to put the students’ needs and/or wants first, which fueled me to run for AS Vice-President and I had the honor of being the Vice President during the academic year of 2018 to 2019.

With my dedication and involvement being said, I would like to address why I am running for AS President. I decided to take a year away from AS to allow my mental growth to be educated in other areas on campus. This year taught me many things that I strongly believe can help me become a better advocate as President. I do not want students to feel like they are not being represented, heard, validated, especially because of lack of communication. I want to encourage all students to become more involved on campus while maintaining academic excellence. This administration is about using our voices to those who may need support by outreaching to different communities on campus and advocate for the importance of having a more equitable support, rather than just equality. As President, the equity gap within student success, food insecurities, housing insecurities, and sustainable initiatives would be addressed for this upcoming year.

On April 1st and 2nd don’t forget to vote for Project RED: Revitalizing Equity & Diversity, to improve access and representation for all Matadors!

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Deion Joseph Turner

Vice President Candidate

Project R.E.D.

Hey Matadors!

My name is Deion Joseph Turner and I am running to be the Vice President of Associated Students for the 2020-2021 school year. I am currently a 3rd year majoring in Public Relations & Psychology. I am the President of CSUN’s Black Student Leadership Council, which serves as the umbrella organization for Black clubs & orgs as well as the group that makes sure Black student voices are heard at a University level.

Within that role, I serve on several councils, and university committees such as the Black Student Success Council, the CSUN Athletics Council, The University Student Union’s Renovation and Expansion Team, The RISE ( Formally U-RISE) Planning Committee & The Black House Revitalization Team. I am the Event Coordinator for the Black Student Union(BSU) here at CSUN, as well as a member of the Students of Color Coalition & a Student Retention Initiatives Assistant in the University Student Union for the program Black Male Scholars. I also served for a short term as the Assistant Chair of Elections for Associated Students for the 2018/19 school year.

Within my term as Black Student Leadership Council President, I have been able to get several things accomplished but the largest has been being able to empower Black Students to advocate and become leaders while also teaching inclusivity, professional skills & accountability.

In the past, I served as a Community Representative at Hamilton High School for their Associated Student Body & Senior Class. My primary duties were to work with the ASB & Senior Class students as their advisor and create a new and fresher image of Hamilton High School, within my tenure I was able to assist in taking the school out of a deficit, create and establish a tradition of Homecoming T-Shirts, be the Lead coordinator for Prom, design and choose the logo that sits in the middle of the basketball gym, plan the Grand Reopening of the Gym, create an event where students have direct access to the Principal, titled Tea With Mrs.P. But one of my biggest and most major accomplishments is being the Graduation Coordinator( Lead) and selling out the Greek Theatre.

Although, I have left Hamilton to prepare more intentionally for my future, I currently am the Founder of a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization called Teens4Change, with the primary goal is to create pipeline to success for at risk youth from different communities within the Greater Los Angeles Area. We provide our students with experience and internships in areas such as Law, Entertainment, STEM, Business and more. Teens4Change is supported by Councilmember Paul Koretz, Councilmember Marqueece Harris Dawson, Hamilton High School,UCLA Athletics & the Mamba Sports Academy.

I also have a YouTube Channel in which I sit down with popular YouTubers and discuss the climate of what’s going on in the world & how we all can be the change we want to see through advocacy, leadership and communication. I have been able to score almost 10K views on my first YouTube video & hope to continue to grow my platform. I have had the pleasure of walking many red carpets and being invited to many events that celebrate leadership within the Entertainment community. My goals after college are to become either a Sports Administrator, developing player contracts and scouting or to become a Councilmember for the Crenshaw & View Park area, providing my neighborhood’s children and teens with the resources they deserve.

Alongside Rose Merida, who is running for AS President and our Project R.E.D slate, our primary focus is on Advocacy, Accessibility, Community Building & Fiscal Responsibility. We want to ensure that all Matadors feel supported but also that we are as transparent as possible and accountable as leaders.

Make sure you VOTE! Project R.E.D on April 1st & April 2nd!


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Mariah Murray

President Candidate

Hello, my name is Mariah Murray and I am running to be your Associated Students President. I am from Rancho Cucamonga, a diverse city in the Inland Empire. I came from an area that worked hard to include and motivate everyone towards greatness and if I am chosen to be your president those same attitudes will be implemented through resources promoted on campus. Jocelyn Silva, my vice president, is also an individual who promotes an all inclusive environment where everyone feels supported and knows the resources available to do so. If we take office, you will notice a different atmosphere presented on campus.

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Jocelyn Silva

Vice President Candidate

Hi my name is Jocelyn Silva and I am a commuter from the diverse valley of San Gabriel. I am 20 and recently changed my major from biochemistry to psychology. My president, Mariah Murray and I believe it is time for a change here at CSUN and we would love to be the team that sparks it for our fellow Matadors. We want to see CSUN as a tight knit community and support system where every time we step on campus you can feel welcomed with a familiar face. Help us become that familiar face to you!

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Graduate Senators Candidates

Carina Alvarado Alcala

Carina Alvarado Alcala

Project R.E.D.

Hello Matadors! My name is Carina Alvarado Alcala, I am running to be the Graduate Senator for Associated Students. I am in my first year of graduate school pursuing my Master’s in Counseling with an emphasis in College Counseling and Student Services. Currently, I hold positions as an Advisor for EOP/TRIO Student Support Services, the Events Coordinator for Association of Graduate Student Affairs Professionals (AGSAP), and the Associated Students Senator for the College of Education. Before my graduate program, I earned my bachelor’s degree here at CSUN in Communication Studies. As an undergraduate, I was involved in different organizations like New Student Orientation, Project D.A.T.E., CalFresh Outreach, Career Center, TRIO SSS, and Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP). These experiences helped me find my passion for helping students achieve their goals.

As an advocate for student success, I will continue to voice our students’ needs by making a difference in the community. Project RED: Revitalizing Equity & Diversity, will focus on ensuring that all students are provided with equitable opportunities across campus. Our mission is to ensure that all CSUN students have a sense of belonging, community, and a voice to advocate for themselves.

On April 1st and 2nd make sure to vote for Project RED: Revitalizing Equity & Diversity to continue improving the CSUN community.

Dani Brown

Dani Brown

Matadors Empowered

Hello everyone, I am Dani Brown. I am honored to have the opportunity to authentically represent our diverse student body, running as Associated Students Graduate Senator. I am a Master of Public Health student with an emphasis in Community Health Education and a member of CAMINO, a grant aimed at increasing representation of first-generation, Latinx students in health science professions. Leadership, and service are an integral part of my education. I serve as President of Eta Sigma Gamma, a national health education honorary society devoted to supporting meaningful professional development of students through involvement in health education activities, leadership and advocacy opportunities. Drawn by a strong sense to serve and protect, advocacy has also taken root in my academic journey. I recently represented our communities, doing health advocacy work in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill. I, along with two professors, had genuine conversations with California representatives about the importance of health education specialists in curbing the opioid epidemic and asked for their support of a bill designed to combat the opioid crisis here at home and across the nation. The experience was nothing short of life-changing, instilling a sense of passion and purpose to defend our interests as students.Your voice and success matter to me. As Graduate Senator, I will support your academic and professional development, advocating for your specific needs. Everyone has a story and I will be here to listen, and take-action on your behalf so that we may all thrive, building a stronger community of Matadors for generations to come. Together we are Matadors Empowered; we stand for service, community, and transparency. It’s your campus. Be heard.

Jacob Ortiz

Jacob Ortiz

Project R.E.D.

Hello fellow Matadors!

My name is Jake Ortiz, and I am running to be your next Graduate Senator. I am currently enrolled in a Masters in Counseling program here at CSUN, with an option in College Counseling and Student Services. Additionally, I work as a graduate student assistant at College of the Canyons, and serve as the treasurer for the Association of Graduate Student Affairs Professionals (AGSAP). As an undergraduate student, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology, Law, and Society with a minor in Anthropology at UC Irvine. During that time, I discovered my passion for working in Student Affairs thanks to a position I held as a peer academic advisor for the School of Social Ecology.

My passion lies in fostering positive relationships with each student I interact with, by listening to them and hearing their story. As a Graduate Senator for CSUN’s Associated Students, my duty is to hear your stories and promote equity and access for CSUN students of all backgrounds during senate meetings. My slate, Project RED: Revitalizing Equity & Diversity, aims to ensure that all CSUN students can experience a strong sense of community and can find the voice to advocate for themselves on campus and in the world.

On April 1st and 2nd don’t forget to vote for Project RED: Revitalizing Equity & Diversity to improve access and representation for all CSUN students.


Rishab Runwal

Matadors Empowered

Hello there! I am Rishabh Runwal and I am running to be your Associated Students Graduate Senator, and am currently majoring in Engineering Management. As a foreign exchange student from India, I am committed to creating spaces and providing resources for everyone. I am currently serving as a Graduate Senator and take part in impactful decisions during my time here. I am very passionate about identifying problems of different communities and finding meaningful solutions for them, and have a strong will to continue with this kind of work and hence wish to be elected again. I joined Associated Students because I was interested in expanding and continuing my efforts towards students and members of the CSUN community. As part of Associated Students leadership, I hope to help create a strong and comfortable community with a lot of diverse people interacting together, sharing knowledge with each other, and pooling together collective experiences to create one large CSUN family. I also aspire to provide aid and representation for the underserved. I believe that even a small change or a small push such as giving a small scholarship to students for achieving their goals can bring about a huge change. Research development and sound mental health are some additional matters I strive for, and I will do anything in my power to bring about a change for the betterment of these areas. I hope you give me a chance to serve you and together we can make our CSUN community stronger and better than ever before.

Together we are all Matadors Empowered, and we stand for service, community, and transparency. It’s your campus. Be heard.

Upper Division Senator Candidates

Tiffany Abodoh

Tiffany Abodoh

Project R.E.D.
Hello Matadors!
My name Tiffany Abodoh and I am running to be your next Associated Students Upper Division Senator. I am a 4th year majoring in Public Health and minoring in Africana Studies. My purpose for running in this election is to focus on each student enrolled on this campus and how Associated Students can be a better advocate and make CSUN feel like a safe community.
I currently serve as the Black Student Union President. My role as BSU President is to support Black students on campus and help create safe spaces where Black students on campus can socialize and express their opinion freely. I am also a Resident Advisor in Student Housing which I provide resources, build community, and engage with residents living in CSUN Student Housing. In addition to BSU and Student Housing I am part of the University Student Union`s Board of Directors Facilities and Commercial Services Committee where I maintain building and facilities within the USU facilitate programs, adopt policies and oversee financial matters for the USU at CSUN.
As your Senator, I want to be an active voice for all Upper Division students. I want to advocate for our community and make sure students' voices are heard. I am running as part of Project RED: Revitalizing Equity & Diversity to improve access and representation for all CSUN students because I know this will help CSUN grow.We plan on fighting for fiscal responsibility by ensuring the AS budget is being used appropriately and in student’s best interest. Create innovative ways to connect with students; specifically students that are not aware or as involved. I am counting on the support of your classmates, your friends, and you to vote for me and the rest of Project RED on April 1st and 2nd.

 

Samuel Suard

Samuel Suard

Matadors Empowered

Hello matadors! My name is Samuel Suard, and I’m an Environmental and Occupational Health student running to be your Upper Division Senator! I transferred from Pierce in 2018 where I had the privilege to work as a peer mentor and chemistry tutor. CSUN has always been close to home, and having three older siblings attend this school I have been able to witness CSUN grow throughout the years. As a former foster youth, I am part of the EOP Resilient Scholars Program, with aspirations to be more involved at CSUN. I want to witness CSUN continue to improve, as Senator I will advocate for more access to resources designed to help students succeed. Our diverse community requires a diverse set of needs, I hope to meet those needs so that all students can feel empowered at CSUN and beyond.

Together we are all Matadors Empowered, and we stand for service, community, and transparency. It’s your campus. Be heard.

Lower Division Senator Candidates

Jordan Franco

Jordan Franco

Matadors Empowered

Hi, my name is Jordan Franco and I am running to be your Lower Division Senator. As someone who previously struggled with reading yet excelled in writing, I chose to pursue a degree in English Literature, in hopes of advancing my analytical and reading skills, which will advance my future career as a Criminal Defense Attorney. On campus, I am a member of the CSUN Cheer team and my fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi. For a whole year, I was a volunteer at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, within the Orthopedic floor and the gift shop. As someone who has seeked influential change throughout my academic years—but has been ignored due to my position as a “mere” student. As Lower Division Senator, I pledge to give my full support to those who have a voice that has been unheard or ignored by lending my ear, support, and capability. Vowing to be the confidant to those who feel untouched and hidden from the world at CSUN.

Together we are all Matadors Empowered, and we stand for service, community, and transparency. It’s your campus. Be heard.

Meri Khnkoyan

Meri Khnkoyan

New Beginnings

My name is Meri Khnkoyan and I’m running to be the Lower Division Senator. I am currently a Business Law major with minors in Construction Management and Writing and Rhetoric. Within my arrival at CSUN, I’ve become an active member of the Speech and Debate team, Armenian Student Organization, Pre-Law Association, and Associated Students Lobby Corps. Moreover, I’ve held an internship at the office of Senator Robert Hertzberg and campaigned for Stella Maloyan for Los Angeles City Council. All of my experiences have individually contributed to an essential idea that I strive to establish with my position: advocacy. Specifically, I want to advocate for the influx of incoming lower division students, ensuring that they’re informed and prepared to hit the ground running within their first two years. One method of doing so is by advocating for higher standards for freshman and sophomores. There are a few problematic difficulties experienced in their freshman years that set them back in future years; for example, the Hub often predetermines student classes that are neither necessary or helpful to students. The restrictions that students experience due to their novelty handicaps them from taking measures to explore their limits and outscore the standards set for them. As Lower Division Senator, I’ll hold my peers to a higher standard, ones where they’re allowed to explore their classes at their own paces by collaborating with the Hub to provide more information standardized testing opportunities that CSUN offers, such as CLEP, to aid students excel in GE courses and race ahead if they desire to. In addition, I’ll collaborate with the Hub in order to encourage more participation in student involvement within extracurricular activities and the facilitation of minors.

Isabella O'Brien

Isabella O'Brien

New Beginnings

As a first year student who lives on campus, I’m always surrounded by CSUN, peers, and any issues that directly face lower division students. Because of this, I’m just as directly affected by rises in cost or changes in school policy just like the majority of students I am running to represent. I’ve been involved in Associated Students Lobby Corps and have learned so much from ethnic studies classes within Chicanx and Asian American Studies, respectively. Through these areas I am consistently reminded why empowerment among students and different communities is so important. I’m running for Lower Division Student Senator to take a stand on issues that will be directly affecting the students that will be here to face them. I hope to serve both freshman and sophomores by initiating and approving policies that benefit our experience on campus as we transition into our later years here. Currently, my concerns revolve around the rising costs of living on campus and the lack of financial transparency that comes with rent, tuition, and even Associated Students’ multimillion dollar budget that the senate helps preside over. I am an advocate for servitude leadership and intend on spreading awareness about these issues. My choice to run under New Beginnings derives from my own views and incentives as a prospective senator, as the slate’s values of access, advocacy, and empowerment for students directly aligns with what I hope CSUN can be.

College of Arts, Media, & Communication Candidates

Liseth Ceja

Liseth Ceja

New Beginnings

Bryan Jay Stringer

Bryan Jay Stringer

Project R.E.D.

Hello Matadors!

My name is Bryan Jay Stringer and I am running to be your next Senator of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication. I am a junior majoring in Communication studies, hoping to branch off into the media/entertainment and pop culture world in the future. Throughout my time here at CSUN, I have manage to join a few organizations such as New Student Orientation as an orientation leader and a matador mentor, as well as taking part in the TAKE 31 cast as a member. I was part of something big on campus where we showcased issues first time freshmen may encounter in their years here at CSUN as well as in life. I am also a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, where I served as public relations chair and social chair. All of these experiences have helped enhance my experience here at CSUN and have shaped me into the person I am today. These opportunities and experiences have allowed me to make strong connections with all kinds of students on campus. I want to be a better advocate and have student be more involved and start creating bridges for my community. I am excited and look forward to representing my college and evolve for the best, so on April 1st and 2nd dont forget to vote for Project RED: Revitalizing Equity & Diversity to improve access and representation for all Matadors.

College of Business Administration and Economics Candidates

Johnathan Hay

Jonathan Hay

Matadors Empowered

Hey CSUN! My name is Jonathan Hay and I am running to serve as your Senator for the College of Business & Economics. Growing up, I have always had a desire to make a positive change in whatever I do. As the current Senator of the College of Business & Economics, I led a new campaign called the Unsung Heroes Project where we recognize CSUN employees and give them a platform to tell their stories. I also recently organized the Kobe & Gianna Tribute to recognize all the lives lost in the horrific helicopter crash. Aside from serving as a Senator, I am currently a part of the Business Honors Association as well as a tutor at the Matador Achievement Center. As Senator, I will have monthly meetings with students to talk about the concerns they have in their business majors,and collaborate on these issues with the Dean.

Together we are all Matadors Empowered, and we stand for service, community, and transparency. It’s your campus. Be heard.

Derek Mitsuuchi

Derek Mitsuuchi

Project R.E.D.

My name is Derek Mitsuuchi and I am running for Associated Students Senator for the College of Business and Economics. I am a junior double majoring in Finance and Business Law, hoping to become a financial planner in the future. Throughout my years at CSUN, I have joined a few organizations such as New Student Orientation as an orientation leader and matador mentor. I am also President for Kappa Sigma Fraternity, which have enhanced my career here at CSUN. Getting involved on campus was one of the best things that I have done at CSUN because it helped me grow as an individual, while making connections on campus. I am excited and proud to be running and be a better advocate for students across campus, so on April 1st and 2nd don’t forget to vote for Project RED: Revitalizing Equity & Diversity to improve access and representation for all CSUN students.

College of Education Candidates

Isabella Rizzo

Isabella Rizzo

Project R.E.D.

Hello Matadors! My name is Isabella Rizzo and my gender pronouns are she/her/hers. I am running to be the next Academic College Senator for the College of Education. I am currently a third-year Deaf Studies major with an emphasis in Pre-Deaf Education and a minor in Recreation Management. I love CSUN and the welcoming environment from all aspects of campus. I am involved with the following programs: New Student Orientation as a leader and mentor, Camp Matador as a facilitator, University Ambassadors providing weekly tours to visitors, the CSUN Mentorship Program as a mentor to freshmen, and Deaf Studies Association as a participant. These programs have provided me opportunities to branch out, make connections and get more involved with the campus community. With this opportunity as senator, I want to give back and support students within the College of Education to the best of my abilities. Don’t forget to vote on April 1st and 2nd.

College of Health and Human Development Candidates

Saul Hernandez

Saul Hernandez

Matadors Empowered

Hey there! I am Saul Hernandez and I am running to be your Associated Students Senator for the College of Health and Human Development. I am currently a second year standing as a junior majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis on exercise science. Growing up I was always left out from social gatherings because I was overweight and constantly getting bullied. The thought of knowing that a playground was filled with kids running around and myself alone had me sick to my very core. As I got older I vowed to myself that I would do my best to make those who felt left out to be apart of something bigger than themselves. This feeling sticks with me to this very day. Currently I am involved in two organizations that have allowed me to put myself out there and seek individuals who were just like me. As the former social chair of the Filipino American Students Association on campus I have been blessed to have met so many Filipinos with great charisma. I have also been blessed to see that individuals who have once felt alone are now apart of something bigger than themselves, F.A.S.A. As a peer educator for MenCare I have been fortunate enough to spread my knowledge from the organization to individuals who not only feel alone but as well as those who need guidance or assistance in their times of despair. As your Senator for the College of Health and Human Development I vow to you that I will do anything within my power to ensure that you don't feel left out, big roar or small roar, your voice and concerns will not go unnoticed.

Together we are all Matadors Empowered, and we stand for service, community, and transparency. It’s your campus. Be heard.

Rebecca Herrera

Rebecca Herrera

New Beginnings

Jalani Ligons

Jalani Ligons

Project R.E.D.

Hi Matadors!

My Name is Jalani Ligons and I am running to be your next Associated Students Senator of Health and Human Development. I am a 3rd year majoring in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Exercise Science. As a leader, I pride myself in establishing a foundation built upon my various interactions with the diverse student life here on campus. Currently, I maintain an active role on the Black Student Leadership Council as both the residing secretary and the athletic liaison. I work in tandem with the Student Athlete Achievement Committee, building bridges amongst the various clubs and entities that help make up our campus. In my free time I lend my time as a head coach for the Northridge Pacers youth track and field club.

On April 1st and 2nd dont forget to vote for project RED: Revitalizing Equity & Diversity to improve access and representation for all CSUN students.

Denise Ngyuen

Denise Nguyen

Matadors Empowered

Hello, my name is Denise Nguyen and I am running to be your Associated Students Senator for Health and Human Development. I am studying Public Health, which has given me strong insight in program development and assessing the needs of a community with public health education, advocacy, and outreach. I hope to work for international agencies to reform health policies. Currently, I serve as a peer health educator and intern at the Klotz Student Health Center and a member of the USU Diversity and Inclusion committee. As Health and Human Development Senator, I will work to empower our Matadors by informing and creating accessibility to campus resources such as health services and basic needs to achieve academic success.

College of Engineering and Computer Science Candidates

Kavya

Kavya Dhysani

Matadors Empowered

Hello Everyone! My name is Kavya Dhyasani and I am running to be your next Associated Student’s Senator for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. As a child of immigrant parents and being exposed to the world around technology, I have sustained my love for math and technology since I was in my mother’s womb. Being the excited person willing to be involved and serve the community, I quickly got involved in University Ambassadors, the public speaking organization giving tours to a variety of schools every week. This wonderful organization has taught me to be empathetic and to be a little less afraid everyday. In addition to this, I recently joined the Society of Women’s Engineers, allowing me to feel support being one of the few women in the engineering classrooms, teaching me to always have a support system and to speak up. As your next engineering and computer science senator, I hope to bring us all more together and give a major support system in the face of all the late night studying and the cramming of last minute applied mathematical concepts, to name a few. Above all, I want all us Matadors to be inspired, to Matadors Empowered!

Zachary Schimke

Zachary Schimke

Matadors Empowered

Hello, my name is Zachary Schimke and I am a junior studying Mechanical Engineering and I am running to be your senator for Engineering and Computer Sciences. I am a transfer student working towards going to law school. I am a member of the pre-law society on campus and a volunteer with the Formula SAE senior design project. As a senator I hope to make the information for senior projects more readily available to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. I also want to work with my slate, Matadors Empowered to enable the students here to pursue their academic and career goals.

Together we are all Matadors Empowered, and we stand for service, community, and transparency. It’s your campus. Be heard.

College of Humanities Candidates

Adriana Coronado

Adriana Coronado

Project R.E.D.

My name is Adriana Coronado and I am running for Senator for the College of Humanities. I am a third year double majoring in Sociology and Chicanx Studies with hopes to become a Marriage and Family Therapist and to create a community outreach for those in need of mental health resources in low income communities. CSUN is where I found a safe space for me to grow past boundaries I thought were in my way and I want to be able to advocate for others who feel the same. As a Orientation Leader in the New Student Orientation program, I found myself influencing an abundance of new impressionable students and I want to be able to continue that influence on campus. As a Orientation Leader and now a Matador Mentor, I found out just how important it is to encourage a safe space for students to feel heard and that is what I plan to advocate most. Not only am I a proud Matador, I am also a proud Latina who values equity and diversity. I want to be able to advocate for those who need a little extra support to make their voices heard. I want to have a part in the empowerment of our lovely matadors. On April 1st and 2nd dont forget to vote for Project R.E.D.: Revitalizing Equity & Diversity to improve access and representation for all CSUN students.

Michael Meeks

Michael Meeks

New Beginnings

Hi all,

Academically, I am a religious studies and political science double-major, who will soon complete a minor in history. Politically, I am the incumbent Senator for College of Humanities (COH) and serve as the Civic Engagement Officer for the 9 southern CSU campuses at the California State Student Association.

I run for re-election for two reasons; firstly, because I’ve managed to squeeze a lot out of my CSUN experience, and think I have a responsibility to pass that forward to the next generation of leadership. Secondly, I run because I believe in the candidacies of Leslie Aguirre and Alex Aquino.

We can’t claim to be outsiders to AS, but we can claim a righteous spirit that can help put AS onto the priorities that our student body needs for us to address.

Our slate runs on a simple platform of access, empowerment and advocacy. We say that our peers don’t have access when they don’t understand what AS is, and we commit ourselves to be aggressively transparent and perform more inclusive outreach. Empowerment is the heart of why I decided to do activism and politics in the first place. We not only commit to empowering/bettering the existing AS services and clubs, but also to empowering the groups that our peers belong to, especially those historically disadvantaged by society and the university experience.

Similarly, we have to be advocates in this role. We understand a vision for CSUN where our voices are felt in society, be it in the SFV, Los Angeles, or larger at the world stage. Mobilizing our population of nearly 38,000 plus students is an untapped source of power for us, and we intend to realize it, in order to make this world better reflect our shared social/political values.

Post graduation, I hope to attain my teaching credentials and teach the history of power and philosophy that shapes the world we live in today. This is the education that changed the course of my life in college, but it isn’t right that I had to attend college to learn it. Like I am compelled to teach this knowledge forward in high school, I run to pass forward some information and experience for the future.

My name is Michael Meeks, and if you see the same potential for CSUN and AS to grow, I humbly ask for your vote.

College of Science and Math Candidates

Malik Campbell

Malik Campbell

New Beginnings

Nolan Dafesh

Nolan Dafesh

Matador Empowered

Greetings fellow peers! My name is Nolan Dafesh and I am running for a second term to be your senator for the College of Science and Mathematics. I am a cell and molecular biology major with a great passion in science and how it contributes to the CSUN campus; I am currently involved in microbiology research through Dr. Murray’s lab. I understand the grand potential of the College of Science and Mathematics, especially through organizations like BUILD PODER and MARC/RISE, which give back to CSUN by engaging underserved communities in the sciences and, guiding them through the path to becoming scientists and doctors. As a student with Asperger’s Syndrome and Epilepsy, I see the need for resources to be more accessible to students at CSUN and how just a little care for my fellow peers could make the biggest difference in the world. That is why, through Associated Students, I have worked hard to bring more accessibility to CSUN, from pushing free menstrual care throughout the USU to starting a student success forum through my college so that science and math majors could communicate to the faculty and improve relations. I want CSUN to be the best it's ever been and I plan to do that for the coming administration, continuing on my promise for free menstrual care to expand to the entire university and bring more support to science clubs and organizations, giving them more help through Associated Students. I hope that ,with current and future initiatives, I can make the campus a home for all matadors to be empowered!

Together we are all Matadors Empowered, and we stand for service, community, and transparency. It’s your campus. Be heard.

Dulce Hernandez

Dulce Hernandez

Matadors Empowered

Hello, my name is Dulce Hernandez and I am running to be your next Associated Student’s Senator of the College of Science and Mathematics. As a first-generation student, I know the struggles of navigating life after high school, and know how daunting applying for financial aid or filing taxes can be the first time. Thankfully I have overcome these challenges on my own, but I strive to provide students with more resources and guidance to make sure future students don’t have to struggle the way I and many other first generation college students have. I am currently a third year student majoring in Biochemistry, and pursuing a career in pharmacology. For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to help others, therefore I have decided to help others by researching and developing medicines to help others. I am a hardworking person who is driven to make positive changes on our campus. Together we matadors can accomplish great things and united we can empower each other and make a campus that is for the students. Currently I am involved in the University Student Union Board of Directors as a Personnel Committee member. Being part of this has given me insight on the inner workings of how CSUN functions behind the scenes. Being a member has taught me how to compromise and how to remain open minded when making decisions so all parties involved can benefit. In addition, I am also working in CSUN housing as a Community Center/ Learning Center Assistant. Through this position I have learned how to be an effective communicator and a proactive problem solver. I can promise that as your Senator, I will provide students with the tools necessary to help prepare them in their academic career and the career they choose to pursue. This includes from internship to program opportunities. I don’t want any future student to miss out on any opportunities, whether it be academic or not, because they didn’t have the resources or appropriate guidance to navigate the professional world. I want to help every CSUN student to reach their full potential, because we are all matadors and together we are matadors empowered.

Together we are all Matadors Empowered, and we stand for service, community, and transparency. It’s your campus. Be heard.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Candidates

Miya Butler

Miya Butler

Project R.E.D.

My name is Miya Butler, gender pronouns are she, her, hers and I am running to be the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Senator! I am a second-year majoring in Political Science and minoring in Religious Studies. Throughout my time here at CSUN, I have become apart of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma and have since taken a position as Marshal, where it is my job to watch over the members’ Parliamentary Procedure and plan/organize our chapter’s initiation for the new members. Apart from that, I work at the Office of Student Involvement and Development as a Student Coordinator, in charge of planning and conducting programs such as Commencement, New Student Convocation, and President’s Picnic. It is my job within that office to make sure that all these programs and more are efficient, and conducted as perfectly as possible. In the rest of my free time, I look for and take part in clubs such as the Pre-Law Association, that help me voice my opinions of the world, and ultimately achieve my goal of getting into law school upon graduation.

The reason I would like to be a College Senator for SBS is because I want my college to be heard and seen. We are a College full of thinkers and doers; meaning we all are often looking for causes to stand for and underrepresented people to speak up on behalf of, that we forget to represent ourselves. I want to be that person and I know that with your trust and backing, I can be. It is so crucial and important to have everyone on CSUN’s campus represented and provided the same opportunities as others on campus. So, on April 1st and 2nd don’t forget to vote for Project RED: Revitalizing Equity & Diversity to improve access and representation for all CSUN students.

Katherine Castrejon

Katherine Castrejon

New Beginnings

Hi Matadors! My name is Katherine Castrejon. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Politics and Government. I am currently running to become your next Senator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I am a first generation college student who seeks for new opportunities to help out my community with every chance I get. I am currently the President of the Political Science Student Association, a Lobby Corps member and part of the 3+3 Program. With my involvement on campus, I have been able to network with student leaders as well as Faculty within my department. I plan to make sure that your needs come first as a student who attends this campus no matter who you identify yourself as. I want to help every student no matter the obstacles. With my experience in leadership, I plan to represent every student with Access, Empowerment and Advocacy.

Adrian De Leon

Adrian De Leon

Matadors Empowered

Hello there! My name is Adrian De Leon, and I am asking for Your help to become a Senator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences! I am currently a second-year student with a Psychology major, a Religious Studies double major, and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric. However, all this being said, I do not inherently believe that professional titles and big dreams make the world a better place-- because that would mean we would all have to be asleep! Instead of sounding and looking the part, I will do my part. In short, I am just a regular person who decided to act on my intuition. For example, I was in the TAKE program affiliated with New Student Orientation, am currently a peer educator for the Blues Project, and I am a founding father for CSUN’s chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity. In the end, my continued voluntary service is what makes me the perfect point of intersection shouldering all of our responsibilities. I will give every ounce of my available energy for our mutual benefit, and I will give us all a reason to keep moving forward!

Together we are all Matadors Empowered, and we stand for service, community, and transparency. It’s your campus. Be heard.

April Hernandez

April Hernandez

New Beginnings

Sarah Reyes

Sarah Reyes

Project R.E.D.

Hello Matadors!

My name is Sarah Reyes and I am running to be your next Senator for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. I am very excited to potentially become a part of CSUN’s Associated Students because I am eager to take part in decisions being made in my CSUN community. I am a first-generation college student who is actively seeking involvement to make a difference and to become a role model for individuals to look up to. I am a second-year majoring in Psychology with a minor in Communications Studies. Some things I am currently involved in at CSUN is being apart of the EOP community, being actively involved in the TRIO Student Support Services program, I am a peer educator for University Counseling Services’ Project D.A.T.E. program, and am also a Student Assistant for the Health and Sciences Department.

Being a first-generation college student, I tend to sometimes feel that there is a lack of representation for us to make our voices be heard in such a large university. It can also be intimidating to have no guidance or experience in being involved in a university environment. With being a part of the first-generation Latinx community, I have firsthand known how it feels to be underrepresented and feel that my voice doesn’t matter. However, this has made me push myself to become the advocate for all of those who feel unheard. Being a Senator for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences will allow me to have the platform to make these voices be heard, and to take these voices into action. I am honored and proud to be apart of a slate who shares the same goals and have the top priority of making this community inclusive to all. Being apart of the Project RED slate has given me the platform to make me feel included and that my role as a potential Senator matters. I know that Project RED will also be able to help all of you feel that same inclusivity and that YOU matter! Thank you, Matadors, for taking the time to read. On April 1st and 2nd don’t forget to vote Project Red: Revitalizing Equity & Diversity to improve access and representation for all CSUN students.

USU Board of Director Candidates

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