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
Presidential & Vice Presidential Candidates
President CandidateNew 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.
Vice President CandidateNew 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!
President CandidateMatadors 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.
Vice President CandidateMatadors 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.
President CandidateProject R.E.D.
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!
Deion Joseph Turner
Vice President CandidateProject R.E.D.
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!
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.
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!