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Voter's Guide

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 Voters Guide 2022 Coming Soon

Presidential & Vice Presidential Candidates

Shayan Moshtael

Shayan Moshtael

President

Matadors Assemble

Hey Matadors! I'm Shayan Moshtael, and I currently serve as your AS Attorney General. I’m running to become your next Associated Students President so that I may further serve you in a greater capacity. I have a lot I could share with you about my academics, achievements, current involvements, and positions. But you probably don't care all that much. So let me tell you what I do care about instead. I care about the family I’ve made for myself with Associated Students, and the family that is CSUN. This has become immensely important to me during my time at the university, and I now believe it is my responsibility to keep and enhance this spirit for the current and next generation of Matadors. I want to fight for students' rights, greater accessibility, and a more welcoming campus, among many other initiatives from our administration. As an advocate for all students, I will make the CSUN experience better for us all. With our return to campus, it is time for Matadors to Assemble!

Eden Shashoua

Eden Shashoua

Vice President

Matadors Assemble

Hello Matadors, my name is Eden Shashoua and I'm running to be your next AS Vice President! I’m a junior double majoring in Business Law and Business Honors and minoring in Communications. Currently, I am Hillel 818’s art intern, a member of the CSUN Speech and Debate team and the Pre Law Association, and I served four chair positions in Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi. Through my campus involvement and experiences I have gained many leadership and communication skills. As Vice President, I will strive to create a positive atmosphere full of opportunities for student, professor, and administration connection. I hope to bridge the gap caused by Covid and create a smooth transition back to campus for students as we continue our learning in person. I will strive to build a greater awareness of the resources and organizations available and how students can access them to enhance their campus experience. I am committed to empowering student voices on campus and building an environment of inclusion.


Arts, Media, & Communications Candidates

Matthew Kadach

Matthew Kadach

Senator, College of Arts Media & Communication

Independent

Hello, I am Matthew Kadach, and I am running to be an Associated Students Senator of the College of Arts, Media, & Communication. I am in my second year at CSUN and plan on graduating as a CTVA Film Production Major. After several semesters of coursework, participating in Campus organizations (including Screenwriters Club and Cinema Club), and conferring with many peers in different departments, I have come to believe that the College and CSUN require a lot of necessary change. Coming from a CTVA background, I have identified many areas of opportunity where the department and College can improve. This includes coursework, required courses, the admissions process, equipment, student resources, better communication between CSUN faculty and students, and support for related clubs. However, I want to represent everyone in the College of Arts, Media, & Communication and listen to your concerns regardless of major or minor. If elected, I will do my best to enact positive change.

Mitul Kalra

Mitul Kalra

Senator, College of Arts Media & Communication

Independent

Hey Matadors! My name is Mitul Kalra (she/her), and I am running to be your Senator for the College of Arts, Media and Communication. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Political Science. I have been involved with Associated Students since my freshman year, where I was an active Lobby Corps member and planned a campus-wide Anti-Asian violence event, and I am now the Senator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I am also an intern for CSUN's Marketing and Communications department, and the Public Relations Coordinator for the Communication Association. If elected, I will expand networking opportunities, internship workshops and alumni networks to help students transition from college into careers. My work will increase transparency in communication methods so all students have access to up-to-date information regarding job postings, clubs, important dates and scholarships. I look forward to the opportunity to represent you!


Business & Economics Candidates

Nathan Dunne

Nathan Dunne

Senator, College of Business & Economics

Matadors Assemble

Hello CSUN, my name is Nathan Dunne and I'm running to be a senator for the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Business Law, a member of Lobby Corps, and Senior Vice President of Delta Sigma Pi, Iota Upsilon.

The reason I am running for senator is to push for Project-Based Learning, which is a type of learning that centers around projects instead of the lecture-exam model we have and use now. Specifically, I would like to work with department administration to create a pilot program for Project-Based Learning in the business college where teachers may opt-in to be a Project-Based Learning classroom and then collect the results of how students performed. This experimentation would provide positive data that Project-Based Learning creates better learning outcomes. I believe that pushing for Project-Based Learning will better help students prepare for the workforce because there is no job that tests you on lectures.

Justin Tolchinsky

Justin Tolchinsky

Senator, College of Business & Economics

Matadors Assemble

Hi Matadors! My name is Justin Tolchinsky - I am a Junior majoring in Accounting and I currently serve as one of your Senators for the Nazarian College of Business & Economics. I’m running for reelection to continue working with you and campus leaders to expand the initiatives I spearheaded including a centralized tutoring website and the Matador discount card program among others. I will continue to hold Town Halls with Dean Subramaniam and Associate Dean Lazarony so that your voice is heard and your questions are addressed. I will also ensure that the college administration engages in frequent conversation with student clubs through our Leadership in Alliance program to help them reach their full potential. Whether it is deciding on which clubs to join or how to make the most of your education at CSUN, I will work to ensure that Matadors are properly informed of all the tools available to them. I am genuinely committed to uplifting the lives of all Matadors and being a helping hand.


Humanities Candidates

Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Senator, College of Humanities

Matadors Assemble

Hi Matadors! My name is Ally Walker & I am a second year double majoring in Political Science & Gender Women’s Studies running to be your next College of Humanities senator! I currently serve as a member of the AS Diversity & Inclusion committee, the Hillel 818 president, & am a proud sister of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi. Taking on leadership roles in these organizations has taught me to be proud of my identities & has shown me that I can be a great leader for every student.

If elected as your humanities senator, I will make sure to be a support system to all of the humanities majors & to make the students my #1 priority. Accessibility & communication are vital to me & I promise as your senator, I’ll be there for you. I know how important safe spaces are in terms of self expression & comfort. My goal as senator is to consistently advocate for students & to make our campus a safe space for every student & I will do this through town halls so students can voice their opinions & concerns.


Social & Behavioral Sciences Candidates

Teresa Ramirez

Teresa Ramirez

Senator, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Matadors Assemble

Hello CSUN! My name is Teresa Ramirez and I am running to be your senator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences! I am a junior majoring in Political Science. From a young age, I have built a passion for contributing to my community because I believe that if you want to see actual change in your community, you must take it upon yourself to put in the work. I have volunteered with multiple organizations, like the Pacoima Neighborhood Council and currently intern for the State Department.As your senator I will prioritize bringing more internships, professional networking and workshop opportunities to students. As a first generation college student, I know how it feels to be lost in the midst of academia. I also know how instrumental opportunities like internships and networking events can be in a student’s life. This is why as your senator, I will work to make these opportunities abundant for students because they will serve as the catalyst for many life changing experiences.

Simcha Friedman

Simcha Friedman

Senator, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Matadors Assemble

Hey Matadors! My name is Simcha Friedman and I am running to be your next Senator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I am a junior pursuing a degree in political science with a focus on law and society. I work as a behaviorist and program coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering meaningful social connections for kids and young adults with special needs. This amazing experience has allowed me to further develop my leadership skills. As a recent transfer student whose first semester was entirely online and who is now experiencing CSUN for the first time in-person, I would like to focus on developing networking opportunities both among students and with professionals in major-related industries. I’d like to coordinate with CSUN’s alumni chapters to provide connections for students within their prospective fields while they are still in school. I also hope to expand the scope of internships available to students.

Jasmin Hernandez Giles

Jasmin Hernandez Giles

Senator, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Independent

My name is Jasmin Hernandez Giles I am a rising senior at this university and enrolled in the college of social and behavioral sciences. I am an active board member of Los Angeles County Young Democrats and have interned and continue to intern for congressional offices. I believe I have the necessary resources and connections to bring more opportunities to our campus for the issues that matter and benefit our matadors.


Science & Mathematics Candidates

Mayra Villafuerte

Mayra Villafuerte

Senator, College of Science & Math

Independent

Hi everyone! My name is May(ra) Villafuerte and I am running to become your next AS Senator for the College of Science & Mathematics. I am a 4th year Biotechnology major with a Chemistry minor. During my time at CSUN, I’ve worked with TRIO Upward Bound as a Science & Math Tutor and as an Instructional Assistant for a six-week Biology Summer Enrichment course for individuals who are looking to complete post-secondary education and become incoming college students in the near future— some of which apply to CSUN. For a semester I was a part of the CSUN Noyce Program as a Noyce Intern, where I was presented the opportunity to attend funded professional conferences. Through the Biology student Committee, I now serve as a Mentor for current CSUN students with a Biology-related major.If elected to serve as Senator I would address and prioritize issues brought up by students. I strongly believe in helping others and through this opportunity as your senator I will be able serve our community.


Graduate Candidates

Minely Moradian

Minely Moradian

Graduate Senator

Matadors Assemble

Hello Matadors! My name is Minely Moradian and I am running to become your next Graduate Senator. I am a current graduate student studying Higher Education Leadership and Policy. I have earned my bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and minor in Psychology. I am a first generation student here to represent all CSUN graduate students.

During my college journey, I've been part of the Educational Opportunity Program specifically the Commuter Bridge Program. I‘ve been a Peer Advisor at the Matador Advising Hub working with freshmen. Currently, I am a Lead Graduate Assistant in Academic Initiative at CSUN Student Housing. As a senator, I want to provide diverse and accessible events such as group study sessions, game and karaoke nights, and discussion sessions about mental health and career goals. Lastly, I want to empower our students and give them the resources they need to succeed in college, so they can build a community where they can share their voices and identities as a whole.

Raphael Lee

Raphael Lee

Graduate Senator

Matadors Assemble

Hi Matadors! My name is KwonHyuk “Raphael” Lee and I am a graduate student majoring in Higher Education Leadership, running to be your next Graduate Senator. A first-generation college student, I graduated from CSUN in 2021 with my Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Tourism Management. During this time, I served as a Resident Advisor in Student Housing, Assistant Producer for AS Productions, Orientation Leader for New Student Orientation (NSO), Health Educator for Peer Health Exchange, and an intern for the CSUN Dream Center and Pride Center. Now, I am President of MenCARE, a member of the AS Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and a cast member for TAKE 34 through NSO. As your Graduate Senator, I aim to foster inclusivity, inspire graduate students to express their opinions about campus climate, and collaborate with leaders to develop empowering solutions. This journey has prepared me to be a voice for graduate students, demonstrating that our fights, stories, dreams, and we matter.


Lower Division Candidates

Katie Karroum

Katie Karroum

Lower Division Senator

Matadors Assemble

My name is Katie Karroum, I am a First-Year at CSUN and am currently in Lobby Corps. During Lobby Corps, I've taken large strides to make an impact on the CSUN community by having intensive meetings with the prior Chair of Legislative Affairs about improving physical activity and policing on campus. I partnered with an organization coming to CSUN called Exercise is Medicine on Campus, within my first month of being on Lobby Corps, that plans on creating a healthier physical lifestyle for all CSUN students; I plan on continuing with the organization throughout my time in college. Even as a freshman, I have a lot of ambitions & plans I want to make a reality with my potential position as a Lower Division Senator at CSUN. I hope to accomplish a lot of changes & plan on being very dependable for all issues that need to be solved within our community. I intend on contributing my creative, optimistic, & rational mindset towards all decisions and changes that need to be made.

Jenishkumar Bhavnagri

Jenishkumar Bhavnagri

Lower Division Senator

Matadors Assemble

Hello CSUN family!! This is Jenish Bhavnagri and I am running to become one of your next Lower Division Senators. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering, an active member of AS Lobby Corps, secretary at ENC (Every Nation Campus) CSUN, and a member of CSUN mentorship program.

As a Lower Division senator, my focus will be to enhance the college experience for freshmen and sophomore students. I would like to work on increasing awareness amongst students about the specific resources provided by the university for students. My other area of focus will be on increasing international and transfer student engagement on campus by arranging events where they can interact with each other and make a community, which will also promote campus diversity. I will make sure that all students are heard unbiasedly and helped without any discrimination. Lastly, I hope to make this return to campus an amazing success.

Leslie Ponce

Leslie Ponce

Lower Division Senator

Independent

Hey Everyone! I'm Leslie Ponce, and I'm running to be your Lower Division Senator! I have been involved in student government and many organizations, and I hope to continue these efforts at CSUN. As the Lower Division Senator, I want to help get Lower Division students more involved. With the pandemic and CSUN being a commuter school, students aren't as aware of the activities on campus. I want to change that! I will expand social media outreach to ensure more students are aware of the events on campus. I will focus on making events more accessible to ensure optimal participation. Lastly, I will increase network opportunities for 1st and 2nd-year students to ensure you go into your last years of college with relevant experience and your transition out of college is a smooth one. As a commuter and first-generation college student, I have great insight to offer. I hope to be a voice for you all—Vote Leslie Ponce for Lower Division Senator.


Upper Division Candidates

Josie Anderson

Josie Anderson

Upper Division Senator

Matadors Assemble

Hey CSUN! I'm Josie Anderson and I am running to become one of your next Upper Division Senators. I am in my second year majoring in Business Law and minoring in Political Science. I am heavily involved on campus, being the Chapter Life Vice President of Alpha Xi Delta and currently serving as one of your AS Lower Division senators. Being a part of Associated Students has completely changed my college experience. I’ve met incredible people who have made monumental shifts on campus, and I've seen the power that we have when we come together and lift each other up. In my position as a Lower Division Senator, I’ve strengthened my leadership skills and found my voice to push for what I believe in. If elected to represent Upper Division Students, I aim to improve many aspects of the Junior and Senior experience, including academic advisement and class accessibility and accommodations, and work with my co-senator and the rest of AS Leadership to see those adjustments come to life.

Paige Hajiloo

Paige Hajiloo

Upper Division Senator

Matadors Assemble

Hello, Matadors! I am Paige Hajiloo and I am running to become one of your next Upper Division Senators. I am a second year student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Science. I currently serve as one of your Lower Division Senators and I also am a student assistant with the Matador Involvement Center, working specially with clubs and organizations. CSUN has truly provided me with amazing involvement opportunities, and I want to ensure that my fellow peers have access to these opportunities. Serving for AS this year has opened my eyes to endless possibilities that we as students have. I will do my best to enhance the upper division experience. With the return to campus, I will ensure you are actively aware of the available resources, from mental health to academic advisement, that ensure a more successful and prosperous year. I am dedicated to listen and amplify your voices and further create a positive, inclusive and safe environment for all of my fellow Matadors.