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Aastha for AAVP


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Aastha for AAVP


Aastha for AAVP

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Aastha Jha is a 3rd year majoring in Economics and Data Science and minoring in Public Policy. She currently serves as the Academic Affairs chief of staff and has previously served as a chief of staff to Senator Megha Torpunuri. Aastha hopes to use her institutional knowledge of the ASUC to expand the scope of the Academic Affairs Office to create a more equitable student experience by advocating for more academic and wellness resources, working on faculty accountability and food insecurity. Originally from Irvine, California, Aastha loves long walks on the beach and has a major sweet tooth.


Qualifications

  • Chief of Staff to the Office of the  Academic Affairs Vice President (2018-2019)

  • Director of Food Security in the Office of the Academic Affairs Vice President’s (2017-2018)

  • Chief of Staff to the Office of Senator Megha Torpunuri (2017-2018)

  • Director of South Asian Affairs in the Office of Senator Monsoon Pabrai (2016-2017)

  • Intern in the Office of Senator Monsoon Pabrai (2016-2017)

  • Tutor at the Student Learning Center

  • Student Representative on the LIBR Academic Senate Committee

  • Student Representative on the Wellness Fund Advisory Committee

  • Treasurer/Project Steward for Asha for Education, Berkeley (2017-)

  • Orientation Leader for Golden Bear Orientation (2017)

Accomplishments

  • $24,000 grant for complimentary menstrual products for students

  • $2,000 for RSO travel via the Travel Grant

  • Pop-up Produce Stand and food security awareness event

  • Increasing RSO spending autonomy

  • South Asian Awareness Week 2017

  • South Asian Awareness Week 2018

  • Increased funds given to undocumented students through the RISE Scholarship  

  • $100k+ proposal for expansion of library laptop rental program

  • Yoga mats in Moffitt

  • Pilot Laptop Rental Program

All titles are for identification purposes only.


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How We'll Get it Done

1

Academic Resource Equity

I. Technological Resources

  • Expand the free printing limit for students through a Student Tech Fund grant and ensure that credits are transferable to Education & Technology Services printing stations.

  • Negotiate contracts with off-campus wireless network providers to extend affordable off-campus wifi.

II. Course Transparency and Affordability

  • Lower course costs by advocating for faculty to move towards open source resources.

  • Increase course transparency by regularly uploading previous syllabi and course cost estimates onto BerkeleyTime.

III. Grade Contextualization

  • Utilize Office of the Registrar data to create accessible and current information on student grade distributions to ensure that graduate admissions evaluators and recruiters have full context on grade deflation at Berkeley.

  • Re-contextualize CalCentral academic summary to be more representative of major concentrations.

2

Wellness

I. Mental and Physical Wellness

  • Streamline a pipeline between students, Tang, and faculty to receive excused absences.

  • Secure funding for mental health counselors specific to communities.

  • Expand existing complimentary menstrual product program.

II. Sexual Wellness

  • Further institutionalize sustainable programs for community-specific SVSH resources.

  • Facilitate SVSH resource fairs with relevant campus partners and advocates.

  • Establish targeted STD and STI prevention outreach to campus communities.

III. Expand Wellness Vending Machines to Moffitt, Wurster, Bechtel and Li Ka Shing.

3

Faculty and Administrative Accountability

I. Academic Senate Reform

  • Advocate for more student representation on Academic Senate committees.

  • Instill accountability measures within Academic Senate regarding university policies and procedures by increasing accessibility.

II. Diversity and Inclusion

  • Establish Sensitivity and Implicit Bias training for professors.

  • Hold the university accountable to their promise of a more diverse faculty.

  • Advocating for undergraduate involvement in faculty and administrative hiring processes.

4

Food Security

I. Expand the Supplemental Assistance Card program through University Private Partnerships.

II. Advocate for more strategically-placed and accessible campus kitchens available for student use.

III. Create an ASUC Nutritional Resource and Food Literacy resource database.


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