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.
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.
Associated Students Election Candidates
Diana VincenteThe Voice You Deserve
My name is Diana Vicente Santiago and I am running to be your next Associated Students President, I am a senior majoring in Marketing and with a minor in Management. Throughout my time here at CSUN I aspire to stay involved and gain leadership skills, which is why I have been a part of Associated Students since my freshman year. I served first as an elections committee member; and the following year I was appointed as the Chair of Elections. Currently I run social media for the organization as a part of the Marketing department. Outside of AS, I serve as the Vice President of Membership for the Latino Business Association, the Chief of Staff to the Vice President for the American Marketing Association. I have previously served as the Vice President of Marketing for the Management Association. I am also a member of the Passport Program with the Career Education and Professional Development Office.
During my free my time I stay active by being involved in multiple non-profit organizations that focus on low income communities, children and animal shelters. This has given me a new definition of community, inclusivity, representation. This has also pushed me to fight full force for the different voices we have at CSUN by making sure that representation is at the core of our advocacy. There are 3 main pillars to which my slate and I will be focusing on if elected to serve; Access and Affordability, Innovation and Progress, and Advocacy. We believe these three pillars are essential to the success of all students here at CSUN.
On April 3rd and 4th make sure to vote for The Voice You Deserve and for the change you need.
Michael MeeksStronger Together
Michael Meeks is a junior at CSUN, pursuing a degree in political science and attempting to double major in religious studies. He is president and co-founder of Students for Political Decency (SFPD), a grassroots activism organization meant to educate the CSUN campus, activate its great potential for leadership, and create new consensus around issues, in order to create a better world. SFPD is responsible for organizing in/around multiple protests. Their spring agenda called for humanely focused immigration reform. This fall, his club parlayed its resources into support for the resistance to the CSU Executive orders that would have diminished the ethnic, gender and women, queer, and language studies courses, at the campus.
He is interested in exploring postcolonial and decolonial theory in the realm of political philosophy with his graduate studies. Beyond activism and work in the academy, he seeks to teach history and civics at the high school level, where he plans to instill high school students with graduate level learning. His greatest ambition is to remain engaged in activism through his lifetime.
Micah Moore-TarverRise Up
My name is Micah Moore-Tarver a current junior at California State University Northridge with a Major in Africana Studies. My mission in life and here at CSUN is to increase the social life of our communities while building families, bonds, and networking opportunities for students and kids of all walks of life. My goal in life is to let humans know that no matter what you are going through there is always light on the other side.
Navid HaririMatadors First
As President I want to be your voice in the student body, and aim for improvements. I will advocate for social and academic excellence, and actively seek student’s thoughts and experiences. I will constantly look for improvements, and never settle for less than the best. Students are the foundation of CSUN and they must be heard and represented. It is important to build a strong community at CSUN, and to allow CSUN to become a second home, and the matadors who attend CSUN to be like a second family. I would be honored to represent you in student body.
Vice Presidential Candidates
Mohammad Q HotakiThe Voice You Deserve
My name is Mohammad Qahir Hotaki, but I go by Q. I am running to be your next Vice President of Associated Students. I am currently a senior, majoring in Biochemistry. I serve the chair of finance for the Dance Marathon club on campus and we help raise money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. I serve as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. I also work for Centre for Neuro Skills, which helps patients who have traumatic brain injuries. I am also the chair of finance for the Dance Marathon club on campus and we help raise money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Throughout my time here, I have met diverse groups of people which makes me proud to call myself a Matador Seeing that has motivated me to stand up, create change, improve the overall CSUN experience and most importantly make sure the different groups on campus have representation.
If elected I will work hard for CSUN and more importantly, the students.
Samantha CrendeStronger Together
Samantha Crende is currently an undergraduate student at California State University Northridge, working towards her bachelor's degree in Cinema and Television Arts. She is Vice President and co-founder of Students for Political Decency, a club on campus aimed to establish grassroots activism both at CSUN and in our communities, creating political awareness and promoting decency in our world. Last fall, she partook in supporting the resistance of the CSU Executive Orders being imposed on CSUN that would have detrimental effects on the ethnic, gender and women, queer and religious studies courses.
She hopes to pursue a career in the cinema/television industries, telling stories that educate, inspire, and empower audiences. Aside from academics, Samantha is passionate about issues concerning disadvantaged groups in society who struggle to gain equality, respect, representation, and basic needs to prosper. She is also dedicated to working with children to help them grow up in healthy, safe, and loving environments. She hopes to one day establish a program for disadvantaged children of all ages to learn filmmaking skills.
Kalkidan YigezuRise Up
My name Kalkidan “Cailou” Yigezu and I am running to be your next Associated Students Vice President. I am a junior majoring in Business Management and minoring in Business Entrepreneurship and Africana Studies.
I am currently serve as the Lower Division Senators where I represent freshmen and Sophomores. I am also the University Affairs chair where I led the senators to make sure all referrals brought to the committee are addressed. I am also the Camp Matador staff development, where I hired and train counselors and facilitators to lead team-bonding activities and debriefing the importance of the activities. Prior, I was a counselor for 2 years and I listened them and what their fears about college and used that to give them advice on how to better their college experience. With this leadership experience, this has shaped me to become to be the best candidate for this position.
Next year Rise Up hopes to bring more social events on campus to keep the Matador Spirit up and also host events that will help Matadors get connected with recruiters so that more Matadors have jobs lined up for them once they graduate.
Sam SabzanovMatadors First
Born from immigrant parents, Sam Sabzanov has been working hard on earning the American dream. Since coming to CSUN in the fall of 2014, Sam has experienced both the positives and negatives of being a student at the university. Given the CSUN has done a lot for its students, Sam feels as though he should give something back. As Vice President, Sam aims for social and academic excellence for the students of CSUN.