AS

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 2021

Presidential & Vice Presidential Candidates

Jacob Akopnik

Jacob Akopnik

President Candidate

Rise Above

He/him/his
Major Political Science
Minor Urban Studies and Planning

Hey Matadors! My name is Jacob Akopnik, and I am running to be your next AS President! I'm a third-year Political Science student with a minor in Urban Studies and Planning, and I have been greatly involved in the CSUN community since the beginning of my college career. I've had the pleasure of holding leadership positions with many different programs and organizations around campus including the USU board, Camp Matador, NSO, Greek Life, and more. Within Associated Students, I've volunteered for many different events, served as a 2019-20 Lower Division Senator, the Spring '20 Internal Affairs chair, and I currently serve as the Attorney General. Through my experience, I have learned many different things, from CSUN knowledge to leadership skills, but the greatest lesson of all is being able to acknowledge the privilege that these roles hold and how to help my fellow students using that privilege. This encouraged me to put together a team that represents many different communities on campus. With our pillars: inclusivity, outreach, and community, along with new ideas such as culture nights, consistent town halls, and more fulfilling inclusivity trainings all around campus, I truly believe we will be able to help the student body with the privilege of AS leadership. Together, we will Rise Above!


Kayla Simpkins

Kayla Simpkins

Vice President Candidate

Rise Above

she/her/hers
Major Psychology
Minor Child and Adolescent Development

Hey Matadors! My name is Kayla Simpkins, and I am running to be your next AS Vice President! I am a third-year majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child and Adolescent Development. I fell in love with CSUN because I knew that I could be a part of many organizations that fight for positive change and I have taken every opportunity that comes my way ever since I first became a Matador; from being the Director of Public Relations of the Black Student Leadership Council and a paraprofessional in the DRES department to now serving as the President of my sorority and the Associated Students Chief of Staff. My goal is to make sure that every student feels comfortable and gains experiences within CSUN so their educational career is not just represented by a degree but represented by the connections and professional skills that they gained. I believe it takes strong leaders to see change within a community and that is why I decided to run for Vice President. Our slate stands for the importance of inclusivity, outreach, and community. With that in mind, I am ready to listen and advocate for all student needs! This past year showed us that life is unpredictable but together, we will Rise Above!


Jonathan Hay

Jonathan Hay

President Candidate

Matadors Leading Forward

He, Him, His
Major Accounting

If elected, I will donate $7,000 of my presidential earnings back to student scholarships. Our administration will be committed to addressing every one of your needs whether it is financially, mentally, or socially. Let me introduce myself. My name is Jonathan Hay (he/him) and I'm looking to be elected as your next Associated Students (AS) President. In my 2 years in AS I've seen the highs and lows. AS has a lot to offer however, we have failed to reach out to you and ensure we are doing everything to help you succeed. I know what it takes to change that. As the Business College Senator, I've hosted Town Halls, hosted business club leader meetings, spoken at faculty meetings, and held monthly one-on-one meetings with Dean Subramaniam and Associate Dean Lazarony. I will bring this same passion I've had as a senator, as your president. Your voices are at the forefront of what our administration will be working on daily. We will do more than just make sure that you are heard.

When we transaction back onto campus, our administration will be dedicated to making sure the switch is as smooth as possible. To ensure you have no financial burden, we will expand our book voucher program to allow 500 students to get all their books and materials paid for. We will make sure that you can find a job on campus again as we'll have access to more mental health resources.

At the end of the day, your voice is the only voice that matters. Kaitlyn and I are dedicated to you. We believe you should have the ability to directly talk with higher administrators like Dr. Beck, the dean, and the provost. We will host school-wide town halls so you can ask your questions and tell your concerns directly to the upper administrators. We will host Instagram Lives so you can have direct access to us outside of school.


Kaitlyn Orozco

Kaitlyn Orozco

Vice President Candidate

Matadors Leading Forward

She/Her
Major Speech Language Pathology

My name is Kaitlyn Orozco (she/her) and I am a third year Speech and Language Pathology student who is running to be the next Associated Students Vice President! I am currently a tour guide for CSUN's University Ambassadors, a member of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA), and a sister of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. As a first generation student, I know I had a difficult time navigating through my first year at CSUN and faced many social and academic obstacles. I was unaware of the scholarship opportunities, the social outings, and all of the other possibilities that CSUN had to offer. It wasn't until I got involved on campus that I became exposed to these opportunities, acquired a variety of leadership skills, and finally noticed myself grow into the leader that I am today. Given this opportunity, I will strive to put the best interest of every student first, because their voice is the most valuable tool that we, as a slate, have in order to create the best campus environment possible. The pillars that my slate and I will be upholding are centered around the students of CSUN and their voices.

Through our first pillar of giving back, we are looking to help you, the students, come back to campus safely and with all the resources you may need either financially, mentally, and socially. This includes expanding our book voucher program to financially support you by helping pay for your books and supplies. Our second pillar of transparency does not just focus on ensuring that you know what we are working on in AS, but understanding and focusing on your needs and ensuring that we are answering them. We will host Town Halls and Instagram lives to ensure we communicate that information effectively. Finally, our third pillar is focusing on you. We want to hear what you believe we need to address because after all, you are our boss, and your priorities are always ours. Together we are Matadors Leading Forward - leading to a better future!

Arts, Media, & Communications Candidates

Chris Weitzman

Chris Weitzman

Arts, Media, & Communications Candidate

Matadors Leading Forward

He/Him
Major Film Production
Minor Theatre (Acting/Directing)

Hello! My name is Chris Weitzman, and I am running to be one of your next senators for the College of Arts, Media, and Communication. I am a first-generation Latinx college student of Jewish descent and the first in my family to major in Film and Theatre studies. I am an active member of Hillel 818, an independent filmmaker, the showrunner/creator of the upcoming series WAVE, and a current member, as well as a previous treasurer, of CSUN's Screenwriters Club. My past few years at CSUN have grown a sense of home within me and brought the realization of the Matador experience being more than just a place to earn a degree. We build friendships, lifelong memories, leadership skills, and most importantly our professional and emotional futures here. For these reasons, I've learned the pertinence of family, friends, mental and physical health, community, and education due to the current and uncertain times we are living in. Through this opportunity as your Senator, I will serve our community and inspire our students to not allow this uncertainty to define their experience. We will set our sights on having amazing days above all.

Through our first pillar of giving back, we are looking to help you, the students, come back to campus safely and with all the resources you may need either financially, mentally, and socially. This includes expanding our book voucher program to financially support you by helping pay for your books and supplies. Our second pillar of transparency does not just focus on ensuring that you know what we are working on in AS, but understanding and focusing on your needs and ensuring that we are answering them. We will host Town Halls and Instagram lives to ensure we communicate that information effectively. Finally, our third pillar is focusing on you. We want to hear what you believe we need to address because after all, you are our boss, and your priorities are always ours. Together we are Matadors Leading Forward - leading to a better future!


Cielo Munoz

Cielo Munoz

Arts, Media, & Communications Candidate

Matadors Leading Forward

she/her
Major Documentary Television Production

Hi! My name is Cielo Vivian Munoz (she/her), and I am running to represent the College of Arts, Media, and Communication as your Senator! I am a first generation college student, and a second generation immigrant, so I understand not just the struggles COVID has presented us as students and artists, but I also understand the everyday efforts put forward by our Matadors even in “normal” circumstances to not just attend this university, but to thrive in it. To me, this university and my peers-- you-- are proof of insurmountable spirit and ethic; both in our work and our activism, we radiate strength and determination for doing what is right, and I hope that I can help and advocate on your behalf through this opportunity. I know that through my experiences as a Documentary Television Major, CSUN Cinema Club’s treasurer for the entirety of my CSUN career (two, going on three years running!), and as a musician in Mariachi el Matador, I can advocate for our artists and our afforded resources. I am so undeniably proud of being a Matador, and I know that through this opportunity, I can serve our community in a way that reflects this.

Through our first pillar of giving back, we are looking to help you, the students, come back to campus safely and with all the resources you may need either financially, mentally, and socially. This includes expanding our book voucher program to financially support you by helping pay for your books and supplies. Our second pillar of transparency does not just focus on ensuring that you know what we are working on in AS, but understanding and focusing on your needs and ensuring that we are answering them. We will host Town Halls and Instagram lives to ensure we communicate that information effectively. Finally, our third pillar is focusing on you. We want to hear what you believe we need to address because after all, you are our boss, and your priorities are always ours. Together we are Matadors Leading Forward - leading to a better future!

Celeste M. Bird

Celeste M. Bird

Arts, Media & Communication

Independent

 

Business & Economics Candidates

Elline Deogracias

Elline Deogracias

Business & Economics

Matadors Leading Forward

Major Business Law

My name is Elline Deogracias (she/her) and I'm running to represent you as the Senator for the College of Business and Economics. I am a Junior studying Business Law with honors and am part of Beta Gamma Sigma. I stand out from other candidates because advocating for students' needs is at the core of my actions and beliefs. In the past three years, I've been heavily involved in addressing growing rates of food insecurity, unemployment, and sustainability issues in the CSUN community and beyond. My goal is to make myself as available as possible to help students flourish at CSUN, whether it's through academics, professional development, or basic needs such as access to food, housing, and mental health resources.

Through our first pillar of giving back, we are looking to help you, the students, come back to campus safely and with all the resources you may need either financially, mentally, and socially. This includes expanding our book voucher program to financially support you by helping pay for your books and supplies. Our second pillar of transparency does not just focus on ensuring that you know what we are working on in AS, but understanding and focusing on your needs and ensuring that we are answering them. We will host Town Halls and Instagram lives to ensure we communicate that information effectively. Finally, our third pillar is focusing on you. We want to hear what you believe we need to address because after all, you are our boss, and your priorities are always ours. Together we are Matadors Leading Forward - leading to a better future!


Christian Lipton

Christian Lipton

Business & Economics Candidate

Rise Above

He/Him/His
Major Marketing
Minor Communications

Hey Matadors! My name is Christian Lipton, a second-year Marketing major with a Communications minor, and I am running to be your next senator for the College of Business and Economics. I'm the current Recruitment Chairman and Creative Director for Lambda Chi Alpha, as well as the Student Admin Assistant for USU Marketing. Adding that to my 4+ years of professional digital marketing experience and my experience working for Camp Kesem CSUN, there's no person better fit to lead you than me. As a former student section leader in high school, I know how to keep a crowd energized and engaged through long periods of time. These experiences will help me bring my personal, fun, and exciting touch to our meetings where I will not only fight for what students want, but I will also promote and advertise for a safer and comfortable college experience for everyone. As your primary advocate, I will do my best to actively listen and engage within our community, and through my experiences, shape CSUN into a second home for everyone. Together we will Rise Above!


Amber Greene

Amber Greene

Business & Economics Candidate

Rise Above

Major Business Management

Hey Matadors! My name is Amber Greene, I am a third-year Business Management major. I am running to be your next senator representing the College of Business and Economics! Prior to attending CSUN, I was involved in a lot of leadership positions at my high school. I worked with incoming freshmen, led a track team, and attended many leadership conferences. My experiences have taught me many qualities of a leader, including the value of listening, problem-solving, and inclusivity. Many students are faced with the obstacle of underrepresentation and I want to fight for those students and ensure that someone in leadership is advocating for them. As your senator, I plan to actively listen to your needs by doing Q&As and administering panels to increase transparency and communication. I want to make sure that all Matadors feel that they belong and that their voice matters. Together, we will Rise Above!


Justin Tolchinsky

Justin Tolchinsky

Business & Economics Candidate

Matadors Leading Forward

he/him
Major Accounting Information Systems & Business Honors

Hello Matadors! My name is Justin Tolchinsky and I'm running to be your next Senator for the College of Business and Economics! I am currently an Accounting Information Systems & Business Honors Sophomore. Before coming to CSUN, I advocated for my K-12 peers on a Curriculum Council by introducing engaging activities to make learning more than watching a PowerPoint with technology like Quizlet minigames. Access to a high-quality education is a right and Matadors deserve to be in the know about all the resources that CSUN has to offer, from academic support to professional development through our amazing student clubs and programs. As the Director of Monday Meetings for the Accounting Association, I help my peers realize their career goals by creating a welcoming meeting environment with potential employers. As the Director of Scholarship for the Interfraternity Council, I seek to empower our members with CSUN's resources and help them inspire local high school students to go to college. I now aspire to represent you as your next Business senator to truly help my fellow Matadors rise while balancing your academic and career goals.

Through our first pillar of giving back, we are looking to help you, the students, come back to campus safely and with all the resources you may need either financially, mentally, and socially. This includes expanding our book voucher program to financially support you by helping pay for your books and supplies. Our second pillar of transparency does not just focus on ensuring that you know what we are working on in AS, but understanding and focusing on your needs and ensuring that we are answering them. We will host Town Halls and Instagram lives to ensure we communicate that information effectively. Finally, our third pillar is focusing on you. We want to hear what you believe we need to address because after all, you are our boss, and your priorities are always ours. Together we are Matadors Leading Forward - leading to a better future!


Nathan Dunne

Nathan Dunne

Business & Economics Candidate

Independent

He/Him
Major Business Law

Hello, I am Nathan Dunne, and I am running to be your next AS Business and Economics Senator. I am running on policies to benefit all students, not my own personal gain. Some of the things I am fighting for are:

  • Student input when hiring faculty and professors

  • A safe and assured reopening of CSUN

  • Greater budget transparency with tuition money

  • Free Pads and Tampons in every women’s restrooms

  • Push AS to disavow and fight against political agendas pushed by professors in a classroom environment

My experience with being a Chancellor at Delta Sigma Pi, Director of Relations at BusinessCSUN, and a member of AS Lobby Corps has prepared me for the hard work required AS Senator. In these organizations, I have learned how to work with others and have a deep understanding of the business school community.

We need a better return on investment for our tuition. Vote for me and I will fight to ensure every CSUN student is heard. Make sure to follow me @dunne2021ascsunsenate on Instagram. Feel free to dm any questions about my platform on my Instagram.

Engineering & Computer Science Candidates

Mahima Mishor

Mahima Mishor

Engineering & Computer Science Candidate

Matadors Leading Forward

she/her
Major Computer Science
Minor Data Science

My name is Mahima Mishor (she/her) and I am running to be your next Senator for the College of Engineering & Computer Science. I am a sophomore majoring in Computer Science, and minoring in Data Science. I see myself apart from other candidates due to my optimistic approach when tackling challenging situations. I'm currently Secretary of a newly organized club called FAANG, where we target freshmen or anyone who wishes to improve on their problem-solving skills within java syntax. This is a great way for students to interact and learn within a virtual setting, as well as help to overcome the communication barriers that formed within the past year due to COVID. This ties in with one of my main focuses which is to implement more easily accessible ways for students to be able to communicate with one another and receive the help and guidance they need in regards to their area of study.

Through our first pillar of giving back, we are looking to help you, the students, come back to campus safely and with all the resources you may need either financially, mentally, and socially. This includes expanding our book voucher program to financially support you by helping pay for your books and supplies. Our second pillar of transparency does not just focus on ensuring that you know what we are working on in AS, but understanding and focusing on your needs and ensuring that we are answering them. We will host Town Halls and Instagram lives to ensure we communicate that information effectively. Finally, our third pillar is focusing on you. We want to hear what you believe we need to address because after all, you are our boss, and your priorities are always ours. Together we are Matadors Leading Forward - leading to a better future!


Talha Harooni

Talha Harooni

Engineering & Computer Science Candidate

Rise Above

He/him
Major Computer Science

Hello Matadors, my name is Talha Harooni. I am currently a second-year student majoring in Computer Science, and I am running to be the Senator for the College of Engineering and Computer Science! I have been mesmerized by the opportunities available at CSUN, especially in AS, and how I can impact our community in a positive way. I have had many experiences throughout high school and college. I've been involved with the Red Cross, Unicef, and captain of my high school tennis team. These experiences taught me how to properly communicate with others and stay organized. I want to serve as your senator so that I may help institute new changes, for example trying to ensure professors record all lectures for students who need to revisit them. As your primary advocate, I will make sure every individual gets an option to speak their mind, and that their opinion will be taken seriously. During tough times we must make sure that we come together and be there for each other because together we can Rise Above!


Areesha Hussain

Areesha Hussain

Engineering & Computer Science Candidate

Matadors Leading Forward

She/her/hers
Major Computer Science

Hello! My name is Areesha Hussain and I am currently a sophomore majoring in Computer Science. I am running to be your next Senator for the College of Engineering & Computer Science. Prior to coming to CSUN, I was very much involved in my high school as I was a part of the Cross-Country team, served as Business Manager and Sports Editor for Yearbook, and led a club Restorative Justice efforts in H.E.A.R.T. As a first-generation college student, I have always been so inclined towards helping others and trying to not only better myself but finding ways that could help others as well. I am currently a treasurer of a newly organized club called FAANG. Our club is designed to help students who are new to coding and give them an opportunity to get a head-start on things they will be learning soon in their classes. I strongly believe in teamwork and know if everyone works together towards the same goal, there is no doubt we can't accomplish anything. This is what our slate is about. We are committed to ensuring that everything we do is best for you and the entire CSUN community!

Through our first pillar of giving back, we are looking to help you, the students, come back to campus safely and with all the resources you may need either financially, mentally, and socially. This includes expanding our book voucher program to financially support you by helping pay for your books and supplies. Our second pillar of transparency does not just focus on ensuring that you know what we are working on in AS, but understanding and focusing on your needs and ensuring that we are answering them. We will host Town Halls and Instagram lives to ensure we communicate that information effectively. Finally, our third pillar is focusing on you. We want to hear what you believe we need to address because after all, you are our boss, and your priorities are always ours. Together we are Matadors Leading Forward - leading to a better future!

Social & Behavioral Sciences Candidates

Cynthia Sewah

Cynthia Sewah

Social & Behavioral Sciences Candidate

Rise Above

she/her/hers
Major Political Science- Law and Society

Hello Matadors! My name is Cynthia Sewah. I am a third-year Political Science major running to represent you as the upcoming Senator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences! As a transfer student, campus involvement became an opportunity for growth, belonging, and development. I currently hold an executive position as the secretary for the Delta Zeta sorority here at CSUN. Through this position, I have gained insight into student life and formulated communication-based strategies for efficiency and efficacy in student-related issues. My campus involvement has not only enabled personal growth and belonging, but it has also driven forth the growth and belonging of the students impacted by my position. I've learned that a role is not limited to simply a title; it is a unique opportunity to represent the voices that often go unheard. My goal, simply put, is to be your voice. I will not only be your Senator: I will be an advocate for change and a reflection of the diverse voices of students within this college. Some of us have established firm goals and aspirations for our futures and some of us are simply figuring life out. Regardless of where we find ourselves as college students, the support of our peers, professors, and college will stimulate our growth towards success. Rising above together is not merely an option; it will be the natural outcome of our journey to diversification, empowerment, and real change!


Charlie Rodriguez-Salazar

Charlie Rodriguez-Salazar

Social & Behavioral Sciences Candidate

Rise Above

He/him/his
Major Sociology

Hi Matadors! My name is Charlie Rodriguez-Salazar, a third-year Sociology major with a concentration in Inequality and Diversity, and I want to be your next AS Senator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences! I am running for senate because I seek to amplify the voices of those that are underrepresented. As a first-generation college student and a child of immigrants I, like many others, have had to put myself through community college while maintaining a job to make ends meet and now that I'm here, we're dealing with a pandemic. Through this time I have found that one giant issue that us students face is that now more than ever we need more college advisors to help guide us through our academic journey. If elected, I will use my title as senator along with the experience gained as a member of Lobby Corps and as Commissioner of Human Relations to push for hiring more academic advisors. I also plan on making an online forum for the college where students can ask questions, help one another and place suggestions so that all our voices are heard. I act, not with my own best interest alone but instead for all of us here at CSUN by acknowledging the obstacles thrown at us and together we will Rise Above!


Verenisse Carrillo

Verenisse Carrillo

Social & Behavioral Sciences Candidate

Matadors Leading Forward

She/Her/Hers
Major Criminology and Justice Studies
Minor Political Science

Hello! My name is Verenisse Carrillo, but you can just simply call me V! Currently, I'm a Sophomore, majoring in Criminology & Justice Studies and minoring in Political Science, and I am running for Senator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I stand out from other candidates by implementing my passion for the justice system to the CSUN community. Since I was young, I grew up wanting to become a lawyer in order to help establish peace and justice into society. With my abilities and interests, I will prioritize and highlight the concerns and efforts of the students, meanwhile enforcing the ideology of opening up new opportunities for students who want to pursue or explore their decided interests. Similarly, we live in a detrimental time period where social interaction is limited due to a rise in health crisis across the nation. My plan is to make the CSUN community more receptive towards mental health awareness, in addition to offering multiple events to enable CSUN students to reconnect with one another and create a stronger support and professional networking system. Through our first pillar of giving back, our slate is looking to help you, the students, come back to campus safely and with all the resources you may need either financially, mentally, and socially. This includes expanding our book voucher program to financially support you by helping pay for your books and supplies. Our second pillar of transparency does not just focus on ensuring that you know what we are working on in AS, but understanding and focusing on your needs and ensuring that we are answering them. We will host Town Halls and Instagram lives to ensure we communicate that information effectively. Finally, our third pillar is focusing on you. We want to hear what you believe we need to address because after all, you are our boss, and your priorities are always ours. Together we are Matadors Leading Forward - leading to a better future!


Marina Moreno-Carrillo

Marina Moreno-Carrillo

Social & Behavioral Sciences Candidate

Independent

Major Criminology and Justice Studies
Minor Child and Adolescent Development

Hi Matadors! My name is Marina Moreno-Carrillo, I am a Senior running to be Associated Students' Senator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I am a first-generation student, pursuing my Bachelor's degree in Criminology and Justice Studies with a minor in Child and Adolescent Development. Being involved within the CSUN community has changed my life completely. I have been involved in the New Student Orientation program, along with being Secretary for the Criminology and Justice Studies Club. While being a student and actively involved on campus, these experiences gave me the opportunity to learn the importance of diversity and inclusivity. With that comes the realization of many struggles we all face, even more so recently with being a student in a virtual environment. Being understanding, I have developed a passion for listening to others' needs and putting it to action to improve the campus community. Therefore, as an advocate for student equality, it is imperative to me that all students are heard and represented. With obtaining this position I will ensure all issues are acknowledged and students remain the priority!

Vote for me, Marina Moreno-Carrillo, as Senator for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, on April 6th and 7th!

Health & Human Development Candidates

Olivia Mazurova

Olivia Mazurova

Health & Human Development Candidate

Matadors Leading Forward

She/Her
Major Health Administration
Minor Chemistry

My name is Olivia Mazurova (she/her) and I am running for Senator for the College of Health and Human Development! As a student studying Health Administration, I have been exposed to factors that affect the health of individuals and populations and I want to use that knowledge to better your experience at CSUN. As a first generation student, I have always been eager to serve communities and by getting involved with CSUN, it has helped me understand different majors' needs and interests. Giving campus tours as a University Ambassador, has given me the opportunity to understand students and has given me the responsibility to give students accurate and high expectations of CSUN. I am also the President of PhiDE which has allowed me to mentor and as we have transitioned to a virtual environment, we have successfully increased membership and participation in events and I hope to bring that success to you by making virtual and hybrid options supportive. As a member of the HASA I have had direct exposure to students within the college and as the Senator, I will lead matadors to a greater future and use all resources to better CSUN for you.

Through our first pillar of giving back, we are looking to help you, the students, come back to campus safely and with all the resources you may need either financially, mentally, and socially. This includes expanding our book voucher program to financially support you by helping pay for your books and supplies. Our second pillar of transparency does not just focus on ensuring that you know what we are working on in AS, but understanding and focusing on your needs and ensuring that we are answering them. We will host Town Halls and Instagram lives to ensure we communicate that information effectively. Finally, our third pillar is focusing on you. We want to hear what you believe we need to address because after all, you are our boss, and your priorities are always ours. Together we are Matadors Leading Forward-leading to a better future.

 

Science & Mathematics Candidates

Caitlin Vamenta

Caitlin Vamenta

Science & Mathematics Candidate

Matadors Leading Forward

Major Biotechnology

Hi Matadors! My name is Caitlin Vamenta and I am running for Senator of the College of Science and Mathematics. I am a sophomore majoring in biotechnology and I am involved in several clubs and organizations on campus. Through my time as a student so far, I've seen the changes that need to be made within our college. I will make sure all your voices are heard and will communicate your concerns to the college administrators.

Through our first pillar of giving back, we are looking to help you, the students, come back to campus safely and with all the resources you may need either financially, mentally, and socially. This includes expanding our book voucher program to financially support you by helping pay for your books and supplies. Our second pillar of transparency does not just focus on ensuring that you know what we are working on in AS, but understanding and focusing on your needs and ensuring that we are answering them. We will host Town Halls and Instagram lives to ensure we communicate that information effectively. Finally, our third pillar is focusing on you. We want to hear what you believe we need to address because after all, you are our boss, and your priorities are always ours. Together we are Matadors Leading Forward - leading to a better future!


Shannon Arias Ortega

Shannon Arias Ortega

Science & Mathematics Candidate

Matadors Leading Forward

Major Cell and Molecular Biology

My name is Shannon and I am running for Senator for the College of Science and Math. I am majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology. I am a first-generation student who grew up in Indiana. I am a Medic in the Army National Guard. Currently, I am aiding in COVID-19 relief by assisting hospitals across California and administering vaccinations. I am where I am today because I had guidance from my peers, supervisors, and professors. I understand how important it is to have access to resources and a support system to amplify one's voice. At CSUN, I was a part of the Feminist Club and a Pandia Health campus representative, where I advocated for women's access to reproductive health resources. I have also been a part of Matador 4 Wellness for the past two years, which has familiarized me with all of the services and resources that the Klotz Student Health Center provides. I am a tutor for the Math Department and in a research program called Build Poder. I support other students in our college who juggle work, classes, research and being involved. My goal is to alleviate student's stresses and improve the overall college experience.

Through our first pillar of giving back, we are looking to help you, the students, come back to campus safely and with all the resources you may need either financially, mentally, and socially. This includes expanding our book voucher program to financially support you by helping pay for your books and supplies. Our second pillar of transparency does not just focus on ensuring that you know what we are working on in AS, but understanding and focusing on your needs and ensuring that we are answering them. We will host Town Halls and Instagram lives to ensure we communicate that information effectively. Finally, our third pillar is focusing on you. We want to hear what you believe we need to address because after all, you are our boss, and your priorities are always ours. Together we are Matadors Leading Forward - leading to a better future!

Graduate Candidates

Sipan Kiremidjian

Sipan Kiremidjian

Graduate Candidate

Independent

Major Geographic Information Sciences

I am a proud CSUN Matador who has returned to pursue a MS in GIS, after graduating in Spring 2020 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Economics. Having grown up in the San Fernando Valley, I am happy to serve my community such as volunteering as a multi-lingual poll worker in the 2018 Primary Election, 2018 Midterm Election, and 2019 Special Election and interning for the non-profit Center for Geospatial Sciences and Technology located at CSUN.

As an individual who is concerned with community involvement, I aspire to extend my commitment to my fellow graduate students by helping them discover campus resources, supporting and facilitating legislature that promotes a diverse campus lifestyle, and working with faculty and campus administrators to further reduce the inefficiencies of "Zoom University".

Being a student who was a 2-year transfer in their undergrad, I understand the difficulty in navigating the flow of information that is not easily made available to those who seek it. If elected as Graduate Senator, I will work with the administration to prioritize the availability of critical information to students such as: upcoming fee increases (Ex. the $125 fee that is set to fund the New Heart of Campus beginning in 2022-2023), having degree requirements updated on each department's respective page, and making resources that are available only to students such as the free Adobe Creative Cloud license more visible.

I believe that CSUN is a hidden gem of knowledge, but the many things you can do here should not be. With your support, we can build a more active and informed community who can have all their voices heard.


Kiana Requena

Kiana Requena

Graduate Candidate

Rise Above

she/her/hers
Major Higher Education Leadership

Hey Matadors! I'm Kiana Requena, a first-year graduate student studying Higher Education Leadership and your next Graduate Senator! I completed my undergraduate career at CSUN studying Biology with a minor in Popular Culture Studies, and worked both at the Learning Resource Center in various positions and in the Biology department as a research assistant. These experiences allowed me to engage in meaningful dialogue with community members from all over campus, which brought the lack of transparency and accessibility within higher education to my attention and catalyzed my passion for making college more inclusive. I have a deep appreciation for the CSUN community because of the unique experiences brought to the table by students, faculty and staff alike, and would like nothing more than to help CSUN rise. Because of this, I accepted the privilege of voicing student issues as an AS Senator representing the College of Education, which has only furthered my passion for supporting my CSUN community. Graduate students, I will support you by facilitating more dialogue with faculty and staff to make sure your needs are heard and met. We will not be an overlooked group at CSUN; together we will Rise Above!


Teady Ochoa

Teady Ochoa

Graduate Candidate

Rise Above

she/her
Major Higher Education Leadership

Hey Matadors! My name is Teady Ochoa and I am a current graduate student in the Higher Education Leadership program, running to be your next Graduate senator! I completed my undergraduate in Political Science and a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality studies at Cal State LA, where I was involved in AS as Vice President for Administration. This role gave me the opportunity to create amazing programming and workshops, and to advocate for different issues on campus along with other student representatives in regard to uplifting campus spirit, housing, military-connected students and more. My goal as a Graduate Senator is to bridge any gaps between the student body and campus administration by creating town halls for graduate students to voice their concerns and communicate to administrators. I believe through hard work and dedication anything can be accomplished. I promise to provide transparency in all aspects of my role as I believe together, we will Rise Above!

Lower Division Candidates

Josie Anderson

Josie Anderson

Lower Division Candidate

Matadors Leading Forward

She/Her/Hers
Major Business Law

Hello! My name is Josie Anderson and I am running for Lower Division Senator. Currently, I am a sophomore majoring in Business Law. As a member of Alpha Xi Delta and the Pre-Law Association, I have learned how much this university has to offer. I love the school climate and how diverse each part of CSUN is. Even through a virtual setting, I have been able to meet so many different people. One of my favorite parts of connecting with other students is hearing how their time here is helping them create their future path. As Lower Division Senator, I plan to be a friendly face to all of my constituents and make sure their voices are heard loud and clear. I hope to be someone that students can always rely on when they need extra support. Many will be going into their second year at CSUN this fall but have never taken a class in person. It is vital to address this phenomenon and it will be one of my main concerns. I will advocate for each student who is stepping on campus for the first time to be fully welcomed and given the opportunity to adjust. In addition, my slate has created pillars discussing our goals for the future. Through our first pillar of giving back, we are looking to help you, the students, come back to campus safely and with all the resources you may need either financially, mentally, or socially. This includes expanding our book voucher program to financially support you by helping pay for your books and supplies. Our second pillar of transparency does not just focus on ensuring that you know what we are working on in AS, but understanding and focusing on your needs and ensuring that we are answering them. We will host Town Halls and Instagram lives to ensure we communicate that information effectively. Finally, our third pillar is focusing on you. We want to hear what you believe we need to address because after all, you are our boss, and your priorities are always ours. Together we are Matadors Leading Forward - leading to a better future!


Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Lower Division Candidate

Matadors Leading Forward

She/Her/They/Them
Major Dead Studies and Gender Women's Studies

Hi! My name is Ally Walker and I am a first year, double majoring in Deaf Studies and Gender Women's Studies. I am running to be a lower division senator. Before coming to Cal State Northridge, I was heavily involved at my high school where I participated Associated Student Body for four years, 3 years on Council, Choir, and was Drama Club president as well. Although I have been at CSUN for such a short time, I really want to make a difference for our students, staff, and community. Through our first pillar of giving back, we are looking to help you, the students, come back to campus safely and with all the resources you may need either financially, mentally, and/ or socially. This includes expanding our book voucher program to financially support you by helping pay for your books and supplies. Our second pillar of transparency does not just focus on ensuring that you know what we are working on in AS, but understanding and focusing on your needs and ensuring that we are answering them. We will host Town Halls and Instagram lives to ensure we communicate that information effectively. Finally, our third pillar is focusing on you. We want to hear what you believe we need to address because after all, you are our boss, and your priorities are always ours. Together we are Matadors Leading Forward - leading to a better future!


Paige Hajiloo

Paige Hajiloo

Lower Division Candidate

Rise Above

she/her/hers
Major Psychology

Hello Matadors! My name is Paige Hajiloo. I am a first-year student majoring in Psychology and I am running to be your next AS Lower Division Senator. Throughout high school, I held various leadership positions including Student Government President my senior year. I am currently the student assistant for the Clubs and Organizations Team at the Matador Involvement Center, a member of Delta Delta Delta, and a member of the Associated Students' Clubs and Organizations Committee. Through my involvement, I have found that students should feel represented at their college no matter the circumstances. As your Lower Division Senator, I want to make sure that my fellow peers know that their wants, needs, and concerns are being heard and addressed. Since, under the current circumstances, lower-division students have not had the college experience they looked forward to, I want to advocate for them and ensure their experience is as good as possible despite the adversity we all currently face. I want to provide opportunities that will make their college experience memorable and make CSUN feel like a home to all. Students deserve to be put first and I hope that if I am elected as your Lower Division Senator, you feel empowered because Together we will Rise Above!

Upper Division Candidates

Shayan Moshtael

Shayan Moshtael

Upper Division Candidate

Rise Above

He/Him/His
Major Political Science/History

Hey Matadors! My name is Shayan Moshtael. I'm a second-year student majoring in Political Science and History running to be your Associated Students' Upper Division Senator. I currently serve as the Associated Student's Chairs of Clubs and Organizations, President of the C.O.M.I.C. club, Risk Manager for CSUN Esports, a member of the Pre-Law Association, host of the Mock Trial Program, and a MentorConnect peer mentor. Between serving the student body and performing stand-up comedy at Laugh Your Class Off, every one of my experiences and involvements at Cal State Northridge has been immensely valuable to me, which is why I continue to embrace the responsibility of shaping this campus to be the greatest it can be. I would like to be the primary advocate for upper-division students of the university. I plan to make the Matador experience better for everyone through ideas such as the reimplementation of attractions and events outside the realm of a classroom setting. As a student leader, I will do my best in achieving that goal. Together, we will Rise Above!


Jordan Marcio Franco

Jordan Marcio Franco

Upper Division Candidate

Rise Above

He/Him/His
Major Honors in English

Hi Matadors! My name is Jordan Marcio Franco. I am a sophomore majoring in Honors in English, running to be your Upper Division Senator! For the past year, I have rediscovered what it means to be a Matador; it is not as simple as being a CSUN student. Being a member of the CSUN community, it is easy to be active but hard to find where one fits. I know the struggle-I always told myself I would never change my major, but then I did exactly that. On a brighter note, I was lucky enough to become the first-ever Diversity and Inclusion chair of my fraternity, looking to revise the structure that has been ever lacking. As college students, we get too caught up in the after and neglect our lives' present state. Looking forward is not bad, but when you forget to live in the present, you may end up losing yourself. I will be a senator that allows students to focus on the present and be engaged with the surrounding world that is CSUN by focusing on representation on all fronts and doing what is possible for the greater good of all CSUN students. Together, we will Rise Above!