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.
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)
$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
Laptops for Summer Bridge Students
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.