CSUN STUDENTS: Vote In the USU Board of Directors Election

The unofficial results are in! Congratulations Matadors!

University Student Union Board of Directors
Michael Odinlo1099
Frank Benkovic 596
Arrah Ebot Enaw 513
Raquel Cetz Tamayo 509
Bhernard Tila328
Brianna Lopez 301
Tate Rodriguez 248
Shirley LaBrie 245
Christian Guillen 187
Jesus Suarez 137


Support the Board’s Lasting Legacy of Leadership at CSUN

USU Board of Directors & Associated Students Elections
Vote on Wednesday, April 4 – Thursday, April 5

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.

That’s why it’s important for vote in the USU Board of Directors and Associated Students Elections this spring — because the people you elect will get things done for you. It’s a lasting legacy of leadership that benefits each of us.

Check your CSUN email to cast your vote or visit a CSUN Campus Voting Poll Station Wednesday, April 4 to Thursday, April 5.

Want to know how to vote in the AS Officer and USU Board of Directors elections?

  1. Step 1

    Look for your personalized ballot link in your mailbox

  2. Step 2

    Click on the link, and review your personalized ballot, including the candidates for AS offices and the USU Board of Directors

  3. Step 3

    Make your selections according to the directions on the ballot and VOTE

For more information about AS Student Leadership, please visit

2018 USU Board of Directors Candidate Statements

Frank Benkovic

Frank Benkovic

Frankie currently serves as the TAKE Director for the New Student Orientation Program and Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair for the USU's Board of Directors. He is a graduate student in the Higher Education Administration program whose career ambition is to push historically underrepresented students towards academic and personal success. Frankie would like to raise the critical consciousness of USU staff, expand efforts of inclusion and increase awareness of the resources to our student population.

Raquel Cetz Tamayo

Raquel Cetz TamayoRaquel is a Senior double majoring in Chicanx Studies and Political Science. Currently, she is involved within the University Student Union (USU) under the Office of Student Involvement and Development, along with the EOP DREAM Center. She aims to empower inclusivity through collaborative programming efforts across various intersectional student communities within, and outside of the USU. She plans on providing students with the ability to create accessible institutional support by securing scholarships and monetary support, ensuring success and retention in the student community, and providing awareness towards issues concerning safe environments, primarily for students to be able to express who they are without fear of any retaliations due to the current and long standing political climate.

Arrah Ebot Enaw

Arrah Ebot EnawArrah Enaw is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, and an apprentice at Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Arrah is a passionate leader who believes helping others is an essential skill for an inclusive world. She desires to make sure students’ voices are heard, and that their suggestions on how to improve campus life are taken into consideration. She equally plans to advocate for students with disabilities to have more resources on campus

Christian Guillen

Christian GuillenChris Guillen is a double major in Sociology and Deaf Studies, and currently serves as the Treasurer for The Blues Project, a peer education program through University Counseling Services. Chris hopes to create more professional-leadership development programs, similar to the Matador Involvement Center’s R.E.D. Leadership Academy, which he participated in. Chris plans to work alongside the Dream Center to continue supporting Dreamers, as well as increase programming for self-care related activities to help students de-stress.

Shirley LaBrie

Shirley LaBrieShirley is currently the student coordinator of Project D.A.T.E., a sexual assault awareness organization on campus. Shirley would like to improve access to the services that University Student Union (USU) has to offer while providing an intersectional perspective in the development of future resources and improvement of current resources. They would also like to increase funding to student organizations and encourage a collaborative environment between students, student organizations, and the USU.  

Brianna Lopez

Brianna LopezBrianna Lopez has participated in Model United Nations and served in multiple developing countries with Hope Worldwide. Lopez desires to create more cultural diversity in the USU (University Student Union) through advocacy for the development of a cross cultural center. Lopez envisions to create more dynamic USU events and other safe spaces in order to create memories and a community that students will remember for the rest of their lives. 

Michael Odinlo

Michael OdinloMichael Odinlo served on the USU Board of Directors from 2016-18 as Vice Chair and Finance Committee Chair. Within just a few years Michael has assisted our Student Union in increasing student engagement and ensuring student funds are spent only in ways beneficial to students. Michael is involved in Black Student Union, Black Male Initiative, and Black Male Scholars. When elected Michael’s goals are to increase USU Co-sponsorships for student club/organization events, create a more effective feedback system for students’ concerns/ideas to be heard, and continuing to prioritize students’ needs. The University Student Union is for the students and led by the students, let’s keep it that way while creating more equitable opportunities.

Tate Rodriguez

Tate RodriguezTate Rodriguez is a third year accounting major.  He has held many positions in his fraternity such as scholarship chairman, public relations chairman, and judicial board member. With his knowledge of accounting and business he hopes to improve the allocation of funds to benefit the student body. Tate wants to continue to make CSUN a better place and serve the needs of students and alumni.

Jesus Suarez

Jesus SuarezJesus is currently involved with the USU Cross Cultural Center Committee and EOP DREAM Center. He will use his diverse campus networks to facilitate the inclusivity through a holistic lens of the USU. Furthermore, he aims to increase engagement and involvement by providing a platform for individuals to take an active role in student leadership. He aims to increase access to resources through effective marketing, not only within the USU but across campus. 

Bhernard Tila

Bhernard TilaBhernard currently serves as a Student Representative for the University Student Union (USU) Board of Directors and the Chair for Facilities and Commercial Services Committee. He would like to further enhance the cultural diversity and receptiveness of the USU, while advocating and empowering CSUN Students’ voices to be heard. Furthermore, he aims to increase student organization opportunities, address campus climate, create a more inclusive USU, and increase resources for student success.